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A gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 early Sunday morning at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. The victims include a college student, a UPS worker, and a bouncer who’d moved to Orlando to help her mother and grandmother. Pulse was a place of refuge for the LGBTQ community. We’ll discuss how all over the country, gay bars serve as sanctuaries for people like Dave Cullen, who happens to be an expert on mass shootings.

Also, unsurprisingly, the presidential candidates reacted differently to the shooting, which is the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

Next, the new novel by Adam Haslett titled Imagine Me Gone, is a powerful story of a family trying to cope with mental illness.

And finally, the gunman in the Orlando shooting used an AR-15 semiautomatic assault weapon. The AR-15 has been used in other mass shootings.

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Sarah Sweeney

Who Were the Victims of the Orlando Nightclub Shooting? 9 MIN, 18 SEC

Gunman Omar Mateen killed 49 people early Sunday morning at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. It was the deadliest mass shooting in American history. The victims include a college student, a UPS worker, and a bouncer who’d moved to Orlando to help her mother and grandmother. Alex Daugherty and Emily Cochrane are reporters for the Miami Herald who’ve been reporting on the Orlando victims and they join us to tell us about some of them.

Guests:
Alex Daugherty, Reporter (@alextdaugherty)
Emily Cochrane, Reporter (@ESCochrane)

How Gay Clubs are Sanctuaries for the LGBTQ Community 5 MIN, 20 SEC

Pulse was a place of refuge for the LGBTQ community in Orlando. All over the country, gay bars and nightclubs serve as sanctuaries for a lot of people, including Dave Cullen, who is an expert on mass shootings. Every time another tragic incident like what happened at Pulse happens, his inbox is flooded with interview requests; but when things finally settle down for him, he’ll go to his place of refuge. As a gay man, that means a gay bar.

Guests:
Dave Cullen, Author (@DaveCullen)

The Politicization of Mass Shootings 6 MIN, 49 SEC

In the aftermath of the terrible tragedy in Orlando, a familiar pattern has emerged – Democrats are calling for new gun laws and Republicans are calling for a crackdown on terrorists. That divide played out in the reactions of the two presumptive presidential candidates. In a speech in Cleveland Monday, Hillary Clinton called for Americans to be united and she called for some sort of restrictions on the ownership of assault weapons. In his speech Monday, Donald Trump said that today’s administration is hampered by political correctness and called for a suspension of immigration from countries where there is “proof of terrorism.”

Guests:
Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post (@eilperin)

‘Imagine Me Gone’: A Powerful Story of Family and Mental Illness 13 MIN, 9 SEC

The new novel by Adam Haslett, “Imagine Me Gone,” is a powerful story of a family trying to cope with mental illness. It’s summer in Maine and Alec and his sister Celia are rowing a boat on a lake with their dad. He lies down, closes his eyes and says to them, “Imagine me gone.” They’re supposed to be getting a lesson in how to guide the boat safely to shore on their own in case something happens to him. However, it turns out to be more than a simple lesson in lake safety. It’s a preview for the lives Alec, Celia, and their older brother Michael will soon have to live after their father kills himself.

Guests:
Adam Haslett, author, 'You Are Not a Stranger Here'

Imagine Me Gone

Adam Haslett

The AR-15 and Mass Shootings 7 MIN, 14 SEC

Gun control is being debated following the shooting in Orlando that left 49 people dead. The gunman used an AR-15, as well as a handgun. Assault-style rifles were also used in the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, and the killing of schoolchildren in Sandy Hook. Adam Winkler, law professor at UCLA and author of “Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America” explains why the AR-15 one of the weapons seen again and again in mass shootings.

Guests:
Adam Winkler, University of California, Los Angeles (@adamwinkler)

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