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First hour: How to engage in dialogue with the opposition

Second hour: "Her Voice Carries"

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:

  • How to approach revelations of racist actions or statements, with former Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson;
  • Challenges faced by women in politics;
  • If retail will return to downtown Rochester;
  • Slam poetry.

SUNY Geneseo has an ambitious plan to create a Center for Local Municipal History. Professor Michael Oberg says there is an acute need, because "In many places we've lost sight of our local history." There are hundreds of historians in the state of New York, most unpaid and appointed by local municipalities. As a consequence, most are white.

Oberg wants to help historians see the layered local histories that might allow students and residents to feel more connected to their own communities. Our guests:

  • Michael Oberg, distinguished professor of history at SUNY Geneseo
  • Taylor Stoermer, nationally recognized historian and author of the forthcoming "Public History: A Field Guide"

The local real estate market remains massively tilted in favor of sellers, and agents see no signs of that changing this spring. That means that home buyers often have to make offers sight unseen, while waiving an inspection -- something agents routinely advise against. 

There is tremendous pressure on buyers. We discuss what might change that, and where the hottest neighborhoods are in local real estate. Our guests:


First hour: A look at the current local real estate market

Second hour: How to better understand and represent local municipal histories

Does historic preservation need a new approach? According to a recent piece in City Lab, the preservation landscape is changing, and the preservation process is facing big challenges.

We sit down with local preservationists to discuss what changes might be needed in related to standards, financing, sustainability, perceptions, and more. In studio:

In the past week, it appears that national Democrats might make a plan to curb meat consumption part of their platform. It started with a leaked FAQ page from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and her Green New Deal plan. The FAQ included language about the path to ending the consumption of cows.

Meanwhile, Senator Cory Booker, who is vegan, has said the world can’t afford to keep eating meat. The GOP is already planning to run on the idea that Democrats “want to take away your hamburgers.” 

Our guests discuss whether the possible move is good policy material and is politically wise. Our guests:

Landmark Society

First hour: Would curbing meat consumption make for good political policy?

Second hour: Discussing new approaches for historic preservation

The documentary “Don’t Be Nice” tells the story of five slam poets from New York City who have teamed up to compete for a national title. Their coach encourages them to push past the entertainment value of the form and write and speak from a place of vulnerability, confronting painful issues related to race, gender, sexuality, and identity.

The film will be screened as part of the Black Cinema Series at the Little Theatre on Friday. We preview the film with its director and local slam poets who share their process. Our guests:

The New York Times stirred debate with a piece about perceptions of sexism on the campaign trail. Six women are running for president in 2020, and record numbers of women are running for office on just about every level.

The Times piece is called “A Woman, Just Not That Woman.” It details how voters claim to view men and women equally as political contenders, yet women face steeper challenges. Our guests weigh in: