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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Monument in Ukraine with "world help us" painted on the front
Mikhail Gershteyn
Monument in Ukraine with "world help us" painted on the front

First hour: Discussing the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and previewing the documentary, "War in Ukraine: A View from Inside"

Second hour: 2024 Oscars preview

The death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has sparked protests, concern, and discussion around the world. One of our guests knew Navalny personally and has been similarly targeted for expressing dissent in his native Russia. We talk about what we’ve learned in the last week. We also discuss a forthcoming documentary about war in Ukraine – “War in Ukraine: A View from Inside” – produced by our WXXI colleague, Mikhail Gershteyn. Our guests:

  • Dmitry Bykov, inaugural Scholar in Exile in the Humanities Center at the University of Rochester
  • Mikhail Gershteyn, native of Ukraine, documentary filmmaker, and senior operations technician and external client services manager at WXXI
  • Matthew Lenoe, Ph.D., associate professor of history at the University of Rochester
  • Randy Stone, Ph.D., director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester

Then in our second hour, it’s our annual Oscars preview. While some of the initial headlines about this year’s awards were dominated by why critics think “Barbie” actor Margot Robbie and director Greta Gerwig were “snubbed,” the buzz now is about how 2023 was a strong year for films. What will we see on the Oscar winner list? What deserves to win? And what are your Oscar picks? We discuss it all with our guests:

  • Scott Pukos, director of communications for the Little Theatre
  • Adam Lubitow, programming director for the Anomaly Film Festival
  • Amy Adrion, award-winning film director and writer whose work has screened at the Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca Film Festivals and on national television; and assistant professor in the School of Film and Animation at RIT
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.