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First hour: Harmonica Pete DuPre

Second hour: Cpt. Ronald Johnson on lessons from Ferguson

Democrat & Chronicle journalist Gary Craig has just published a book about the infamous Rochester Brinks heist. Craig pulls many threads together to spin this tale of deception, robbery, and murder. So who really did it? And where is the money? We've been looking forward to this discussion for a long time.

One of the most well connected priests in the world is a Rochester native who assisted the Vatican during the transition period between Popes Benedict and Francis. Father Thomas Rosica is the CEO of Salt and Light Catholic Media, and is a priest of the Congregation of St. Basil. He's back in his hometown to host a retreat, and he joins us on Connections to talk about the work and impact of Pope Francis.

Father Rosica has worked as a media attaché for Francis, providing English language translation. He sees this Pope as a hand reaching out to the truly needy around the world. We discuss the refugee crisis, the meaning of "pro-life," and what it means to be Christian.

First hour: Father Thomas Rosica on the state of the Catholic Church

Second hour: Journalist Gary Craig on his new book about the Rochester Brinks heist

Last fall, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued new recommendations for limiting media use among children. How can parents work under these guidelines and help their kids unplug and reconnect to non-digital activities?

A book called The Game is Playing Your Kid offers advice for monitoring and limiting screen time for children. The author, Dr. Joe Dilley, is in Rochester as a guest of the Norman Howard School. He joins us in studio to talk about how parents can help kids transition from overuse to more mindful use of technology. He's joined by Dr. Elizabeth Murray, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Golisano Children's Hospital.

Can science and faith coexist in today's politically-charged environment? A 2015 survey found that nearly 70 percent of evangelicals in the United States don't see religion and science as being totally at odds. Meanwhile, a survey cited by National Geographic says scientists may be just as likely to believe in God as those outside the scientific community.

We discuss the relationship between science and religion with our guests:

  • Rev. J. Eric Thompson, priest in charge at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Dansville
  • Dan Courtney, co-founder of Young Skeptics, and atheist activist


First hour: The relationship between science and religion

 Second hour: How to help kids unplug in the digital age

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • A proposal drafted by local police chiefs that would tighten up parole rules;
  • A local businessman being sued by KFC for using the slogan, "Finger Lakin' Good;"
  • The Spiritus Christi Race Convoy, and the current state of race relations;
  • The Listen to Your Mother event, featuring mothers sharing personal stories.

If you’ve ever stared at a blank page, wishing that streams of brilliant prose would appear, you’re not alone. Many aspiring and veteran writers view writer’s block as their worst enemy in the creative process. A group of local writers and teachers is hoping to change that. They’ve joined together to offer a retreat aimed at helping female writers become their “wilder, bolder, more natural creative” selves.

Our guests discuss how using inner-child meditation, self-hypnosis, and other creative efforts can help writers can improve their craft, work through hurdles, and more. We have some fun talking about the craft of writing with instructors at the Mother Wolf retreat:

  • Christine Green, freelance literary arts journalist, teaching artist, memoirist, and meditation leader 
  • Nina Alvarez, writer, editor, publisher, teaching artist, energy healer, and founder of Cosmographia Publishing and Dream Your Book author services
  • Jen Years, certified consulting hypnotist, psychic/medium, reiki master teacher, writer, and owner of Mojo Dojo
  • Mary Monroe, musician, concert promoter, writer,  and energy healer
  • Kathy Pottetti, director of the Writers & Books retreat center, Gell: A Finger Lakes Creative Retreat in Naples

Despite snow in the forecast next week, summer is right around the corner, and many kids in our area are getting excited for summer camp. Nationally, camps are an $18 billion dollar industry, with more than 14 million children and adults attending programs. We’ll preview the season by talking to local camp directors about a variety of issues: why enrollment is increasing; efforts to limit or eliminate screen time; and how camping experiences can become more accessible to people from all socio-economic backgrounds. In studio: