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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, September 15, 2022

Map of Ukraine with country colors
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Map of Ukraine with country colors

First hour: What does victory look like for Ukrainians?

Second hour: An update on the state of early intervention services in Monroe County

The remarkable shift in the war in Ukraine has surprised even local Ukrainians, who now see a clearer path to ending the Russian invasion. But what are the terms that Ukraine should demand, or accept? Have those terms now changed? Our guests discuss it:

  • Elena Dilai, community member, and member of RocMaidan
  • Mikhail Gershteyn, native of Ukraine, documentary filmmaker, and senior operations technician and external client services manager at WXXI
  • Olena Prokopovych, associate professor of political science, and director of the Political Science Undergraduate Program in History, Politics, and Law at Nazareth College

Then in our second hour, many young children across New York State are not receiving timely and comprehensive early childhood developmental services. That's according to the Children's Agenda. What is the impact? Experts say without those services, children lose opportunities to develop to their full potential. This hour, we discuss the state of early childhood intervention funding, staffing, and services in the county, and we hear one family's story. Our guests:

  • Brigit Hurley, chief program officer at The Children's Agenda, and organizer of the Kids Can't Wait campaign
  • Danielle Hyde, physical therapist with Step By Step Pediatric Therapy Services in Henrietta
  • Dally Morales, mother of a young son named Gideon who benefits from early intervention services
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.