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An examination of drugs, drug cultures, and the influence of drugs on society

 

Drugs in society and society on drugs

Third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Free Culture Radio is an examination of drugs, drug cultures, and the ineluctable, indelible, and indispensable influence of drugs on society. Free Culture Radio neither promotes the use of any drugs nor condemns people for being involved in drugs. To the extent that drug use presents problems for individuals or society, those problems are made worse and more intractable when people who use drugs are treated as “others” and ignored, stigmatized, and even brutalized.

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Through The Policy Loophole

Airs at: Wed, 03/20/2024 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio: Through the Policy Loophole. Drugs, like so many other things, were much simpler in the Twentieth Century. On this month’s Free Culture Radio, host Doug McVay is joined in conversation with Alyssa Harlow, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cl... Read more

De Facto or De Jure

Airs at: Wed, 02/21/2024 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio: De Facto or De Jure. The drug war is fundamentally unsustainable. We keep throwing more and more money into the effort, made all kinds of minor repairs to the system to try and keep it going like treatment alternatives to incarceration... Read more

The Harm Reduction Gap

Airs at: Wed, 01/17/2024 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio: The Harm Reduction Gap. Sheila Vakharia, PhD, MSW, Deputy Director of the Department of Research and Academic Engagement at the Drug Policy Alliance joins host Doug McVay to talk about her new book, The Harm Reduction Gap: Helping Indi... Read more

Getting On Track

Airs at: Wed, 12/20/2023 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio: Getting On Track. In 2019, the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs issued a Ministerial Declaration on drugs, which laid down the main objectives of the international community in addressing the world drug situation for a 10-year period... Read more

Drug Use During Pandemic

Airs at: Wed, 11/15/2023 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio: Drug Use During Pandemic. We hear from Doctor Sheila Vakharia, Deputy Director of Research and Academic Engagement at the Drug Policy Alliance, on the Health Impacts of State Policies, Drug Decriminalization and Service Access. Plus a ... Read more

Boiling Point

Airs at: Wed, 10/18/2023 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs will hold a high-level ‘mid-term review’ in March of 2024 to take stock of progress made and challenges remaining for the international drug control regime. In preparation for this, the International Drug Policy Consortium hel... Read more

International Development and the War on Drugs

Airs at: Wed, 09/20/2023 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio: International Development and the War on Drugs. We’re joined by Sanho Tree, Director of the Drug Policy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, to discuss Colombia, development aid, and the war on drugs. Plus, Harm Reduction Inte... Read more

Bridges To Change

Airs at: Wed, 08/16/2023 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio: Treatment, Recovery, and the Impact of Measure 110. We’re joined in conversation by Monta Knudson, Executive Director of Bridges To Change, to discuss treatment, recovery, and the impact of the Measure 110, the Drug Addiction Treatmen... Read more

Fentanyl in the Pacific Northwest

Airs at: Wed, 07/19/2023 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio: Fentanyl in the Pacific Northwest. The Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute at the University of Washington has issued a new report entitled “Unmet Needs, Complex Motivations, and Ideal Care for People Using Fentanyl in Washington Stat... Read more

Drugs, Law Enforcement, and Public Health

Airs at: Wed, 06/21/2023 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio: Drugs, Law Enforcement, and Public Health - A conversation with Doctor Bradley Ray, a Senior Justice and Behavioral Health Researcher at RTI International and one of the co-authors of an article entitled “Spatiotemporal Analysis Explor... Read more