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Connections: What shapes culture and custom?


If you're going out to an Italian restaurant, what do you expect to find on the menu? Spaghetti and meatballs is not exactly an authentic Italian dish. But does it matter? Culture and custom are shaped by a long list of forces, especially when people move to new communities.

We examine ways in which we retain aspects of culture while blending old and new together. Our guests:

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.