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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06/21/21 Cori Bush


This week on Century of Lies, drug policy reform moves forward around the world. In the US, Representative Cori Bush (D-MO) and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) introduced the Drug Policy Reform Act on June 15. In Scotland, the Government has introduced a new drugs policy that includes support for supervised consumption facilities. We hear from Angela Constance, Member of the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government’s Minister for Drugs Policy, and from Tommy Sheppard, a UK MP for Edinburgh East and member of the Scottish National Party.


Guest(s): Cori Bush
Link(s): Drug War Facts
Cori Bush
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06/14/21 Richard Elliott


The International Network of People Who Use Drugs organized a side event at the recent UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, entitled “The Right to Rights: How do we get there for People who Use Drugs.” On this edition of Century of Lies we hear from two of the speakers: Richard Elliott, Executive Director, HIV Legal Network, and Ernesto Cortes, Secretario, Latin American Network of People who Use Drugs.


Guest(s): Richard Elliott
Link(s): Drug War Facts
 Richard Elliott
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06/07/21 Professor Peter Hendricks


This week: Century does psychedelics. We hear from Professor Peter Hendricks, PhD with the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on special considerations for evaluating psilocybin-facilitated treatments in vulnerable populations; and from Jazmin Pirozek, HBA, MSc on her work developing a traditional medicine strategy for the diabetes epidemic in First Nations communities in Canada.


Guest(s): Professor Peter Hendricks,
Organization(s): Drug War Facts
Link(s): Drug War Facts
Professor Peter Hendricks
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05/31/21 Kojo Koram


Harm Reduction International recently organized a panel discussion entitled “Decolonizing drug policy: Dismantling racism and colonialism through drug policy reform.” We hear from some of the speakers including Kojo Koram, a writer, attorney, and lecturer in law at the Birkbeck School of Law; Shaun Shelley, the Policy, Advocacy and Human Rights Manager at TB HIV Care in South Africa; and Tripti Tandon, Deputy Director of the Lawyers Collective.


Guest(s): Kojo Koram
Organization(s): Drug War Facts
Link(s): Drug War Facts
Kojo Koram
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05/26/21 Impacts of Covid-19 on the drug market


Australia’s Alcohol and Drug Foundation recently hosted a panel discussion entitled “Impacts of Covid-19 on the drug market: a multi-country multi-study analysis.” On this week’s show we hear from some of the panelists including Dr. Monica Barratt, a social scientist at the Drug Policy Modelling Program, which is part of Australia's National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales; Dr. Laura Garius, a criminologist who is a Policy Lead with the UK nonprofit Release; and Dr. Jack Cunliffe, a Lecturer in Quantitative Methods and Criminology at the University of Kent.


Guest(s): Dr. Monica Barratt
Organization(s): Drug War Facts
Link(s): Drug War Facts
Dr. Monica Barratt
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05/19/21 Mat Southwell


Operation DrugsVote, "Cool Britannia," and organizing people who use drugs: a conversation with Mat Southwell, a UK-based drug policy reform activist who’s a Project Executive with the European Network of People Who Use Drugs (EuroNPUD).


Guest(s): Mat Southwell
Link(s): Drug War Facts
Mat Southwell
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05/12/21 Rodrigo Uprimny


The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights recently organized a webinar entitled Human Rights In Action: Implementing the International Guidelines on Human Rights and Drug Policy. We hear from two of the speakers: Rodrigo Uprimny, a professor emeritus at the National University of Colombia and Director of the Drug Policy Area for DeJusticia; and Teresa Caeiro, advisor to Portugal’s National Coordinator for the problems of Drugs, Drug Addiction and Alcohol. Plus, Ajeng Larasati, Human Rights Lead at Harm Reduction International, on The Death Penalty for Drug Offenses in the Covid-19 pandemic era.


Guest(s): Rodrigo Uprimny,
Organization(s): High Commissioner for Human Rights
Link(s): Drug War Facts

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05/05/21 Michael Nurse


The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction hosted a discussion recently entitled Inequities Laid Bare: Responding to Challenges of COVID-19 and Beyond. We hear from some of the speakers including Michael Nurse, a Harm Reduction Outreach Worker with the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention and the Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs; Mae Katt, a Nurse Practitioner and Addiction Specialist with the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation; and Lisha Di Gioacchino with the Community Addictions Peer Support Association.


Guest(s): Michael Nurse
Link(s): Drug War Facts

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04/28/21 Theshia Naidoo


On this edition of Century: Addressing the harms of criminalization and policing with criminal justice and drug policy reform. The nation of Norway along with several international NGOs recently held a discussion to to highlight some of the most pressing harms associated with policing and criminalisation, and propose a number of options for criminal justice and drug policy reform grounded in social justice, racial justice and human rights. We hear from panelists Lee Edson P. Yarcia, MD, with NoBox Philippines; and Theshia Naidoo, Managing Director of the Department of Legal Affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance. Plus, Professor Charles Grob, MD, on psilocybin research.


Guest(s): Theshia Naidoo
Organization(s): NoBox Philippines
Link(s): Drug War Facts
Theshia Naidoo
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04/21/21 Ganja in the Caribbean


This week on Century of Lies: A discussion about the future of ganja in the Caribbean with Faith Graham, CEO of the Jamaican government’s Cannabis Licensing Authority; Vicki Hanson with the International Center for Cannabis Research, she’s also a PhD candidate in public policy at the University of the West Indies and a member of the board of directors of the International Drug Policy Consortium; and Pien Metaal, Senior Project Officer with the Transnational Institute.


Guest(s): Faith Graham
Organization(s): Drug War Facts
Link(s): Drug War Facts
Faith Graham,
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