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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Professor Randy Stone
University of Rochester
Professor Randy Stone

First hour: Professor Randy Stone on sanctions against Russia

Second hour: Finding sobriety during the pandemic

On Tuesday, the European Union announced new proposed sanctions against Russia. The move comes after new evidence has emerged of Russians executing Ukrainian civilians in a suburb near Kyiv. The sanctions would include a ban on coal imports; it would also include exports to Russia, like semiconductors and computers. Meanwhile, the Biden administration is considering intensifying U.S. sanctions. Are they working? Would it make sense to increase U.S. sanctions against Russia? Professor Randy Stone joins us this hour to help us understand the latest. Our guest:

  • Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester

Then in our second hour, according to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, sales of alcohol increased by 20 to 40 percent during the pandemic. WXXI's Racquel Stephen spoke with several local people who have either found or advocated for sobriety over the last two years. We talk with her about her reporting, and our guests share their stories:

  • Racquel Stephen, health/environment reporter for WXXI News
  • Meg Hartman, co-founder of AltBar
  • Jon Westfall, executive director of ROCovery Fitness
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.