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Evan Dawson talks about what matters to you on ConnectionsEvery weekday from noon-2 p.m. Be part of the program with questions or comments by phone - 1-844-295-TALK (8255), email, Facebook or Twitter

We discuss the latest in breast cancer screening, research, and treatment. Local doctors say there are misconceptions and confusion about who should be screened and when. They help us understand the guidelines, the role of breast density and genetics in diagnosis, and more. We also hear from a breast cancer patient who shares her story.

Our guests:

  • Avice O’Connell, M.D., director of women’s imaging and professor in the Department of Imaging Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Carla Falkson, M.D., medical director of Pluta Cancer Center, and professor of oncology at the Wilmot Cancer Institute
  • Carol Lustig, RN, assistant clinical director of the Hereditary Cancer Program at Wilmot Cancer Institute
  • Steph Tubman, breast cancer patient, and member of the Young Survival Coalition

We talk with the two candidates for Monroe County Court Judge. Democrat Meredith Vacca and Republican Derek Harnsberger are both assistant district attorneys. They discuss why they're seeking the judgeship and explain their work on the bench. 

Our guests:

First hour: Candidates for Monroe County Court Judge

Second hour: Understanding the latest in breast cancer screening, research, and treatment

On Wednesday, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello announced a new set of grants to help small businesses during the pandemic. The county will use $15 million in federal relief funding to provide support for personal services businesses, including retail and dining.

We talk about the program, who is eligible, and we take questions from business owners who want to apply. Our guests:

  • Rachel Barnhart, Monroe County Legislator
  • Ana Liss, director of the Monroe County Department of Planning and Development, and executive director of the Monroe County IDA and IDC
  • Kristen Flores-Fratto, chef and owner of the Gate House

We're joined by candidates for the 134th Assembly District. The district covers the towns of Greece, Hilton, Spencerport, Ogden, and Parma. Current Assemblyman Peter Lawrence is not seeking reelection.

We talk to the candidates about their platforms and priorities. Our guests:

*Note: Carolyn Carrol, the Democratic candidate, is unable to join the conversation. 

First hour: Candidates for the 134th Assembly District

Second hour: Discussing Monroe County's new pandemic relief program for small businesses

A local wine blogger recently decided to stop writing about wine. She explained why during a pair of recent dinners to raise money for African American-owned businesses. Maiah Johnson writes from the perspective of a wine lover, a travel enthusiast, and a Black woman who says she was often viewed with suspicion in upscale settings. She shares her perspective and experiences. 

Our guest: 

We're joined by our second group of candidates for New York State Supreme Court. There are seven candidates vying for four seats.

Our guests discuss their platforms, priorities, and work on the bench: 

First hour: Candidates for State Supreme Court, group 2

Second hour: Writer Maiah Johnson on diversity in the wine industry

The United Way of Greater Rochester is heading up a 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge to help people in our community develop a deeper understanding of how racism affects their daily lives.

Our guests talk about the challenge and what they hope participants learn. Our guests: