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Synthetic drugs providing cheap highs that appear to be legal are being sold over the counter all over the country—and on the Internet. What are they? Also, India was again, struck by a massive power outage. On Reporter's Notebook, the Democratic Convention has unanimously voted to make same-sex marriage part of the platform.

Producers:
Caitlin Shamberg
Katie Cooper
Evan George

Making News Massive Power Failure Hits India 7 MIN, 12 SEC

For the second day in a row, India was struck by a massive power outage, leaving half the country without electricity.  Six hundred million people went without air conditioning, and much more.

Guests:
Tinku Ray, Host, BBC's 'World Briefing'

Main Topic Synthetic Drugs from Bath Salts to Spice 34 MIN, 29 SEC

Last week, the Drug Enforcement Agency arrested 90 people in 31 states and seized millions of packets of powder with names like “Spice” and “Ivory Wave.” Some even had labels reading, “Unfit for Human Consumption.” What were they?  Synthetic chemicals that mimic marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine.  But that’s not all they do.  Poison centers around the country report violent reactions that last for weeks from drugs that have never been medically tested.  Picked up along with the synthetic chemicals was 36 million dollars in cash.

Guests:
Jeffrey Scott, Spokesperson for the DEA
Natasha Vargas-Cooper, Freelance Reporter (@natashavc)
Cindy Schaider, Executive Director of the Casa Grande Alliance
Maia Szalavitz, Health writer for TIME.com (@maiasz)

Reporter's Notebook Democrats’ Party Platform Embraces Gay Marriage 8 MIN, 44 SEC

The Democratic Party is on its way to endorsing same-sex marriage. The drafting committee for this year’s Democratic Convention has unanimously voted to make same-sex marriage part of the platform. Will it be an issue in the presidential campaign?  The Republicans just might have to discuss it too. 

Guests:
Matt Vasilogambros, Staff Reporter for the National Journal (@mattvas)

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