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Coming up on Connections: Monday, April 11, 2022

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First hour: Discussing the impact of social media on body image

Second hour: What can game shows teach us about life?

Pop star Camila Cabello says she was depressed after a trip to the beach last week. She felt hounded by the paparazzi, and she says the dominant culture demands that women have unrealistic or even unhealthy bodies. Her comments come after years of ad campaigns, seeking to celebrate so-called "real women." Is she right -- has social media spurred the culture back in the direction of shaming women for not being size 0? What's the impact on girls and young women, in particular? Our guests discuss it: 

  • Mary Tantillo, M.D., director of the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders 
  • Nicole Cifra, M.D., adolescent medicine fellow with the University of Rochester Medical Center 
  • Nicole Watson, peer mentor with the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders  
  • Ana Dobrot, member of the Community Advisory Board for the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders 

Then in our second hour, “come on down” for a discussion about what game shows can teach us about life. The Strong National Museum of Play is building the National Archives of Game Show History. The archive and a forthcoming exhibit will share the story of one of TV’s most popular genres. What do game shows tell us about culture and society? “Survey says” there’s a lot to cover! We ask our guests, “what’s your final answer?” In studio: 

  • Bob Boden, Emmy-nominated executive producer, executive vice president of production and development at Entertainment Studios, adjunct professor in the Los Angeles Semester program at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and industry leader in the game show and reality genres 
  • Christopher Bensch, vice president for collections at The Strong 
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.