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
2:24 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Monday, September 15th

Credit NPR

First hour: Analyzing Senator Elizabeth Warren's new student loan bill

Second hour: The hidden messages in our news and internet world

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Connections
3:47 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Connections: Suicide Prevention

On August 21, 1985, Ken Baldwin was ademant...that he was going to end his life. He drove out to the Golden Gate Bridge, got out of his car, stood on the bridge's edge, counted to 10...but didn't jump. He counted to 10 again, and plunged towards the water. That's when Ken realized he wanted to live, and as he hit the water, he was happy to realize he was alive. Unfortunately, many aren't Ken Baldwin, and do end up taking their own life. Why does this happen? How can we prevent suicide? What signs should we be aware of? We discuss this sensitive topic with our guests:

Connections
3:30 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Connections: Vaccinations

This week, PBS aired an edition of NOVA called, "Vaccines - Calling the Shots". The episode highlights the increasing rates of whooping cough, measles, and mumps, in part - the episode says - because nervous parents are electing not to have their kids vaccinated. Will this continue to be an increasing problem, or do those that skip vaccinations have a legitimate argument? We discuss this with our guests: 

Connections
3:30 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Connections: Domestic Violence and Why Women Stay

The Ray Rice video proves one thing, among others: the Baltimore Ravens engaged in rather horrifying victim blaming. The team promoted a story on its website earlier this summer with the headline, "Janay Rice deeply sorry for her role in elevator incident." Yes, her role. But now there are people who want to know why she's staying with this guy, and that has inspired the meme #WhyIStayed. We talk to a panel about gender-specific abuse, and why women stay.

Connections
3:19 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Connections: RCSD Superintendent Bolgen Vargas

Rochester city schools superintendent Bolgen Vargas joins me for the hour. He's talking about truancy, why the district failed on the first day, and how he plans to change that. He will also touch on other issues affecting the district. 

Connections
9:57 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Thursday, September 11th

First hour: RCSD superintendent Dr. Bolgen Vargas

Second hour: Janay Rice and #WhyIStayed

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Connections
3:52 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Connections: Officer Daryl Pierson Funeral

Wednesday on Connections, we covered the funeral services of fallen Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson. Our broadcast began with a eulogy from Lieutenant Governor and Former Rochester Police Chief Bob Duffy, and concluding with Pierson's wife, Amy, and Rev. Mitch Evans, Pierson's Father-in-law. 

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Connections
3:39 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Connections: Primary Preview; Interview With Kathy Hochul

In this hour, we talk to Lt. Governor candidate Kathy Hochul. She's running with Governor Andrew Cuomo in Tuesday's primary election. What is her vision for the job? How does she respond to critics on her left who say her record is too conservative? We'll find out. Then we'll talk to a panel of political reporters from across the state, including our Capital Correspondent, Karen DeWitt, "New York Now" Host Matt Ryan, and Capital New York's Blake Zeff.

Connections
3:32 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Connections: Should School Start Later in the Day?

In this hour, the nation's largest organization of pediatricians has released new recommendations on school start times. For middle and high school, they're drawing a red line: no earlier than 8:30 a.m. That's because doctors say there's an epidemic of sleep loss in the teen population. But is 8:30 a.m. realistic? How would it impact schools? We discuss it with Heidi Connolly, chief of Pediatric Sleep Medicine at Golisano Children's Hospital.

Connections
7:41 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, September 9th

First hour: New recommended school start times: later!

Second hour: Lt. Governor candidate Kathy Hochul

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