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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 music industry is attempting to relaunch after a mostly lost year due to the pandemic. Joywave's Daniel Armbruster joins us. He says that at any given time, roughly half of active bands are touring, and half are writing/recording. When restrictions lift, nearly all active bands will want to play live music. That will result in a glut, with not nearly enough venues to support the bands that want to play out or tour. What happens next? How many bands can survive this?

Armbruster takes us through the Joywave approach. Our guest:

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First hour: How will the music industry look post-pandemic?

Second hour: Discussing how to build a pipeline for the traditional trades

How do your store your data? Hard drives? The cloud? A local inventor says a device he created is indestructible and will make your data available in perpetuity. It’s called Totenpass, and it’s constructed from solid gold. Inventor Bruce Ha says not only can the device withstand fire and other natural elements, it also eliminates future dependence on the internet or the cloud when it comes to saving precious digital files. Ha has concerns about who owns content when it’s uploaded to the cloud or to sites like Facebook or Twitter. How can you protect your own information?

This hour, we discuss data storage and ownership with our guests:

  • Bruce Ha, inventor, entrepreneur, creator of Totenpass, and founder and CEO of Stamper Technology, Inc.
  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose practice focuses on the intersection of social media and the law

A new presidential administration brings a new approach to dealing with Russia. We welcome a guest with decades of expertise in the subject:

  • Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester

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First hour: Professor Randy Stone on President Biden's Russia policy

Second hour: Discussing data storage and ownership now and in the future

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Members of Strong Memorial Hospital’s Ethics Committee are calling for an end to “programs of special privilege” at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

We have a conversation about women's health. First, students at the University of Rochester have created a noninvasive test to diagnose endometriosis - a painful chronic condition that is currently only diagnosed through surgery. We discuss how that test could change the lives of millions of women, and the latest in endometriosis research and treatment.

We also discuss fibroids, noncancerous growths in the uterus. According to research published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, more than 80 percent of African American women and 70 percent of white women will have uterine fibroids by age 50.

We talk about both conditions with our guests:

  • Rebecca Alicandro, M.D., obstetrics and gynecology specialist with Rochester Regional Health
  • Anne Meyer, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at the University of Rochester
  • Meghan Martin, UR Class of 2021, double majoring in biochemistry and American Sign Language
  • Deprina Godboldo, freelance content producer, and two-time fibroid survivor 

Governor Cuomo is facing increasing criticism over the way the state has handled COVID-19 in nursing homes. Attorney General Tish James recently released a report indicating New York State has severely undercounted the number of nursing home deaths related to the pandemic. Advocates have been calling for change in nursing homes long before the pandemic, and now they feel that the door is finally open to achieve those changes.

We discuss it with our guests:

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First hour: Discussing the state of nursing homes in New York

Second hour: What do you need to know about endometriosis and fibroids?

Leaders across the community are responding to Rochester Police Department officers handcuffing and pepper spraying a nine-year-old girl on Friday. The incident has brought more national attention to policing in Rochester.

Reverend Lewis Stewart of United Christian Leadership Ministry and mental health advocate Melanie Funchess are among the leaders calling for comprehensive and culturally responsive mental health services, as well as for RPD to change its procedures involving minors. They join us this hour to discuss these issues and more. Our guests:

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