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Coming up on Connections: Wednesday, July 14

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First hour: Discussing the future of abortion in America

Second hour: Could unexplained aerial phenomena be...aliens?With the U.S. Supreme Court taking up a case challenging abortion rights, the entire landscape of abortion access could change in this country. Our guests discuss their differing views on what is likely to happen if the Court changes the legal standing of abortion. They also discuss their concerns from a number of different perspectives. Our guests:

  • Michele Sterlace-Accorsi, executive director at Feminists Choosing Life NY
  • Christen Civiletto, attorney at SUNY Buffalo Law School 
  • Rabbi Peter Stein, rabbi at Temple B'rith Kodesh and member of Concerned Clergy for Choice
  • Debora McDell-Hernandez, senior director of public and community affairs at Planned Parenthood

Then in our second hour, the Pentagon declassified a series of videos that show UAP -- unexplained aerial phenomena. That does not mean the videos show evidence of alien aircraft; in fact, such videos tend to be debunked with a little bit of analysis. But the federal government has compiled a report on the videos and public speculation is blossoming. So why don't the experts agree that we are finally seeing our technologically civilized friends? They explain, and they talk about what the search for civilized life entails. Our guests:

  • Adam Frank, astrophysicist at the University of Rochester, and author of "Light of the Stars"
  • Jacob Haqq Misra, senior research investigator at Blue Marble Space Institute of Science
  • Ravi Kumar Kopparapu, planetary scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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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.