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The world seems to be on a knife's edge in so many regions, and American relationships are vital.

We welcome a semi-regular guest to discuss his latest work in understanding world events and geopolitics in Russia, China, and more. We also discuss the Iran crisis. In studio:

  • Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester

What happens when a television star is elected president? The question, this time, does not refer to Donald Trump, but to Volodymyr Zelensky, the newly elected president of Ukraine. The actor and comedian played Ukraine’s president on a satirical TV show, and despite no political experience, went on to win 73 percent of the vote in the runoff election.

Political analysts say voters who were tired of war and economic hardship rallied behind him to push out the political establishment. Zelensky’s victory is the latest among political outsiders harnessing the power of media to spread a populist message. What does that mean for Ukraine’s developing democracy? Our guests discuss the situation in that country and the power of political rhetoric. In studio:

  • Olena Prokopovych, associate professor of political science at Nazareth College
  • Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester
  • Grant Cos, professor of communication with a focus on rhetoric at the Rochester Institute of Technology

The situation in Ukraine appears to be on a razor's edge, with many Ukrainians concerned about Russian aggression. We discuss what's happening on the ground, and we hear from the local Ukrainian community.

Our guests:

  • Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester
  • Olena Prokopovych, director of the political science program at Nazareth College
  • Elena Dilai, associate professor of mathematics at Monroe Community College

We talk to Major General Volodymyr Havrylov, the defense attaché of Ukraine. He is in town to give a lecture at the University of Rochester, but first, we talk to him about the U.S. and NATO's role in Ukraine, what Vladimir Putin wants in Ukraine, and if compromise is politically feasible. Our guests:

  • Major General Volodymyr Havrylov, defense attaché of Ukraine
  • Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester

Maciej Golubiewski, the consul general of the Republic of Poland, is in Rochester this week. Poland is one of six Eastern European nations appealing to the U.S. for help in standing up to Russia.

We talk to Golubiewski about a range of topics, including the U.S. Army's mission in Poland, U.S.-Poland relations within NATO under the Trump administration, and the future of trade between the two countries. Plus, we discuss the latest regarding the investigation of Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman who worked to advance the interests of Vladimir Putin. Our guests:

We sort out the substance from the noise surrounding Donald Trump's relationship with Vladimir Putin. Our guest is Dr. Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester. Stone explains which issues concern him regarding Trump and Russia, and which do not. We also talk about Trump's recent comments regarding Crimea and defending NATO allies.

In this hour, we dive into the current events happening in Ukraine. There's a new president, elected Sunday, who happens to be the country's "chocolate king", but pro-Russian, eastern Ukrainian cities are claiming they were not included in the election. What's next? We find out from Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester, and Matthew Leone, a professor of history who specializes in Stalinist culture and mass media in Russia.