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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, July 12th


First hour: Targeting the AR-15

Second hour: Monthly science roundtable looks at methane in the Great Lakes and the impact on climate change

One of the most controversial pieces of weaponry in the country is the AR-15. Democratic Senators are calling for the AR-15 to be banned; one Senator even said that people only buy the gun to do bad things. But it's a popular firearm, and a recent piece defending the AR-15 has gone viral. Published in both Medium and Vox, Jon Stokes explains why he and millions of Americans appreciate the AR-15, and why they want other Americans to better understand it. Stokes is a former Wired editor and founder of Ars Technica; he'll join us to answer listener questions about why he thinks the AR-15 is unfairly criticized and targeted. AR-15 owners have pointed to his piece as a helpful explainer; his critics have said it bolsters their reasons for wanting the gun banned.

Then, our monthly science roundtable looks at methane in the Great Lakes, and how it relates to climate change. A new research project zeroes in on freshwater environments as a source of methane. Our guests will connect it all for us. In studio:

John Kessler, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Rochester
Sawyer Johnson, University of Rochester Class of 2016 environmental studies major
Nicola Wiseman, University of Rochester Class of 2018 environmental studies major

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.