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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, November 30, 2022

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First hour: Discussing the state of medical aid in dying in New York

Second hour: Why do we give?

What options do New Yorkers have for end-of-life care if they have serious illnesses? Medical aid in dying has been authorized in ten states and Washington, D.C., but not yet in New York. Legislation is pending in Albany. A representative from an organization called Compassion and Choices will be in Rochester on Thursday to discuss the subject. She joins us to talk about the current state medical aid in dying what New Yorkers need to know. Our guests:

  • Corinne Carey, senior campaign director for Compassion and Choices
  • Rev. Richard Gilbert, minister emeritus for First Unitarian Church
  • Scott Barraco, advocate sharing a personal story

Then in our second hour, research shows Americans plan to spend less on gifts -- and buy fewer gifts -- this holiday season. Inflation is cited as the biggest factor in that decision. The research also shows Americans plan to donate less to charity this year. This hour, we have a conversation about why we give, and about what thoughtful gift giving looks like with the current state of the economy. Our guests:

  • Rev. Colin Pritchard, pastor of Presbyterian Church of Geneva
  • Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan, lead minister of First Unitarian Church of Rochester
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.