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Coming up on Connections: Monday, February 7, 2022

People participating in Pride
Marchers reveling at the 2017 ROC Pride Parade.

First hour: ROC Pride Collective on this year's Pride events

Second hour: What is Web3?

The Rochester PRIDE parade, festival, and picnic are back this year. ROC Pride Collective is a new grassroots group that's organizing members of the LGBTQ community around these events. It comes after controversy related to the Out Alliance and the pandemic stalled those community initiatives over the previous two years. The new group is dedicated to bringing them back and keeping them going strong. We talk to members of the ROC Pride Collective about their efforts and their goals. Our guests:

  • Susanna Speed, co-chair of ROC Pride Collective, and senior director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Trillium Health
  • Sam Brett, co-chair of ROC Pride Collective 
  • Anne Tischer, coordinator for Rainbow Seniors ROC Inc.

Then in our second hour, we keep hearing about Web3. What is it? Last week on Connections we discussed NFTs -- non-fungible tokens -- which are connected to the framework of Web3. It might seem dense, but it's important: it's the future of the internet. Are we moving toward a world beyond the control of Zuckerberg and his CEO colleagues? Is there truly a way to foster individual ownership, privacy, and revenue generation? Or is it rife with scams? Our guest counters some of the hyper-optimistic views we heard last week. In studio:

  • Max Irwin, founder of Stealth AI Company, who has worked in programming and tech since the 1990s 
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
Emmarae Stein is the production assistant for "Connections with Evan Dawson."