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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, August 2, 2022

"Vote Here" sign with an American flag
"Vote Here" sign with an American flag

First hour: Marv Stepherson on how to create a community where people respect police

Second hour: Discussing the new Forward Party

Several Rochester officers from the police's tactical unit made remarks at the funeral of their colleague, Anthony Mazurkiewicz, on Monday. The officers praised the tactical unit as an indispensable force for public good, a group that goes after the "bad guys" on Rochester's streets. Our guest is a former member of law enforcement who remains close to many colleagues. He offers a perspective on how to create a community where people respect police -- and a community where that respect is earned. Our guest:

  • Marv Stepherson, retired police sergeant, adjunct professor, and independent filmmaker and podcaster

Then in our second hour, prominent former Democrat and a prominent Republican are teaming up to create a new political party. Andrew Yang was a short-lived presidential contender, then a failed New York City mayoral candidate. Christine Todd Whitman was the governor of New Jersey and then the head of the EPA. Their new effort is called the Forward Party, a proudly centrist party that aims to take American politics in a direction far away from the political fringes. They have no stated policy goals yet, but they promise to be a large tent and a home for Americans who are tired of the extremes. Our guests debate the merits of such an effort:

  • Matt Chapman, former Andrew Yang presidential campaign supporter
  • Douglas J., political commentator and publisher of the "New York Times Pitchbot" Twitter feed
  • Mark Johns, Monroe County Legislator, District 8
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.