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Facebook and other platforms have banned Alex Jones and Infowars, most famous for their claims that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax. Jones is a huckster who has built an empire on obviously wrong conspiracy theories. But some critics say that social media companies need clear standards before banning; Twitter has decided to let Jones stay. Our guests debate the merits of bans on platforms that have become almost ubiquitous in modern life. Our guests:

  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose work focuses on the intersection of social media and the law
  • Mike Johansson, lecturer of communication at RIT

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • Puerto Rico, and perceptions Americans on the mainland have about Puerto Ricans and their culture;
  • Recycling, and what can and cannot go in your blue box;
  • Food culture in remote communities around the world;
  • How kids view changes in technology.

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • If we're alone in the universe, climate change, and more, with astrophysicist Adam Frank;
  • How to curb gun violence in Rochester;
  • If the American church has failed the poor.

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • Why refugees leave their native countries to pursue better lives in America;
  • What Rochester can learn about urbanism from cities around the world;
  • If centrism in politics is dying;
  • The making of pop hits.

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • Voter turnout and access to voting;
  • Atheism and politics;
  • Recreating dinosaurs;
  • How we eat pasta.

If the Democrats take control of the House of Representatives in November’s mid-term elections, 10-term Congressman Joe Crowley, representing parts of New York City, was expected to be one of the leading candidates to become speaker.

But, that won’t happen.

That’s because an upstart Democratic Socialist defeated him in the congressional primary Tuesday. She’s 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and if she’s elected in November, she would be one of the youngest women ever elected to Congress.

So what does this victory mean, and what impact will it have on women and Latinos running for office in the future? We discuss with our guests:

  • Beatriz LeBron, community health worker at Rochester Regional Health, and Rochester City School Board Commissioner
  • Irene Sanchez, founder of Puertorriqueños Unidos en la Distancia (United in the Distance)
  • Annette Ramos, founder and executive director of the Rochester Latino Theatre Company

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • Misconceptions about immigrants;
  • Suicide and mental illness;
  • What we should do when artists misbehave.

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • Freedom of speech, and if speech can be violent;
  • If urbanists have become too smug;
  • Where the line is -- or should be -- in comedy.

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • The controversy surrounding chronic Lyme disease;
  • How grassroots environmental groups can compete with corporations;
  • The Libertarian Party's stance on guns.

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • How to teach children and teenagers about healthy relationships;
  • Language and dehumanization;
  • The remarkable story of DJ Savarese, a non-speaking man with autism;
  • Whether it's time to abolish the British monarchy.

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