Connections

Weekdays Noon-2:00 p.m. on WXXI-AM 1370 or WRUR-FM 88.5 in Rochester and WEOS 89.5 FM in Geneva

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
3:55 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Connections: Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon With Lynn Sherr

The annual Susan B. Anthony birthday luncheon is coming up, and their guest speaker, Lynn Sherr, joins us. Sherr is a journalist and author, both of a book about Sally Ride, and a biography about Susan B. Anthony. We are also joined by Deborah Hughes, president and CEO of the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House.

Connections
3:51 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Connections: Why Do Some Parents Skip Vaccinations?

We're following the news of the Measles outbreak at Disneyland. The number of cases has grown to 81. Doctors are concerned about parents who are choosing not to vaccinate their children in particular. Our panel will address vaccination, this case, and whether we're more likely to see similar stories as a result of the anti-vaccine movement. Our panel includes:

  • Dr. Michael Pichichero, Director of Rochester General Hospital's Research Institute
  • Dr. Geoffrey Weinberg, pediatric infectious disease specialist at UR Medicine's Golisano Children's Hospital
  • Dr. Paul Graman, Clinical director of the infectious diseases division at UR Medicine's Strong Memorial Hospital
Connections
4:54 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Connections: Innovation Friday - Access to Broadband, Older Entrepreneurs

Both Governor Andrew Cuomo and President Barack Obama talked about connectivity and access to broadband in their addresses this week. We’ll talk with Doug Brake who gets paid to think about this stuff for the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation.

Then, we’ll catch up with Kara Miller from our sister program Innovation Hub who’s been looking into the latest innovations in seafood production and also, about the value of OLDER entrepreneurs.

Finally, Michelle Faust will join us briefly to preview the local screening/forum on poverty that she’s hosting at the Little Theatre on Monday

Connections
4:43 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Connections: Innovation Friday - Reviewing the State Budget and State of the State

The think tank Truth in Accounting calculates that New York state has quite a bit of 'hidden debt' (roughly $78 billion) which puts an interesting spin on the notion of budgetary windfalls the Governor is looking to spend. Sheila A. Weinberg is founder & CEO, she will talk us through how to make sense of those big numbers thrown around in Albany (no not Sheldon Silver’s, the ones in the state budget delivered on Wednesday).

Then we’ll talk with the dynamic Tom Stewart, executive director of the National Center for the Middle Market. These types of companies occupy an important space in the national economy. They're not small businesses, but not mega corporations either. We’ll ask Tom about venture fund investment and the role of Middle Market companies which were featured in both the State of the State and State of the Union this week.

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Connections
4:34 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Connections: Employment Access For All

We wrap up our "Dialogue on Disability" with a conversation about employment access for all. With us to discuss: • Bill McDonald, executive director, Medical Motor Service • Dee Mascari, programs and services coordinator, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upstate New York Chapter• Ruth Redmond, NMSS Program Participant • Sara Taylor, director of employment, Rochester Rehabilitation
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Health
2:24 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Connections: Dealing With The Aftermath Of A Brain Injury

Our series of shows on Dialogue on Disability continues with a look at the importance of staying active after a brain injury. 

The Panel:

Paul Akers of Epilepsy-Pralid, Inc
Anita O'Brien of Rochester Rehabilitation

Health
2:18 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Connections: Considering A More Plant-Based Diet

We're post-holidays, and everyone is joining gyms... and some people are doing "juice cleansing."

A discussion of what the science says about that, and we'll talk about how to build a permanent eating regimen that is more plant-based. Panel in studio:

  • Dr. Vicky Hsiao, UR Medicine endocrinologist
  • Rachel Reeves, UR Medicine dieticians
  • Damaris Pinedo, owner of Just Juice 4 Life
  • Dr. Ted Barnett, co-coordinator of the Rochester Area Vegan Society  

Connections
2:17 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Connections: The Benefits of Integrated Activities

We start our week-long "Dialogue on Disability" with a look at integrated activities and the benefits they offer, especially for “typically developing” children. We’ll also look at early intervention programs with our guests:

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Connections
3:46 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Connections: Healthy Friday - Fecal Transplants & C. diff

Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is a bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions. While C. diff can be debilitating, people are embarrassed to talk about it. But we're NOT!  Dr. Jonathan Goldstein, a gastroenterologist with the University of Rochester Medical Center is our guest to talk about how fecal transplants and C. diff are related and who is most at risk. 

Connections
3:42 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Connections: Healthy Friday - Veteran Artists

Art has healing qualities, and it’s been used with military veterans as they transition to civilian life. Locally, 10 veterans have been working as researchers to find out how art is helping them after their military career. Their work is being displayed at the OUR HOUSE Gallery Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and a few of them joined us to talk about their work.

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