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Critics of modern feminism have alleged that feminists want to blur inherent differences between men and women. Andrew Sullivan writes, "All differences between the sexes, we are now informed, are a function of the age-old oppression of women by men." That's just one example of the roiling debate about what is inherent, versus what is taught.

Our panelists discuss it. In studio:

  • Lauren Hall, assistant professor of political science at RIT
  • Barbara LeSavoy, director of the women and gender studies program at the College at Brockport


First hour: Debating modern feminism

Second hour: How should reporters approach interview subjects who won't acknowledge facts?

Research shows that LGBTQ youth make up a disproportionally high percentage of the homeless population across the nation, putting them at risk for discrimination, sex trafficking, and more. It's an issue affecting our community.

Local organizations are pushing for more beds for this vulnerable population. We talk to them about their efforts, and we hear from people in our community who faced these challenges when they were homeless. 

The pro-business organization Unshackle Upstate has called for lower taxes and lighter regulations. We look at their priorities in light of federal and state bills.

Mikael Damkier

First hour: How small business are affected by the federal tax plan

Second hour: Challenges faced by homeless LGBTQ youth

Should the voting age be lowered to 16? It’s a question that has resurfaced over the last few days, as students across the country have spoken out about gun legislation following the mass school shooting in Florida. Advocates of lowering the voting age say that if students are already participating in politics and can work and drive, they shouldn’t be denied the civic responsibility of voting. Those against the idea say that 16 and 17 year olds are not mature enough to make informed decisions at the polls. Several U.S. cities have already lowered the voting age, as have several countries.

Will it happen across the U.S.? What should the national voting age be? Our panelists debate the issue. Our guests:

  • Dylan Holcomb, senior student-activist and mindfulness facilitator at Brighton High School 
  • Sam Topa, freshman at McQuaid Jesuit High School
  • Zosan Soong, senior patent counsel at Xerox Corporation, and parent 
  • Mary Lupien, RCSD teacher
  • Tim Kneeland, professor and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Nazareth College 

USA Today recently reported on the continuing support for President Trump among evangelical Christians. This comes a little more than a year after 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for Trump. Many leaders in the Christian conservative community sat that the administration’s list of wins – from judicial and personnel appointments to policy changes to pro-life agenda actions – has been lengthy. That has sparked conversations in the local Christian community, particularly among left-leaning faith-based organizations whose leaders say they are confused about that support.

Our panel discusses what it means to be a modern, American Christian. In studio:

First hour: What does it mean to be a modern, American Christian?

Second hour: Should the voting age be changed to 16?


First hour: Special rebrodacast - Jeremy Richman on the impact of mass shootings on communities

Second hour: BBC World Service presents remarkable stories of African American history

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:

  • How local schools are protecting and caring for students, after news of mass shootings in American schools;
  • Racism, and what we tell our kids about race;
  • Reactions to the proposed changes to the SNAP program;
  • What's happening with photonics in Rochester.