WXXI AM News

Megan Mack

Connections Producer

Megan Mack the producer of Connections with Evan Dawson and Unleashed: The Pet Show. She joined the WXXI News team from WHEC-TV, where she produced newscasts and The Olympic Zone, and from the University of Rochester, where she served as an assistant director of public relations. Her background extends to television sports and entertainment, and to communications and social media management for non-profits.

Megan earned her B.S. in Television-Radio-Film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and her B.A. in Italian Language, Literature, and Culture from the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. She is also a graduate of The Second City’s Conservatory program.

Ways to Connect

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • Climate change, with Living on Earth host, Steve Curwood;
  • The financial crisis and director Steve James' film, Abacus;
  • Restorative circles;
  • Going zero waste.

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • Pope Benedict's legacy, with Father Thomas Rosica;
  • The Rochester brink's heist of 1993, with Gary Craig, author of Seven Million;
  • Learning from history, with World War II veteran Pete DuPre;
  • If Billy Joel is the worst pop singer ever, and how we evaluate art of any kind.

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • A proposal drafted by local police chiefs that would tighten up parole rules;
  • A local businessman being sued by KFC for using the slogan, "Finger Lakin' Good;"
  • The Spiritus Christi Race Convoy, and the current state of race relations;
  • The Listen to Your Mother event, featuring mothers sharing personal stories.

If you’ve ever stared at a blank page, wishing that streams of brilliant prose would appear, you’re not alone. Many aspiring and veteran writers view writer’s block as their worst enemy in the creative process. A group of local writers and teachers is hoping to change that. They’ve joined together to offer a retreat aimed at helping female writers become their “wilder, bolder, more natural creative” selves.

Our guests discuss how using inner-child meditation, self-hypnosis, and other creative efforts can help writers can improve their craft, work through hurdles, and more. We have some fun talking about the craft of writing with instructors at the Mother Wolf retreat:

  • Christine Green, freelance literary arts journalist, teaching artist, memoirist, and meditation leader 
  • Nina Alvarez, writer, editor, publisher, teaching artist, energy healer, and founder of Cosmographia Publishing and Dream Your Book author services
  • Jen Years, certified consulting hypnotist, psychic/medium, reiki master teacher, writer, and owner of Mojo Dojo
  • Mary Monroe, musician, concert promoter, writer,  and energy healer
  • Kathy Pottetti, director of the Writers & Books retreat center, Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat in Naples

Despite snow in the forecast next week, summer is right around the corner, and many kids in our area are getting excited for summer camp. Nationally, camps are an $18 billion dollar industry, with more than 14 million children and adults attending programs. We’ll preview the season by talking to local camp directors about a variety of issues: why enrollment is increasing; efforts to limit or eliminate screen time; and how camping experiences can become more accessible to people from all socio-economic backgrounds. In studio:

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First hour: Previewing the summer camp season

Second hour: The craft of writing and creative ways to overcome writer's block

We continue our series of conversations with candidates for Rochester City Council. 12 candidates from a cross section of our community are vying for five at-large seats.

We discuss why they're running, their ideas for improving our city, and their vision for Rochester's future. Our guests:

What can we learn about the current state of race relations in this country by studying slavery and the Civil Rights movement? A group of 35 people connected with Spiritus Christi Church visited a number of historic sites in southern cities to learn about the impact of racism in the criminal justice system, the political system, and the economic system. They returned to Rochester with the goal of using this new knowledge to improve race relations in our community.

We discuss their trip, what they learned, and how they plan to work with city leaders. In studio:

  • Reverend Myra Brown, associate pastor at Spiritus Christi Church, and an anti-racism trainer
  • Lorinda Parks, physician at Jordan Health and member of Spiritus Christi Church
  • Steve Heveron-Smith, entrepreneur and business consultant, and a member of Spiritus Christi Church
  • Melissa Parrish, community educator and social worker, and a member of Spiritus Christi Church

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First hour: Spiritus Christi Race Convoy

Second hour: Candidates for Rochester City Council, part 4

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • The March for Science;
  • Heroin addiction and recovery;
  • Teaching in the Rochester City School District, with mayoral candidate Lori Thomas;
  • Reforming the foster care system.

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