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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.

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The expression, "I saw it with my own eyes," conveys a level of truth, but is seeing always believing?

University of Rochester professor Joan Saab is researching visual hoaxes from the 19th century and why people are willing to suspend their disbelief. We talk about why the "petrified man" -- also known as the Cardiff Giant -- and the bat-like people and unicorns of the Great Moon Hoax captured the imaginations of people around the world even after it was clear the stories were not true. Saab will give a presentation on the subject Wednesday evening at the University of Rochester.

Also, you may have noticed that Thomas Jefferson has been quoted frequently by politicians, but in many cases, the quotes are misattributed. We explore the relationship between hearing or reading and believing by looking at the use of spurious quotes. Our guests:

  • Joan Saab, associate professor of art history and visual and cultural studies at the University of Rochester
  • Anna Berkes, research librarian at the Jefferson Library at Monticello

Library of Congress

First hour: Why do we believe, or want to believe, in hoaxes?

Second hour: Evaluating the 2016 Super Bowl ads and the changing face of advertising

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:

  • Gun violence prevention with Peter Read, a Rochester native whose daughter Mary was killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting;
  • Food deserts and the closing of Constantino's Market in College Town;
  • Bob Duffy's first year as CEO of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and the controversy involving leadership in the photonics project;
  • Transportation and the move toward a multimodal future with traffic expert Sam Schwartz;
  • This year's Oscar nominations and the controversy surrounding the lack diversity with film critic Jack Garner.

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

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