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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:

  • The Flint water crisis with investigative journalist Curt Guyette;
  • The presidential race and paid family leave with billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Tom Golisano; 
  • The debate over shipping garbage from New York City to a landfill in the Finger Lakes;
  • Zombie properties in Rochester;
  • The Rochester Cocktail Revival.

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 philosophy of climate change with Noam Chomsky;
  • "I'm From Driftwood," a website that collections stories from the LGBTQ community; 
  • If "farm-to-table" claims are a myth;
  • Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren's controversial proposal to create a receivership district for the RCSD;
  • The New York State primary and the presidential race.

Saturday marks 400 years since William Shakespeare's death. We're exploring his legacy with a rollicking discussion of what's happening this weekend, what's happening this summer, and how Shakespeare impacts our community on a regular basis.

Our guests:

  • Cece McFarland, Ph.D., director All’s Well That Ends Well for Shakespeare Players of Rochester
  • Virginia Monte, co-owner of WallByrd Theatre Co. and director of this summer’s production of Romeo and Juliet at the Highland Bowl
  • Christine Ridarsky, Rochester city historian and co-curator of the “Shakespeare in Rochester” exhibit at the Central Library
  • Peter Scribner, president of the Rochester Community Players (RCP), founder of the RCP's Shakespeare Players program, and co-curator of the “Shakespeare in Rochester” exhibit at the Central Library
  • Greg Foran, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at Nazareth College

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 deep divide in the Monroe County Democratic Party;
  • The possible future of libel laws in the U.S.;
  • The position Susan B. Anthony would take on abortion if she were alive today;
  • The experiences of children in the foster care system.

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 unionization of contingent faculty members at colleges and universities;
  • The impact of consolidated school districts on revitalizing downtown areas;
  • Creating equal opportunities for students of different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  • The debate over state testing and the opt-out movement;
  • Finding the roots of families with slave ancestry.

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 controversy surrounding the I-Square project in Irondequoit;
  • "NIMBY" issues and the Open Door Mission's search for a facility to help homeless women and children;
  • The debate over raising the minimum wage statewide;
  • The impact of free trade and supply-side economics on workers;
  • The state of solar energy in Western New York. 

Evan Dawson talks about what matters to you on Connections, every weekday from noon-2 p.m. You can listen to the program on WXXI-AM 1370 and WRUR-FM 88.5 in Rochester, WEOS 89.5 FM in Geneva, and online. Be part of the program with questions or comments by phone at 1-844-295-TALK (8255), emailFacebook, or Twitter.

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:

  • Race and culture in America with Michele Norris, NPR journalist and creator of the Race Card Project;
  • President Obama's 2008 speech, "A More Perfect Union," and how our country has improved and regressed, relative to the themes of the speech;
  • How a plant-based diet can prevent and cure diseases;
  • Psychological thrillers like Psycho, and how filmmakers use editing techniques to manipulate the emotions of moviegoers.

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 journalists cover politicians' personal scandals;
  • The Republican presidential primaries and Donald Trump's candidacy with Gates Town Supervisor Mark Assini;
  • For-profit education with author Kevin Connell;
  • Local scientists' involvement in the detection of gravitational waves;
  • The memoir, Queen of the Fall, and the power of words with author and Rochester native Sonja Livingston.

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:

  • Race in America and the Urban League's efforts to engage presidential candidates, with guest Marc Morial;
  • Why we believe, or want to believe in hoaxes and spurious quotes;
  • Rochester's transportation future, including the possible return of a streetcar system;
  • Stereotyping of millennials;
  • The compelling story behind Fuego Coffee Roasters.

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:

  • Gun violence prevention with Peter Read, a Rochester native whose daughter Mary was killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting;
  • Food deserts and the closing of Constantino's Market in College Town;
  • Bob Duffy's first year as CEO of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and the controversy involving leadership in the photonics project;
  • Transportation and the move toward a multimodal future with traffic expert Sam Schwartz;
  • This year's Oscar nominations and the controversy surrounding the lack diversity with film critic Jack Garner.

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