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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, September 9


First hour: Special rebroadcast - Schools navigate emotional outbursts about masking

Second hour: Special rebroadcast - The cotton tote dilemma We bring you special rebroadcasts today.

In our first hour, a strong majority of Americans support masking in public schools, but at school board meetings across the country, angry parents opposed to masking have been shouting at board members and even some of the students. We discuss how schools are trying to navigate the charged atmosphere. Our guests: 

  • Joseph Henderson, school board member with the Saranac Lake Central School District  
  • Brooke Binkowski, managing editor of the website Truth or Fiction 
  • Nicolas Fallone, 2020 graduate of the Webster Central School District 
  • Samantha Fallone, rising senior at Webster Central School District 

Then in our second hour, how many cotton tote bags do you have? The bags have been touted as eco-friendly alternatives to plastic bags. In some cases, they've become brand-boosting fashion statements. But as Grace Cook recently wrote for the New York Times, the ubiquity of the totes may have led to a new environmental problem: the bags are water intensive and associated with forced labor. According to a 2018 study in Denmark, Cook writes, "an organic cotton tote needs to be used 20,000 times to offset its overall impact of production." Disposing of or recycling the bags also poses a problem. So what should customers do? Our guests this hour weigh in on possible solutions, sustainability, and the future of packaging. Our guests: 

  • Kimie Romeo, Irondequoit Town Councilwoman, adjunct professor at RIT, local business owner, mom and grammie, and environmental advocate
  • Enid Cardinal, senior advisor to the president for strategic planning and sustainability at RIT
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.