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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.

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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: Author Guy Harrison on coronavirus conspiracy theories

    Connections: Author Guy Harrison on coronavirus conspiracy theories

    We talk with Guy Harrison, an author known for his work on skepticism and atheism. He joins us to discuss conspiracy theories, particularly those related to the coronavirus. In a recent piece for Psychology Today he wrote, "In the coming months, an avalanche of pandemic-related fantasies, lies, and medical fraud will continue to swarm the globe. There will be no limit to the absurdity and cruelty of bad information coming. Prepare to think well or prepare to be a victim, because poor thinking

    • 51 min
    Connections: Discussing "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You"

    Connections: Discussing "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You"

    Community members in Irondequoit are gearing up for a town-wide discussion about Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynold's book, "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You." It's a remix of Kendi's bestselling book "Stamped" that's written in a conversational way for young readers. Our guests discuss the upcoming event and what they want readers to learn: Patrina Freeman , Irondequoit Town Councilwoman Brya Potter , 6th grade school counselor at East Irondequoit Middle School Greg Benoit , director of the

    • 51 min
    Connections: Discussing reopening with superintendents of the Brighton and Hilton School Districts

    Connections: Discussing reopening with superintendents of the Brighton and Hilton School Districts

    We continue our series of conversations with local superintendents about their districts' reopening plans. We're joined by the superintendents of the Brighton and Hilton Central School Districts, who discuss their learning models and policies related to testing, masking, and more for the fall. Our guests: Kevin McGowan , superintendent of Brighton Central School District Casey Kosiorek , superintendent of Hilton Central School District

    • 52 min
    Connections: Examining immigration and tourism issues caused by closing U.S. land borders

    Connections: Examining immigration and tourism issues caused by closing U.S. land borders

    On Monday, the New York Times reported on a new immigration rule proposed by the Trump administration: the President is considering allowing border officials to temporarily block American citizens or permanent legal residents from returning to the country if there's reason to believe they have been exposed to or have contracted the coronavirus. Meanwhile, land borders between the U.S. and Mexico and the U.S. and Canada remain closed to nonessential travel. While the administration says the move

    • 51 min
    Connections: How has family planning been affected by the pandemic?

    Connections: How has family planning been affected by the pandemic?

    The pandemic has led many people who want to start or grow their families to ask if they should put those goals on hold. There are concerns about health, about finances, and about when the threat of COVID-19 will end. The Wall Street Journal analyzed data from the Guttmacher Institute and found that 45 percent of 18 to 34-year-old women surveyed said they were changing their plans due to COVID-19. The pandemic has also affected birth rates in different ways around the world. This hour, we talk

    • 51 min
    Connections: Discussing reopening with superintendents from West Irondequoit and Honeoye Falls Lima

    Connections: Discussing reopening with superintendents from West Irondequoit and Honeoye Falls Lima

    We continue our series of conversations about reopening schools. This hour, we're joined by the superintendents of West Irondequoit Central School District and Honeoye Falls Lima Central School District. They share their districts' plans for reopening, including their policies for testing, masking, and more. Our guests: Aaron Johnson , superintendent of West Irondequoit Central School District Gene Mancuso , superintendent of Honeoye Falls Lima Central School District

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

DaisyKatz ,

Must-listen

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.

George Dardeaa ,

Permanent Deacon in RC Church

I speak as someone whom Evan interviewed—he was a an excellent host: informed, thoughtful, clear in forming questions, imaginative. I was honored to be invited to be on the show with him.

Harehr ,

It'll make you smarter

Evan has a wonderful way of moderating and adding to the discussions on his show. He is always prepared and respectful. It's a must-listen for any citizen of the Finger Lakes region.

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