#26 Everything We Know About the Drug War and Addiction Is Wrong

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I started this web page because I would read or watch things that I was passionate about and wanted everyone to know.  That these things, if they were known on a broad scale, would inspire change of a severely broken system.  Until eventually, one by one, all of the pieces of this system were fixed.  This interview is a perfect example of that.  Thanks for watching!

Aired Febuary 4, 2015 on Democracy Now

Interview with Johann Hari, British journalist and the author of the new book, Chasing the Scream:  The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.

http://www.democracynow.org/embed/story/2015/2/4/johann_hari_everything_we_know_about

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#41 Building a Mass Movement

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Three leaders of the struggle, Cornel West, Eddie Conway and Rev. Sekou, speak about how to build and sustain a mass movement.  They discuss the lessons of the 60’s and what’s needed today.  Great discussion and ideas.

–  aired May 18, 2015 on The Real News Network.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=13843

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Judy Blume, on the Age that Defined Her for Life

Judy Blume: the voice of my childhood!

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Blume does think that she turned toward children’s fiction because she was still living a relatively sheltered life. “I didn’t have any adult experience when I started to write,” she said. “So I identified more with kids.” Her own fate felt sealed, airless. “I felt, I made this decision. This is it. It’s not all open for me anymore.” To her, it was only natural that she look backward, to the age when she felt most powerful and adulthood still promised the adventures her father wanted for her. She had been a fierce and creative child; on the page, at least, she still was. Blume likes the idea that everybody has an age that defines them for life. For her, she said, that age is 12.

— From a profile of beloved author Judy Blume in The New York Times Magazine.

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I had a culture column at WIRED. And then I didn’t. Here’s what happened.

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Photo: an illustration by Eric Battle and John Jennings from Nnedi Okorafor’s The Book of the Phoenix. 

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A month ago, with the Hugo fracas in full swing, an editor at Wired wrote me and said, “If you have something to say, you have the platform.” Given Wired’s enormous readership, what an incredible thing. I wrote the piece in an afternoon, they put it up, and it did well.

Shortly thereafter, the same editor said she and the Culture editor wanted me to write a column for them. Which was even more thrilling. And given that my op-ed had been about systemic bias in favor of white men in literature, I thought they knew exactly what they were getting with me: a commitment to changing the conversation around what’s considered newsworthy art. I wrote to the editor, “Boyhood or the new Avengers movie? I could give a shit. A Girl Walks Home Alone at…

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