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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, April 10, 2024 van der Pluym

First hour: How an organization in Poland is helping Ukrainian refugees

Second hour: Are electric vehicles too...boring?

An organization in Poland has welcomed hundreds of thousands of refugees in recent months. JCC Krakow has assisted more than 300,000 Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russia’s war. This hour, we’re joined by the CEO of that organization to discuss his work and the plight of global displacement. One of our guests, Rabbi Peter Stein, also shares his perspective after a recent trip to the Middle East. In addition, we hear about an art exhibit that features the work of student refugees, and a musical production that shares the story of a Holocaust survivor who was displaced during World War II. Our guests:

  • Jonathan Ornstein, CEO of JCC Krakow
  • Rabbi Peter Stein, senior rabbi at Temple B'rith Kodesh
  • Deborah Haber, founding artistic director of DEEP Arts

Then in our second hour, are electric vehicles too…boring? A recent op-ed in the New York Times argues that enthusiasm over – and sales of – EVs are cooling. But local dealers say the hurdles are less about excitement and more about function. We talk about it with our guests. In studio:

  • Brad McAreavy, president of the Rochester Automobile Dealers’ Association
  • Peter Montante, general sales manager for Bob Johnson Chevrolet
  • Paul Bornemann, vice president of the Western New York Chapter of the Electric Vehicle Association
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.