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The Irish vote today on a referendum that would legalize gay marriage. We'll find out where Ireland sits in the global push for gay rights. We also hear the story of a young American who lost his passport on a visit to Turkey — and found out it ended up in the hands of refugee smugglers. Plus, The World's Marco Werman is riding the rails right now as part of a writing fellowship with Amtrak. He just happens to be in New Orleans, where he tells us about the funeral of Travis "Trumpet Black" Hill, a NOLA musician who died recently while on tour in Japan.
Iraqi forces are reportedly preparing to try and retake the city of Ramadi after it was seized by ISIS fighters a few days ago, while ISIS has already taken the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria as well. We also have a conversation with a popular Mexican-American cartoonist who's now moving into TV. Finally, we'll tell you about a project to protect butterflies and honeybees by forming a 1,500 mile protective "butterfly corridor" across the country.
Migrants in Asia, migrants in Europe; sometimes it seems the whole world is on the move, and some smugglers have gone so far as to advertise on Facebook. We'll find out about that, plus how the the LGBT community in Jamaica is standing up for their rights. We also have a conversation with a French graphic artist whose new book has been described as "wicked dressed up as cute."
Voters in Ireland are about to vote on whether to approve same-sex marriage, and the polls are predicting a "yes" victory. In Northern Ireland, meanwhile, it's the case of a cake with a pro-gay marriage design that's making headlines. Plus, a sitar player remembers how David Letterman gave him his big break.
We hear about ISIS's capture of Ramadi in western Iraq, and what it means in the battle against the Islamist group. We also take a look at actor John Cho, who last fall became the first Asian American man to star in a romantic comedy on TV. Plus, we tell you about a group of female bikers in Dubai who belong to a stereotype-defying club of motorcycle enthusiasts.
Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death. Plus, Brazilians, fed up with lenient penalties for juvenile offenders, seriously consider lowering the prison sentencing age from 18 to 16. Also, legendary blues musician BB King died Thursday, age 89. We find out how King's global influence reached every music corner of the world.