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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:

  • 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.

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:

  • Challenges faced by first-generation college students;
  • The value of mindfulness in medicine; 
  • The documentary, Real Boy, about a transgender teen;
  • This summer's total solar eclipse.

Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

Two legislative leaders in the State Assembly squared off on Connections with Evan Dawson on Wednesday, although “squared off “ might not be the appropriate phrase.

Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle of Irondequoit, who is a Democrat, and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, a Republican from Canandaigua, say they actually work quite well together.

One frustration expressed by Kolb is the fact that the Assembly or Senate minority leaders don’t often get to sit in on the governor’s budget negotiations.

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:

  • Human trafficking in Western New York;
  • The value of expertise, and why not trusting experts is causing damage in the fight against climate change;
  • The lack of diversity in classical music;
  • Where new college graduates are finding teaching jobs.

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:

  • Climate change, with Living on Earth host, Steve Curwood;
  • The financial crisis and director Steve James' film, Abacus;
  • Restorative circles;
  • Going zero waste.

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