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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

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:

  • A local refugee's experience growing up in Afghanistan under the Taliban;
  • Elitism, with journalist and author Joel Stein;
  • How public schools teach climate change.

Connections intern Emmarae Stein assisted with the production of this episode.

With experts recommending social distancing as an effective way to slow the spread of the coronavirus, many people, including the elderly and immunocompromised, might be staying in their homes for extended periods of time. What can we do to prevent loneliness and help them stay connected and included in society?

We're joined by experts who answer your questions. Our guests:

  • Dr. Eric Caine, M.D., former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Sara Hopkins, licensed clinical social worker and program manager at Rochester Regional Health
  • Ann Marie Cook, president and CEO of Lifespan of Greater Rochester
  • Dr. Yeates Conwell, M.D., professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center

Low-income families are in a particularly vulnerable spot as the coronavirus spreads. If schools close, where can kids get meals? What happens for families that are already deeply struggling?

Our guests explore what’s already happening, and what could come next. In studio:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

First hour: Discussing the impact of the coronavirus on low-income families

Second hour: How to support people who may be isolated during the pandemic

Three local villages made the switch to solar energy in 2019. We talk with leaders from Brockport, Lima, and Sodus Point about their decisions and what switching to solar means for their residents. 

In studio:

Joel Stein is a journalist, author, and political pundit. His new book, "In Defense of Elitism," is a look at why President Trump won the 2016 election. Using wry humor, Stein argues that economic anxiety and racism were not the cause of the 2016 results. He says Americans voted for Trump because he attacked elitism.

Stein joins us to discuss his work. 

First hour: Author Joel Stein on his book, "In Defense of Elitism"

Second hour: How three local villages made the switch to solar energy

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s loss in the presidential primary stings for many voters who have long hoped to see a woman in the White House. There has been heated debate about sexism and misogyny in the campaign, and in the results.

Our guests discuss their reaction to another woman’s exit from the race:

  • Jen Lunsford, attorney with Segar & Sciortino, and current candidate for the 135th Assembly District
  • Tianna Mañón, political analyst and media specialist
  • Laurel Elder, professor of political science, co-chair of the Department of Sociology, and coordinator of legal studies at Hartwick College 

The coronavirus is already putting workers at risk – of infection, but also of losing their paychecks and their livelihoods. Some workers can stay home and do their jobs. Many can not. What protections are there for workers? What protections should there be?

Our guests discuss it:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

First hour: What protections should there be for workers during the coronavirus outbreak?

Second hour: Discussing Elizabeth Warren's exit from the presidential race

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