Connections with Evan Dawson

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8:05 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Connections: Cocktails Making A Comeback

A discussion about the cocktail revival happening around the country.

There's a cocktail revival happening around the country, and Rochester happens to be a strong player in the movement. Sazaracs are in. Barrel-aged Manhattans can be found. And a group of local restaurants and bars are teaming up for a weekend of cocktail-themed events, from tastings to classes on the proper use of bitters. We meet the cocktail-slinging barhands behind this effort: 

Chuck Cerankosky / Good Luck and Cure restaurants

Jon Karel / The Revelry restaurant

Evy Fanning / Cheshire   

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7:59 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Connections: Who Is The Frontrunner To Buy The Bills?

A discussion on Donald Trump, and other rumored possible owners for the Buffalo Bills.

This time, Donald Trump swears he's serious. Evan says it's unwise to ever take Trump seriously. But the NFL has to take Trump seriously, because he's making a great deal of noise about keeping the Bills in Buffalo. Is he the next owner? Would some fans truly give up on the team in that circumstance? Our panel looks at who is the real frontrunner to buy the Bills, and whether the franchise is likely to remain in Buffalo. 

The panel includes: Mike Catalana of 13WHAM Sports; Scott Pitoniak / Journalist and author & Peter Gregory / Bills fan and attorney  

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10:11 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, April 23rd

12 noon: Charlotte development

1pm: Employment for the disabled

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9:02 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Connections: The Link Between Environment & Mental Health

We examine "root shock."  The Rochester Regional Community Design Center hosts another event in their Reshaping Rochester series, and this time the guest is Mindy Thompson Fullilove. She explains how tearing up city neighborhoods hurts the families that live there. 

Also in the discussion,  Joni Monroe and Roger Brown, of the Reshaping Rochester series.

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8:57 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Connections: South Sudan Documentary; Late-Night TV Battles

We preview our colleague's documentary, Schools for South Sudan. Helene Biandudi-Hofer joins us with a special guest, Sebastian Maroundit, to explain the journey from Rochester to Sudan, and how our community is helping a community on the other side of the world.

In the second half-hour, we look at the future of late-night television with Tom Proietti, media scholar in residence at St. John Fisher College. CBS is betting on Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman; NBC chose Jimmy Fallon to replace Jay Leno. Are audiences still watching?   

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10:15 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, April 22nd

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12 noon: Donald Trump is not buying the Buffalo Bills. Right?

1pm: A cocktail revival in Rochester

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7:55 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Monday, April 21st

12 noon: Schools for South Sudan documentary

12:30: The future of late-night comedy

1pm: Root shock in Rochester

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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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