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Ousmane Diallo holds a picture of Madieye Diallo at his shop in Thies, Senegal. Madieye Diallo's body had only been in the ground for a few hours when a mob descended on the cemetery with shovels. They yanked out his corpse, dragged it from the weedy cemetery, spit on its torso and dumped it in front of the home of his elderly parents. In our second hour, we'll talk about the prosecution of people on the basis of sexual orientation in more than 70 countries. Ricci Shryock/AP Phot hide caption

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Ousmane Diallo holds a picture of Madieye Diallo at his shop in Thies, Senegal. Madieye Diallo's body had only been in the ground for a few hours when a mob descended on the cemetery with shovels. They yanked out his corpse, dragged it from the weedy cemetery, spit on its torso and dumped it in front of the home of his elderly parents. In our second hour, we'll talk about the prosecution of people on the basis of sexual orientation in more than 70 countries.

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The Political Junkie
A political newbie and self-proclaimed nerd runs roughshod over longtime GOP veterans in the Michigan governor's race.  While in Missouri and Kansas primaries yesterday, voters stuck with household names. Tomorrow, Tennessee braces for a racially-charged primary, where the Congressional Black Caucus — and the President — have thrown in with a popular white Congressman. Political Junkie Ken Rudin joins Tony Cox to break down the primaries. Plus, Maxine Waters says 'bring it on' as ethics charges mount on Capitol Hill.

A-Rod's 600th
Alex Rodriguez is the youngest player ever to hit 500 homers — but joining the 600 home run club has been a struggle. The Yankees third basemen is in a seemingly endless chase, without a home run in his last 46 at-bats.  Many fans are baffled as to why he can't get that one homerun he needs to hit 600. Only six players in the history of Major League Baseball have reached this milestone, including Barry Bonds, Willie Mays and Babe Ruth. But, since he confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs, sports critics wonder if reaching this milestone even matters to fans. Guest host Tony Cox talks with New York Times columnist Bill Rhoden about the significance of the highest paid player in baseball hitting home run number 600.

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When Being Gay is a Crime
A gay couple in Malawi are sentenced to 14 years in prison with hard labor.  A bill in Uganda proposes the death penalty for a conviction of homosexuality.  More than 70 countries make same sex relationships a crime, with punishments ranging from prison terms to death sentences.  Even in places where sexual orientation isn't a crime, gay, lesbian and transgender people often face prejudice, harassment and violence.  Tony Cox talks about the challenges facing gays and lesbians around the globe.

How Hot Is It?? It's Stupid Hot!!
The long, hot summer swelters on.  The mercury continues to rise in the plains and the central part of the country with many places experiencing record heat. In Fayetteville, Arkansas it's expected to reach 100 degrees in the shade today.  Much of the east coast dipped back into the low 90's after near-triple digit temperatures and oppressive humidity.  Many people caught in the heat wonder if it's part of a normal cycle, or something more. Tony Cox talks with a weather man about what may be driving the spike in temperatures and what people are doing to stay cool.