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War On Drugs

The Leonard Lopate Show

How the War on Drugs Criminalizes Entire Neighborhoods

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Alice Goffman spent six years living in a neighborhood in Philadelphia marked by the pervasive police state from The War on Drugs, revealing its pernicious effects.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Nearly Lost and Forgotten: Ibsen's "Ghosts" and Cambodian Rock and Roll

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Joseph Stiglitz on America’s growing inequality problem. Lesley Manville's role in Ibsen’s “Ghosts." Cambodia’s lost age of rock and roll. The effect of the War on Drugs.

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

Stories from an Undercover DEA Agent

Friday, November 07, 2014

Can the "War on Drugs" be won by targeting drug kingpins? Edward Follis, retired undercover DEA agent, talks about the policy lessons he's learned from operations in the field.

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The Takeaway

Police Seize Billions in Cash Without Warrants

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thousands of drivers have had cash taken by police even though they weren't charged with a crime. According to a new report, police across the country have taken $2.5 billion since 2001.

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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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WNYC News

Profile: Charles Rangel and the Drug Wars

Saturday, August 17, 2013

In March 1971, New York City faced a growing heroin epidemic. That year, Charles Rangel — then just 41 years old — was part of a delegation of newly-elected black congressman who won a closed-door meeting at the White House with President Richard Nixon.

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The Takeaway

How to Make Money Selling Drugs

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"How to Make Money Selling Drugs" is a new documentary film written and directed by Matthew Cooke and produced in partnership with Bret Marcus and Adrian Grenier. The film, making its debut at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, styles itself as a "how to guide" to navigating through the gritty underworld of the drug trade, whilst exploring a greater political message on the failures of The War on Drugs. Adrian Grenier and Matthew Cooke join us today to discuss the film.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Legal Weed: Who Smokes?

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Mark Kleiman, co-author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs To Know, kicks off a May series on marijuana with a look at who smokes and why. Plus: your calls on whether you're seeing a public opinion shift.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dana Priest on the U.S.'s Role in Mexico's Drug War

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The United States and Mexican security services have forged an unparalleled relationship in recent years in the fight against drug cartels. But now, much of that cooperation may be in jeopardy. Washington Post National Security Reporter Dana Priest talks about the cooperation between agencies like the CIA, the DEA, and the FBI and their Mexican counterparts and looks at how that relationship may change on the eve of President Obama’s trip to Mexico.

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Soundcheck

Check Ahead: Nightlands, 'Oak Island'

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Nightlands crafts songs that feel intimate and deeply personal, even as it sprawls into otherworldly realms. Hear Oak Islands, the new album from Nightlands until its release on Jan. 22. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: America and the Americas

Thursday, October 18, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: U.S.-Mexican and U.S.-Latin American interactions and foreign policy issues close to home. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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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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It's A Free Country ®

Is the Global War on Drugs a Failure?

Monday, June 27, 2011

What the world needs at this moment, and the U.S., is to look at the problem of consumption of drugs as a sickness, as a problem of health, but not as a criminal activity...it's not using enough money on information and prevention and the problem of using marijuana is totally out of hand...it's time that the U.S. at least look at Europe that has been handling this in a much more intelligent way. They use the word harm, less harm for society, and I really think that is a much better approach.

— César Gaviria, former president of Colombia and a commissioner on the Global Commission on Drug Policy, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Global War on Drugs: Failure?

Monday, June 27, 2011

Founder and director of the Drug Policy Alliance, Ethan Nadelman and César Gaviria president of Colombia from 1990 to 1994 and a commissioner on the Global Commission on Drug Policy, discuss the Global Commission on Drug Policy report and why they say the global war on drugs has failed.

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Barney Frank and Ron Paul Introduce Marijuana Legalization Bill

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Representatives Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Ron Paul (R-Texas) introduced a bill Thursday that would end federal prohibition of marijuana production, distribution and possession.

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The Takeaway

How would you rename the war on drugs?

Friday, May 15, 2009

The war on drugs has been going on in American for around 40 years. Is it time to try a new approach? Suggest a new name to replace "the war on drugs."

What's your take? Leave a comment or record your story at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE.

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