Century of Lies

Century of Lies, with 16 years on air, has more than 30 affiliate stations in the US and Canada. Running 29 minutes per episode, Century of Lies is currently produced by Doug McVay, editor of Drug War Facts.

 

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01/13/21 Naomi Burke-Shyne


This week on Century: Faith, Community, and Harm Reduction. We hear from Naomi Burke-Shyne, Executive Director of Harm Reduction International, about The Global State of Harm Reduction; we hear more about harm reduction from Ricky Bluthenthal, PhD, Associate Dean for Social Justice and a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and the Institute for Prevention Research at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California; plus, some thoughts about recent events from former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Guest(s): Naomi Burke-Shyne
Organization(s): Drug War Facts
Link(s): Drug War Facts
Naomi Burke-Shyne
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01/06/21 Ann Fordham


Health Poverty Action recently held a webinar series entitled “A World With Drugs: Legal Regulation Through A Development Lens.” On this edition of Century of Lies we hear a portion of the most recent webinar in that series, which was entitled “Community Participation and Legal Regulation.” Speakers include Ann Fordham, the executive director of the International Drug Policy Consortium, who facilitated the panel; Charan Sharma, a Program Manager with the Drug Use & Harm Reduction Alliance in India; and Emma Campbell, an activist with the Alliance for Choice in Northern Ireland.


Guest(s): Ann Fordham
Organization(s): Drug War Facts
Link(s): Drug War Facts

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12/30/20 Ira Madan


The United Religions Initiative along with Alliance India recently hosted a dialogue entitled “Human Rights & Faith For People Who Use Drugs in Times of Pandemic.” We hear from two of the speakers: Ira Madan, Senior Regional Advocacy Officer, Drug Use & Harm Reduction, at Alliance India; and Subhi Dhupar, the Regional Coordinator for URI-Asia. Plus, NASTAD (the National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors) recently hosted a webinar entitled Trans-Inclusive/Trans-Centered Harm Reduction Services. We hear from the facilitator, Sasanka Jinadasa, a Partner at Reframe Health and Justice, and from one of the speakers, Milan Sherry, Co-Director of the House of Tulip in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Guest(s): Ira Madan
Link(s): Drug War Facts
Ira Madan, Subhi Dhupar
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12/23/20 Doctor Bruno Casal Rodriguez


The European Monitoring Center on Drugs and Drug Addiction has been holding a series of panel discussions on the impact of Covid-19 on drug markets and on people who use drugs. EMCDDA’s most recent webinar was entitled “Covid-19 induced recession and drug related problems. On today’s show we hear from two of the panelists, Doctor Bruno Casal Rodriguez, a Professor of Applied Economics at the University of A Coruña in Spain; and Doctor James Windle, a Lecturer in Criminology at University College Cork in Ireland.


Guest(s): Doctor Bruno Casal Rodriguez
Organization(s): Drug War Facts
Link(s): Drug War Facts
Doctor Bruno Casal Rodriguez
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12/16/20 Frank Chapman


This week on Century: The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression recently held a People’s Hearing Against Racist and Political Repression. We hear from some of the speakers including Frank Chapman, a leader of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and a field organizer and co-chair of CAARPR; Troi Valles, a Chicago area activist, writer, and actress who’s an experienced community organizer and member of Black Lives Matter Chicago and Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression; and Berma Escamilla, one of the family members speaking out against police violence. Plus, the Reverend Sarah Howell-Miller, Associate Pastor at Green Street United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, introduces a new training guide called the “Spirit of Harm Reduction: A Toolkit for Communities of Faith Facing Overdose.”


Guest(s): Frank Chapman
Organization(s): Drug War Facts
Link(s): Drug War Facts
Frank Chapman
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12/09/20 Rep. Earl Blumenauer


The House of Representatives approved HR 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act of 2019, we hear from one of the sponsors, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR); the Commission on Narcotic Drugs changed the international scheduling of marijuana, we hear from Dr. Gilles Forte of the World Health Organization and from representatives of the US and Canadian delegations; the Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission delivered its report to Congress, we hear from Commission Chair Shannon O’Neil, PhD, former Ambassador Cliff Sobel, and Commission Executive Director Mary Speck, PhD.


Guest(s): Rep. Earl Blumenauer
Organization(s): US House
Link(s): Drug War Facts
 Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Dr. Gilles Forte
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12/02/20 Donald MacPherson


The city of Vancouver, BC, is asking the Canadian federal government for an exemption to national drug laws in order to allow the city to decriminalize simple possession of currently illegal drugs. On today’s show we hear from Donald MacPherson, Executive Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, and from Annie Foreman-Mackey, a first year medical student at the University of British Columbia.


Guest(s): Donald MacPherson
Organization(s): Drug War Facts
Link(s): Drug War Facts
Donald MacPherson, Annie Foreman-Mackey
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11/25/20 Dr. Duncan McCormick


The Scottish Drugs Forum recently held a webinar on a new set of medication assisted treatment standards. We hear from Dr. Duncan McCormick, Chair of the Drug Death Task Force MAT Subgroup; Elinor Dickie, Organizational Lead for Public Health Scotland; and Tracey Clusker, a nurse and Team Manager at NHS Lothian where she's also Clinical Lead on MAT Standards. Plus, Tarra Simmons, a newly-elected member of the Washington state legislature's House of Representatives, speaks about criminal justice reform in the US.


Guest(s): Dr. Duncan McCormick
Organization(s): Scotish Drugs Forum
Link(s): Drug War Facts
Tracy Clusker
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11/18/20 Dr. Sabrina Molinaro


The European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs, ESPAD for short, is a collaborative effort of research teams in more than 40 European countries and the largest cross-national research project on adolescent substance use in the world. On this edition of Century we hear more about the new ESPAD report from: Alexis Goosdeel, director of the EU’s drugs agency, the European Monitoring Center on Drugs and Drug Addiction; Julian Vicente with the EMCDDA; Dr. Sabrina Molinaro, Coordinator of ESPAD; Elina Kotovirta, Ministerial Adviser in Finland’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health; and Dr. Annemie Coone from Ghent University in Belgium.


Guest(s): Dr. Sabrina Molinaro
Organization(s): Coordinator of ESPAD
Link(s): Drug War Facts
Dr. Sabrina Molinaro
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11/11/20 Haven Wheelock


Oregon Ballot Measure 110, the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act, was approved overwhelmingly by voters in the November general election. On this edition of Century of Lies we speak with Haven Wheelock, MPH, one of the chief petitioners for Measure 110, about the vote and what it means for the future of drug policy reform. Plus we hear from Lisa Sanchez, Executive Director of México Unido Contra la Delincuencia, and Ray Lakeman, a campaigner for the UK nonprofit Anyone’s Child, about the need to regulate the stimulant market.


Guest(s): Haven Wheelock
Organization(s): Drug War Facts
Link(s): Drug War Facts
Haven Wheelock
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