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Coming Up On Connections: Wednesday, December 7th


First hour: Trump surrogates invoke Japanese internment as legal precedent

Second hour: Small business challenges with Eat Me Ice Cream

Donald Trump's surrogates have cited Japanese internment camps as legal precedent for a potential Muslim registry. To say the least, this is a controversial defense of a so-called "Muslim ban," and it set off a storm of discussion about our own painful past. We'll try to learn from that past with our panel:

  • Joanne Bernardi, associate professor of Japanese and film and media studies, and head of the Japanese program at the University of Rochester
  • Notch Miyake, photographer and activist
  • Margaret Miyake, photographer and activist
  • Ken Warner, descendent of an American who was interned

Then, why would coconut milk need to be pasteurized? Strange question, but for a local small business owner, it could mean a lot of money. Eat Me Ice Cream is five years old, and has experienced tremendous growth in the past two years. Now the company is dealing with small business headaches and frantic Thanksgiving phone calls. The owners hope they're on their way to creating a kind of "craft ice cream" revolution. We'll talk about small business challenges, whether coconut milk is actually milk, and how big a craft producer can get while still being craft. Our guests:

  • Catelyn Augustine and Amber Odhner, owners of Eat Me Ice Cream
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.