The Takeaway

Arming the Syrian Rebels, Voices Against the War on Drugs, The Eiffel Tower as a Musical Instrument

Monday, June 17, 2013

How Should the U.S. Help Syrian Rebels? | Voices Against the War on Drugs | The Eiffel Tower as a Musical Instrument | Freedom: A Prison Librarian's Perspective | Election Results Hint at New World For Iran | New Leak: U.S. and Britain Eavesdropped on World Leaders in 2009 | In Immigration Debate, Focus Turns to Texas Border

The Takeaway

Does Medicare Part D Care About Safety?

Monday, May 20, 2013

Ten years ago, Medicare Part D was added to existing coverage for seniors and the disabled. It offered unprecedented access to prescription drugs. But a new investigation by ProPublica Senior Reporter Tracy Weber and her colleagues shows that the program is rife with abuses, mis-uses, and an enormous lack of transparency.

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The Takeaway

The Evolution of Marijuana Culture

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Marijuana culture in this country is changing. There was legalization of recreational marijuana use back in November in Washington and Colorado. Medical marijuana is still legal in California. Today, we explore the different issues that weed legalization and use pose.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Middle Aged Suicide Rates; NJ Good Samaritan Overdose Law; NYC Water History; College Bubble

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

The suicide rates for middle-aged people have spiked. Paula Clayton, medical director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention explains. Plus: Tom Moran of the Star-Ledger discusses the new Good Samaritan drug overdose law and the politics behind it; the political history of New York City's water supply; and the college cost bubble.

The Takeaway

America's Relationship with Marijuana

Monday, April 22, 2013

America has a love-hate relationship with marijuana. Millions of people use the drug but it remains mostly illegal. Alfred Ryan Nerz, a journalist and self-professed marijuana enthusiast explores the country's dysfunctional relationship with cannabis and his own experience with the drug in a new book, "Marijuanamerica."  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Washington State's 'Pot Czar' on Legalization

Friday, April 12, 2013

Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and co-author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know, has been chosen to lead Washington State's marijuana regulation now that the state has legalized the drug. He discusses legal considerations in the state, from where you can smoke to driving under the influence, and reflects on recent polling that finds that a majority of Americans think marijuana should be legalized.


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Meet Your Mind

Meet Your Mind: Extraordinary Minds

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Broadcast Times: Sunday, 7am on AM 820 and 9pm on 93.9FM

Certain brain disorders can lead to remarkable insights....even genius. We'll peer into the world of autistic savants and dyslexics, and contemplate our cyborg future, when our brains merge with tiny, embedded computers. Also, one of the most fascinating investigations of consciousness: Stanislav Grof's pioneering study of LSD.

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Intelligence Squared US

Intelligence Squared US: Should Drugs be Legalized?

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Broadcast Times: Saturday 6am, 93.9FM, Saturday 2pm on  AM 820 and Sunday, 8pm on AM 820

Medical marijuana is available in 18 states, and the vote on November 6th legalized the possession of pot in Colorado and Washington. With the highest incarceration rate in the world, and more than $2 ...


The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | February 14, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Is Preschool the Answer to Poverty? | Flawed Drug Policy Highlights Myths Around Race and Drugs | Six Words: Gay Bar Meeting, True Love Found | Six Words: Love, Loss, Betrayal, Death, Regret, Relief | A Hundred Years After the Armory Show

The Leonard Lopate Show

William Moyers and His Parents on Addiction

Friday, February 08, 2013

As the survivor of multiple relapses and near-fatal experiences with his addiction to alcohol and other drugs, William C. Moyers knows what it’s like to desperately need a good treatment program but not know how to find one. He and his parents, journalist Bill Moyers and Judith Moyers, talk about their experience confronting William’s addiction and the journey through intervention, treatment, and recovery. William Moyers’ book Now What? An Insider’s Guide to Addiction and Recovery leads readers through recognizing when someone needs help, finding a quality treatment program, navigating the treatment process, and establishing a support system after treatment.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Can one blissful moment change your life? Producer Andy Mills introduces us to Reverend Mike Young, a man who can pinpoint a pivotal handful of minutes in the 1960s that he claims did just that. As a college student, he was part of a study in which ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Food vs. Drug

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Barry Meier, reporter for The New York Times covering business, public health and the law, talks about the FDA's investigation into energy drink-related deaths, and how the agency regulates products that straddle the line between food and drug.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Fungal Meningitis and Compounding Pharmacies

Friday, October 19, 2012

This week’s Please Explain looks at the outbreak of fungal meningitis from contaminated steroid shots. We’ll find out how epidemiologists trace outbreaks like this to their origins and what compounding pharmacies are and how they work. Dr. Emil Hiesiger, clinical associate professor of neurology, NYU  School of Medicine, and Dr. William Schaffner, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University and president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, explain.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: The Medical Marijuana Industry

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Since the mid 1990s, 16 states and the District of Columbia have passed medical marijuana laws. In some states, like California, a vast growing and dispensary system has sprung up for a drug that the federal government still considers illegal. Journalist Jim Rendon went behind the scenes with many of the people who work in what is both an illicit and quasi-legal industry. His book is called Supercharged: How Outlaws Hippies and Scientists Reinvented Marijuana.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Álvaro Uribe Velez

Monday, October 08, 2012

Álvaro Uribe Velez, president of Colombia from 2002 to 2010, talks about leading the country’s transformation from a “failed state,” besieged by drug kingpins, terrorist groups, and extreme poverty into a far more peaceful, stable, modern democracy. His book No Lost Causes  reveals how President Uribe dealt with the FARC, restored the rule of law across the country, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at dealings with various world leaders.

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The Takeaway

Don't Mention It: The War On Drugs with Eugene Jarecki

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

This election season the candidates have focused their message on the employment and the middle class. These issues are no doubt important, but what is the hyper-focus on economy leaving out of the campaign? The Takeaway series "Don't Mention It" looks at issues ignored this election year. Today, our subject is the war on drugs.

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Life of the Law

The Secret Power of Jury Nullification

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Though jurors are sworn to uphold the law during their deliberation, they still have the power to decide that a defendant is innocent even when all signs point to their guilt. Prosecutor Paul Butler traces the ways this hidden process was a boon for ab...


The New Yorker: Out Loud

Oliver Sacks on what he's learned from hallucinogenic drugs.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Oliver Sacks on what he's learned from hallucinogenic drugs.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Doping

Friday, July 27, 2012

More than 100 athletes have been banned from competing in the London Olympics because of doping suspensions. Doping allegations have become common in many sports, most notably in cycling, baseball, and track and field. Dr. Dennis Cardone, associate professor of sports medicine at NYU Langone’s Center for Musculoskeletal Care, and Dr. Gary Wadler, clinical associate professor in the Department of medicine at Hofstra University, explain how performance-enhancing drugs work, how they're detected, and how doping has been addressed in sports. Dr. Wadler served as the Chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) Prohibited List and Methods Sub-Committee and serves as an ex-officio member of WADA’s Health, Medicine, and Research Committee. He is the lead author of the textbook Drugs and the Athlete.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

AG Schneiderman: New York's Drug War

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Eric Schneiderman, New York State Attorney General and co-chair of the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group, talks about his latest efforts to combat synthetic drugs and prescription drug abuse, plus other items on his agenda.

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