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Connections

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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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Connections
3:00 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Connections: Author Cheryl Strayed

This hour we revisit a conversation with author Cheryl Strayed, whose bestselling memoir “Wild” is about to open as a movie starring Reese Witherspoon

Connections
2:54 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Connections: Transportation Roundtable

With projects underway in Rochester everywhere from the Inner Loop to the new bus terminal to the train station, how will you be getting around the city in the future? We bring together our transportation rountable to talk about these projects:

  • Bill Carpenter, RTS CEO
  • Rich Perrin, Genesee Transportation Council executive director 
  • Jim McIntosh, Rochester city engineer 
  • Mike Governale, Reconnecting Rochester and RochesterSubway.com
Connections
11:04 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Coming Up On Connections: Wednesday, November 26

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

12 p.m.: Transportation Roundtable

1 p.m.: Author Cheryl Strayed

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Connections
3:34 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Connections: Books For The Season

We continue to present books for the season, including two authors with local ties:

Connections
3:30 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Connections: Cultural Awareness in Education

Our guest this hour is Zoe Weil, the founder of the Institute for Humane Education. She trains teachers to foster more cultural awareness in students. Examples: kids do not learn much about food and food labeling, and they don't know how animals are treated. Also, kids are not taught to understand where basic products, such as clothing, come from (and the conditions under which they're made). Weil was in Rochester to visit Rochester teachers. 

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Connections
4:56 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Connections: The Lessons Of The New Film "Interstellar"

The new film Interstellar asks us to think about the long-term impact of climate change. How will we find a new home for the human race if  Earth is decimated? This is a scientific mind-bender of a film. We've invited some real-life scientists to come in and review the likelihood that worm holes offer our best hope, and more. 

Guests are: Brian Koberlein / RIT senior lecturer of astrophysics'

Marcus Freeman / RIT PhD student in astrophysics;

Grant Gutheil / Nazareth College professor of psychology   

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Connections
4:47 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Connections: The Economics Of "A Christmas Carol"

A new book looks at the economic philosophy that drove the creation of Dickens' a Christmas Carol. In particular, author Carlo DeVito has done extensive research that shows exactly what inspired Dickens to create each individual character. Most interesting: On a late-night walk, Dickens came upon a gravestone for a man named Ebeneezer Scrogie. In real life, Scrogie threw big parties. His gravestone described him as a "meal man." You know -- a guy who can really host a dinner party.

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Connections
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

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