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The Takeaway

Former Clinton Drug Czar on The Fight Between Science and Politics

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Gen. Barry McCaffrey weighs in on the behind the scenes jockeying over a scientific report on drug policy. He says science can easily get distorted when political agendas are at stake.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Investigating Supplements; An AA Critique; the End of 'Mad Men'

Monday, April 06, 2015

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on the supplements industry; more on the Iran deal; California's drought; a critique of AA and the beginning of the end of "Mad Men."

The Leonard Lopate Show

Self-Destructive, and Singing Soprano

Monday, February 09, 2015

Opera star Deborah Voigt recounts her private battles to overcome addiction and depression.

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WQXR Features

Eight Classical Pieces To Help You Zone Out

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Our colleagues at WNYC's New Tech City podcast are in the midst of "Bored and Brilliant," a week-long challenge to listeners to disconnect from their smart phones.

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WNYC News

Artistic, Ambitious and Addicted

Monday, December 22, 2014

The deaths of actors Robin Williams and Philip Seymour Hoffman earlier this year linked to drugs and alcohol re-surfaced the question of why artists struggle with substance abuse.

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On Being

Nadia Bolz-Weber — Seeing the Underside and Seeing God: Tattoos, Tradition, and Grace [remix]

Thursday, October 23, 2014

She’s the tattooed, Lutheran pastor of the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, a church where a chocolate fountain, a blessing of the bicycles, and serious liturgy come together.

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On Being

[Unedited] Nadia Bolz-Weber with Krista Tippett

Thursday, October 23, 2014

She’s the tattooed, Lutheran pastor of the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, a church where a chocolate fountain, a blessing of the bicycles, and serious liturgy come together.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

One Chef’s Appetite for the Extreme

Friday, October 10, 2014

Jesse Schenker comes clean about his tumultuous past and how he overcame drug addiction and dangerous obsessions to become an acclaimed chef and restaurateur.

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Conducting Business

Recovering Addicts Confront Their Demons through Classical Music

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The refined world of classical music is not usually linked to addiction. But a British TV documentary opens the door to a lesser-known side of the business.

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The Longest Shortest Time

What Makes a Happy Family?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Comedian Julian McCullough was abandoned by his mom and grew up with a pothead of a dad. Now that he has a family of his own, he's figuring out how to do it right.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Heroin Is an Epidemic...Or Is It?

Monday, July 07, 2014

Governor Cuomo is the latest to claim shooting up has never been easier: users are younger and the drug is more available than ever. But do the numbers back him up? And what does that mean for next steps?

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WNYC News

Cuomo Approves Bills to Combat Heroin, but not Medical Marijuana

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WNYC

Cuomo says the government shouldn't create a pathway for marijuana.

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WNYC News

A Call for Broader Attack on Heroin in NY

Sunday, June 15, 2014

WNYC

Drug addiction specialists say Governor Cuomo's plan to combat a rise in heroin use doesn't go far enough.

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New Tech City

Hi, I’m David, and I’m a Digital Addict

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Find out how one man used technology to cure his technology addiction.

 

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Specials

Reveal

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Reveal pulls back the curtain on what governments, businesses and communities are doing behind the scenes to solve problems often outside of the national spotlight. On this episode of Reveal, host Al Letson gives us an inside look at issues regarding solitary confinement, heroin trade, animal rights on film sets, and instances of sexual abuse on farms.

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The Takeaway

A Whistleblower Speaks Out Against the VA's Dangerous Opiate Problem

Thursday, February 27, 2014

According to the Center for Investigative Reporting's Aaron Glantz, the number of opiate medications—highly addictive painkillers like hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone and morphine—prescribed by the Veterans Administration has increased by 270 percent between 2001 and 2012, far outpacing the increase in patients. Dr. Basimah Khulusi, a former Veterans Affairs physician, has come forward as a whistleblower on this issue. She says the VA forced her out because patients complained that she wouldn't prescribe high doses of opiates.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Dealing With Addiction

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Phillip Seymour Hoffman struggled with drug and alcohol abuse at the age of 22, then relapsed 23 years later, dying of a heroin overdose this past Sunday. Carrie Wilkens, clinical director of the Center for Motivation and Change and the co-author of Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change helps lead a discussion about addiction, support, and treatment. If you've struggled with addiction, or have a loved one who has, what lessons can we draw from Hoffman's death? Call 212-433-9692...

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The Takeaway

We're Having Another Heroin Epidemic

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Some researchers are tying the rise in heroin use to tighter restrictions on prescription opiates like Oxycotin and Vicodin.

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The Takeaway

Money Addiction: How Much Is Enough?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wealth can be a tool for investment, for development and even for change. But wealth can also be an end in itself—becoming an addiction. That was the case for Sam Polk, a former hedge fund manager. In his last year on Wall Street, Polk earned a $3.6 million bonus. He felt it wasn't enough. Today, Polk explores why Americans love and possibly have an addiction to money.

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The Takeaway

Why You Did (Or Didn't) Quit Smoking

Monday, November 04, 2013

New York City has passed a new law setting 21 as the new legal age to purchase cigarettes, both tobacco and electronic. Will this law lead to fewer smokers? What anti-smoking efforts actually make a difference? Jody Sindelar, a health economist and professor at the Yale School of Public Health who uses behavioral economics to study addiction, explains.

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