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Connections with Evan Dawson

Connections with Evan Dawson

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Evan Dawson talks about what matters to you on Connections, every weekday from Noon-2 p.m. Be part of the program with questions or comments by phone - 585-263-WXXI (9994) or 844-295-TALK, email connections@wxxi.org, Facebook or Twitter.

Most Recent Episodes

Weekend Connections: Week of September 9

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 health risks of vaping; Climate nihilism; The keto diet; Tax breaks for Midtown Athletic Club.

Connections: A local couple on their journey towards accepting themselves

New research from Pew Research Center shows that American support for same sex marriage has almost perfectly flipped in the last 15 years. In 2004, 60 percent of Americans polled said they opposed same-sex marriage, while 31 percent said they supported it. In 2019, 31 percent of Americans polled say they oppose same-sex marriage, while 61 percent say they support it. For the LGBTQ community in Gen Z, life is very different than it was for their parents and grandparents. We talk with an older

Connections: A local couple on their journey towards accepting themselves

Connections: Perspectives of living in a post-9/11 world

Wednesday marked 18 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks, and this hour, we have a discussion about how our guests' perspectives about world issues changed as a result of the tragedy. Our panelists include people from two age groups: current (or soon-to-be) 18 year olds who were either not born or were infants at the time of the attacks; and current 36 year olds (or those just a bit older) who were 18 at the time of the attacks. They share their thoughts on living in a post-9/11 world

Connections: Exploring the differences between the Canadian and U.S. election processes

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for a national election, which will happen in six weeks. Imagine that: a national election campaign that goes from start to finish in less than two months. In the United States, the campaign is essentially endless, with official campaign events running for two years. Which system is better? Which is more productive in allowing the population to choose a leader? Our guests weigh in: Rob Shum , a Canadian who serves as a professor of public policy

Connections: Exploring the differences between the Canadian and U.S. election processes

Connections: Understanding the health risks of vaping

Vaping, or the use of electronic cigarettes, has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks after reports of hospitalizations and deaths caused by the products. Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mike Mendoza is urging county residents to stop using all vape products until the investigation into the cause of those illnesses concludes. Is the nationwide response proportionate to the health risks? It's a question debated by doctors and people who use vape products. We sit down with

Connections: Should Midtown Athletic Club receive tax breaks for its expansion?

Midtown Athletic Club is growing, and looked to Monroe County for taxpayer incentives as it expands. The county is supportive, saying that Midtown's growth will result in new jobs and economic development. Critics contend that most Monroe County residents can not afford a Midtown membership, and this is a case of the rich getting richer without much ripple effect. Our guests debate it: Glenn William, general manager of Midtown Athletic Club Kent Gardner , chief economist with the Center for

Connections: Should Midtown Athletic Club receive tax breaks for its expansion?

Connections: Discussing climate nihilism

Are you a climate nihilist? Author Jonathan Franzen wrote a piece for the New Yorker arguing that it's time to spend more effort preparing for climate catastrophe, and less effort to stopping it. Franzen argues that humans are not going to do what is necessary to prevent devastating global warming. He wonders why there isn't more conversation about this, and what it means. But climate policy experts respond that Franzen has botched some of the key facts to understanding climate change, and they

Connections: Rue Mapp, founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro

We're joined by Rue Mapp, the founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro , a nonprofit organization that celebrates and inspires African American connections to and leadership in nature. Mapp will be in Rochester next week as a guest of the Genesee Land Trust , but first, she joins us on Connections to discuss the value of relationships with the outdoors. Our guests: Rue Mapp , founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro Gay Mills, Executive Director, Genesee Land Trust Regina Geames, Community Programs Coordinator,

Connections: Discussing communication etiquette

When you receive a text message or a phone call, what is the expected time frame that you have to respond? What about an email – personal versus professional? Does it matter what your relationship is to the person who sent those messages? We have a conversation about the changing communication norms and social etiquette when it comes to digital technology. Our guests share their perspectives and their advice. In studio: Rashad Smith, project manager for "Shaping Our Stories" with Causewave

Connections: Understanding the Keto diet

What do you know — and perhaps misunderstand — about the Keto diet? It's a popular approach to weight loss, but some clinicians and registered dietitians say it could have unintended consequences. We discuss what the Keto diet is and how it affects the body. Our guests: Jill Chodak , clinical dietitian with the Center for Community Health & Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center Leslie Fisher , registered dietitian with Rochester Regional Health Dr. Steve Cook , M.D.,

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