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Coming up on Connections: Friday, June 11


First hour: Chris Thompson on his experience with homelessness

Second hour: Discussing the rise in alcoholic liver diseaseLocal engineer Chris Thompson wrote this week about his experience with homelessness. He was a teenager in high school when he was pulled out of class and told that he and his mother were being evicted. Thompson writes that too often, society looks at someone and assumes they understand what that person has been through -- based on the look of their clothes or the way they act. His story of being without a permanent place to live holds lessons, and he joins us to discuss it. Our guest:

  • Chris Thompson, engineer, and contributing writer for 540WMain

Then in our second hour, NPR reports that there has been a "sharp, 'off the charts' rise in alcoholic liver disease among young women." Experts say pandemic stressors have led to a rise in drinking, and pop culture has validated drinking as a coping mechanism. Survival rates for alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis, which are types of alcoholic liver disease, can be as low as ten percent. This hour, we talk about the rise in the disease, the psychological components tied to it, and what experts say can help people experiencing these challenges. Our guests:

  • Marie Laryea, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Medicine, Gastroenterology/Hepatology; Department of Surgery, Transplant; and associate chair of diversity, equity and inclusion in the Department of Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Myra Mathis, M.D., senior instructor in the Department of Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Sean Yantz, certified peer recovery advocate, and certified addictions recovery coach
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.