Connections with Evan Dawson

Weekdays Noon-2:00 p.m. on WXXI-AM 1370

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 - 585-263-WXXI (9994), email, Facebook or Twitter

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10:08 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Connections: Climate Change & "Climate Smart Communities"

A discussion of 'Climate Smart Communities,' and efforts by NYS and the local Sierra Club chapter.

The Sierra Club hosted an event focusing on climate change. What can we do to curb the warming trends? A recent UN study finds that we'd have to cut emissions between 41% and 72% by 2050 to have a chance to prevent severe atmospheric consequences. Those are enormous numbers, and we'll explore what kind of economic effect it would have on a country trying to reach them. 

Guests include: Mark Lowery, Manager of the Climate Smart Community Program of New York State.

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10:03 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Connections: Child Sexual Abuse

A discussion of child sexual abuse and the story of former New York Yankee Chad Curtis.

A recent article tells the  story of former New York Yankee Chad Curtis. Curtis is in prison, convicted on multiple felony counts of child sex abuse. Curtis, who caught the final out of the 1999 World  Series, was convicted of molesting teenage girls who trusted him for athletic training. The author of a recent story, Greg Hanlon, joins us to explain how he convinced Curtis to sit down for a jailhouse interview.

Guests also include Ed Suk of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Mary Whittier of Bivona Child Advocacy Center.   

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1:01 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Connections: Resources For Children

A discussion of state resources for children contained in the new budget.

Jeff Kaczorowski and Carolyn Lee-Davis from the Children's Agenda join us to help us understand what did -- and what did not -- make the cut in the 2014 state budget. From pre-k to children's programs and child care, they break down what resources will soon be available. 

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12:55 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Connections: Nanotechnology

A discussion about nanotechnology.

What is nanotechnology? Is it safe? Can it save lives, with tiny robots coursing through our bodies to root out the dangers? How about the construction industry? We learn all about nanotech from our guest, Sara Brenner of the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. She was also a guest speaker at the Rochester Museum and Science Center.   

Connections
9:55 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Thursday, April 17th

12 noon: The lessons of convicted sex offender (and former NY Yankee) Chad Curtis

1pm: Climate change: Can we realistically reverse the trends?

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8:19 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Connections: Local Expert Weighs In On Malaysian Airliner Search

A discussion about the science involved in the search for the missing Malaysian airline.

Why can't they find the Malaysian airliner? Most analysts now agree that the plane crashed into the Indian Ocean. Sensitive detection equipment has found signals that could be coming from the plane. But as University of Rochester's Duncan Moore explains, the next steps are extremely complicated and challenging. We look at the science of why finding the plane is so difficult.   

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8:15 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Connections: Campaign Finance Reform In NYS

A discussion of campaign finance reform in New York State.

We dig into the future of campaign finance in New York and the United States. From McCutcheon to the recent failed attempt by Governor Cuomo to broaden publicly funded campaigns, we follow the money. What's the argument for putting tax dollars into political campaigns? What's the argument against it? Brian Sampson of Unshackle Upstate joins us  studio to explain why his organization lobbied against publicly funded campaigns. Susan Lerner of Common Cause NY joins us to elaborate on why her organization favors more public participation.

Connections
9:06 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, April 16th

12 noon: The future of nanotechnology

1pm: Pre-K, children's programs, and what made the cut in the state budget

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Connections
9:11 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, April 15th

12 noon: Campaign financing under the microscope

1pm: Finding the missing Malaysian airliner

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4:15 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Connections: Organ Donation Program; High Falls Film Festival

A change in the organ donation program; Also, a preview of the High Falls Film Festival.

New York is changing the way organ donations are established and handled. It’s an effort to get more people – a lot more – signed up. Guests include: Rob Kochik from Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network and Dr. Mark Orloff, transplant surgeon at URMC.

In the second half-hour, the High Falls Film Festival is six months away, but later this month they’re presenting a film produced by a Rochester native. Guests include Mary Manard Reed, Executive Director of the festival and and Producer, Mike Critteli.

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