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The Orlando shooting has reignited talk of gun control measures… Republican U.S. Senators are grappling with whether and how to get behind the presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump.  And a three-judge panel is considering the legality of voting law changes in North Carolina… Could that case wind up in the Supreme Court? 

On Thursday's CoastLine, The story of the Widow Spy. Marti Peterson is one of the first women spies for the CIA assigned to Moscow in the 1970s.  We'll hear about her covert operations -- and what led to her ambush and arrest by the KGB. 

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On the next CoastLine, in the wake of the Orlando shootings, people are searching for solutions through gun control and mental health. But some researchers say we should examine the role of hyper-masculinity. We'll discuss these issues with two guests, Andrew Smiler and Joseph Simons-Rudolph.  

Language is widely considered to be as much a function of gender as any other gender expression – whether clothing, gender-normative interests such as interior decorating, or personality traits.  But is language so different between the sexes? 

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On the next CoastLine, there’s been a lot of talk about how women talk. From vocal fry to uptalk, we’ll learn more about how language relates to gender and identity with a sociolinguist

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On the next CoastLine, it’s a reporter roundtable. We’ll explore the Cape Fear region’s top issues with WECT’s Jon Evans and Tim Buckland of the Star News.

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When you use a disposable diaper, some scientists would tell you the plastic in that diaper actually stays in the environment for hundreds of years.  The plastic bag you brought home from the grocery store?  Estimates vary, but some put the number of years it takes to decompose as high as one thousand.  Whether those numbers are accurate or more research needs to be done doesn’t change what we know about how plastics are showing up in oceans all over the world – and not only harming marine life – but becoming part of the human food chain. 

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  North Carolina’s state legislature passed HB2 earlier this year, otherwise known as the “Bathroom Bill”, and unwittingly launched a broader, national conversation about how public policy impacts minorities – specifically people who are transgender.  Performers canceled concerts, companies shelved plans to move to or expand in North Carolina, and revenue from tourism dropped. 

On the next CoastLine, House Bill 2 has brought gender identity to the national stage.  What does it mean to be transgender?  We’ll explore the topic on a personal level with our guests: an Equality NC board member who’s transgender, a gender nonconforming therapist who works with transgender youth, and a local social worker who helps schools accommodate all students.

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Syria’s civil war erupted five years ago in the summer of 2011.  According to Al Jazeera, it is the deadliest conflict of the 21st century thus far.  To put that into perspective, the United Nations estimated the death toll to be a quarter of a million people as of last August.  But that’s a fraction of the people who have fled the violence in Syria.  The BBC puts the number of displaced people at 11 million.  And all sides in this conflict have engaged in war crimes -- torture, rape, kidnapping… Public amputations of fingers, hands, feet – and gruesome executions are commonplace. 

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