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Coming up on Connections: Monday, June 6, 2022

Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative logo with illustrated buildings on a hill
Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative Logo

First hour: How to better support single mothers

Second hour: Discussing "Top Gun: Maverick"

Daily life is now the most expensive it has been in 40 years. That's according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The crunch is especially difficult for single parents, many of which are skipping meals to provide for their children. Research from Oxfam shows more than half of single parents make less than $15 an hour. The Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative is holding a Maternal Wellness Expo this weekend to highlight organizations and resources designed to help mothers. We talk about the state of single parenthood, specifically single motherhood, and what can be done to support local moms. Our guests:

  • Madison Byrne, member of the AmeriCorps VISTA Team who helps coordinate the Single Female Head of Household Cohort at the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative
  • Danielle Jones, licensed mental health counselor, owner of Danielle Laurice Enterprises LLC, and member of the Single Female Head of Household Cohort at the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative

Then in our second hour, the new "Top Gun: Maverick" film is earning stellar reviews and new fans for the franchise. The sequel was released 35 years after the original "Top Gun." Fans have called it a classic Hollywood summer movie, but a small number of critics have said it amounts to military propaganda. We discuss the new film with our guests:

  • Vanessa Cheeks, co-founder of the Anomaly Film Festival
  • Lyle Rubin, SIGINT marine officer who served in Afghanistan in 2010
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.