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Get Capone Author Jonathan Eig on The Interview Show

Mark Bazer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mark Bazer

Jonathan Eig, author of Get Capone and other books, stopped by The Interview Show to discuss Al Capone, writing and more.

Beers and Queers

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

The fight against beers and queers is most similar in that they both encompass pitched, ongoing battles, and both issues are subject to a maddening patchwork of anachronistic laws at the state and local levels.

Moms Unite to End the War on Drugs

Gretchen Burns Bergman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gretchen Burns Bergman

Now is the time to demand an end to the pointless and punitive criminalization of people who use drugs.

Latest CBS News Polls Finds Majority of Western Voters, Californians, Back Marijuana Legalization

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

The poll reported that a majority of West Coast residents favor legalizing the use of cannabis. In the northeast, 44% of respondents back legalization, vs. 40% in the South and 36% in the Midwest.

Were the Founding Fathers Alcoholics?

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

I want to talk about how much the founding fathers drank. Quite a bit. Just think what would happen if a politician today drank anywhere near as much as they did at that Constitutional party.

A Blunt Reform Redux?

Anya Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anya Morgan

Is Obama furthering his reputation as the new New Dealer with his tentative support of the legalization of marijuana?

Michael Shannon Channels Kim Fowley in Runaways

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Los Angeles punk music scene is at the center of The Runaways, which opened in limited release on March 19 and goes wider in a couple of weeks.

Why Students Hold the Key to Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

If we're going to finally end this 70+ year failed public policy known as marijuana prohibition, then we need students to play a lead role.

Alienation of the Nation and Peggy Noonan in Particular

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

The simplest and only way to eliminate the mess on our borders is by revoking our current immigration law and allowing everyone who can find work here to come and do it legally.

First Ladies And Their Causes: A Brief History

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Being first lady often comes with the responsibility of picking an official White House cause to promote while one's husband is president. For Mic...

Tobacco-Related Health Costs: $800; Booze-Related Health Costs: $165; Pot-Related Health Costs: $20 -- Any Questions?

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

A new study has directly compared the societal costs of marijuana and alcohol, as well as tobacco, and the final tally isn't pretty.

The Secret Bowling Alley

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

A hidden Prohibition-era bowling alley? In Queens? Yes, I'm definitely interested. I took a trip to see it today -- just incredible.

Teetotalers For God Take The Pledge

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Humanism isn't the same as atheism. To that extent, the American Humanist Association has co-opted a word and distorted it for their own purposes.

The Deadly Ignorance of "Drug Warriors"

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

A person addicted to heroin needs the drug as much as a diabetic needs insulin. How he or she gets it is problematic, but until we legalize and tax heroin, we need outreach programs to alleviate suffering and save lives.

The Hanged Census Worker: Why Appalachia Hates Feds

Gail McGowan Mellor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gail McGowan Mellor

The U.S. government began its life back in 1791 by shafting the Appalachian area. People have not forgotten it, perhaps because it has yet to stop happening.

Marijuana in America: More Mainstream Than Ever, More Arrests Than Ever!

Tony Newman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tony Newman

Need more evidence that marijuana has gone mainstream in America? This morning on The Today Show, Matt Lauer chatted up a piece on so-called "Stiletto Stoners:" educated, professional women who favor marijuana as their intoxicant of choice -- and are increasingly comfortable admitting it.

Pot Wars: A Bipartisan Failure

Jessica Peck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jessica Peck

Democrats calculate they will have nothing to gain by legalizing. Republicans fear angering a socially conservative base of voters all too eager to forget its beer-bonging college days.

Andrew Sullivan's "Special" Treatment Should Be Standard

Mason Tvert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mason Tvert

Sullivan may have received special treatment, but he received the appropriate treatment. Now, we need to change our marijuana laws so that this appropriate treatment is the rule, not the exception.

Marijuana Use By The Numbers

Paul Armentano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Armentano

By age 25, 54 percent of the population has admittedly used marijuana. Does anyone still believe that marijuana prohibition is working -- or that all of these people deserve to be behind bars?

Ending Drunkenness in America

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

Hopefully, teens will never drink. Instead, they can consume tons of corn starch in soft drinks and snack foods.

Who Are the Drug Lords?

Dean Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dean Becker

The real kingpins are bankers, pharmaceutical house CEOs, weapons manufacturers and a thousand other corporate interests whose gross profits depend on violence, hatred, distrust and deception.

420: Thoughts on Pot vs. Alcohol from a Former Police Chief

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

If one of these two drugs is implicated in dire health effects, high mortality rates, and physical violence -- and the other is not -- what are we to make of our nation's marijuana laws?

4/20: National Pot Smokers Day

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony Papa

April 20th is "National Pot Smoking Day," a counterculture holiday where people across the world celebrate the conspicuous consumption of marijuana.

Mexican Drug Lord Officially Thanks American Lawmakers For Keeping Drugs Illegal

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.03.2012 | Home
David Henry Sterry

As an epidemic of murderous violence rages on the Mexican-US border, El Chapo is laughing all the way to the bank.

Drinking Good for Depression? The Possible Repeal of Religious Repression

Warren Holstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

Following in the footsteps of Franklin Roosevelt, many states are now advocating an end to what many boozers and businessmen alike deem antiquated puritanical pap. The Christian Right is not amused.