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: How to help young adults recover from eating disorders
More than 28 million Americans will have an eating disorder in their lifetime. Local professor of clinical nursing, Mary Tantillo, has written a new book that explores how to help young adults recover from eating disorders. She calls them diseases of disconnection. We talk to her about that disconnection, as well as how family members can be part of the recovery process. Our guests: Mary Tantillo , professor of clinical nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, clinical professor
Connections: How the pandemic has affected zero-waste programs
Zero-waste initiatives in the U.S. gained momentum in 2019 and in early 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic abruptly halted that progress. Now, a year into the pandemic, some of those programs are getting back on track. We talk about the state of food recycling initiatives, and about composting at the local level. If you've considered composting at home, our guests walk you through different ways to do it. Our guests: Robert Putney , CEO of Impact Earth Emily Pacifico , operations manager for
Connections: Local vaccine researchers on the state of COVID-19 vaccines
We're joined by local vaccine researchers to discuss the state of COVID-19 vaccine development and distribution in the U.S. Dr. Edward Walsh and Dr. Angela Branche have been involved in vaccine development and trials since the beginning of the pandemic. They join us to discuss vaccine effectiveness, Johnson and Johnson coming online, a Pfizer booster being tested locally, and they answer your questions about vaccines. Our guests: Angela Branche , M.D., assistant professor in the Department of
Connections: Can "citizen panels" create more common ground on divisive issues?
A local organization called Civic Genius is hosting panels aimed at dismantling polarization. The organizers say the conversations neighbors and elected officials have during their panels can create more common ground on issues that affect the entire country. How do they work? And how effective are they? We discuss those questions with our guests: Howard Konar, founder of Civic Genius Jillian Youngblood, executive director of Civic Genius Steven Kull, founder and president of Voice of the People
Connections: Discussing the allegations of sexual harassment against Governor Andrew Cuomo
Three women have come forward, alleging that Governor Andrew Cuomo subjected them to various forms of sexual harassment. The governor has apologized for what he describes as misunderstandings, but not harassment. Now some Democrats are calling on Cuomo to resign, and protesters demonstrated outside his office yesterday. Our guests discuss what comes next: Lisa Nolan , director of prevention education at Willow Domestic Violence Center Nicole Hushla Re , longtime Western New York-based political
Connections: Discussing how farmers and CSAs have been impacted by the pandemic
How has the pandemic affected small farms? According to many local farmers and their customers, the past year has highlighted the importance of sourcing local food. The annual “CSA Day” expanded to “CSA Week.” It wrapped up last week. CSA stands for Community-Supported Agriculture. This hour, we discuss how local farms have adapted to COVID-19 restrictions and challenges, and how CSAs have been impacted by the pandemic. Our guests: Ruth Blackwell, owner of Mud Creek Farm Eric Houppert, owner of
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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.
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.