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The Day Jimmy Carter Called Me Out

Mark Osler | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion
Mark Osler

As Jimmy Carter faces cancer, many of the people who were influenced by this gracious, thoughtful man are brought to sadness. I am one of them. President Carter told me what I needed to hear -- that I was not doing enough in service to the world.

Conversation With George Clinton

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 05.08.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

For few hours I allowed myself to be an insufferable fanboy instead of my default Mr. Cool disposition when the opportunity to interview George Clinton came up. I've been listening to George Clinton/Parliament/Funkadelic since I was 15 or something. We mostly talk about music and drugs. What more could you want?

Gary Webb Was Right

Marc Levin | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Marc Levin

Gary was aiming at the government's deceptions and lies. While the Reagan administration was telling youth "Just Say No" to drugs, they were also saying "Just don't know" about their anti-communist allies involved in drug trafficking.

Lydia O'Connor

San Francisco Crack Pipe Exchange Program Plans Expansion | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco’s brazen crack pipe exchange isn’t going anywhere, its organizers say, even if the city won’t condone -- let alon...

Weed Is Out of the Bag... What's Next? How Soon?

Martin Shapiro | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Martin Shapiro

There is a drastic need for federal legislation to legalize it on a national level and create some overall format for states to follow in their implementation.

The War on Drugs

Bert McCracken | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Bert McCracken

With over $51 billion spent per year, the United States will arrest over 1.5 million people for nonviolent crimes, and the ethnic discrepancies are atrocious.

But, Seriously, How Did Rob Ford Get Elected?!

Benari Poulten | Posted 03.29.2014 | Comedy
Benari Poulten

You just can't keep Rob Ford out of the news. This past week alone, he's been the answer to a Jeopardy! question, a punchline on the late night shows, and - oh, yes - the star of a brand new video!

Ryan J. Reilly

Man Sentenced To Die Behind Bars For Non-Violent Crime Describes The Day His Luck Changed | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Right after lunch, the warden called inmate number 07031-078 into his office. Jason Hernandez was worried. The last time he was called t...

Friday Talking Points -- As The Wedgie Turns

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We decided it was time to coin a new political term. We'll repeat the definition we gave it, back in May. Wedgie: When a political party's "wedge" issue turns on them and instead of dividing the other party, begins to divide their own.

Radley Balko

Great Moments In Drug War Propaganda | Radley Balko | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics

Yes, so America and its allies may have failed in the 100-year war on (some) drugs. We may have spent well over a trillion dollars, imprisoned tens of...

How The War On Drugs Debate Overlooks Racism

Salon | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics

It’s not every day you read a book that blows the lid off of everything you’ve ever been taught about drugs, but Dr. Carl Hart’s recent work, ...

Reflections After Frutivale Station - Part II

Atiba Madyun | Posted 09.28.2013 | DC
Atiba Madyun

I am a big proponent for therapy, counseling and open dialogue. Yet 20 years later, my friend and I have never discussed that night. The one where police pulled us over for a Uu-turn. Pulled us from the car, searched it and never issued a ticket.

'Crack Baby' Scare Overblown, Research Finds

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 05.28.2013 | Parents

CHICAGO -- Research in teens adds fresh evidence that the 1980s "crack baby" scare was overblown, finding little proof of any major long-term ill effe...

How to Awaken the Pardon Power

Mark Osler | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
Mark Osler

In recent months, a striking array of people have called attention to the often-forgotten ability of the president to shorten sentences and pardon convictions. It's no wonder: There is a crisis of over-incarceration in this country, and the pardon power is an obvious way to address it.

Raid Of The Day: Sorry, Mr. Mayor

Radley Balko | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics

On the night of June 3, 1992, the Venice, Illinois SWAT team conducted a raid on a suspected crack house. Part of the team used a battering ram to...

BAD CALL: 911 Pocket Dial Leads To Drug Arrest

AP | Posted 01.31.2013 | Crime

ORANGE CITY, Fla. -- A conversation with two passengers landed a Florida tow truck driver in jail after his cellphone pocket-dialed 911 and dispatcher...

WATCH: Peter Rollins And the Crack House Church

Travis Reed | Posted 09.26.2014 | Religion
Travis Reed

Are we being transformed through our brokenness or are we just addicted to church? Author, philosopher and speaker Peter Rollins has some thoughts.

A New Destination For Cocaine Traffickers

The Washington Post | Juan Forero | Posted 01.25.2013 | Latino Voices

GUAJARA-MIRIM, Brazil — The jungle frontier between Brazil and Bolivia is longer than the U.S.-Mexico border, but on a recent day the task of stemmi...

How I Stopped Smoking Crack and Built the Life of My Dreams

Tommy Rosen | Posted 12.16.2012 | Los Angeles
Tommy Rosen

"On the night I almost died from smoking crack, there was no conscious understanding of what was happening in my mind or body. I was reduced to a state of depravity, like an animal whose only purpose was to never come down from the rush."

Sex On The Beach, Crack Cocaine Lead To Arrests

Posted 09.24.2012 | Crime

In Naples, Florida, sex on the beach isn't the biggest deal in the world. Crack cocaine, on the other hand, will get you arrested. That's what one ...

Movie Review: Keep the Lights On

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.06.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Ira Sachs' Keep the Lights On starts with a credit montage of bad paintings. His protagonist, Erik (Thure Lindhardt), is first seen cruising gay-sex phone chatlines looking for company.

Supreme Court Decides On Crack Sentencing

AP | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that people who committed crack cocaine crimes before more lenient penalties took effect and recei...

Author and Legal Scholar, Michelle Alexander, Talks About The War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration (Part 2)

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 07.09.2012 | Black Voices
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Author and legal scholar, Michelle Alexander, has written a powerful and highly acclaimed, well-researched book titled, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness."

Author and Legal Scholar, Michelle Alexander, Talks about the War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration (Part 1)

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Author and legal scholar, Michelle Alexander, has written a powerful and highly acclaimed, well-researched book titled, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness."

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Weighs Fate Of Crack Dealers | Mike Sacks | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A couple of convicted crack cocaine dealers caught between old and new sentencing regimes had their cases argued before the Supreme Cour...