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The rate of eating disorders among young boys and girls is on the rise. Experts blame this on a wide range of reasons, not the least of which is societal pressure and unrealistic ideas of what makes a healthy body. Our panel discusses the impact of pressuring children to cut calories at a young age.


--Dr. Deborah Pierce, M.D., clinical associate professor of family medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center

--Terra Keller, chief operating officer of Foodlink

--Aaron Williams, nurse practitioner

--Rick Russotti, health & physical education teacher and track/cross country coach at Bishop Kearney High School

India has shut off phone, cable, and Internet service in the entire region of Kashmir since early August. NPR reporters say the situation is tense and dangerous.

But it can be difficult to get accurate information about what is happening. We sit down with a local attorney who recently returned from the region.

Guest: Sareer Fazili, local attorney who recently returned from Kashmir.

We talk about adaptive sports for kids with disabilities. It's in advance of the Little League World Series Challenger Exhibition Game, which will air on WXXI-TV this weekend.

The Challenger division includes children with physical and intellectual disabilities, and we have a Challenger program here in Rochester.

We'll talk to an organizer and a player with the Webster Challenger program, and we'll talk to an organizer and camper at Camp Abilities -- a camp for kids with visual impairments. It's a conversation about inclusion and more. 

Guests are:

  • Ron Kampff, organizer of the Webster Challenger Baseball League
  • Anthony Vignare, member of the Webster Challenger Baseball Team
  • Matthew Farwell, Camp Abilities graduate assistant
  • Chris Smoker, camper at Camp Abilities   

This story was produced by WXXI’s Inclusion Desk, focusing on disabilities and inclusion.

Is recycling a feminine activity? Penn State researchers found that some men are hesitant to recycle because they don’t want to be perceived as gay or overly feminine. It’s a remarkable bit of research about how people view gender norms. We’ll explore the study and the consequences of attaching a patina of gender to pro-environmental behavior.

Our guests:

--Jim Tappon, part of the faith-based outreach team for the Citizens Climate Lobby

--Mark Primus, professor in the department of social work at Nazareth College

--Rowan Collins, local educator

--Peter Bartula, president of Computer Systems Asset Disposal

The New York Civil Liberties Union released a report  showing racial disparities in Irondequoit and Greece policing. 

The report, based on information given by the police departments, says that in 2014, a third of all traffic stops in Greece involved black people, though only 6 percent of the town’s residents are black.

In Irondequoit, black people were involved in 38 percent of police stops in 2014, though only 9 percent of the town’s population is black.

The police chiefs from these two departments  address the concerns raised in the report.


--Iman Abid, NYCLU Genesee Valley Chapter Director

--Chief Richard Tantalo, Irondequoit Police Department

--Patrina Freeman, member of the planning committee for the Irondequoit Police Community Relations Forum 

--Chief Patrick Phelan, Greece Police Department

What exactly is a demagogue? What is populism? Two grassroots groups, Action Together-Rochester and Indivisible Rochester, are presenting a panel discussion on the topics of demagoguery and populism. They’ll explore the history of demagogues and the ways to recognize aspects of demagoguery.

Our guests:

·      Michael Brown, assistant professor in the Department of History at RIT

·      James Bowman, associate professor of English at St. John Fisher College

·      Tom Proietti, resident scholar in media at St. John Fisher College

·      Amanda Flannery, leader with Action Together Rochester

·      Hermann Vogelstein, event organizer

It’s a bird…it’s a place…it’s Super City! Super City is Rochester’s first annual, multi-venue pop culture event, celebrating comics, anime, video games, cartoons, sci-fi, and pop culture characters (including super heroes!). The organizers of the event say they wanted to expand upon the Comic Con concept by taking it outside a convention center and making it more inclusive. This hour, we preview the Super City events with our guests. 

·      Jason Hilton, founder of Super City, and founder and owner of POP ROC

·      Angela Hilton, co-founder of Super City

·      Magnus Champlin, artist and organizer of Super City

·      Nigel Carrington, comic book writer and artist, and organizer of Super City

·      Shawn Dunwoody, artist, and member of the board of advisors for Super City

Did you – or do you – turn to Facebook for news? The social media platform is hoping to become a trusted place for users to find news content. Last week, Facebook announced it’s offering news outlets like ABC News, Bloomberg, and the Washington Post millions of dollars for the rights to post headlines of those sources’ articles and previews of their stories in a dedicated news section on the site. Facebook executives say they want to launch that section before the end of the year.

The company has been under fire in recent years for its inability to stop the spread of fake news on the platform. Could this move make Facebook a trusted place for news? What does it mean for traditional media outlets? And how will it further change the current landscape? Our guests discuss it. 

·      Mike Johansson, Rochester-based social media strategist

·      Michael Kilian, executive editor for the Democrat & Chronicle, and mid-Atlantic states editor for USA TODAY Network

·      Rashad Smith, publicist, and social media manager for a local FM station

·      (TBD) Jenn Brink, web manager for News 10NBC

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:

  • Taking on the leadership role in the Rochester City School District, with new superintendent, Terry Dade;
  • The legacy of Toni Morrison;
  • The evolution of Rochester's Clarissa Street neighborhood.

We preview the 2019 Rochester Fringe Festival. We hear from a variety of new acts and festival organizers about what's on the docket this year. In studio: