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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, May 22, 2024

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First hour: Palestinian perspectives on Gaza

Second hour: How Rochester's music scene is becoming more collaborative

The Rochester region is home to hundreds of people with Palestinian roots and heritage. They have felt the desperation of watching the siege on Gaza, and the suffering of countless Palestinians. Our guests discuss how they hope the war might end, and what they want to see on the other side. Our guests:

  • Sarah Aljitawi, Palestinian student at the University of Rochester
  • Halima Aweis, organizer with the Rochester Committee to End Apartheid and student at the University of Rochester
  • Jonathan Khoury, Palestinian organizer with the Rochester Committee to End Apartheid
  • Joshua Dubler, associate professor of religion at the University of Rochester, and member of the University of Rochester's chapter of Faculty for Justice in Palestine

Then in our second hour, Rochester’s music scene is growing. The city is home to talented singers, songwriters, and musicians of all backgrounds. The team behind a new local music studio is working to grow that community and help its members become better connected. This hour, we talk to artists affiliated with Tones Studios and the organizers of the annual “If All Rochester Wrote the Same Song” contest about their work, their upcoming events, and their vision for a more collaborative local music scene. In studio:

  • Nicole Tones, owner of Tones Studios
  • Brian Moore, engineer at Tones Studios
  • Sarah De Vallière, songwriter, producer, composer, musician, and band leader for “If All Rochester Wrote the Same Song”
  • Kelly Izzo Shapiro, singer-songwriter and producer of “If All Rochester Wrote the Same Song”
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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