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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Promotional image for the film, "Uncharitable"
Little Theatre

First hour: Are we holding charities back by making them play by different rules?

Second hour: Special rebroadcast - James Blount and Walter Cooper on the life and legacy of William Jacob Knox, Jr.

Are we holding charities back by making them play by different rules? A new documentary, “UnCharitable,” makes the case that we are setting good causes up to fail. The film will be screened at the Little Theatre Tuesday and Saturday nights. We explore where your dollars go, and why the expectations are different for, say, a medical research charity compared to a video game company. Our guests:

  • Simenon Banister, president and CEO of the Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Seanelle Hawkins, Ed.D., president and CEO of the Urban League of Rochester
  • Jaime Saunders, president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes
  • Stephen Gyllenhaal, director of “UnCharitable”

Then in our second hour, a special rebroadcast of a conversation with a Rochester legend. James Blount was the longtime co-publisher of ABOUT…TIME Magazine, an activist, and a beloved member of the Rochester community. He died September 28 at the age of 80. Blount was recently on this program with his friend and co-Rochester legend Walter Cooper, discussing a local connection to the Manhattan Project. This hour, we hear them tell the story of chemist William Jacob Knox, Jr., an African American man who was invited by Columbia University in 1942 to work on the project. In 1945, Kodak hired Knox as a research associate; he was the second Black Ph.D. chemist hired by the company. Blount and Cooper share their encyclopedic knowledge of Knox’s life and work in this special rebroadcast, honoring the remarkable James Blount. Our guests:

  • James M. Blount, former co-publisher of “ABOUT…TIME Magazine”
  • Walter Cooper, Ph.D., scientist, humanitarian, activist, and educator
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.

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