Connections with Evan Dawson: Challenges that Face the Trans Community/UofR's Online Beatles Course

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Today on Connections with Evan Dawson...


12 noon

We explore the issues surrounding a story that has caused a firestorm over the last two weeks: the suicide of Dr. V. A writer for, which is run by ESPN, wrote a piece about the inventor of a new golf club. The writer revealed that the inventor faked her scientific credentials to gain investors. The writer also chose to reveal that the inventor, Dr. Essay Ann Vanderbilt, was transgender, even though Vanderbilt begged him not to. She killed herself. Today we're trying to understand the challenges that face the trans community; those challenges lead to very high rates of suicide and unemployment.

Guests: Scott Fearing, Executive Director of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, Rowan Collins, a transgender member and student intern of the alliance and Christina Kahrl, baseball writer who came out as trans 11 years ago, and who wrote a scathing critique of the Dr. V story. 

1 pm

As we approach 50 years since the Beatles landed on the Ed Sullivan show, the University of Rochester decided to offer an online Beatles course. To their surprise, they have 23,000 students signed up from around the world (!). The professor of the class has written books about music and culture.

Guests: Professor John Covach, chair of the college department of music at the U of R. 


On tape: Thousands of screaming teenage girls as Ed Sullivan introduces the Liverpool lads

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