Drug Policy

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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Family Seeks Answers on Death of Legally Blind Man

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The family of a legally blind inmate who died at Manhattan criminal court last week wants answers.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Use and Abuse of MDMA

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Following the two deaths this weekend at the Electric Zoo music festival that have been linked to the use of the drug MDMA (known as molly or ecstasy) and reports of a "bad batch" of the drug, Stefanie Jones of the Drug Policy Alliance, talks about the various forms of the drug and the dangers of the drug and drug policy.

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Gabfest Radio

The Summer Strut 2013 Edition

Saturday, August 17, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists David Plotz and Emily Bazelon are joined by very special guest Paul Sabin, an associate professor of history at Yale University and author of The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble Over Earth's Future. (He also happens to be Emily’s husband.)



The Brian Lehrer Show

Storm Prep; Eric Schneiderman; Non-Profit Corruption; Ask Me Another

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg announced a major plan to prepare the city for the next big storm. Seth Pinsky of the New York City Economic Development Corporation is here to discuss. Plus: Attorney General Eric Schneiderman; corruption at non-profits; a neuroscientist’s ideas about drugs; and Ophira Eisenberg from NPR’s quiz show “Ask Me Another.”   

The Brian Lehrer Show

Poverty, Race and Addiction

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Carl Hart, associate professor in the departments of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University and the author of High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society, talks about his own life and his work on the science of drug addiction.

→ Event: Reading at Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway at 82nd St, today at 7 pm. Details.


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The Takeaway

Flawed Drug Policy Highlights Myths Around Race and Drugs

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Drug researcher Carl Hart argues that the ongoing war on drugs continues to disproportionately hurt the black community, while ignoring bigger societal woes like poverty and high school drop out rates. Hart discusses the problems with current drug policies and how they should be changed.

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