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Coming up on Connections: Friday, December 8

Greg Cotterill

First hour: Learning about the Seneca White Deer

Second hour: The stories behind the poem, "The Night Before Christmas," and the game, Monopoly

We're broadcasting live from WEOS Finger Lakes Public Radio in Geneva for a conversation about the Seneca White Deer. The rare herd now finds its official, protected home at the Seneca Army Depot, the U.S. Army's former weapons storage facility near Seneca Lake in Romulus. This comes after a public bidding process that determined the future of the site and the deer population. Protecting the world's largest herd of white, white-tailed deer has been a dream decades in the making for Dennis Money. He's the president of Seneca White Deer, Inc. Money joins us in studio to discuss the history of the deer and the Depot, conservation efforts at the site, and the new White Deer Tours. Also in studio: Jeff Shipley, president of the Seneca County Chamber.

Then in our second hour, it's a pair of whodunits! We'll discuss the true stories behind a couple iconic things around the holidays, and they are not what they appear. We'll hear the creation stories of the poem, "The Night Before Christmas," and the board game, Monopoly. Our guests:

  • Carlo De Vito, author of Inventing Santa Claus
  • Mary Pilon, author of The Monopolists

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.