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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, October 12, 2023

First hour: How can the arts impact our lives as we age?

Second hour: How do religious organizations discuss their carbon footprints?

How can the arts impact our lives as we age? And how does aging influence artistic expression? A new collaboration between the University of Rochester Aging Institute and the Eastman School of Music called “Aging INSPIRED” emphasizes the benefits and healing qualities of music for older adults. This hour, we discuss the research behind it, and we hear from community members who say music has had a powerful impact on their lives as they age. Our guests:

  • Yeates Conwell, M.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Carol Podgorski, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Elinor Freer, associate professor of piano and chamber music at the Eastman School of Music
  • Ray Pettis, lifelong musician and Susan’s husband
  • Susan Pettis, music fan and Ray’s wife

Then in our second hour, how do houses of worship and other religious organizations discuss their carbon footprints? It’s a question some religious leaders are asking institutions to explore. This hour, we talk about how different religious groups are responding to their own teachings about justice and the environment. Our guests:

  • Rev. Jim Antal, special advisor on climate justice to the general minister and president of the United Christ Church
  • Rev. Myra Brown, pastor at Spiritus Christi Church
  • Ruth Marchetti, co-president of Rochester Area Interfaith Climate Action (RAICA) and chair of the RocACTS Climate Justice Task Force
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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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