Connections with Evan Dawson

Weekdays Noon-2:00 p.m. on WXXI-AM 1370 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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Connections
3:37 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Economic Benefit of the Erie Canal; Impact of a Nuclear Conflict

The economic impact of the Erie Canal; what a nuclear conflict would've meant to the U.S. a half century ago.

Are you a user of that length of waterway, the Erie Canal? Maybe you’re a cyclist, a dog walker or a boat owner, or maybe you’re business depends on it? Someone’s finally got around to measuring the economic benefit of the historic waterway which now has a today-dollar value, and it might surprise you. Fran Gotcsik, director of programs and police for Parks and Trails New York chats with us about the stats.

Then we head into the Nuclear Vault…a repository of formerly classified national security documents curated by the National Security Archive at George Washington University. This week, newly released documents provide surprising insights into what nuclear conflict would have meant to the U.S. half a century ago. We chat with the Archive's senior analyst, Dr. William Burr.

Connections
3:36 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Connections - Innovation Friday: Preserving Upstate's Heritage; Health Insurance

Preserving upstate New York's heritage, and then discussing health care.

We start by looking at measures designed to provide incentives for preserving and repurposing upstate’s industrial heritage, and leveraging the region’s changing demographics. We discuss this with the President of the Preservation League of New York State Jay DiLorenzo. 

Then, It’s been a big week in the nation’s courts of appeal with conflicting rulings on the legality of Federal health insurance subsidies. What does it all mean? We’ll talk to Researcher Kev Coleman from the website healthpocket.com about the developments that have the potential to unpick the Affordable Care Act. 

Connections
3:37 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Connections: Fallout for Cuomo's Interference With The Moreland Commission

What fallout will Governor Cuomo endure after an article shows that he interfered with his Moreland Commission.

In this hour, Governor Cuomo is under heavy scrutiny after the New York Times published a story about his administration's efforts to rein in the Moreland Commission. Cuomo formed the commission last year to go after public corruption, and he boasted that it was a qualified, independent commission with no restrictions. Turns out the govenror's office tried to stop the commission whenever it got close to Cuomo. We talk to GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, we hear from legislative leaders, and our Karen DeWitt checks in from Albany.

Connections
3:30 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Connections: More On The '64 Race Riots

Discussing the '64 race riots, 50 years to the day when it started.

In this hour, we continue the discussion of the 50th anniversary of the race riots in Rochester. Gap Mangione, whose family owned a business in Rochester at the time, joins our panel, along with RIT professor John Klofas and Darryl Porter, who was involved in the riot. We welcome Tariq Spence of WDKX to help lead the discussion with our guests and listeners.

Connections
11:44 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Thursday, July 24th

First hour: July '64 

Second hour: Governor Cuomo and the Moreland Commission

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Connections
4:10 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Connections: Is Organic Food Better?

Is organic food really better for you?

Two new studies offer more details about organic food is, and what it is not. So is it worth spending more money on organic produce? What is the certification process for organic growing? What are the evidence-based health benefits? Why is Wegmans so supportive of organic? We discuss this with our panel:

Jane Andrews, Wegmans nutrition and product labeling manager
Denis Lepel, Lakestone Family Farm
Todd Lighthouse, Lighthouse Gardens
Anne Ruflin, Executive Director of the Northeastern Organic Farming Association of New York 

Connections
4:03 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Connections: Finger Lakes Cheese Trail

The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail.

The rise of the cheese trail. Specifically, the Finger Lakes cheese trail has shed the training wheels. It might not be quite as expansive as the wine trail, but you can stop and taste cheeses, and this weekend marks the Finger Lakes Cheese Festival. This comes at a time when Senator Chuck Schumer is defending the cheese industry as a vital economic engine; recent regulations threatened certain parts of it. So we talk cheese with:

Carmella Hoffman, Sunset View Creamery
Carol Fingar, Finger Lakes Cheese Festival
Ann Duckett, Little Bleu Cheese Shop

Connections
10:06 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, July 23rd

First hour: Rise of the Finger Lakes cheese trail

Second hour: Examining new studies about organic food

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Connections
5:14 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Connections: News on Wine, Coffee, and Bread

News on wine, coffee, and food.

Get ready to be hungry this hour, we're talking wine, coffee, and bread.

First, the Wine Bloggers Conference is coming to the Finger Lakes next year, and that's a big deal. Why? We find out from Morgan McLughlin, executive director of Santa Barbara Vintners.

Then, we discuss coffee. We touched on the third wave of coffee in a previous show, and on Sunday, The Little Theatre is screening a film documenting this third wave called "A Film About Coffee". We talk with John Ebel of Pour Coffee about the film. 

We end with bread, an item that many restaurants bring to the table at the start of the meal. But this practice is starting to fade away in some places. Is Rochester one of them? We discuss this and more with chef Brian Antinore.

Connections
4:57 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Connections: More on Migraine Headaches

More on headaches with Dr. Catherine LaVigne.

Carlet Cleare guests hosts this hour of "Connections". Our subject is headache, cluster headache, and its evil cousin migraine. When we covered this subject on our show recently, we couldn't get to all the calls and online questions. The director of URMC's Headache Center, Dr. Catherine LaVigne, asked if she could return to the show to address the additional questions, and to focus more on cluster headaches. 

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