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This week nations from around the world gathered at the United Nations to agree on a new global drug policy. The meeting is the first since 1998, when the war on drugs was at its height. World leaders agree those policies failed, and that the way forward includes a softer approach to drug users. But there's little consensus on whether to legalize or decriminalize illicit substances. Guest host Barbara Bogaev explores the UN's special summit on drug policy and the shift toward decriminalization.

Later on the program, The Donald "evolves." Did the Trump campaign just admit it's all an act?

In London, Obama Urges British Voters to Stay in the EU 6 MIN, 30 SEC

President Obama's last official trip to London this week comes ahead of Britain's June referendum on whether to leave the European Union, and he's weighed in on the so­called "Brexit." His column in the Daily Telegraph urging Britain to stay in the EU prompted heated responses. At a press conference today he cautioned, "(M)aybe some point down the line there might be a UK-US trade agreement but it's not going to happen anytime soon, because our focus is in negotiating with the big block of the European Union to get a trade agreement done. And UK is going to be in the back of the queue."

Michael Goldfarb has covered many arguments between Britain and the EU during his years as a correspondent with NPR. He has lived in London for 30 years.

Michael Goldfarb, First Rough Draft of History (podcast) (@MGEmancipation)

The Global War on Drugs Is Dead 34 MIN, 4 SEC

This week the United Nations General Assembly took on global drug policy. The widespread consensus is that the hardline policies of the 1990’s war on drugs have failed. In the past decade 25 countries have passed some kind of decriminalization for drug possession. Here in the US ­­ the original architect of the global war on drugs ­­ four states have legal marijuana markets, and 20 others are considering some form of legalization this year. Now the global conversation about drugs focuses on reducing harm to individuals and communities, and decreasing the ranks of users, but nations remain divided on whether to pursue decriminalization or outright legalization.

Samuel Oakford, Vice News (@samueloakford)
Kevin Sabet, University of Florida / Smart Approaches to Marijuana (@kevinsabet)
Tom Wainwright, The Economist (@t_wainwright)
Diederik Lohman, Human Rights Watch (@diederik_lohman)

Oakford on Jamaica calling for the UN to review the status of cannabis
Oakford on what happened when Portugal decriminalized all drugs
Wainwright on how economists would wage the war on drugs
Wainwright's 'Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel'
SAM on Canada's promotion of the legalization, commercialization of cannabis to the UN
Sabet's 'Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myth about Marijuana'
Lohman on the war on drugs, a cure worse than the disease

Will the Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up? 9 MIN, 19 SEC

Did Donald Trump's campaign just show its true colors? Last night, Trump's new campaign chief told Florida Republican Party officials that Trump has been playing a "part" during the presidential campaign, and would now take on a new "persona" that is more mainstream Republican. The conversation took place in a closed door meeting, but the Washington Post obtained an audio recording of it.

Photo: George

So who's the real Donald Trump? The candidate who has belittled the Republican Party as corrupt and exclusionary, or the candidate that now promises to carry the GOP line? Should the GOP believe him? Has his presidential campaign been just another reality show?  E.J. Dionne is a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post and author of Why the Right Went Wrong: From Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond.

E.J. Dionne, Brookings Institution / Washington Post (@EJDionne)

Why the Right Went Wrong

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