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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The Christian Educators Association International is trying to bring Christian values into public schools by helping teachers understand the law, and to spread their Christian faith without crossing legal lines. Executive director Finn Laursen says American children are not learning right from wrong, in large part because Jesus Christ is not a part of public schools. Laursen told the Washington Post his organization is not advising teachers to proselytize, but they view public schools as a mission field.

We talk to Laursen about his goals, and we hear from parents and education leaders who have objections. Our guests:

  • Finn Laursen, executive director, Christian Educators Association International
  • Howard Maffucci, retired superintendent of East Rochester schools
  • Jeremy Button, parent

Oak Hill is hosting the 2016 Simpson Cup, which is basically the Ryder Cup for disabled and injured veterans. Teams of 13 injured servicemen and veterans from the USA and the UK compete in this golf event every year. The event rotates host nations, raising funds for the On Course Foundation, an organization that supports the recovery of wounded, injured, and sick service personnel.

We meet the 2016 American and British captains (each wounded veterans), and we discuss broader issues related to supporting injured service members. Our guests:

  • John Simpson, founder of the Simpson Cup
  • Steve Ogletree, American captain living with depression and PTSD
  • Paul Swain, UK captain who lost an arm in a bomb blast in Afghanistan
  • Jeremy Bagley, executive director of JDRF Rochester and a 10-year veteran of the United States Army
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First hour: Injured veterans come together for Simpson Cup in Rochester

Second hour: Bring Jesus back to public schools?

The Reshaping Rochester series welcomes two speakers who have expertise in building stronger neighborhoods.

We talk to Ken Doyno, president of an urban design firm in Pittsburgh. He's been focused on how design and property development can grow the economic and social value of communities. What are the lessons from Pittsburgh that Rochester might apply?

We also discuss lessons from Washington D.C., and how that city successfully rebuilt after the 1968 riots. Our guests:

Is Rochester a food truck city? The city claims to have greatly loosened past restrictions on food trucks. But we're not exactly the next Portland, where food trucks have essentially replaced fast food chains.

We talk about the growth in the industry, the laws, and how these food truck operators are trying to find an ever larger market. Our guests:

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First hour: Reshaping Rochester looks at building stronger neighborhoods

Second hour: The growing food truck scene in Rochester

Our Monthly Science Roundtable examines the technology behind electric vehicles.

The Tesla Model 3 hits the market in about 18 months. Priced at $35,000, the car is already in high demand: Tesla CEO Elon Musk says there are 400,000 pre-orders.

So what could mass-market, affordable electric vehicles mean for the future of the automotive industry and the environment? What's next for green auto technology? Are self-driving cars, as Musk says, "life-saving," or will they lead to more distracted driving? We discuss all of this and more with our guests:

  • Roger Dube, research professor at RIT and owner of a Tesla Model S
  • Jeffrey Botticello, third year mechanical engineering student at RIT and team manager for RIT’s Electric Vehicle Team
  • Derek Gutheil, fifth year mechanical and computer engineering student at RIT and member of RIT’s Electric Vehicle Team

In 1979, the body of a teenage girl was found in a cornfield in Caledonia. For 35 years, her identity and her killer were a mystery. Half the mystery was solved in January 2015, when the girl was identified as Tammy Jo Alexander. The other half remains unsolved.

Finding Tammy Jo is a new podcast produced by WXXI News and the Democrat and Chronicle. Co-hosts Veronica Volk and Gary Craig spent a year investigating the case and weaving together the threads of evidence and memories that have emerged. They join us on Connections to share their insight into Tammy Jo's story. We listen to Episode 1 of the podcast, which launched on Sunday, and we provide a behind-the-scenes look into the making of Finding Tammy Jo. Our guests:

First hour: A behind-the-scenes look at the new podcast, Finding Tammy Jo

Second hour: Monthly Science Roundtable examines electric vehicles

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • The Flint water crisis with investigative journalist Curt Guyette;
  • The presidential race and paid family leave with billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Tom Golisano; 
  • The debate over shipping garbage from New York City to a landfill in the Finger Lakes;
  • Zombie properties in Rochester;
  • The Rochester Cocktail Revival.

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