#929 Looking to avert further tragedy (War on Drugs™)

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Today we take a look at the continuing failure that is the War on Drugs™ as well as some of the signs of hope that we may be making progress toward shutting it down

Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

00:00:30 Ch. 2: Act 1: Is Marijuana Harmful to Health? - Healthcare Triage (@HCTriage) - Air Date: 04-19-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: North By North - Faded Paper Figures


00:06:36 Ch. 4: Act 2: Man Gets 13 Years in Prison for 2 Joints Worth of Pot - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-13-15

Ch. 5: Song 2: Vagabond - Beirut


00:11:31 Ch. 6: Act 3: 'We Don't Need Another Illegal Drug' - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 7-12-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Harold T. Wilkins, or How to Wait for a Very Long Time - Fanfarlo


00:18:21 Ch. 8: Act 4: Legalized Marijuana = Millions For Public Schools In Colorado - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 03-16-15

Ch. 9: Song 4: Generator (Second Floor) - Freelance Whales


00:23:21 Ch. 10: Act 5: Johann Hari on Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong - @democracynow - Air Date: 2-6-15

Ch. 11: Song 5: Tragedy - Bee Gees


00:35:11 Ch. 12: Act 6: Legalizing marijuana doesn't lead to doomsday scenarios - Le Show (@theharryshearer) - Air Date: 10-26-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Winning the War On Drugs - Asylum Street Spankers


00:39:57 Ch. 14: Act 7: Rand Paul & Others Introduce National Medical Marijuana Bill - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 03-11-15

Ch. 15: Song 7: Momentum - The Hush Sound


00:45:31 Ch. 16: Act 8: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Talk Drugs - Majority Report (@majorityfm) - Air Date: 06-01-15

Ch. 17: Song 8: War On Drugs (Bonus Track) - Marc Goone


00:51:10 Ch. 18: Act 9: .@POTUS: Free Victims of the Drug War via @DrugPolicyOrg — Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 19: Song 9: "This Fickle World" - Theo Bard


00:54:18 Ch. 20: Act 10: Marijuana Shows Medical Value, Feds Don't Give A Sh*t - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 04-12-15


Voicemails

00:58:26 Ch. 21: Thoughts on education and patriarchy - Ruben from San Jose

01:03:48 Ch. 22: Why am I paying taxes and the banks and corporations aren't? - Julie from Boston

01:04:56 Ch. 23: Followup on education discussion - Chuck in Salt Lake City

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics


01:06:39 Ch. 24: Final comments on how to make an apple pie from scratch

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone


Activism: @POTUS: Free Victims of the Drug War via @DrugPolicyOrg

Take Action:

SIGN to tell the president to Free Victims of the Drug War via the Drug Policy Alliance

Additional Activism/Resources:

FOLLOW the hashtag: #NoMoreDrugWar

For those who want to get more involved, it’s early registration for the International Drug Policy Reform Conference (11/18-11/21/2015)

Sources/further reading:

"President Obama commutes prison sentences of 22 drug offenders” by Trymaine Lee at MSNBC.com

"Prolific Pardoner? Obama Grants Clemency to 22 Prisoners Last Week, but Has Denied Thousands” by Annie Waldman for ProPublica via Truthout

"Will the U.S. Senate Finally Reform Harsh Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drugs?”> via Drug Policy Alliance

"The Nation's Shame: The Injustice of Mandatory Minimums" by Andrea Jones at RollingStone

Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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  • commented 2015-06-12 12:55:21 -0400
    I enjoy the Best of the Left podcasts, but was unhappy to hear the host of the discussion on the 6/9 War on Drugs episode refer to out-dated ideas as “old man thinking” more than once. Would a liberal even think of saying “black thinking” or “woman thinking?” Ageism is a real issue in our society. Many workers are discriminated against on a daily basis due to this kind of prejudice – old people think poorly and base decisions on out-dated information. I expect liberal radio hosts to be more sensitive of their own bias and not to promote prejudice!