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Megan Mack

Connections Producer

Megan Mack the producer of Connections with Evan Dawson and Unleashed: The Pet Show. 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

Tarek Fatah is a writer, broadcaster, and liberal Muslim who founded the Muslim Canadian Congress. His book, The Jew Is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths that Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism, examines the historical, psychological, and political divide between Jews and Muslims. 

Fatah will be a guest of ROC4 Israel on Sunday, February 28, but first he joins Connections to discuss his book and the current state of Muslim-Jewish relations.

A new theater program is helping local at-risk teenagers get back on a path to success. Shakespeare on the Streets matches students enrolled in Hillside's Reinvesting in Youth program with members of the Rochester Police Department, the Rochester Latino Theatre Company, and local Shakespeare artists.  

The student actors -- who have all had encounters with law enforcement -- will perform selections of Henry V on March 11 at 6:30 p.m. and March 12 at 3 p.m. at Wilson Foundation Academy. We talk to program organizers and to student participants, who explain how the play's themes have inspired them to work toward new beginnings. Our guests: 

Tarek Fatah

First hour: Shakespeare on Streets program inspires at-risk teens

Second hour: Author Tarek Fatah and his book, The Jew Is Not My Enemy

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • The Republican Party and the book, Too Dumb to Fail, with author Matt Lewis;
  • The future of the Rochester Rhinos with new owners, David and Wendy Dworkin;
  • 11 signs a city will be successful, and how Rochester measures up;
  • Teaching in a New York City public school with author Ed Boland;
  • WROC-TV meteorologist Scott Hetsko's remarkable recovery.

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • The FAFSA form and the cost of higher education;
  • The debate over bringing ridesharing services like Uber to Rochester;
  • Rochester's lead problem;
  • The possible end of tipping in restaurants;
  • The RPO's 2016-2017 season.

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • How charter schools are funded and managed;
  • Ethics questions in Monroe County government;
  • Mental health and relationships, following the double-murder suicide in Geneseo;
  • A new documentary about a local program that uses literacy to reconnect children with their incarcerated parents;
  • The book, Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, by Pamela Newkirk;
  • 70s music and the artists we've recently lost.

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • The Democratic and Republican primaries;
  • The potential fate of the Seneca white deer;
  • Gender equality issues with tennis icon and women’s equality advocate, Billie Jean King;
  • The debate over a new study on home births;
  • Renaming the term, “classical music."

Evan Dawson talks about what matters to you on Connections, every weekday from noon-2 p.m. You can listen to the program on WXXI-AM 1370 and WRUR-FM 88.5 in Rochester, WEOS 89.5 FM in Geneva, and online. Be part of the program with questions or comments by phone at 1-844-295-TALK (8255), emailFacebook, or Twitter

The number of senior citizens in the U.S. is growing: eventually, 80 million Americans will be 65 or older. Is society embracing the aging population as well as it could or should?

A new documentary, called Advanced Style, seeks to shatter stereotypes of senior citizens by celebrating independent, stylish women aged 62 to 95 who are empowering themselves and challenging conventional ideas about beauty, aging, and Western society’s increasing obsession with youth. The film will be screened Monday, February 8 at St. John’s Brickstone, during an event sponsored by the JCC of Rochester and St. John’s.

Our guests share their personal experiences with ageism as we discuss stereotypes, media portrayals, and efforts to bridge generational gaps and improve perceptions of people aged 60+.

Our guests:

  • Monica Flaum, local fashion consultant speaking at the Advanced Style event
  • Mary Guhin, clinical project manager, Trillium Health
  • Elizabeth Kellogg Walker, RN, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor, University of Rochester School of Nursing
  • Mary Rose McBride, vice president of marketing and communications, Lifespan
  • Dan Mulcahy, creative director, Bush Communications
  • Tim Shea, media specialist in the Department of Psychiatry, UR Medicine

Greentopia is gearing up to unveil its first project: the FlourGarden at Brown's Race. The nearly $1 million linear garden is part of the first phase of the GardenAerial capital project, which is expected to revitalize the Genesee River Gorge and the High Falls area.

Since founding Greentopia in 2011, Lewis Stess and Michael Philipson have become involved in number of sustainability and community development projects. Critics say their enthusiasm for generating new ideas keeps them from implementing original initiatives, but as Stess and Philipson recently told the Democrat and Chronicle, they see it as a desire to succeed.

We spend the hour learning about how Greentopia's projects will benefit the community, what's next for the organization, and how Greentopia's priorities have evolved over the past four years. Our guests:

First hour: The year in money

Second hour: What's new and what's next for Greentopia?

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