Connections with Evan Dawson

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3:25 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Connections: Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren was our guest for a full hour on Wednesday to talk with callers abou  issues in the City of Rochester.

3:21 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Connections: Bills Fan Alliance; Talking With Rosanne Cash

Talking with the Buffalo Bills Alliance, and then with Rosanne Cash.
In the first part of this show, we welcome the Buffalo Bills Fan Alliance. We want to know what they have planned to try to keep the team in western New York. Who is their preferred owner? Which bidder worries them the most? And can Buffalo realistically have anything close to the Green Bay model? We talk with co-director of the alliance, Brian Cinelli, and sports journalist Greg Hanlon. Then we talk with Rosanne Cash, who released a new album and will be performing at The Smith in Geneva on Thursday night. 
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10:08 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, August 20th

First hour: Buffalo Bills Fan Alliance

Second hour: Rochester mayor Lovely Warren

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3:45 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Connections: New Wave of Feminism

A new wave of feminism.

What comes to mind when you hear the word "feminism"? We asked this question on social media and the responses were all over the map. Modern feminism is hard to define, but we try, with our panel: 

  • Dr. Barbara LeSavoy, director and assistant professor of Women and Gender Studies at SUNY Brockport
  • Hannah Murphy, director of projects and special events, Feminists for Nonviolent Choices
  • Noelle Evans, activist
  • Melanie West, activist
  • Michelle Faust, WXXI News
3:28 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Connections: Are We Overpolicing Parents?

Are parents being overpoliced, and not allowed to parent as they like?

Would you leave your child in your car alone while you quickly run into the store for a carton of milk? In some states, this is illegal, and some feel this is overpolicing of parents. Have laws discouraged individual preferences on parenting kids? Are these laws leading to parents overpolicing children? We discuss these issues with our panel:

3:19 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Connections: The Situation in Ferguson (Two programs)

Discussing the Michael Brown shooting and the aftermath in Ferguson, Mo.

On Monday's edition of "Connections", we spent both hours discussing the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, and the aftermath which is still ongoing. How could the situation have been handled differently? Could this situation happen in Western New York? We discuss the situation, and the hypotheticals with our panels:

First Hour:

  • Bill Johnson, former Rochester Mayor
  • Kit Miller, director of the Gandhi Institute for Non Violence
  • Verdis Robinson, professor of History and African American Studies at Monroe Community College
  • Bill Clark, Urban League president

Second Hour:

  • Shabaka Mu Ausar, filmmaker of "Young Black Male"
  • Sherry Walker-Cowart, Center for Dispute Settlement president
  • Frank Liberti, Center for Dispute Settlement

11:30 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Monday, August 18th

Credit NPR

First and second hour: A discussion on Ferguson

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3:29 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Healthcare In Our Rural Communities

Improving healthcare in rural areas.

This hour focuses on delivering healthcare to people living in rural communities. We also discuss how the Affordable Care Act affects those living in rural areas.

Our guests weigh in:

  • Dr. Daniel Mendelson, Highland Hospital
  • James Kennedy, Finger Lakes Community Health
  • Erika Ziller, Maine Rural Health Research Center

We also spoke with Katherine Hempstead of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation about the impact of the ACA.

3:21 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Take As Directed Campaign

Why we should take our medications as directed. Then, talking about issues with depression and bipolar disorders.

A new public awareness campaign tries to get people to “Take As Directed.” That means take their medications the way they were prescribed. 50 percent of people don’t do that and the health care system says problems with medication adherence cost health and money. We talk with Dr. Mona Chitre, VP and Chief Pharmacy Officer at Excellus about this issue.

Then, the recent death of Robin Williams gave one Rochester psychiatrist pause: Dr. Adrian Leibovici is chief of psychiatry at Rochester General Health System. He talks through the issues of depression and bipolar, and answers questions about the societal issues surrounding these clinical conditions.

3:46 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Connections: The Paul Ryan Anti-Poverty Plan

Discussing the Paul Ryan Anti-Poverty plan

Time for a wonkish policy discussion. Congressman Paul Ryan has put forward an anti-poverty plan. What does it entail? How would it work? What would the impact be in western New York? Our panel is well prepared to dig into policy while avoiding the politics.

Kent Gardner, economist with the Center for Governmental Research
Ed Doherty, Rochester Area Community Foundation
Jane Lynch, retired director of the department of social services for Ontario County