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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3:21 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Connections: Puerto Rican Festival

Previewing the Puerto Rican Festival this weekend.

The Puerto Rican Parade and Festival kicks off this weekend. We chat with the organizers about the history of these events, and preview what will be coming up over the weekend. To sum up the hour, we’ll have a conversation about Latinos representation in the local media with our guests:

Geena Cruz, parade committee president

Orlando Ortiz, president of Puerto Rican Festival

Leslie Rivera, vice-president of Puerto Rican Festival

Julio Saenz, founder of ConXion, board member of Ibero-American Action League, and Author of “Rochester’s Latino Community”

3:15 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Connections: Raising Healthy Children

How do we raise healthy children?

We ask the question, “How do we raise healthy children?” We discuss the risk of childhood obesity, healthy eating, and exercise. We also discuss about how to best keep their minds healthy, as well. How much screen time is healthy for kids and what are some of the alternatives to video games and television? Our panel weighs in:

Debra Ross, founder of Kids Out and About

Stephen Cook, UR Medicine pediatrician

Adrienne Furness, Henrietta Public Library

Tonia Burton, children’s services consultant at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County

WXXI Local Stories
8:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, July 30th

Credit Puerto Rican Festival

First Hour: Raising Healthy Kids

Second Hour: Puerto Rican Parade and Festival/ Representation of Latinos in the media

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2:42 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Connections: Talking Landscaping

Tree and landscaping questions answered.

The good people from Ted Collins Tree and Landscape are with us to discuss landscaping trends locally and regionally. With us on the show are Greg Frank and Mike Tanzini.

2:37 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Connections: Social Media Marketing

Understanding social media marketing with Jon Alhart.

The landscape of social media marketing is changing, as are the tools and techniques of the industry itself.

Perceptions of the value of a  social media campaign, however,  in terms of helping an organization achieve it's objectives, often remain rooted in one's assessments and opinions formed while the industry was still in its infancy. Misconceptions and folk knowledge about social media marketing,  continue to circulate on social media itself, adding to the confusion.

We try to clear the confusion up with Jon Alhart, director of social and digital media at Dixon Schwabl

2:36 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Connections: Allendale Columbia/RCSD Partnership

The Summer Leap program for kids in Greater Rochester.

The unique "Summer Leap" program partnership between the Allendale Columbia School and  RCSD School Number 17,  involving first and second graders which started this summer, will now continue throughout the academic year.

Our guests describe the positive impact not just on the children, but on the teachers, who have  rediscovered their love of their chosen profession during a time when they would normally be on vacation.

Mike Gee, head of Allendale Columbia School

Nate Merritt, executive director of the "Summer Leap" program

Amy Oliveri, assistant director of "Summer Leap"

2:29 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Connections: The Beauty and Bounty of the Finger Lakes

What visitors can do in the Finger Lakes.

Our guests this hour key us in on the beauty and  bounty of the Finger Lakes region's food,  beverage  and landscape/scenery offerings from the perspective of the photographer, foodie, and beverage connoisseur.

Our guests are: 

Valerie Knoblauch, president of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection

Trish Aser, owner of the Brown Hound Bistro

Nicole Heroux, co- owner and director of business development for Simply Crêpes

Dave Schlosser, owner of Naked Dove Brewing Company

3:37 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Connections: Innovation Friday - Economic Benefit of the Erie Canalway Trail; Nuclear Secrets

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 policy 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.

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 about the developments that have the potential to unpick the Affordable Care Act. 

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.