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: A fresh look at approaches to growing
Have you noticed colorful mushrooms in your yard or in local parks? It has been a very rainy July, and experts say fungi fruit under such wet conditions. It's a reminder of how much is happening underground, and perhaps, how little we think about that -- or how little control we have -- when it comes to caring for our lawns or green spaces. Are more people considering monoculture or should biodiversity be the goal? This hour, we take a fresh look at approaches to growing with our guests: Marci
Connections: Is political polling a dying enterprise?
Is American political polling a dying enterprise? Polls in 2016 were excellent at forecasting the final vote totals nationwide, but not nearly as good at forecasting outcomes in individual states. In 2020, polls under-counted support for Donald Trump even more than they did in 2016. Why is that? And if polling is in trouble, why are polls for other political races much more consistent and effective? What accounts for the differences? Our guests discuss it: Anthony Plonczynski Figueroa ,
Connections: What kind of ethics reform is needed in Monroe County?
This week, ethics reform crashed and burned before it could take off in Monroe County. Republicans pulled back from a bill that could have forced Monroe County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza to resign. But what, exactly, is the kind of ethics reform that the county needs? Recently one legislator was accused of various kinds of harassment and sexual misconduct by roughly a dozen women, and there is no ethics standard that could trigger his removal. So, what's next? We discuss it with
Connections: Discussing the benefits of nature with the team from Inclusive Woods & Us
How can nature play a role in fostering physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing? Lucienne Nicholson says the outdoors offer remarkable benefits in those areas. She founded an organization called Inclusive Woods & Us in 2019. The goal is to provide people from all backgrounds a chance to experience nature. Nicholson says race and income are the two most significant factors blocking equitable access to the outdoors. This hour, we talk about the mission of her organization, and about how
Connections: Previewing the Young Entrepreneur Marketplace
The Young Entrepreneur Marketplace is gearing up for its sixth event. All of the products at this “buy local” experience are made by Rochester-area kids and teens. It’s an opportunity for them to start or continue their entrepreneur journey. We talk with the young business owners and the program’s founder about their work. Our guests: Julius Davis, co-CEO of Kid Drip LLC Jayell Davis, co-CEO of Kid Drip LLC Jair Bell, co-CEO of Kid Drip LLC Silas Alvarez, CEO and creator of @Socially Silas and
Connections: How children's immune systems could be affected by pandemic policies
From lockdowns to remote learning to wearing masks in public, experts say COVID-19 policies and procedures were effective in limiting exposure to the virus. But, more than a year later, those experts say that there’s a reason to be concerned about children’s immunological development being compromised. Writing for The Conversation, viral immunologist Byram Bridle says, “Raising children during the pandemic has largely occurred in isolated/sanitized environments that are unprecedented in extent
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.