Barry Foy, one of South Carolina's "gentlemen smugglers," was a target in "Operation Jackpot," a Reagan-era drug sting that convicted over 100 smugglers.
Credit Courtesy of Les Riley
Jason Ryan's new book chronicles the lives of "gentlemen smugglers" Barry Foy and Les Riley, seen here with Wally Butler after a fishing expedition.
Credit Leslie McKellar
Jason Ryan is a journalist and former staff reporter for South Carolina's The Statenewspaper.
Forty years ago this month, President Richard Nixon officially introduced something he called the "War on Drugs." A decade later, Ronald Reagan launched it as a national crusade, with the memorable slogan "Just Say No."
Since then, though, the Obama administration has jettisoned the term "war on drugs," and this past week, the Global Commission on Drug Policy issued a report calling the crusade a failure.
With only 54,000 jobs added, May's employment numbers came in well below expectations, and the jobless rate ticked up slightly to 9.1 percent. Combined with a slipping stock market, a housing double dip and a drop in manufacturing numbers for the first time in 18 months, the slew of discouraging economic news puts President Obama on the hot seat just 18 months before the next election.
Lawrence Eagleburger, a longtime diplomat who had a brief term as secretary of state under George H.W. Bush, died Saturday at age 80. Eagleburger was the only career foreign service officer to become a secretary of state. Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, tells guest host Rachel Martin that Eagleburger will be remembered for his unique blend of blunt talk and charm.
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On this week's podcast, we have an intriguing tale of a woman who developed a rare condition called foreign accent syndrome that's usually caused by an injury to the part of the brain that controls speech.