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PRI's The World

The release of 'Popeye,' a trusted assassin for Pablo Escobar, enrages many Colombians

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar was killed more than two decades ago, but one of the last surviving members of Escobar’s ultra-violent Medellin cartel just became a free man. The release of John Jairo Velásquez, who left prison on August 19, has sparked controversy in Colombia.

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WNYC News

Pharmacy Chief Charged With Oxycodone Theft

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

A former pharmacy chief at Mount Sinai Beth Israel has been charged with stealing nearly 200,000 oxycodone pills, worth an estimated $5.6 million on the street.

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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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The Takeaway

An Inside Look at Mexico's Drug War

Thursday, June 19, 2014

We're in close proximity to a raging drug war, yet most of us couldn't be more removed from the realities occurring just over the border.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

A Queens senator proposes legalizing drugs... in 1965

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Queens senator proposes legalizing drugs... in 1965
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Soundcheck

Ministry Frontman Al Jourgensen; Speedy Ortiz Plays Live; Mexico's 'Narco Cultura'

Monday, June 16, 2014

In this episode: Ministry might have started off playing new wave and synth pop in the 1980s, but it evolved into one of the most important industrial rock bands of all time. Ministry's frontman Al Jourgensen has been there through it all, and tells it all in his memoir Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen. Jourgensen discusses his insane life and talks about what the future holds for the band.

And: There’s plenty to unpack in the wry, confessional lyrics of Speedy Ortiz -- the solo-moniker-turned rock band of singer and guitarist Sadie Dupuis. With lines like "Spent the summer on crutches and everybody teased / except for this one friend I almost forgot" (“No Below”), Dupuis lets us in, revealing her distinctively sharp point of view -- equal parts hilariously self-deprecating and brutally honest.

And: A narcocorrido is a popular type of Mexican song that glamorizes and celebrates outlaw drug traffickers. Those songs -- and the culture they celebrate -- are at the heart of Shaul Schwarz's recent film, Narco CulturaIn an interview with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Schwarz talks about the burgeoning genre, its history, and the ongoing Mexican drug war. 

 

This is an encore edition of Soundcheck.

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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WNYC News

A Tale of Two Heroin Arrests

Friday, June 13, 2014

WNYC

Paterson, NJ, was the place to go for affluent suburbanites looking to buy heroin. Then the undercover cops swept in. Hear how it all played out.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Return of Heroin

Thursday, May 22, 2014

It's readily available, it's purer than it's ever been, and it's easier to get than prescription painkillers. Behind the heroin surge in New York.

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Soundcheck

Smoke Weed With The Colorado Symphony This Summer

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Within the past week, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra has had the unusual distinction of being covered by such diverse outlets as NPR, Rolling Stone, High Times, GanjaNews.org -- and yes, Soundcheck. The reason? The orchestra announced that this summer, it’s planning three marijuana-themed events called “Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series.” We talk with Colorado Symphony Orchestra CEO Jerome Kern, who tells us, "We will do anything to gain support and audience for this organization, so long as it's legal." 

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The Takeaway

New Migraine Drugs Signal Hope for Millions

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Over the past 50 years, there hasn't been a single preventative drug developed that specifically targets migraines. But some new research in its early stages shows hope that a preventative drug may be within reach.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

My Father the Marijuana Smuggler

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tony Dokoupil's dad rose from hippie pot dealer to multi-ton smuggler. His memoir is a chronicle of pot-smoking, drug-taking America from the perspective of the generation that grew up in the aftermath of the Great Stoned Age.

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New Jersey News

Christie and McGreevey: Unlikely Gubernatorial BFFs

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Once upon a time, the U.S. Attorney in Newark was investigating the governor in Trenton for corruption. Today, that U.S. Attorney, Chris Christie, is now a governor under investigation himself by a different U.S. Attorney, and he has formed an unlikely friendship with Jim McGreevey, the former governor he once ...

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Freakonomics Radio

What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Imagine that both substances were undiscovered until today. How would we think about their relative risks?

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WNYC News

Task Force to Address Opiates 'Epidemic'

Sunday, April 06, 2014

WNYC

Twelve public forums will be held across New York State.

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Soundcheck

Sex, Drugs And... Classical Music

Monday, March 24, 2014

We're joined by NPR Music's Anastasia Tsioulcas to talk about Mozart in the Jungle -- a memoir-turned-TV series which was recently picked up for development by Amazon -- and what it could do for classical music's reputation, if it takes off. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Medical Marijuana

Friday, March 21, 2014

Medical marijuana is legal in 20 states, and is used to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis, AIDS, side effects of chemotherapy, as well as pain, glaucoma, epilepsy, insomnia, and anxiety. Dr. Igor Grant, Distinguished Professor and Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine and Director of the UC Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research, tells us about his research into the possible utility of cannabis compounds in the amelioration of certain severe manifestations of disease. And Jim Rendon, author of Supercharged: How Outlaws, Hippies, and Scientists Reinvented Marijuana, talks about the changing attitudes toward marijuana and how the increasing acceptance of medical marijuana is changing the legal and commercial landscape.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Caffeine Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us

Friday, March 21, 2014

Caffeine is the most popular drug in America. Murray Carpenter why caffeine has such a powerful effect on us—it can boost our mood and improve our athletic performance. He looks at the various ways caffeine is delivered to the body, how it affects us, and why it’s not regulated. He’s the author of Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us.

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Radio Diaries

#12: Frankie’s Teenage Diary, Revisited

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"I went from being on the front page for football, representing my itty-bitty school, to being on the front page as a thief and a meth head." - Frankie Lewchuck

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The Brian Lehrer Show

CAFFEINE!; the Metro-North report; Crimea’s Decision

Monday, March 17, 2014

Did you know that the caffeine in soda is usually made in China? Murray Carpenter is author of Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us and he’ll explain the drug. Plus: what a federal report on the Metro-North crash found about how the rail service was too lax about safety; the latest on the Crimean referendum; and more.