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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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Is a trash incinerator in the Finger Lakes a good idea for economic reasons or is it a bad idea to keep more garbage in a tourism-centered place? The debate focuses on a proposed project that some say is a necessary jobs creator, while others call it a potential disaster for a region focused on agriculture and tourism.

Our guests debate the project.

  • Michael Warren Thomas, talk show host and advocate for the Finger Lakes region
  • Alan Knauf, lawyer representing Circular enerG

Are TV ad boycotts an effective way to protest speech? The question comes after a survivor of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida called on advertisers to boycott Laura Ingraham's show on Fox News because Inghram mocked him on Twitter. Student David Hogg put pressure on a number of advertisers to pull their ads; about half of them did. Ingraham called the approach a "Stalinist" approach to change society, while other critics said the best way to counter speech is with more speech.

So what is the most effective way to protest speech? Our guests weigh in:

  • Chris Thomas, partner with Nixon Peabody
  • Wes Renfro, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at St. John Fisher College

First hour: Are TV ad boycotts an effective way to protest speech?

Second hour: Debating the proposed trash incinerator in the Finger Lakes

WXXI News partnered with ideastream in Cleveland and Oregon Public Broadcasting to bring you special coverage of the opioid epidemic in America. 

In this broadcast, Evan Dawson hosts a panel discussing pain management, prescription policy, and disparities in care related to the opioid crisis. Our guests:

  • Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia, M.D., executive director of the Avel Gordly Center for Healing, and assistant professor in psychiatry at the School of Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University
  • Dr. Crawford Barnett, M.D., pain management physician in the Department of Pain Management at the Cleveland Clinic, and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
  • Dr. Timothy Wiegand, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Michelle Marikos, Oregon-certified peer support specialist for chronic pain with Moving through Chronic Pain and Oregon Pain Guidance
  • Laura Garrison, vice president for development WXXI and The Little Theatre, who has experienced long-term chronic pain

A recent piece in the Atlantic Monthly explores the efforts parents of color are making to shield their children from negative stereotypes. It highlights how many parents curate books, entertainment, and toys -- either eliminating or adding certain types of media -- with the goal of empowering their children and exposing them to positive images of characters that look like them. Parents say it's a challenge, and the results are mixed.

We hear from local parents who share their experiences and what they hope will change. Our guests: 

  • Leslie C. Youngblood, author of Love Like Sky, and aunt
  • Pastor Darryl E. Carter, senior pastor at JHKM Inc., and parent
  • Rodney Fields, parent
  • Shaun Nelms, associate professor at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, superintendent of East High School, and parent

WXXI News is partnering with ideastream in Cleveland and Oregon Public Broadcasting to bring you special coverage of the opioid epidemic in America. 

Evan Dawson hosts a panel that will discuss pain management, prescription policy, and disparities in care related to the opioid crisis. The conversation begins at 2 p.m. on WXXI AM 1370, WEOS 89.5 FM, and wxxinews.org. You can join the conversation by calling in at 1-844-295-TALK (8255). 

Christopher Futcher

First hour: How parents of color are shielding their children from negative stereotypes in the media

Second hour: Special re-broadcast: Poet Sara Holbrook, who couldn't answer standardized test questions about her own poems

Can games be effective tools for learning and education? Think of board games like Monopoly, card games that teach math or vocabulary, and video games, which are popping up in classrooms across the country.

Our guests share their insight on educational games, examples of what works (or doesn't), and if more games should be incorporated into classrooms. In studio:

Puerto Rico's Department of Education announced last week that it will close nearly 300 schools due to a decline in enrollment. The news comes as more families leave the island, seeking better lives. Rebuilding efforts continue in Puerto Rico, and local students have helped with the cleanup. 

We discuss what they've learned after working with communities on the island, how the media has covered Puerto Rico, and we get an update on Puerto Rican families who have moved to Rochester. Our guests:

  • Brianna Pollard, SUNY Geneseo Class of 2018
  • Michael Wall, SUNY Geneseo Class of 2018
  • Betsy Colon, grants management associate at SUNY Geneseo
  • Hilda Rosario Escher, president of the Ibero American Action League

Tianna Manon / WXXI News

First hour: Updates from Puerto Rico

Second hour: Can games be effective tools for learning and education?

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