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Coming up on Connections: Monday, November 14, 2022

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First hour: Democrats on what's motivating their voters and where the party should go next

Second hour: An update from Ukraine

This week, we ask guests from different political sides about the lessons they're taking from a historic midterm election. We start with the left, where fears of a "red wave" turned into euphoria about keeping the Senate (at the very least). What issues do they see as most motivating for voters? With all the talk about Ron DeSantis -- a swing state governor who has won big -- why isn't there equal buzz about Gretchen Whitmer? What does the last week mean for President Biden? Our guests:

  • Paul Hypolite, founder of Leading With Our Values, a government relations and public affairs firm
  • Stephanie Townsend, councilmember for the Pittsford Town Board
  • Denise King, former executive committee chair of the New York State Democratic Party

Our WXXI colleague Mikhail Gershteyn is in Ukraine, traveling to several parts of the country to visit family, assist with relief efforts, and document the war. He joins us to discuss the most recent events in Kherson and elsewhere. We also hear from Nazareth College professor and Ukraine native Olena Prokopovych. Our guests:

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