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Coming up on "Connections:" Monday, July 1, 2024

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12:00: Young Democrats on the state of the presidential race

1:00: Recent high school graduates on how their futures could be affected by AI

Five months ago, a panel of young Democrats defended President Biden as the best choice for Democrats in the 2024 presidential election. How do young Dems feel after the recent debate? We discuss the state of the race, the idea of replacing the ticket, and the challenge with inspiring the youth vote. Our guests:

  • Justine Bartnick, local Democrat
  • Avi Presberg, president of the Monroe County Young Democrats
  • Nayeliz Santiago, deputy clerk for the Monroe County Legislature and vice president of the Monroe County Young Democrats
  • Mandy Zhang, rising sophomore at Harvard College, studying government and economics with a secondary concentration in environmental science and public policy

Then in our second hour, high school graduation celebrations abound. Amidst the typical festivities, graduating students are looking ahead to their job futures. What they see—more than ever before—is artificial intelligence. So how are they moving into adulthood, knowing that their plans could be disrupted by technology? What jobs are they confident in finding, now or in a matter of years? Are they more optimistic about their futures, or less? Our guests answer those questions and more. Our guests:

  • Anajah Z. Flowers, graduate of Gates Chili High School, who will be pursuing a psychology major at Monroe Community College
  • Maddie King, graduate of Webster Schroeder High School, who will be pursuing a multimedia and communications major at Johnson & Wales University
  • Randell Warren, graduate of School of the Arts, who will be pursuing a music performance major at Monroe Community College
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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