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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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First hour: Addressing hate violence with civil rights expert Eric Ward

Second hour: Members of Rochester City Council discuss the Prude case and recent events in Rochester

The notion of an "Elder Shield" got a lot of publicity Sunday night in Rochester, but it first came into effect during previous nights of demonstrations. However, police still fired pepper balls into the crowd. We talk to two of the community leaders who were on the front lines. They also discuss what nonviolence means during such tense times.

Our guests:

  • Rev. Marlowe Washington, pastor at Seneca United Methodist Church
  • Kit Miller, director of the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
  • Melanie Funchess, member of the Greater Rochester Black Agenda Group, and director of community engagement at the Mental Health Association of Rochester

Protesters engaged in a tense standoff with Rochester police Monday night -- the sixth straight night of demonstrations. Organizers say they will be there every night until their demands are met. We discuss those demands, and we talk about what happens next.

Our guests:

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First hour: BLM organizers discuss local protests and their demands

Second hour: Community leaders discuss the role of nonviolence during tense times in Rochester

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First hour: “And Nothing Less: The Untold Stories of Women's Fight for the Vote”

Second hour:  NPR Story Corps Special: “One Small Step”

The Rochester Fringe Festival is going virtual this year. We talk with festival producer Erica Fee about what it means to put together a festival during a pandemic, and we preview this year’s lineup.

Our guests discuss their performances:

Rochester City Council sent a letter to the mayor Thursday asking that protesters be allowed to peacefully demonstrate following the death of Daniel Prude. Thursday night, Rochester police fired many rounds of pepper balls, and a New York Times reporter described RPD as behaving more aggressively than police in other cities where protests have taken place.

We talk to members of Council about their oversight powers and what they expect to happen next. Our guests:

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First hour: Members of Rochester City Council discuss protests following Daniel Prude's death

Second hour: Previewing the 2020 Rochester Fringe Festival

We continue our conversation issues surrounding Daniel Prude, who died , We welcome members of the Rochester Police Accountability Board to discuss policing in Rochester and possible reforms. We're also joined by Rochester CITY Newspaper reporter Gino Fanelli, who discusses his recent piece examining 50 years of police reform in Rochester.

Our guests:

  • Shani Wilson, chair of the Rochester Police Accountability Board
  • Danielle Tucker, member of the Rochester Police Accountability Board
  • Drorah Setel, member of the Rochester Police Accountability Board
  • Gino Fanelli, reporter for Rochester CITY Newspaper

The death of Daniel Prude in Rochester police custody has sparked local demonstrations and outreach across the country. Connections is devoting both hours to this story. In our first hour, we hear from community leaders who have been calling for various reforms. They respond to the mayor's claims that she had to keep this case quiet, along with her claims that Rochester does not have the problems that other cities have when it comes to policing. We also discuss other possible reforms.

Our guests:

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