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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 future of Roe v Wade and Planned Parenthood under the Trump administration, and the stigma of abortion;
  • Implicit bias;
  • What life is like as a refugee;
  • Ethics in jewelry and how diamonds are sourced.

We are coming up on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's famous event, that either did or did not happen. Luther's famous 95 Theses are legend now, nailed to a church door in a German town. He was attacking the Roman Catholic leadership.

We discuss the legacy of this revolutionary, in what we hope will be an enlightening and free-ranging conversation with our guests:

"Post-truth." "Fake news." It's a new world of information and misinformation, and for journalists, it's about to get even more challenging.

President-Elect Trump has shown consistent hostility to news organizations. Considering that, is this a moment of reckoning for the entire industry? Why do so many Americans profess such rancor to the press? How might that change? Our guests:

NPR

First hour: Reconciling journalism with a "post-truth" America

Second hour: 500 years later, the legacy of Martin Luther

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo joins us in studio to discuss a range of issues. We talk about the budget, we examine her efforts to dissolve LDCs, and we review her first year in office. 

Donald Trump has said that he wants to appoint Supreme Court Justices who will seek to undo Roe v Wade. During a recent interview, Trump said that women seeking abortions could simply cross state lines to find providers, if Roe is overturned.

What would that mean for New York State? Would we see an influx of women seeking services? How would that impact women who are struggling financially? Are organizations like Planned Parenthood prepared for these changes? Our guests:

NPR

First hour: The future of women's health if Roe v Wade is overturned

Second hour: Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo

The Ugandan Water Project started in 2008, and now it's a mission to provide clean water to a population that desperately needs it. The way it happens is remarkable: 10,000 liter polyvinyl tanks collect rainwater.

Local musicians are hoping to help raise thousands of dollars for new collection tanks. We discuss how the project began, and why the need is so acute. Our guests:

  • Mike Muscarella, guitarist for Violet Mary
  • Joe Myers, drummer for Violet Mary
  • Mel Muscarella, lead singer and keyboards for Violet Mary
  • James Harrington, Ugandan Water Project

Governor Andrew Cuomo says that if Upstate New Yorkers want ride-sharing like Uber, they need to call their lawmakers. So has the time come? Or are the critics right to push back, saying that Uber undermines workers? Our panel discusses it:

NPR

First hour: Is it time for New York to welcome Uber and Lyft?

Second hour: Ugandan Water Project

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