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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.
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.
Kimball Taylor, Journalist, Author
Kevin Powell, Author
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.
Randy Berry, State Department
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.”
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California case: free speech v. abortion rights Crisis pregnancy centers are generally run by pro-life groups that aim to convince pregnant women not to get abortions. A California law requires that employees tell their clients that the state offers free and low-cost abortions and other family planning services. Now a group of these centers is arguing that the law violates their freedom of speech.
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