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.






03/24/21 Constable Justin Bibby

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the UK House of Commons recently held a hearing on The Future of UK Music Festivals. One panel looked at ways to reduce possible drug-related harms, including the possibility of drug safety testing at festivals and other events. This week on Century of Lies we hear from some of the witnesses including Assistant Chief Constable Justin Bibby with the Staffordshire Police, Deputy Chief Constable Jason Harwin with the National Police Chiefs’ Council, and Professor Fiona Measham, PhD, Chair in Criminology at the University of Liverpool and director and co-founder of The Loop.

Guest(s): Constable Justin Bibby
Organization(s): Health Systems Facts
Link(s): Health Systems Facts

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03/17/21 Senator Scott Weiner

Supervised consumption sites could soon be opening in California. We hear from the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 57, State Senator Scott Weiner along with Senator Susan Eggman and Senator Lena Gonzalez.

Guest(s): Senator Scott Weiner
Organization(s): Drug War Facts
Link(s): Drug War Facts
Senator Scott Weiner
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03/10/21 Joy Olson

The state of New Mexico is considering how to authorize and open supervised consumption facilities in that state, we hear from the chief sponsor of House Bill 123, NM State Representative Deborah Armstrong, and Emily Kaltenbach with the Drug Policy Alliance. Plus we hear from Joy Olson, former director of the Washington Office on Latin America, on “Challenges in US/Mexico/Central America Policy at the Beginning of the Biden Administration.”

Guest(s): Joy Olson
Organization(s): Drug Policy Alliance
Link(s): Drug Policy Alliance
Joy Olson, Deborah Armstrong
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03/03/21 Zaki Smith

The Clean Slate NY campaign launched at the end of February. We hear from several members of the coalition including Quintin Cross from the Hudson Catskill Housing Coalition, Zaki Smith from the organization Next 100, the Reverend Kevin Van Hook from Riverside Church in New York City, NY State Senator Jamaal Bailey, Chair of the New York State Senate Codes Committee, and NY State Assembly Member Catalina Cruz, lead sponsor in the Assembly of a bill that would seal and automatically expunge the criminal records of qualifying New Yorkers.

Guest(s): Zaki Smith
Organization(s): Clean Slate NY
Link(s): Drug War Facts

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02/24/21 Neil Woods

The Association of British Muslims recently held a discussion on drugs policy. On this edition of Century we hear from two of the featured speakers: Neil Woods, formerly an undercover police officer in the UK who is now a leading reform activist and member of the organization Law Enforcement Action Partnership, and Khalid Massud, formerly a police inspector general in Pakistan. Plus, UN Secretary General António Guterres on human rights.

Guest(s): Neil Woods
Organization(s): LEAP
Link(s): LEAP
Neil Woods
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02/17/21 Roger Goodman

The Washington Legislature is considering House Bill 1499 - Providing behavioral health system responses to individuals with substance use disorder. Their House Public Safety Committee held a hearing on the bill on Feb. 12. On this edition of Century we hear from some of the witnesses who testified, including: Meg Martin, executive director of Interfaith Works in Olympia, Washington; Meta Hogan, program administrator at Gather Church in Centralia, Washington; Adam Cornell, the elected Prosecuting Attorney for Snohomish County, Washington; Dan Satterberg, the elected Prosecuting Attorney for King County, Washington; Ruth Driefuss, former president of Switzerland; Doctor João Goulão, Portuguese Drugs and Alcohol National Coordinator and Director General of the Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies General Directorate (SICAD); and Doctor Caitlin Hughes, associate professor of criminology and drug policy at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia.

Guest(s): Roger Goodman
Organization(s): Washington State Representative
Link(s): Drug War Facts
President Ruth Dreifuss, Doctor João Goulão
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02/10/21 Geert De Bolle

This week on Century: Homelessness and Substance Use. We hear from Geert De Bolle with Housing First LAB in Belgium and Cristiana Merendeiro with Associação Crescer in Portugal. They spoke recently on a webinar held by the European Monitoring Center on Drugs and Drug Addiction entitled “Responding to drugs and homelessness: innovative approaches in Europe.”

Guest(s): Geert De Bolle
Organization(s): Drug War Facts
Link(s): Drug War Facts
Geert De Bolle
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02/03/21 Nicola Sturgeon

This week on Century of Lies: Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on harm reduction, supervised consumption facilities, heroin assisted treatment, and the need to end stigma and treat people who use drugs with dignity and respect. Plus, we hear from Dawn Wooten, LPN, a nurse at a detention center in Ocilla, Georgia, who was demoted after raising concerns about inadequate medical care.

Guest(s): Nicola Sturgeon
Organization(s): Drug War Facts
Link(s): Drug War Facts
Nicola Sturgeon
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01/27/21 Regina LaBelle

This week on Century we take a look at Regina LaBelle, JD, Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Guest(s): Regina LaBelle
Organization(s): Drug War Facts
Link(s): Drug War Facts
Regina LaBelle
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01/20/21 Doug McVay

This week on Century of Lies we look at the people who are being appointed to key drug control policy positions within the new Biden administration.

Guest(s): Rahul Gupta
Organization(s): Drug War Facts
Link(s): Drug War Facts
Rahul Gupta
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