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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:

  • The deep divide in the Monroe County Democratic Party;
  • The possible future of libel laws in the U.S.;
  • The position Susan B. Anthony would take on abortion if she were alive today;
  • The experiences of children in the foster care system.

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 unionization of contingent faculty members at colleges and universities;
  • The impact of consolidated school districts on revitalizing downtown areas;
  • Creating equal opportunities for students of different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  • The debate over state testing and the opt-out movement;
  • Finding the roots of families with slave ancestry.

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:

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 controversy surrounding the I-Square project in Irondequoit;
  • "NIMBY" issues and the Open Door Mission's search for a facility to help homeless women and children;
  • The debate over raising the minimum wage statewide;
  • The impact of free trade and supply-side economics on workers;
  • The state of solar energy in Western New York. 

Evan Dawson talks about what matters to you on Connections, every weekday from noon-2 p.m. You can listen to the program on WXXI-AM 1370 and WRUR-FM 88.5 in Rochester, WEOS 89.5 FM in Geneva, and online. Be part of the program with questions or comments by phone at 1-844-295-TALK (8255), emailFacebook, or Twitter.

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:

  • Race and culture in America with Michele Norris, NPR journalist and creator of the Race Card Project;
  • President Obama's 2008 speech, "A More Perfect Union," and how our country has improved and regressed, relative to the themes of the speech;
  • How a plant-based diet can prevent and cure diseases;
  • Psychological thrillers like Psycho, and how filmmakers use editing techniques to manipulate the emotions of moviegoers.

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:

  • How journalists cover politicians' personal scandals;
  • The Republican presidential primaries and Donald Trump's candidacy with Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini;
  • For-profit education with author Kevin Connell;
  • Local scientists' involvement in the detection of gravitational waves;
  • The memoir, Queen of the Fall, and the power of words with author and Rochester native Sonja Livingston.

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:

  • Race in America and the Urban League's efforts to engage presidential candidates, with guest Marc Morial;
  • Why we believe, or want to believe in hoaxes and spurious quotes;
  • Rochester's transportation future, including the possible return of a streetcar system;
  • Stereotyping of millennials;
  • The compelling story behind Fuego Coffee Roasters.

25-year-old Talia Ben-Ora was an employee at Yelp in San Francisco when she published an open letter to the company's CEO about her struggle to make ends meet. She wrote about the need for a livable wage and better benefits, her frustration over having to work for a year in customer support before being eligible for a different position, and a host of other issues.

The letter went viral, inviting a mix of criticism and praise among people of all generations. Some responded by writing about "millennial privilege" and described Ben-Ora and her fellow members of Generation Y as entitled, greedy, selfish, lazy, and high maintenance. Others commended her for speaking out and advocating for change.

We invited four millennials to share their reactions to the letter, and we hear what they have to say about the stereotypes and perceptions often attributed to their generation. Our guests:

  • Bianca Bishop, case manager at Rochester Mental Health Center, and graduate student at Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Ben Eskind, owner/operator of Pachamama Farm, and graduate student at the University of Rochester
  • Jen Everdyke, student at the Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Chuck Wade, vice president and financial adviser, Brighton Securities

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First hour: "Talia's Letter" and perceptions of millennials

Second hour: Tony and Renee Colon of Fuego Coffee Roasters

How would a more robust public transit system change Rochester? And what would it look like?

The Community Design Center's Reshaping Rochester Series continues next week with the theme, Transportation as a Leveler. Two of the event's speakers join us on Connections to discuss the strategies they've used to improve public transit in cities like Tucson, Chicago, and Memphis, and how these successes have improved access to jobs, healthcare, and education. Our guests:

  • Mo Duggan, executive director, Community Design Center of Rochester
  • Roger Brown, creative Consultant, Community Design Center of Rochester
  • Steve Farley, Arizona State Senator
  • Jacky Grimshaw, vice president for policy, Center for Neighborhood Technology

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