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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

First hour: Author Alex Sanchez and his new graphic novel, "You Brought Me the Ocean"

Second hour: Discussing voting rights and voter suppression in America, past and present

We continue our series of conversations about how to discuss race and racism. Companies across the country are grappling with how to have those conversations internally. Some have coordinated dialogue circles, town halls, and listening sessions, where employees share their experiences with racism, white privilege, and discrimination.

WXXI staff members recently participated in listening sessions. We've invited members from one of the breakout groups on Connections to share what they discussed, their responses to recent events, and their thoughts on the value of having uncomfortable conversations. Our guests:

  • Mona Isler, executive assistant and staff liaison to the board at WXXI
  • Tashanda Thomas, director of human resources for WXXI
  • Laura Garrison, vice president for development at WXXI and the Little Theatre

As of earlier this month, Monroe County has seen an increase in opioid overdoses -- both fatal and non-fatal --compared to this time last year. The work of first responders who arrive at the scene can be the difference between life and death.

A new documentary called "Opioids from Inside: First Responders" explores the epidemic from the perspective of firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics who are on the front lines. The film airs on WXXI-TV on Tuesday, but first, we get a preview with the men and women featured in it. They discuss their work and how the crisis has affected them personally. Our guests:

  • David Marshall, director and co-producer of "Opioids from Inside: First Responders"
  • Lt. John Vagg, Rochester Fire Department
  • Dr. Scott Dent, M.D., family medicine specialist at Rochester Regional Health
  • Krista Lattuca, Rochester resident in recovery, and recovery coach at Rochester Regional Health  

First hour: Previewing the documentary, "Opioids from Inside: First Responders"

Second hour: How companies can have conversations about race

We’re joined by Eddie Moore, Jr., a speaker and educator who provides diversity and cultural competency trainings around the world. One of his key programs is the White Privilege Conference, which brings together people from different backgrounds to discuss issues of privilege, including race, gender, sexuality, and more.

Moore joins us this hour to talk about his teaching methods, and his 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge. Our guest:

  • Eddie Moore, Jr., Ph.D., speaker, educator, and director of the Privilege Institute and the National White Privilege Conference

24 years ago this summer, the Rochester Red Wings played their last regular season game at Silver Stadium. The ball park on Norton Street had been the Red Wings’ home for nearly 70 years. On Sunday – Father’s Day – WXXI-TV will re-air the broadcast of that last game. It's called "Last at Bat: A Silver Stadium Farewell."

This hour on Connections, our guests discuss the impact of Silver Stadium and the Wings, and how baseball has been affected by the pandemic. Our guests:

First hour: Discussing "Last at Bat," and how the pandemic has affected baseball

Second hour: Eddie Moore, Jr. on anti-racism training

We're joined by two of the three candidates running in the Democratic primary for the 61st Senate District seat. We hear from Kim Smith and Jacqui Berger about why they are running and what they hope to accomplish if elected.

Our guests:

*Note: Joan Seamans, the third candidate in the race, was invited to join this discussion, but declined.

We talk with Ann Lewis, who is running for the 137th District Assembly seat. Long-time Assembly member David Gantt is retiring, and there are four candidates running in the primary. We've heard from the three other Democrats, and in this segment of the program, we offer Ann Lewis equal time to discuss her platform and priorities.

Our guest:

The Rochester Fringe Festival revealed its modified 2020 schedule. Festival producer Erica Fee has been in contact with many people in the arts community, and there has been some debate and confusion about safety.

We discuss the decision-making process in a major festival during a pandemic, and we explore the questions that some in the arts community are expressing. Our guest:

  • Erica Fee, producer of the Rochester Fringe Festival

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