Connections with Evan Dawson

Weekdays Noon-2:00 p.m. on WXXI-AM 1370 in Rochester and WEOS 89.5 FM in Geneva

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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.

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. 

3:23 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Connections: Musicians' Roundtable

The musicians' roundtable discusses how to make it in the music business.

Our musicians' roundtable looks at the life of modern bands and musicians -- the ones that are trying to make a living in music. What do they think about the free downloads from Spotify? Is it truly harder than ever to convince consumers to purchase albums, or purchase songs? How do these bands get by and "make it?" To discuss all this, we have our roundtable:

Mike Muscarella, Violet Mary
Catherine Bauer, Water Street Music Hall
Roy Stein, My Plastic Sun
Matt Merritt, Roses and Revolutions
Mikey James, Admirers

3:13 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Connections: Roland Williams

Roland Williams discusses why he's been pushing hard to launch his new academy.

Former NFL player and Rochester native Roland Williams joins me to talk about why he's pressing to hard to establish his new academy this year -- even if it doesn't have the funding. Williams points to the dreadful graduation rates for black and Latino boys in the city of Rochester, and he says it's a crisis. The academy launches soon, with a particular emphasis on helping young boys become men. 

4:15 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Monday, July 21st

First hour: Roland Williams

Second hour: Musicians Roundtable

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4:07 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Medical Marijuana

The controversial topic of medical marijuana.

This hour of "Healthy Friday" is coincides with the public television health series "Second Opinion LIVE!". We discuss the controversial topic of medical marijuana, which just became legal in New York State. With us is Dr. Timothy Quill from the University of Rochester Medical Center.

4:01 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Foot Health

All about foot and ankle health.

It's a "Healthy Friday" program. In this hour, tackle a topic that’s mostly overlooked until it’s a problem...foot and ankle health. We find out how to keep our feet healthy with Dr. David High, podiatrist at Metro Footcare Associates and Amy Kates, MS, RN-BC, Nurse Navigator at Unity Foot & Ankle Center.

11:18 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Coming up on Connections 7-18-14

Today is Healthy Friday.

12 p.m.: We discuss foot and ankle health with our guests:

David High, DPM, Podiatrist at Metro Footcare Associates

Amy Kates, MS, RN-BC, Nurse Navigator, Unity Foot & Ankle Center

1 p.m.:  "Second Opinion LIVE" with the controversial topic of medical marijuana. Our guest is Dr. Timothy Quill. You can watch the live video stream and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #2ndOp.

2:39 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Connections: Reflecting on July 1964

Reflecting back on the July 1964 race riots and the film that documented the disturbances, "July '64".

This is a special double-length show as we come up on the 50th anniversary of the race riots in Rochester, and some would call part of the events a riot, and other parts a rebellion. The underlying issues at the roots of the disturbances were highlighted in the documentary "July '64"

The film was made 10 years ago and was directed by Carvin Eison and produced by Chris Christopher. Both were guests to discuss the making of the flim, what they learned in the creation of the film, and the progress that has been made 10 years later. 

WXXI-TV will air "July '64" at these times:

Monday, July 21 at 9 p.m.

Sunday, July 27 at 11 p.m.

City12 will air "July '64" Thursday, July 24 at 10 p.m.

The Little Theatre will have a free screening of "July '64" Sunday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m.

3:18 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Connections: The Impact of Hairspray

The impact of the movie "Hairspray".

The JCC is getting ready to launch their performance of "Hairspray" to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the race riots. We'll talk about inclusion on all levels -- and break down why the film became a cult classic despite a modest box office performance -- with Ralp Meranto of the JCC, Norma Holland from 13WHAM, and Andrea Holland from Holland Communications.