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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:

  • 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.

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 Republican Party and the book, Too Dumb to Fail, with author Matt Lewis;
  • The future of the Rochester Rhinos with new owners, David and Wendy Dworkin;
  • 11 signs a city will be successful, and how Rochester measures up;
  • Teaching in a New York City public school with author Ed Boland;
  • WROC-TV meteorologist Scott Hetsko's remarkable recovery.

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 FAFSA form and the cost of higher education;
  • The debate over bringing ridesharing services like Uber to Rochester;
  • Rochester's lead problem;
  • The possible end of tipping in restaurants;
  • The RPO's 2016-2017 season.

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 charter schools are funded and managed;
  • Ethics questions in Monroe County government;
  • Mental health and relationships, following the double-murder suicide in Geneseo;
  • A new documentary about a local program that uses literacy to reconnect children with their incarcerated parents;
  • The book, Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, by Pamela Newkirk;
  • 70s music and the artists we've recently lost.

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 Democratic and Republican primaries;
  • The potential fate of the Seneca white deer;
  • Gender equality issues with tennis icon and women’s equality advocate, Billie Jean King;
  • The debate over a new study on home births;
  • Renaming the term, “classical music."

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

In this episode of Unleashed, we welcome Erik Herrema, DVM, of Penfield Veterinary Hospital to talk about pet health and well being.

We also hear the story of Gypsy the pug. Last year, she captured hearts across the Rochester community as she fought snow and wind to find her forever home. 

And, if you're thinking about buying a small pet -- like a hamster or gerbil -- for a family member as a holiday gift, there's a lot you should know before you make a "pocket pet" a part of your family. We talk about life spans, care, and more.

  

Assemblyman David Gantt responds to Democrat and Chronicle columnist David Andreatta's recent reports on housing issues that involve the Assemblyman.

Reports:

A Slow Clap for Assemblyman David Gantt (December 11, 2015)

City Demolishes 'Gantt' House (October 26, 2015)

Why Not David F. Gantt Parkette? (June 5, 2015)

http://english.case.edu/faculty/michael-clune/

Even if you’ve never played a video game in your life, video game design and gamification are still shaping our lives. 155 million Americans spend over 20 billion dollars a year on video games, so is it any wonder that computer games are influencing our experiences of healthcare, human resources, education and business?

Video Games are often blamed for all kinds of social ills, but there’s a lot more to the influence of gaming culture than you might expect.

And we’ll start with a conversation with Michael Clune, (pictured left) author of his new memoir GameLife – A Memoir of Childhood. Clune argues that the computer games he played growing up were actually crucial to his spiritual education. And we’ll look at how gamification is helping upstate businesses collaborate more effectively.

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Between 60 – 70 percent of people living with autism in America are unemployed, And we’ll touch base with families who are working to support people with autism and look at local programs aimed at getting people on the spectrum into meaningful employment. We’ll also speak with a former director of the California State Labor Department, Michael Bernick about the Autism Job Club and six strategies that could reshape employment for adults with autism.  

(WATCH: Innovation Trail report below)

Coming Up On Connections: Innovation Friday, April 24th

Apr 24, 2015
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Hour One: A slight departure from the usual Innovation Friday topics to acknowledge a major anniversary related to America’s involvement in the war in Vietnam.

In 1975, 2700 Vietnamese babies and children were evacuated to the US mainland in Operation Babylift. Another 1300 went to Canada, Australia and Europe.

40 years later we speak with some of those adoptees about their lives, and with adoptive parents and veterans who were involved in this major turning point.

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