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Drug cartels often use minors as mules because they’re usually treated with leniency if they get caught. That’s led one Arizona county to start targeting teenagers and trying those caught smuggling drugs as adults. Are underage drug mules being treated too harshly? And, billions have been spent securing the U.S.-Mexican border, but one coyote found a novel way to evade the sophisticated ground sensors on the American side – bicycles. We’ll speak to the author of ‘The Coyote’s Bicycle’. Then, a tribute to activist Afeni Shakur, the mother of the rapper Tupac, who fiercely protected her son’s legacy. Also, the U.S. State Department has introduced a Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons. And finally, what to drink this summer from beer to bubbly. Banner Image: Arizona/Mexico border

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

Should Underage Drug Mules be Charged as Adults 8 MIN, 11 SEC

Prosecutors in one Arizona county have a new tactic in fighting the war against drug cartels – they’re targeting teenagers. That’s because drug cartels often use minors to smuggle drugs because they’re usually treated with leniency if they’re caught. Now Cochise County prosecutors are charging teens caught smuggling drugs as adults. In the last year, 51 children have been charged as adults, the youngest was 14 years old. 

Guests:
Nigel Duara, Los Angeles Times (@nigelduara)

'The Coyote’s Bicycle' 14 MIN, 19 SEC

Billions of dollars have been spent on securing the U.S.-Mexico border, and yet migrants have been able to cross into the U.S. illegally from the south. Many are brought over by human smugglers, or coyotes, who are paid thousands of dollars per migrant. About a decade ago, one coyote came up with a novel idea to use bicycles, which can evade the sophisticated ground sensors on the American side, to move people across the border. That coyote was known as ‘El Indio’, and his story is told by journalist Kimball Taylor in his new book The Coyote’s Bicycle.

Guests:
Kimball Taylor, Journalist, Author

The Coyote's Bicycle

Kimball Taylor

Remembering Afeni Shakur, Mother of Rapper Tupac, Dead at 69 7 MIN, 3 SEC
Rapper Tupac’s mom, activist Afeni Shakur, died Monday at her home in Sausalito, Calif. She was 69 years old. The former member of the Black Panthers was the inspiration for much of her son’s music and a protective mother who took control of her son’s estate and oversaw his legacy after he died in 1996 at the age of 25. Author and journalist Kevin Powell knew both Afeni and Tupac Shakur.

Guests:
Kevin Powell, Author

State Dept. Introduces a New LGBTI Special Envoy 10 MIN, 30 SEC

Gay Marriage is legal here in the United States, and in 21 other countries, including many European countries as well as some unlikely places like Brazil, Argentina, and South Africa. But in the rest of Africa and in huge swaths of Asia and Latin America, gay marriage is not only not recognized, gay rights are under attack. In the last few years, thousands of LGBTI people have been injured in attacks and hundreds have been killed. That prompted the U.S. State Department to create a new position last year, the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons. The first to fill that position is Randy Berry and he joins the program.

Guests:
Randy Berry, State Department

Spiers on Summer Drinks 6 MIN

Summer is coming, and with it, summer parties. That means eating and drinking in the sun. We’ll focus on the drinking part of it, from beer to bubbly, in a conversation with regular Press Play guest Katherine Spiers. She’s a food writer and host of the podcast “How It Got In Your Mouth.”

Guests:
Katherine Spiers, How It Got In Your Mouth (@katherinespiers)

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