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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, August 8

National Comedy Center

First hour: Understanding the Rent Relief Act and affordable housing policies

Second hour: Discussing the new National Comedy Center in Jamestown

Senator Kamala Harris has proposed a so-called Rent Relief Act, which would offer a tax credit to about 20 million rent-burdened Americans. Critics of the bill say it’s well-intentioned, but won’t work. We discuss affordable housing policies with our guests. In studio:

  • Kent Gardner, chief economist with the Center for Governmental Research
  • Pete Nabozny, early childhood policy director at The Children's Agenda 
  • Stuart Mitchell, president and CEO of PathStone Corporation

Then in our second hour, the National Comedy Center had its grand opening last week in Jamestown, and residents hope it will help revitalize the city. We’ll talk with a comedy expert about the impact of the center  and the impact of comedy, and we’ll discuss the future of Jamestown. Our guests:

  • Journey Gunderson, executive director of the National Comedy Center
  • John Forrest Thompson, improviser and co-owner of the Focus Theatre

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.