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Coming up on Connections: Friday, March 8, 2024

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*Note: Due to technical issues, both of these discussions will be rescheduled.

First hour: How to parse data from presidential polling

Second hour: Rochester Music Hall of Fame Class of 2024

The polls don't mean anything... until they do, of course, but when is that point? Last fall, we heard that presidential polling was far too early to mean much. What about now? A recent poll of seven critical swing states found Donald Trump leading President Biden in all seven. Some Democrats panicked while others ignored those numbers. We discuss the nuances of polling; the likelihood that different candidates would be faring better or worse; how to parse demographic data; and more with our guest:

  • Joseph Burgess, team leader at the Social Sciences Data Lab at the University of Copenhagen

Then in our second hour, the Rochester Music Hall of Fame announced its 2024 class of inductees on Monday. As reported by our colleague Daniel Kushner, this year marks the hall’s second decade of honoring prominent local musicians who have made an impact regionally and nationally. This hour, we talk to several of this year’s inductees and we preview the induction ceremony and performances in May. Our guests:

  • Tony Gross, show producer for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame ceremony, and board member for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame
  • Dresden Engle, public relations director for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame
  • Daniel Kushner, arts writer for CITY Magazine
  • Johnny Vega, salsa musician and 2024 inductee to the Rochester Music Hall of Fame
  • Jen Cody, Broadway star and 2024 inductee to the Rochester Music Hall of Fame
  • Rick Beato, social media creator and producer, and 2024 inductee to the Rochester Music Hall of Fame
  • John Ellison, member of Soul Brothers Six and 2024 inductee to the Rochester Music Hall of Fame
  • Scott Mayo, producer and 2024 inductee to the Rochester Music Hall of Fame
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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.