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Coming Up On Connections: Tuesday, October 18th


First hour: Explaining why the election is not rigged

Second hour: The debate over Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize in Literature

Donald Trump is continuing to claim that the election will be rigged if he loses, and that voters can't trust the process. There is, of course, no evidence to back him up. But millions of voters are listening. We'll talk about why Trump's ominous remarks are a threat to democratic stability. And we'll discuss why we can, in fact, trust the process, and the remarkable people who help protect our elections. Our guests:

  • Ryan Godfrey, elections inspector
  • Tom Ferrarese and David Van Varick, Monroe County Board of Elections Commissioners
  • Wesley Renfro, assistant professor of political science at St. John Fisher College

Then in our second hour, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. That has set off a debate about whether music lyrics can be literature. Our guests will tangle over the Dylan selection; we'll also evaluate his work for the best examples of music as literature. And if Dylan can win, who else from his industry? Joni Mitchell? Justin Timberlake? Okay, maybe not Joni Mitchell. Our guests:

  • John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester
  • James McCorkle, assistant professor of Africana studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Chad Post, publisher, Open Letter Books
  • Roy Stein, director of the music business program at Nazareth 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.