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Connections: Analyzing NBC's "The Good Place" and its take on heaven and hell


What if there’s a heaven, but it’s kind of… boring? That’s just one of the many questions explored by the recently departed NBC series, “The Good Place,” which aired its finale last week. The show takes a humorous look at the afterlife, with some not-so-humorous ideas sprinkled in.

What kind of standards would be realistic to determine who gets into heaven, and who gets into hell? Are they the same for all people? Should there be a sliding point scale? Our guests explore it:

  • Deanna Spiotta, non-profit sector employee, songwriter, and worship leader at a local church
  • Jake Wojtowicz, ethics and philosophy writer, and professor of ethics at Brockport
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.