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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:

  • Reactions to the memo about race and gender at Google; 
  • Gun rights and Rep. Chris Collins' proposed SAGA bill;
  • Cross-cultural relationships and themes from the film, The Big Sick;
  • The music of Joni Mitchell. 

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:

  • The impact of ride-hailing services in Rochester;
  • The Strong's proposed Neighborhood of Play on the old Inner Loop site, and the future of parking garages;
  • The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program;
  • The value of travel and cultural immersion.

We're getting wonky. It's time to go to school to understand a term we hear tossed around all the time these days: "neoliberalism." Justice Kennedy is a neoliberal? Hillary Clinton? What exactly does that mean? Before your eyes get glassy, our guests will explain how our lives are impacted when everything -- from health care to education to politics -- is commoditized.

Our guests:

  • Lyle Jeremy Rubin, Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Rochester, and is writing his dissertation on left-leaning uses of Adam Smith and market economics in the United States
  • David Hursh, professor of teaching and curriculum at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education

Al Gore is back at the center of the climate conversation. Is that a good thing? Some progressives fear that Gore -- perhaps unintentionally -- turned the climate issue into a political debate. Pragmatically, they worry that he'll push more fence-sitters into the denial camp. But Gore's fans say that he has helped give the issue the urgency it requires. Our guests will discuss it:

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:

  • Affirmative action at universities, with Hobart and William Smith Colleges President Gregory Vincent;
  • How Native American history and culture are taught in schools;
  • Diversity in high school reading lists;
  • Intimate partner violence.

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:

  • Rochester's Climate Action Plan;
  • Truth in comedy, with comedian Mike Birbiglia;
  • How the Declaration of Independence and American history are taught in schools;
  • Misconceptions about people who are blind, with Saudi disability rights activist Mohammed Saad.

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:

  • Access to birth certificates and family information for people who have been adopted in New York State*;
  • The therapeutic benefits of friendship for people with mental illness;
  • The value of print reporting, and a small-town newspaper that won a Pulitzer Prize.

*Correction: In the podcast, the host and producer say the legislation has passed the New York State Assembly, but the bill has passed both the Assembly and the Senate.

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 disability rights activist's experience in Washington, D.C., while protesting potential cuts to Medicaid;
  • How journalists decide what to cover and what not to cover;
  • The differences between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange;
  • The benefits of integrating geothermal and solar energy systems in homes.

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:

  • What life is like in a refugee camp;
  • The Champion Academy and how to help students living in poverty*;
  • Pride month and efforts to build a more inclusive movement;
  • Music and activism, with singer Bethany Yarrow.

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:

  • The first pop album created by NPR theme music composer, BJ Leiderman;
  • The stigma of mental illness and the hope of recovery;
  • Settlement houses and why Rochester is a divided community;
  • Having pride in -- rather than hating on -- your hometown.

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