WXXI's Evan Dawson talks about what matters to Rochester and the Finger Lakes on Connections, Every weekday from Noon-2 p.m. on WXXI-AM 1370, WRUR FM 88.5, and online at WXXINews.org.
Connections: Discussing the staffing crisis in the child care industry
The child-care industry is down more than 126,000 workers. That's according to the Washington Post. Staff members are leaving the industry for higher-paying jobs and better benefits. This has economic impacts -- with fewer workers, fewer children can be cared for, and more parents must leave the workforce to stay home with them. The staffing crisis is impacting the Rochester region. We discuss it with our guests: Pete Nabozny , director of policy for The Children's Agenda Rosa Marie Curtis,
Connections: Understanding Canada's election
Canada just had an election, which might come as a shock to Americans who assume that all national elections last two years. Canada does it in about two months. It appears that Justin Trudeau will keep his job, but his rather early call for an election was a risky bet that nearly blew up. We discuss how the Canadian system works; what this election means; and how the Canadian system differs from the American system. Our guests: Craig Needles , reporter and podcast host with Blackburn News in
Connections: How to divest your money from fossil fuel holdings
Do you know if you have money invested in fossil fuels? The idea of "divesting" is a popular one among climate activists. But what does that mean, and how does someone do it? We examine how to determine where your money is tied up, and we explore just how easy -- or not -- it is to have more control over where your investments are located. Our guests: Andrew Brady , co-founder of the Rochester chapter of Conscious Capitalism Jack McGowan , CEO and founder of Two Point Capital Management
Connections: The "flOUR CITY Interactive ROCgarden”
The "flOUR CITY Interactive ROCgarden” introduces audience members to local historical figures -- people who you may not have learned about in the history books. This hour, we talk with the performance's creators and the actors about Anna Murray Douglass, Leah Fox Fish, and "Rattlesnake Pete", and their impact on Rochester's history. Our guests: Kate Sweeney, co-creator of the "flOUR CITY Interactive ROCgarden," and theatre coordinator at MCC Heather Chang, co-creator of the "flOUR CITY
Connections: Why are businesses struggling to fill their workforces?
Restaurants and a number of retail establishments continue to be short staffed. Many managers had predicted that workers would return to their old jobs in September, following the winding down of federal benefits. In some places, that has been true, but plenty of other businesses are struggling to fill out their workforces. Our guests discuss why: Amorette Miller , co-owner of ShiftDiff , a local job search engine in Rochester Kristina Dinino, owner of the Mad Hatter Restaurant and Bakery Dan
Connections: Discussing issues surrounding donor conception
A local OB/GYN is accused of using his own sperm to artificially inseminate multiple women. Dr. Morris Wortman is now being sued by a former patient – a woman who says he is her biological father. A second adult has come forward, saying Wortman is also his father. The story has led to questions surrounding donor conception. What does the law state? What rights do patients – and their children – have? Our guests this hour discuss a range of issues. Our guests: Tyler Brown , reporter with 13 WHAM
Great for the Greater Rochester area
Great podcast for people in the Greater Rochester area. Covers a wide range of local issues and their connections to national and international issues.
Thoughtful and informative
Simply the best podcast in Rochester. A wide range of topics all covered in a thoughtful informative way.
Evan has a good combination of being kind, compassionate, and gentle with being firm on calling out BS. I’ve lived in Rochester for... a few years... and I still learn from him. He could easily go national but I hope he doesn’t.