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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:

  • Being gay in the United Methodist Church, with activist J.J. Warren;
  • The sexualization of young black girls;
  • How a nonprofit organization called Humans for Education saved the life of a young boy in Kenya.

When the Democrat and Chronicle launched its Time to Educate project one year ago, its reporters and editors could not foresee the current debate waged over a possible state takeover of the Rochester City School District. Time to Educate was designed to help the community find solutions to improve Rochester’s failing schools. Throughout a year of reporting, the team learned that solutions won’t be sustainable without deep, systemic change. Could that be a state takeover?

We’re joined by D&C reporters and educators who discuss what they learned through their work. They also weigh in on plans released by Mayor Lovely Warren, Assembly member Harry Bronson, and Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy. In studio:

  • Julie Philipp, senior engagement editor for the Democrat and Chronicle
  • Mike Kilian, executive editor for the Democrat and Chronicle
  • Justin Murphy, education reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle
  • Erica Bryant, columnist for the Democrat and Chronicle

Our series of conversations with candidates for Rochester City Council continues with candidates for the Northwest District – the seat being vacated by current Councilwoman Molly Clifford. In our first half hour, we’re joined by Jose Peo, a veteran, mortgage loan officer, and vice president of the Charlotte Community Association.

Then in our second half hour, former judge Leticia Astacio discusses her campaign and why she has decided to run. The candidates answer our questions and yours.

*Candidate LaShana Boose was unavailable to participate in any of the dates and times we offered for a discussion.

First hour: Candidates for Rochester City Council, Northwest District

Second hour: Update on the "Time to Educate" project

There are more than 1.5 million charitable organizations in the United States. Thousands are formed each year. So how is a small organization, formed in Rochester and focused on helping kids in Kenya, going to survive?

We sit down with the ambitious Daphne Pariser, who believes she has the unusual formula for launching an international effort and making it thrive. Humans for Education is growing, and is aiming to build a healthcare clinic that can serve 2,000 Kenyan families. We talk about how she's trying to get it done.

We continue our series of conversations with candidates for Rochester City Council. This hour, we hear from candidates for the East District seat. They discuss their platforms and priorities, and they answer your questions. In studio:


First hour: Candidates for Rochester City Council, East District

Second hour: Humans for Education

A new book called “Paying for Pollution” makes the case for a carbon tax in America. Author Gilbert Metcalf is an internationally-recognized expert on climate policy and carbon taxes. He’s currently a professor of citizenship and public service and economics at Tufts University.

Metcalf is in Rochester as a guest of the World Affairs Council to discuss climate change policy and the Green New Deal, but first, he joins us on Connections.

Tom Hamburger is an investigative reporter for the Washington Post whose work focuses on the intersection of money and politics. That beat led him to cover President Trump and Russia – but perhaps not in the way that most Americans understand. Hamburger has focused on stories like Trump Tower Moscow, and the possible financial entanglements between the Trump family and Russian interests.

Hamburger discusses his coverage, and the ongoing questions regarding the influence of money in politics.


First hour: Washington Post reporter Tom Hamburger on the intersection of money and politics

Second hour: Author Gilbert Metcalf on his book, "Paying for Pollution: Why a Carbon Tax is Good for America"