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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, January 24th


First hour: Cyber security in the modern age

Second hour: Understanding muscular dystrophy

Here's a timely subject: “Cybersecurity & Privacy in the Age of Terrorism." That's the topic for the upcoming Ewing Series lecture at FLCC. Yes, we'll discuss hacking, and how secure our own information is. We'll also discuss how to balance security with personal privacy. Our guests:

  • Stewart Baker, partner in Steptoe & Johnson LLP, former first assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and former general counsel of the National Security Agency
  • Josephine Wolff, assistant professor of public policy at RIT, and faculty affiliate of RIT’s Department of Computing Security

What would change if you found out, overnight, that your life expectancy had doubled? Maybe a lot. Maybe nothing. But for Gabe Weil, it changed everything: he had muscular dystrophy, and understood what that meant. A film called Gabe tells his remarkable story -- a story of confronting actual life-and-death choices on a daily basis. For Gabe, that meant deciding whether to eat real food or get a G-tube. It meant travel and risks that could end his life. Our Dialogue on Disability series continues with a preview of the film, which is showing this week at the Little Theatre, and a conversation with Jonathan Piacentino, who is navigating life with his own challenges and difficult decisions. Our guests:

  • Jonathan Piacentino, graduate of Nazareth College, and muscular dystrophy awareness advocate
  • Heidi Schuster, supervisor of the adult day habilitation program at CP Rochester
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.