96) War on Drugs w/ Antony Loewenstein


Like the never-ending war on terror, the drugs war is a multi-billion-dollar industry that wont go down without a fight.The war on drugs has been official American policy since the 1970s, with the UK, Europe, and much of the world following suit. It is at best a failed policy. Its direct results have included mass incarceration in the US, extreme violence in different parts of the world, the backing of dictatorships, and surging drug addiction globally.Pills, Powder, and Smoke investigates the individuals, officials, activists, victims, DEA agents, and traffickers caught up in this deadly war. Travelling through the UK, the US, Australia, Honduras, the Philippines, and Guinea-Bissau, Loewenstein uncovers the secrets of the drug war, why its so hard to end, and who is really profiting from it.

Bio: Antony Loewenstein is the author of Pills, Powder, and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs. He is also an Australian/German independent, freelance, investigative journalist, author and film-maker. He's written for the The Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post, New Statesman, Al Jazeera, The New York Review of Books, Vice, Huffington Post, Salon, The Nation, and many many more.