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Megan Mack

Connections Executive Producer

Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming. She joined the WXXI News team from WHEC-TV, where she produced newscasts and "The Olympic Zone," and from the University of Rochester, where she served as an assistant director of public relations. Her background extends to television sports and entertainment, and to communications and social media management for non-profits.

Megan earned her B.S. in Television-Radio-Film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and her B.A. in Italian Language, Literature, and Culture from the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. She is also a graduate of The Second City’s Conservatory program.

Ways to Connect

We're joined by the co-leaders of the Finger Lakes Vaccine Task Force. They discuss the state of vaccine supply and distribution, and what you need to know when it's your turn to schedule an appointment. They also discuss how they are working to ensure access to the vaccine is equitable.

Our guests:

The Cinema Theater in Rochester announced Thursday that it is closing its doors...at least for now. Movie theaters across the country are navigating restrictions, including films being streamed on digital platforms, rather than screened in brick-and-mortar spaces. What does it mean for the future of movie theaters?

Our guests discuss it:

The Little Theatre

First hour: Discussing the future of movie theaters

Second hour: An update on vaccine distribution from the co-leaders of the Finger Lakes Vaccine Task Force

Some students in the Rochester City School District are back in the classroom, in-person, despite pushback from the Rochester Teachers Association.

Parents in favor of in-person learning join us to talk about why they feel it's essential for their young learners. We're also joined by RTA president Adam Urbanski and RCSD School Board member and parent Amy Maloy, who share why they support the RTA's position on learning remaining virtual until 70 percent of teachers are vaccinated.

Our guests:

  • Gipsy Escobar, RCSD parent who supports in-person learning at this stage
  • Leslie Knox, RCSD parent who supports in-person learning at this stage
  • Adam Urbanski, president of the Rochester Teachers Association
  • Amy Maloy, RCSD School Board member and parent

New legislation could make quality childcare more affordable for working families, especially those who are low-income. Freshman New York State Assemblymember Jen Lunsford has introduced her first three bills to the Assembly.

This hour, we discuss the bills, what working families need to know, and how Lunsford views the state of childcare costs during the pandemic. 

  • Jen Lunsford, New York State Assemblymember  for New York’s 135th District 

First hour: NYS Assemblymember Jen Lunsford on affordable childcare legislation

Second hour: Discussing the RCSD's reopening plan with parents and the RTA

The University of Rochester Medical Center is ending its Executive Health and special patient services programs, which provide exclusive and extensive care to wealthy patients. The decision came after widespread outrage that major donors were allowed access to a vaccine clinic meant for employees. Among those calling for change were members of the Strong Hospital Ethics Committee. They wrote a letter to UR and URMC leadership, calling for an end to programs of privilege.

This hour, we’re joined by members of the committee to discuss equity in health care. Our guests:

  • Marjorie Shaw, J.D., Ph.D., member of the Strong Hospital Ethics Committee, and associate professor in the Department of Medical Humanities and Bioethics
  • David Kaufman, M.D., member of the Strong Hospital Ethics Committee, and professor in the Departments of Surgery, Medicine, Urology, Medical Humanities and Bioethics, and Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
  • Jessica Shand, M.D., member of the Strong Hospital Ethics Committee, and associate professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medical Humanities and Bioethics
  • Rev. Lawrence Hargrave, community member of the Strong Hospital Ethics Committee, and American Baptist Pastor

Local Democrat Malik Evans is running for mayor. The City Council member is challenging incumbent mayor, Lovely Warren.

We talk with Evans about why he wants to be Rochester’s next mayor. Our guest:

malikevans.org

First hour: Malik Evans, candidate for Rochester mayor

Second hour: Members of the Strong Hospital Ethics Committee on equity in health care

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has a new music director. Andreas Delfs is a native of Germany and has held chief artistic posts with orchestras in Europe and North America. He has been a frequent guest conductor of the RPO.

Delfs joins us this hour to discuss his work, his priorities for the RPO, and the orchestra’s 2021 season – one of its most diverse. Our guests: 

  • Andreas Delfs, music director for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Jeff Tyzik, principal pops conductor for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Juliana Athayde, concertmaster for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

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