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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, December 29th

First hour: Discussing a judge's decision to unseal the records in the Bill Nojay case

Second hour: Reviewing the best podcasts of 2016

When Assemblyman Bill Nojay killed himself on the morning of September 9th, he was supposed to be in federal court for the unsealing of a criminal complaint against him. His death could have caused that record to remain sealed, and in fact, some of Nojay's supporters argued that there was no longer a reason for the public to see it. But the Democrat & Chronicle disagreed, and filed a motion to have the record unsealed. Eventually a judge ruled in their favor, and that's how the public came to understand what the Assemblyman was charged with doing: illegally misdirecting and misusing $800,000 from a client's account. Nojay was an attorney who managed the escrow account for a local architect. Our guests will discuss why they pushed to have the records unsealed, and the general matter of making sure public records remain accessible by the public. In studio:

  • Gary Craig, Democrat & Chronicle reporter
  • Dick Moss, Democrat & Chronicle news director
  • Chris Thomas, attorney with Nixon Peabody who represented the D&C in this case

In our second hour: What are the best new podcasts of 2016? That is, apart from Finding Tammy Jo and Weekend Connections, of course. Our guests are two of the most in-the-know people when it comes to podcasting. We'll play a few clips and run down our favorites, including:

Science Vs.
Barely Political
Last Name Basis
2 Dope Queens
Still Processing
The Read
Revisionist History
More Perfect
Keepin' it 1600

Our guests:

  • Veronica Volk, Great Lakes Today reporter for WXXI, and creator/journalist behind Finding Tammy Jo
  • Irene Kannyo, creator, executive producer, and cohost of No Labels Included on WAYO 104.3
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.