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.

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Connections
4:41 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Connections: The Whiteness Project

We open the conversation with Whitney Dow, director of the Whiteness Project, a multimedia documentary created in Buffalo. In the documentary, Dow talked with people about what it means to be white. Then we talk more about the impact of this project with Ann Johnson of ACT Rochester and the Rochester Area Community Foundation

Connections
4:34 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Connections: Homeless Veterans

Veterans Day is approaching and western New York is still grappling with a homeless vets problem. We sit down with Todd Baxter, executive director of the Veterans Outreach Center to talk about what’s being done for local veterans.

Connections
3:12 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Connections: Conscious Capitalism

What is conscious capitalism? We’ll learn about the movement and an upcoming Rochester-based event about restoring trust – in business, in the public service sector, and more with our guests Bill Benner and Bob Whipple.

Bill Benner, president and founder of WW Consulting

Bob Whipple, CEO of Leadergrow Incorporated

Connections
3:10 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Connections: Stephen Greenblatt; Upcoming Talk by Stephen Salaita

We open with a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Harvard scholar Stephen Greenblatt. He’s coming to the University of Rochester tomorrow to talk about Lucretius and “intolerable ideas.” His book, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, is remarkable, by the way.

Then we’ll talk to Joshua Dubler, a U of R professor who is organizing a talk by controversial scholar Stephen Salaita, who was recently fired from his job at the University of Illinois for “anti-Israel tweets.” 

Connections
3:20 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Connections: What Happens To Your Online Accounts After You Die?

When you die, what happens to your online accounts? It's an issue that happens thousands of times a year, and the laws are murky regarding who can access your accounts after you pass away. There is a movement in place to change the laws that will not only affect the families and loved ones of the deceased, but also the companies who administer these individual accounts, like Twitter and Facebook. We discuss the impact of these laws with our guests:

Connections
3:11 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Connections: Is Border Patrol Going Beyond Borders?

What image comes to your mind when you hear the term "border patrol". In his new book, Border Patrol Nation, author Todd Miller shows that border patrol has spread to cities and states that you wouldn't expect, cities away from our international borders like Erie, Pennsylvania, and here in Rochester, NY. Why are they in these cities? Miller is on with us to discuss this and other topics from his book.

Connections
4:26 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Connections: University of Rochester President Joel Seligman

University of Rochester President Joel Seligman is our guest for this hour. We cover a broad range of topics during his time in-studio.

Connections
4:23 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Connections: Homeschooling

We look into an increasing interest in homeschooling among the nonreligious. What is unschooling? The old stereotypes of who chooses to home-school (and why) are, in many ways, not applicable.

Connections
3:09 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Connections: Gubernatorial Debate Recap

We recap Wednesday night's gubernatorial debate in Buffalo. What news was made from the debate? The governor says a fracking study will now be completed by the end of the year. What else happened? Does it change anything? We'll have highlights and reaction from reporters who were there.

Connections
3:06 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Connections: Abortion - The Pro-Choice Side

A few weeks ago, we talked with Lila Rose of Live Action, an influential voice in the pro-choice movement. Today we have a conversation with those on the pro-choice side. We start with Sarah Weddington, the lawyer who won a case you might know called Roe v. Wade. She's coming to Rochester next week. Then we talk with Planned Parenthood's Dr. Rachael Phelps

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