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: Is it time to abolish the Electoral College?
Is it time to abolish the Electoral College? The question gained traction after the 2016 election, and has been the subject of heated debate in this election cycle. Some critics say the Electoral College is an antiquated, undemocratic process that promotes minority rule. Some supporting it say it counteracts human impulses and protects the nation from dangers inherent in democracy. We discuss the issue from several angles with our guests: Allen Guelzo , director of the Initiative on Politics and
Connections: Understanding the Orange Zone restrictions for parts of Monroe County
On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that parts of Monroe County have reached Orange Zone status. The designation comes with restrictions that go into effect on Wednesday. Businesses deemed high-risk and non-essential -- such as personal care salons, barber shops, and gyms -- must close. Restaurants will be limited to outdoor dining, delivery, and takeout. Schools will close to in-person instruction until they meet testing requirements. This hour, our guests help us understand the new
Connections: Discussing arts education with leaders from the Memorial Art Gallery
The Memorial Art Gallery has a new director of academic programs. Dr. Nile Blunt brings his national and international experience in museum and arts education to Rochester's students. He began his position in late September. We talk to him about his goals for art education in Rochester. We also discuss how the MAG has adapted to the pandemic with director Jonathan Binstock. Our guests: Jonathan Binstock , Ph.D., Mary W. and Donald R. Clark Director of the Memorial Art Gallery Nile Blunt , Ph.D.,
Connections: How is remote learning going for local students and teachers?
How is remote learning going for local students and teachers? This hour, we hear from parents and a teacher about how their children and students are adapting to the virtual learning environment this fall. What's working? What are the challenges? What can be done to help keep students engaged and socialized over these virtual platforms? Our guests address these questions are more: Christina Knauf, parent of a pre-K student at CP Rochester, and ELA teacher-leader at East Lower School in the RCSD
Connections: Discussing the state of transgender rights in 2020
Today marks the 2020 Transgender Day of Remembrance, and we're joined by transgender lawmakers and activists to discuss the state of trans rights. The ACLU reports that "in 2020, a record number of anti-trans bills are making their way through state legislatures." Our guests discuss what has changed in recent years, and the role they think lawmakers and citizens have in helping to create a more equitable society. Our guests: Danica Roem , delegate in the Virginia House of Delegates, who was the
Connections: The debate over wiping out student loan debt
The incoming Biden administration is considering an executive order that could wipe out a significant amount of student loan debt. Our guests discuss their perspectives on how such a move would impact Americans. Our guests: Carlton Galbreath , professor and director of the Business Management Program at Missoula College Rynn Reed , local political activist
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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.
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