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Eugene Jarecki

The War on Drugs Has Failed, So Let's Shut it Down

Richard Branson | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Richard Branson

If I started a business and it was clearly failing, I would shut it down. The war on drugs has failed -- why isn't it being shut down?

'Dancing On The Ashes Of The Drug War'

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

Documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki told the performers in his new video to imagine they were "dancing on the ashes of the drug war," he says. Th...

Obama Administration Is Trying To Pull Out Of The War On Drugs, Filmmaker Says

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

Documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki discussed the Obama administration's evolving stance on the war on drugs on HuffPost Live Friday. Jarecki said...

Nader-Erickson Alliance? And Will 'Sterling-Silver' Ever Be the Same?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

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Erickson and Alter question Nader on his new book, Unstoppable, about how Left and Right can converge on NSA, banks, incarceration. Ralph argues that Corporatists vs. Conservatives divide the GOP. Also: the NBA highlights another The Donald to make fun of.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Shift From 'Tough' to 'Smart' on Crime After Holder & Scheindlin?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgFor decades pols pushed a "tough on crime" agenda that swelled prisons and angered communities of color. Shrum & Cosby debate last week's breakthrough decisions on drugs and frisks as Bloomberg throws both a dart and a fit.

Inmates & Prison Guards Watch A Documentary On The Failed War On Drugs Together, Find Agreement

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

Prisons might seem like a strange place to screen a documentary about the nation's failed war on drugs and its direct contribution to our booming pris...

BOTH SIDES NOW: Reacting to Bomb and Gun Violence

HuffPost Radio | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgReagan and Clarke share their reactions in personally terrorizing situations -- Ron after his father was shot, Torie at the Pentagon on 9/11 -- and how public officials should respond to violence. Good: "stay calm and carry on" like Deval. Bad: overreact w/ Iraq & torture. Ugly: vote for gun deaths.

Enough Is Enough: The Tide Is Turning in the War On Drugs

Eugene Jarecki | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Eugene Jarecki

I'm not naive. I know what bureaucratic thrust drives the war on drugs and what an obstacle this represents. Yet still, everywhere I look, I also see the writing on the wall. Everyday, a growing number of states moves closer to legalizing marijuana as Colorado and Washington did on Election Day.

The House I Live In Is an All-Encompassing Look at the Disgraceful 'War on Drugs'

Scott Mendelson | Posted 03.17.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Eugene Jarecki's newest documentary, The House I Live In , is a superb and comprehensive look at the last forty years of drug policy in America.

Brad Pitt & Other Celebrities Praise Obama's Views On Pot

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 12.20.2012 | Entertainment

Brad Pitt, John Legend, Russell Simmons, Danny Glover and filmaker Eugene Jarecki released joint statements in praise of President Barack Obama's evol...

The House We All Live In

The Fix | Posted 12.12.2012 | New York

It seems about right that it's raining as we drive over the bridge to Rikers Island in a prison van with metal grills over the windows. We're riding w...

Simon McCormack

Marijuana Legalization No Pipe Dream To Drug War Filmmaker

HuffingtonPost.com | Simon McCormack | Posted 11.16.2012 | Crime

Marijuana legalization advocates had much to celebrate on election night. Both Colorado and Washington voters approved measures that will allow for th...

Three Strikes and Get This Law Out: Pass Prop 36 in California to Reduce Life Sentences for Nonviolent Criminals (Video)

Eugene Jarecki | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Eugene Jarecki

2012-11-06-ScreenShot20121106at12.32.10PM.pngAs elections take place all around the country, Californians will vote on Prop 36, whose passage would be a vital step forward in reducing the senseless severity of California's notorious Three Strikes law.

Is the Drug War a Failure?

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 12.22.2012 | Entertainment
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

The House I Live In seeks to chronicle the inconsistent and discriminatory history behind drug policy, showing how the poor and people of color have been unequally treated under the law.

Sasha Bronner

Brad Pitt Slams Drug War: 'It's An Incredible Failure'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Bronner | Posted 10.13.2012 | Los Angeles

Seated in a big leather armchair with popcorn and a Stella Artois beer on a Friday night in Los Angeles, Brad Pitt was ready to talk about drugs. M...

Simon McCormack

Documentary Blasts The Failed War On Drugs

HuffingtonPost.com | Simon McCormack | Posted 10.08.2012 | Crime

In June 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a "war on drugs." Four decades later, the United States has spent an estimated $1 trillion on the battl...

BOTH SIDES: How Do You Debate Mr. 100 Percent, Not Mr. 1 Percent or 47 Percent?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgArianna and Nicolle Wallace debate why Romney won and how Obama adjusts. But if your opponent is a quick-change artist and fibber, how should you reply in a non-whiny way? The women then agree about "media bias" and Fox's 2007 Obama "too black" tape.

ReThink Interview: Eugene Jarecki, Director of The House I Live In

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.03.2012 | Crime
Jonathan Kim

Eugene Jarecki's powerful documentary The House I Live In looks at the human consequences of the drug war's failure, which has left the African American community as collateral damage.

WATCH: Eugene Jarecki, Bill Maher Explain How The War On Drugs Is BS

Posted 09.23.2012 | Comedy

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki appeared on Friday's edition of HBO's"Real Time with Bill Maher." The war on drugs was at the foref...

Mike Hogan

Jarecki: America's Addicted To The Drug War

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Hogan | Posted 01.30.2012 | Entertainment

In 2005, Eugene Jarecki's documentary "Why We Fight" won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance for its incisive deconstruction of the military-industrial c...

Live from Sundance 2011: Day 4

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Images -- political and otherwise -- often have only the most tenuous relationship with reality. As it happened, that idea was a significant factor in several of the films I saw at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on Sunday.

Live From Sundance 2011: Day 1

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

On Thursday, the opening day of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, my actual Sundance day began and ended with the opening night screening of Susan Rost...

Dream Team Documentarians Make Freakonomics

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The new documentary based on Freakonomics is a very clever, entertaining, seemingly random, fact-loaded commentary on the workings of our world.

HuffPost Review: Freakonomics

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As anthology films go, Freakonomics is an entertaining -- if occasionally scattershot -- documentary. But then, that was the nature of the book by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, upon which the film was based.

ReThink Interview: Seth Gordon, Exec. Producer of Freakonomics

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I spoke to Gordon about applying Freakonomics, working with a group of celebrated documentarians, films that changed Gordon's life, and matters concerning Donkey Kong and the scripted remake of the King of Kong that is in the works.