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Around the country, expanding legal protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and yransgender people are being challenged -- often in the name of religious liberty. But the sports world and corporate America are lining up with LGBT people.

Later on the program, the mountain town of Hotchkiss voted not to go along with legalized marijuana in Colorado. But then the coal industry began to crumble. We hear how the economy is changing attitudes and activities in Hotchkiss.

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Producers:
Evan George
Christine Detz
Jenny Hamel

Why the Lahore Bombings are a Major Threat to Pakistan 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Pakistan's Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, has cancelled this week's visit to Washington in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday suicide bombing in a park in Lahore. Sharif's change of plans is a measure of the boldness of the attack—in the Punjab, which is the heart of Pakistan's military establishment. That's according to Shamila Chaudhary, senior advisor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where she specializes in Pakistan.

Guests:
Shamila Chaudhary, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (@ShamilaCh)

Gay Rights, Religion and Public Bathrooms 32 MIN, 16 SEC

Last week, North Carolina legalized discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people. Today, the Governor of Georgia vetoed a similar bill after the NFL threatened not to stage Super Bowls there and Hollywood studios said they’d pull out. The struggle's not limited to North Carolina and Georgia. Discrimination against LGBT people is legal in 19 American states. It’s often framed as “religious liberty” versus extension of civil rights—and it even comes down to who can use which public bathroom.

Guests:
Josh McKoon, Georgia State Senate (@JoshMcKoon)
Sarah Warbelow, Human Rights Campaign (@HRC)
Ted Johnson, Variety (@tedstew)
Steve Harrison, Charlotte Observer (@Sharrison_Obs)
Tim Storey, National Conference of State Legislatures

A Small Coal Town in Colorado Reconsiders Marijuana 10 MIN, 31 SEC

The mountain town of Hotchkiss, Colorado twice voted to ban both the recreational and medical use of marijuana. But then a coal mine in the North Fork Valley shut down amid a wave of industry slowdowns and bankruptcies all over America's coal country.  Hotchkiss, Colorado took another look at economic reality. New York Times reporter Jack Healy reports.

Guests:
Jack Healy, New York Times (@jackhealyNYT)
Ricardo Baca, Denver Post (@bruvs)

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