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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, July 5

Universal Pictures

First hour: Will we see living dinosaurs in our lifetime?

Second hour: Summer of Food - The modern food movement and the legacy of Anthony Bourdain

The latest film in the “Jurassic Park” series, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” is number one at the box office. It goes to show that even decades after the first film was made, people still love dinosaurs. Dinosaur enthusiasts are also commenting about the latest in science related to the creatures. Researchers say they think they can recreate living dinosaurs within the next five years; genetic research involving modern day chickens could be the key to reversing evolution. We’ll discuss the science, how probable it is that we’ll see dinosaurs in our lifetime, and why the dinosaur craze won’t be going extinct anytime soon. Our guests:

  • Larry Buckley, Ph.D., associate dean for academic affairs, and associate professor in the College of Science at RIT
  • Amy McConville, floor supervisor in the Education Department at the Rochester Museum and Science Center

Then in our second hour, it’s the kickoff of our annual Summer of Food series. We’re joined by local chefs who discuss the modern food movement, what’s “hot” in the culinary scene, and the legacy of Anthony Bourdain. Our guests:

  • Mark Cupolo, chef and owner of Rocco
  • Zaaqi "Zoc" Johnson, chef and owner of Zoc's Gourmet
  • Andrew Bush, chef de cuisine at Bobby V’s in Stamford, Connecticut
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.