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Notorious Drug Lord El Chapo Captured After Decade-Long Manhunt

Monday, February 24, 2014

His name is Joaquin Guzman Loera, a man that Chicago law enforcement called "Enemy Number One." But most know him simply as "El Chapo"—the kingpin of the Sinaloa drug cartel, who netted up to $3 billion a year through his international drug trafficking operations and left a bloodbath along the away. This Saturday, he was captured in a joint effort by Mexican authorities and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Ioan Grillo discusses the significance of this arrest. In addition to having covered Mexican cartels for more than a decade, Ioan is the author of “El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency.”

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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

Crystal Meth is North Korea's State Secret

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Throughout the 1990s, meth was produced by the government of North Korea. But these days it’s ordinary North Koreans who have set up their own labs and are manufacturing and distributing it. In North Korea, “meth is offered as casually as a cup of tea,” according to LA Times Beijing Bureau Chief Barbara Demick. She joins The Takeaway to explain why the government stopped producing the drug, and how entrepreneurs have since picked up the business.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

When Weed Grew Wild in Williamsburg

Thursday, January 23, 2014

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In 1951, marijuana grew everywhere, with seven foot high plants sprouting in fields from Williamsburg to Cobble Hill to East New York.  In that year alone, a division of the Department of Sanitation called the "White Wing Squad" confiscated and destroyed 41,000 pounds of the plants.

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Freakonomics Radio

Are We Ready to Legalize Drugs? And Other FREAK-Quently Asked Questions

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Dubner and Levitt talk about fixing the post office, putting cameras in the classroom, and wearing hats.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Federal Prosecutors Force Drug Defendants to Plead Guilty

Monday, December 16, 2013

Jamie Fellner, senior advisor to the US Program at Human Rights Watch, discusses how federal prosecutors routinely threaten extraordinarily severe prison sentences to coerce drug defendants into waiving their right to trial and pleading guilty. She’s the author of a Human Rights Watch report “An Offer You Can’t Refuse: How US Federal Prosecutors Force Drug Defendants to Plead Guilty.”

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Listen to Lucy

It is better to be a cokehead than a blockhead

Monday, November 25, 2013

It is better to be a cokehead than a blockhead

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The Leonard Lopate Show

China's Challenges; David Plante on London; Tom Barbash on Short Stories; Mexico and the Drug Wars

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

We’ll take a look at the challenges that stand in China’s path to global supremacy, including extreme gender disparity and an aging labor force. Novelist David Plante talks about the first volume of his memoirs, Becoming a Londoner, about his first 20 years in that city. Tom Barbash discusses his new collection of short stories called Stay Up with Me. And find out how Mexico became home to Latin America’s biggest drug cartels and the violence and corruption that came along with them.

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The Mexican Druglords and their Godfathers

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Journalist Anabel Hernandez describes how Mexico became a base for the mega-cartels of Latin America and one of the most violent places on the planet. Narcoland: The Mexican Druglords and their Godfathers takes readers to the front lines of the “war on drugs,” which has so far cost more than 60,000 lives in just six years and reveals the mind-boggling depth of corruption in Mexico’s government and business elite.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inside a New York Drug Clinic

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Jake Bernstein, business reporter for ProPublica, looks at the mismanagement of drug clinics and sober houses in NYC, along with Lillian Imbert, the subject of his article “Inside a New York Drug Clinic, Allegations of Kickbacks and Shoddy Care.”

 

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Malcolm Gladwell and Ben McGrath on doping in sports.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Malcolm Gladwell and Ben McGrath on doping in sports.

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Soundcheck

Behind Breaking Bad's Gritty And Impactful Score

Monday, August 26, 2013

Composer Dave Porter’s theme and original score has served as the gritty backdrop to AMC's hit show, Breaking Bad.

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The Takeaway

Drug Crimes and Mandatory Minimums: A Federal Judge's Take

Friday, August 16, 2013

This week, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department will no longer pursue mandatory minimum sentences for certain low-level, nonviolent drug offenders. Nancy Gertner, a retired federal judge and a professor at Harvard Law School, is a longtime critic of mandatory minimum sentences. She  joins The Takeaway to discuss the impact of the sentencing changes.

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The Takeaway

Can There Be a Peaceful Path Forward for Egypt? | Report Shows Mass NSA Spying Dates Back to 2008 | What Will Eric Holder's Legacy Be?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Dissecting The Egyptian Division in Cairo & the United States | Drug Crimes and Mandatory Minimums: A Judge's Take | What Will Eric Holder's Legacy Be? | New Movie Releases: The Butler, Paranoia, Jobs, Kickass 2 | Report Shows Mass NSA Spying Dates Back to 2008 | Can There Be a Peaceful ...

WNYC News

Black Leaders Once Championed the Strict Drug Laws They Now Seek to Dismantle

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Some historians challenge the idea that white conservatives were solely to blame for the laws that sent countless black men to prison.

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The Takeaway

Will Holder's New Policy on Drug Sentences Transform Criminal Justice?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

As Attorney General Eric Holder made clear in a speech yesterday, drug sentencing about to change. Mandatory minimums revolutionized the justice system, so how will Holder's new guidelines transform criminal justice today? Joining us to discuss this are two veterans of the system—Robin Steinberg, Executive Director of the Bronx Defenders and Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: 'Planes,' 'Percy Jackson,' 'We're the Millers,' 'Lovelace,' 'Elysium'

Friday, August 09, 2013

This week's Movie Date podcast features a wide range of movies that have Rafer and Kristen asking: When should a movie go direct to video? Is a Harry Potter ripoff ever as good as Harry Potter? How much nuance can an audience handle? Are fifty allegories too many? And is incest humor ever actually funny? On the chopping block: "Planes," "Percy Jackson," "We're the Millers," "Lovelace," and "Elysium."

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The Takeaway

The Fastest Man in the World? Doping and the Future of Usain Bolt

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Before Usain Bolt captured the title of world’s fastest man, fellow Jamaican Asafa Powell held the title in the 100 meter. And when she won the 2008 Olympic silver medal in the women’s 100, Jamaican track star Sherone Simpson was just shy of the fastest. But this past Sunday, Powell and Simpson admitted that they had tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. How will these revelations affect the future of the celebrated Jamaican track and field team? Ellis Cashmore, author of "Making Sense of Sports," weighs in.

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The Takeaway

Drug King Captured Near Texas Border

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales is one of the most violent, most feared, and until recently, the most wanted man in Mexico. He was captured last night by Mexican marines just south of the Texas border. Treviño is the leader of the Zetas—one of Mexico's most violent drug cartels. Joining us is Monica Ortiz Uribe, senior field correspondent for the Fronteras desk. She fills us in on the capture.

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The Takeaway

Neighborhood Watch Members React to Zimmerman Verdict | California Prison System Under Scrutiny | Florida's Stand Your Ground Law & Race Relations

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Neighborhood Watch Members React to Zimmerman Verdict | California Prison System Sees Scrutiny for Overcrowding, Inhumane Conditions | Examining Florida's Stand Your Ground Law & Race Relations | Is Egypt's Interim Government Losing Ground? | Drug King Captured Near Texas Border | New Revelations Come to Light in Boston Strangler Saga