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June 29th Show

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In our second hour, a retired major general in the Soviet KGB pulls back the curtain on a real-life Russian spy plot, and the world of a secret agent. hide caption

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The top secret world of the secret agent.

In our second hour, a retired major general in the Soviet KGB pulls back the curtain on a real-life Russian spy plot, and the world of a secret agent.

States and Immigration Policy
Arizona's controversial new immigration law — one of the strictest in the country — takes effect next month. Already, other states have proposed similar measures. And not only border states — South Carolina, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Michigan — are all looking at Arizona-style legislation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Immigration policy is generally set by the federal government, but in the first few months of this year 45 states introduced more than 1,000 bills and resolutions relating to immigrants and refugees. The trend shows that many local governments are not waiting for Washington to overhaul immigration laws, and are instead taking matters into their own hands.

Why Gay Men Can't Donate Blood
Gay men in the United States will still not be allowed to donate blood.  Earlier this month, a government public health committee voted to uphold the FDA ban which bars any man who's had sex with another man since 1977 from donating.  The restriction was imposed in 1983 when there were no reliable tests for screening blood for HIV.  Arthur Caplan, medical ethicist and University of Pennsylvania professor, explains the science behind giving blood and why critics call the ban outdated and discriminatory.

Queen Latifah, Put On Your Crown
Queen Latifah never set out to be a role model, or write a self-help book. But she was struck by what she calls an epidemic of lousy self-esteem, especially among young women. The woman we know best as a superstar rapper, singer and actor hopes to encourage young women by admitting that she, too, made mistakes and overcame a troubled past. Her message: "if I did it, so can you". In her new book, Put on Your Crown: Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom, Queen Latifah shares the moments and experiences that brought her success.

Russian Spy Plot
The arrests this week of ten people accused of working in the U.S. as Russian spies came after an investigation that dated back to the Clinton Administration. Years of video and audio surveillance and secret FBI searches of homes culminated with a fake "drop" in a Washington area park. Oleg Kalugin, a retired major general in the former Soviet KGB and a professor at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Alexandria, Virginia, talks about the story and sheds light on the world of the secret agent.



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