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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, February 13, 2024

A silhouette of two men with the text, "The Tucker Carlson Interview"

First hour: Researcher Valery Perry on takeaways from Tucker Carlson's interview of Vladimir Putin

Second hour: Do we need more optimism in climate activism?

Journalists and analysts have been weighing in on the more than two hour conversation between ex-Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The interview was the first Putin granted to an American since his country’s invasion of Ukraine. This hour, we examine the discussion and discuss the takeaways with an expert in democratization policy. Our guest:

  • Valery Perry, Ph.D., senior associate for the Democratization Policy Council

Then in our second hour, data scientist Hannah Ritchie's new book about climate change and the future of the planet is sparking debate. In "Not the End of the World: How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet," Ritchie argues that some of the prognosticating is too gloom-and-doom, and that we can, in fact, be the first generation to ensure a sustainable future. She uses data to offer ideas on how to deal with climate change, food supplies, and more. Our guests discuss it:

  • Sue Hughes-Smith, Monroe County Legislator in District 14, and adjunct professor in environmental policy at local colleges
  • Abby McHugh-Grifa, executive director of Climate Solutions Accelerator of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region
  • Kevin Schulte, CEO of GreenSpark Solar
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.