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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5:09 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Connections: Gender Based Oppression

We base our discussion around A Path Appears, the film that uncovers gender-based oppression here and around the world, searching for solutions. We'll have audio from our special presentation and community discussion at The Little this week. WXXI Reporter Michelle Faust helps lead the discussion.

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5:05 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Connections: The Impact Of Youth Sports

We start with a brief discussion of developing news about the NYS Assembly Speaker. 

Then we talk  why participation in youth sports is  declining, and what is the impact on at-risk children? Rochester  has a new effort to get kids age 7-15 involved in sports. Will it work? And spring leagues are already pushing membership, hoping to drive interest. They're also willing to work with families that can't afford fees and equipment.

Guests include: Craig Cypher and Sean Hanna, Southside Little League.

John Picone, City of Rochester director of athletics
 

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Connections
5:11 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Connections: Experiencing How the Poor Live

We push ahead to tonight’s Need to Know (8 p.m. tonight and 11:30 a.m. Sunday on WXXI-TV), and focus on the recent poverty simulation event. It’s a good concept: give people the actual experience of being poor and realize the challenges they face: difficulty getting help, services closed off, doors that seem to be closed. Our panel weighs in:

  • Bill Moehle, Brighton town supervisor
  • Sherry Walker-Cowart, ​president and CEO of the Center for Dispute Settlement 
  • Saul Maneiro, program officer at Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Hanif Abdul-Wahid,  community liaison for neighborhood initiatives, Monroe County Department of Planning & Development

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Connections
5:02 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Connections: Senator Rich Funke; Soledad O'Brien

We start the show talking with State Senator Rich Funke (R), who represents the 55th State Senate District. Then, we air a pre-recorded interview with Soledad O'Brien who was speaking at RIT today.

Connections
4:49 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Connections: The Significance of Pope Francis

We examine the significance of Pope Francis to the Catholic Church. His public statements appear to be significantly further left on social issues than his predecessor. But is that reflected in actual doctrine? Are there real changes afoot, or is this simply a Pope with a defter public touch? With us are: Fr. George Heyman, president of St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry in PittsfordFr. Edward Salmon, McQuaid Jesuit High School
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Connections
4:46 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Connections: Protecting Whistleblowers

New rules are designed to protect whistleblowers. But are they working? Bill Lloyd's story suggests they are. The NY Times reported in August that Lloyd is one of the first whistleblowers under new Dodd-Frank provisions to be protected and paid for his reporting (he made $400,000). He outed a scheme by MassMutual that included lying to customers about future payouts. He's joined us to tell his story.
Connections
10:48 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, January 28th

Credit NPR

First hour: Do whistleblower laws work?

Second hour: Understanding Pope Francis

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Connections
2:28 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Connections: Drones!

Drones! One nearly crashed a White House party. There are questions about drone law as drones become an important asset for more companies. What limits should we see? What's next? We discuss this with our guests:

  • Agamemnon Crassidis, RIT associate professor
  • Brian Pitre, who teaches a new course at MCC designed to train pilots of small unmanned aerial vehicles
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Connections
2:21 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Connections: New Theory on Autism

A new theory on autism suggests that the fundamental problem in autism-spectrum disorders is not a social deficiency - or a lack of empathy or reliability - but instead a super-sensitivity to experience, which is coupled with an overwhelming fear response. In other words: they feel too much, and it's terribly difficult to process the feelings. What might this mean for people with autism in our community? Our panel weighs in:

  • Ann Cole, advisor for AutismUp and has two children on the spectrum
  • Pat Muir,  head of Family Advocates United and  has a son on the spectrum
  • Drew Richardson, self advocate and an administrative assistant at AutismUp
  • Julian Roux, self advocate and a senior at Geneseo
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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.

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