Evan Dawson

Connections Host

Evan Dawson joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.

Evan is also the author of Summer in a Glass: The Coming Age of Winemaking in the Finger Lakes and is the managing editor/Finger Lakes editor for the New York Cork Report, a web site that offers independent news, reviews, and commentary about the New York wine industry.

He has written freelance articles on topics including politics, wine, travel, and Major League Baseball.

Ways To Connect

We're talking about the mainstreaming of whole foods, plant-based diets with a man who has helped make that happen. Dr. Tom Campbell is a UR Medicine Primary Care doctor who specializes in nutrition. He's out with his second book and the now-mainstream movement that is prompting more people to switch over to a whole foods, plant-based diet. Campbell and his physician wife, Dr. Erin Campbell, along  with UR Medicine Primary Care, have just launched a unique nutrition program – the first such program in the region to be backed by a health system. The UR Program for Nutrition in Medicine provides evidence-based interventions to promote prevention and to treat disease. 

Bernie Sanders is closing the polling gap with Hillary Clinton in the early voting states. So, who is Bernie Sanders? Why did he draw 10,000 people in Wisconsin? Can he beat Clinton? What are his politics? We'll talk about that with a group known as ROC4Bernie and some of their members:

Each year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation names its 11 most-endangered historic places in America, often selecting neighborhoods, landmarks and even sports arenas. The Grand Canyon leads the 2015 list, which also includes a western New York landmark: the amphitheater at the Chautauqua Institution, a short drive to our west. Some Rochester preservationists have not only taken up the fight to save Chautauqua; they've been thinking about what a list of Rochester's most endangered landmarks would look like. We'll talk about that with our panel:

The Rochester Community Task Force on School Climate has released a new draft on how to discipline students in school. It's the student portion of the Code of Conduct, and it goes to the heart of discipline questions: when is it appropriate to suspend or expel a student? The committee is asking for public feedback over the next month. We'll dig into the specifics of the proposal, and talk about what it might mean for students, parents, and teachers in Rochester. Our guests:

  • Adair Liles, a student on the School Climate Committee 
  • Jennifer Bannister, Teen Empowerment and a member of the committee
  • Spero Michailidis, a teacher who works with the Gandhi Institute and a member of the committee
  • Melanie Funchess, director of Community Engagement for the Mental Health Association

We spend this hour talking with Adam Frank, astrophysicist and author from the University of Rochester. We're talking lessons from Pluto, and we'll dive into his recent commentary on embracing ignorance. (Or at least accepting that some questions of the universe will not be answered in our lifetime.)

Rochester is getting ready to roll out a new initiative to help seniors who are going hungry. Our panel explains how it works, and why this has become such a serious issue:

How has food writing changed? In Rochester, there are newspaper writers, but there are also food podcasts and blogs and more. We’ll look at how we communicate about food, and whether democratization of food criticism is a positive development. Our panel:

Have you been on an airplane lately? Have you noticed how some people will dress for air travel? People used to dress up for air travel, but the unwritten rules have relaxed. A lot. So if you want to make an impression, how do you dress for air travel? We asked our resident stylist, Helene Biandudi Hofer, host of WXXI's Need To Know and owner of JournaStyle how and why we should dress for air travel.

It’s a new edition of How Do You Do That? Our listeners asked questions, and we enlisted experts to help provide the answers. We’ll be answering:

  • How do dress for air travel? Answered by our own Helene Biandudi-Hofer of Journastyle
  • How do you know you’ve stayed too long at your favorite coffee shop? Answered by Leigha Dalton, manager of Pour Coffee Parlor
  • How do you make an authentic Brooklyn-style pizza? Answered by Jim Staffieri, owner of The Pizza Stop
  • How do you fill an inner loop? Answered by Jim McIntosh, Rochester City Engineer
  • And – if you’re serious about riding a bicycle to work, how do you behave on a bicycle at busy intersections? Answered by Shana Lydon of Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport

Donald Trump has been widely mocked – and, in some cases, cheered – for his comments about Mexicans and immigration. Apart from the content of Trump’s remarks, we’ll ask our expert panel: what do Americans misunderstand about immigration? About who is coming to this country, and why? We posed these questions to our panel:

  • Pablo Sierra, professor of history at the University of Rochester
  • Tricia Cruz, director of development and communications for the Ibero-American Action League
  • Hilda Chacon, professor of foreign language and literature at Nazareth College