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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

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First hour: How small business owners are adapting to recent pandemic challenges

Second hour: The Landmark Society's 2020 "Five to Revive"

Sunday, November 15 marks the 50th anniversary of Garth Fagan Dance. We talk with members of the critically acclaimed company about its history, its remarkable work, and its future.

Our guests:

  • Garth Fagan, founder for Garth Fagan Dance
  • William Ferguson, acting executive director of Garth Fagan Dance, and personal assistant to Garth Fagan
  • Natalie Rogers-Cropper, school director and assistant rehearsal director for Garth Fagan Dance
  • Norwood Pennewell, rehearsal director at Garth Fagan Dance, and assistant to Garth Fagan

On Tuesday evening, City Council unanimously approved Conor Dwyer Reynolds as the first executive director of Rochester's Police Accountability Board (PAB). That decision came after a tense confirmation hearing and questions about the board's independence.

We talk to Dwyer Reynolds and PAB Board Chair Shani Wilson about their goals for the PAB, and the state of police-community relations in Rochester. Our guests:

  • Conor Dwyer Reynolds, executive director of the Rochester Police Accountability Board
  • Shani Wilson, chair of the Rochester Police Accountability Board

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First hour: Conor Dwyer Reynolds, executive director of Rochester's Police Accountability Board

Second hour: Celebrating 50 years of Garth Fagan Dance

We have a conversation about the new Office of Renewable Energy Siting. The office streamlines and expedites the siting of large-scale renewable energy projects in the state. We talk about the office's goals with local climate leaders.

Our guests:

  • Neely Kelly, renewable energy advocate and community organizer
  • David Alicea, NY lead organizing representative for the Sierra Club
  • Dominique LePoutre, Caledonia resident

Abe Foxman, the past president of the Anti-Defamation League, said that Donald Trump pulled the lid off the sewer of American bigotry. Foxman is participating virtually in an event sponsored by Nazareth College. The question now is, what is the best path to eliminating bigotry in this country?

Our guests:

  • Abraham Foxman, director and chairman of the Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City 
  • Hava Leipzig Holzhauer, executive director of the Konar Center for Tolerance and Jewish Studies at Nazareth College

https://www2.naz.edu/news/archive/2020/February/578/abe-foxman-speaks-at-nazareth-college-march-30

First hour: Abraham Foxman on a path to eliminating bigotry in America

Second hour: Understanding the role of the Office of Renewable Energy Siting

How about a little music? "HomeStage at the Little" is a new concert series produced by WXXI and the Little Theatre. The pandemic has changed the landscape for local artists, but the series gives them an opportunity to perform live sessions (audience-free) that can be watched by the community. The episodes include music, interviews, and more.

We preview the series with some of the artists:

On this Veterans Day, we hear the remarkable stories and sacrifices of three Afghan natives who served alongside U.S. troops in Afghanistan as interpreters. Their lives were threatened by the Taliban, and after great personal risk, they came to Rochester on Special Immigrant Visas. They share their stories.

Our guests:

  • Hanif Frotan, Afghanistan native who served alongside U.S. troops as an interpreter
  • Tamim Azizi, Afghanistan native who served alongside U.S. troops as an interpreter
  • Sami Skander, Afghanistan native who served alongside U.S. troops as an interpreter
  • Ellen Smith, director of Keeping Our Promise

https://www.keepingourpromise.org/

First hour: The stories of Afghan natives who served alongside U.S. troops in Afghanistan 

Second hour: Previewing "HomeStage at the Little"

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