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Evan Dawson talks about what matters to you on ConnectionsEvery weekday from Noon-2 p.m. Be part of the program with questions or comments by phone - 1-844-295-TALK (8255), email, Facebook or Twitter

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4:22 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Poverty Related Illness

Western New Yorkers living in poverty are at a higher risk for many chronic and life-threatening illnesses. High rates of miscarriage, infant mortality, toxic stress, asthma, and diabetes disproportionately affect the most vulnerable among us. The new federal health care law makes some attempts to equalize access to medical services. We’ll look at whether there has been progress and what steps we should to improve the health of the least fortunate Americans with our panel:

  • Dr. Matt Devine, Highland Family Medicine
  • Dr. Lorinda Parks, Jordan Health
  • Candice A. Lucas, URMC Center for Community Health
Connections
4:07 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Hospital Readmissions

  

When patients come back to the hospital for a second time after a surgery or emergency room visit, it has tremendous costs. These costs affect no one more than the patients themselves, who can lose their lives. We’ll talk to experts and hospital administrators about projects to lower readmissions and the conventions in the affordable care act that attempt to lower hospital readmissions through penalties.

Our panel:

  • Anna Lambert, associate director of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Nursing at Strong Hospital
  • Jordan Rau, senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News
  • Dr. Eugene Litvak, president & CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Optimization
Connections
2:52 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Connections: The Local Knowledge Industry

This hour we take a look at the growth of the local knowledge industry. We have the founders of the Rochester Brainery, Stephanie Rankin and Danielle Raymo to discuss what you can learn, and we talk with the following instructors who teach at the Rochester Brainery:

  • Tony Esteves
  • Megan Mack, 
  • Rachel Gootnick
Connections
2:42 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Connections: Eating Local When it Snows

Eating locally sourced food is fine when the weather is warmer, but what happens when the weather turns colder...and it snows? The options are growing and we have a panel that can shine a light on our options:

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Connections
2:40 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Connections: Homeless Plight in Western New York

A look at the homeless plight in western New York. It's the first of two interviews on this subject, and there are strongly divergent viewpoints. In December, we'll talk to the people behind Open Door Mission. Their concern is that some homeless people are being enabled without improving their troubles, such as alcoholism. Today's guests counter that these people are in crisis, especially now that the Civic Center garage is not an overnight option. With us to discuss this:

  • Arend Kingsland, member of the homeless community
  • Sister Grace Miller, House of Mercy
  • Harry Murray, sociology professor at Nazareth College
  • Cheri Honkala, social activist

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Connections
2:33 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Connections: George H. W. Bush's New Biography Written By Curt Smith

Curt Smith, the author, lecturer, and former presidential speechwriter, is our guest this hour to talk about his new biography on President George H. W. Bush. Smith was a speechwriter for the 41st President of the United States. 

Connections
3:08 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Connections: Should Monroe County Be A Single School District?

We preview a community forum taking place Wednesday night titled, "Would a metropolitan school district be good for Monroe County?" Writers and Books is sponsoring a series of discussions focused on public education and we preview it with our panel:

  • Mark Hare, Great Schools For All Coalition
  • Joe Flaherty, executive director of Writers and Books
  • Dan Drmacich chairman of The Coalition for Justice and Education
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Connections
2:50 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Connections: The Monroe County Budget

Monroe County lawmakers have until December 9, essentially, to register their complaints or new ideas with the county budget proposed by County Executive Maggie Brooks. Democrat & Chronicle columnist Dave Andreatta pointed out on Sunday that oddly, the GOP almost never changes a thing, and the Democrats are powerless. We've invited the Brooks administration to join us, but they declined, so that leaves us with our panel of Dave Andreatta and County Legislature Minority Leader Carrie Andrews. 

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4:56 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Connections: Writing and the Book Industry

We spend this hour talking about writing. We have published authors and a marketer to discuss the burning questions that you may have about the book industry: What gets published? What sells? What doesn’t? What are publishers looking for? Do I write for myself, or do I write for others? How do I start? Our panel tackles these questions and others:

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4:52 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Connections: Reshaping Rochester Awards

The filling of the Inner Loop is underway. It’s been touted as a project that can transform downtown Rochester, most notably the East End that has been split by the below-grade highway. What is a project that could transform the community you live in? There are many projects in communities in and around Rochester that can be considered “transformative” and the Rochester Regional Community Design Center (RRCDC) will honor those during the Reshaping Rochester Awards taking place on December 2. We will talk about the projects and finalists with RRCDC Executive Director Joni Monroe and Creative Consultant Roger Brown.

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