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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:

  • How to discuss race;
  • Employment discrimination for people with disabilities;
  • How evolving technologies are leading to concerns about safety and privacy.

The Rochester Historical Society has more than 200,000 objects related to Rochester's history, but the future of those objects and the society is in jeopardy due to a lack of funding.

We discuss what could be next for the organization. In studio:

  • Carolyn Vacca, president of the board for the Rochester Historical Society, Monroe County historian, and chair of the Department of History at St. John Fisher College
  • Tom Latta, board member for the Rochester Historical Society, and vice president of leasing for Buckingham Properties
  • Richard Calabrese, board member for the Rochester Historical Society

You may have heard Governor Cuomo’s State of the State on Tuesday. Representatives from our area were in Albany for the address and the passing of the GENDA bill.

We hear from Assemblymembers Harry Bronson, Mark Johns, and Marjorie Byrnes about that news and about their priorities for this legislative session. We also discuss upstate economic development, the ban on conversion therapy, and the governor’s plan to legalize marijuana. Our guests:


First hour: An update from the New York State Legislature

Second hour: Discussing the future of the Rochester Historical Society

Our Dialogue on Disability Week continues with a conversation about employment discrimination for people with disabilities. “The Good Place” star Jameela Jamil recently turned down a role to play a deaf woman, saying the role should go to a deaf actress instead. Jamil is one of several Hollywood stars speaking out about the need for more inclusion and representation of people with disabilities in the media and in the workplace.

In Rochester, a report released last year revealed that poverty and unemployment are disproportionately affecting people with disabilities. This hour, our guests discuss these employment disparities, discrimination in the workforce, and their ideas for how to create a more inclusive society. In studio:

Talking about race is difficult for many people. Jackie Campbell of the Children’s Agenda specializes in helping people sit down together and open their hearts and minds. Her approach has led to some emotional and powerful breakthroughs. We asked her to share how she does it.

Campbell joins us in studio for the hour with her colleagues from Table 23, a small group of community members who meet to discuss issues surrounding race. Our guests:

  • Jackie Campbell, director of ROC the Future at The Children’s Agenda, and member of Table 23
  • Alan Ziegler, member of the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation, and member of Table 23
  • Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, president of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, and member of Table 23

First hour: How to have conversations about race

Second hour: Dialogue on Disability - Discussing employment Discrimination

We continue our Dialogue on Disability Week with an update on the state of early intervention (EI) services in Monroe County. In early December, county officials announced a temporary solution to what some local providers called a brewing crisis in EI services. A shortage in providers and funding would have led to about 1,200 children being waitlisted for programs, but the county has since allocated six Department of Health employees to coordinate intake services. Parents and providers say more support is needed.

This hour, we look at the current state of early intervention programs and discuss how they benefit children in need. In studio:

A new federal rule requiring hospitals to share rates for procedures and services is leading to debate. The rule requires hospital systems to post charges online in an effort to increase billing transparency, but some critics say the move will confuse consumers because those charges do not factor in insurance, other aid, and complicating factors. Those who support the rules say this is a step in the right direction in helping consumers make better-informed decisions about healthcare.

What do you think? Who should be able to tell you how much medical procedures cost? Hospitals? Insurance companies? Our guests discuss these questions and more. In studio:

  • Tammi Imm, vice president of front end revenue cycle at Rochester Regional Health
  • Carrie Fuller Spencer, chief financial officer for Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals
  • Anna Ka, Rochester resident

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First hour: The debate over new hospital pricing transparency rules

Second hour: Dialogue on Disability - An update on early intervention services in Monroe County