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Connections: Celebrating the World Cup

The World Cup semifinals begin on Tuesday, with Belgium taking on France. Saturday's match broke viewership records when Croatia defeated Russia. In addition to the games themselves, the pride among fans has attracted attention on TV and social media. From victory songs, to well-rehearsed chants, to displays that have political or social messages, the World Cup is about more than sports. 

Our guests are super fans and natives of the countries represented in the semifinals. They join us to discuss their countries' customs, traditions, and pride surrounding the World Cup. In studio:

  • Virginia Kukaj Hartman, Belgian citizen and football super fan
  • Rory McKinnon, British citizen, football fan, and bar manager at the Old Toad
  • Pascal Soares, Honorary French Consul in New York, and football fan

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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.
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