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(2014/02/11) Learning to play nice with human nature (War on Drugs)

Edition #798

Learning to play nice with human nature


Today we look at the evolution of bullshit reasons there have been to prohibit consumption of marijuana: from the bullshit reasons scared white people came up with to ban it originally to the bullshit reasons scared white people use in the present to keep it illegal, all while steadfastly ignoring the evidence which points toward the war on drugs leaving an expensive path of unmitigated destruction behind it wherever it goes.


Ch. 1: Intro - Theme: A Fond Farewell, Elliott Smith 

Ch. 2: Act 1: 3 Absurd Reasons for Banning Drugs - LearnLiberty - Air Date: 09-20-11

Ch. 3: Act 2: Smoke Weed? You're Fat & Dangerous According To These Pundits - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 01-08-14

Ch. 4: Song 2: I can't explain - The Who

Ch. 5: Act 3: Gourmet Pot Editor Freaks Out O'Reilly - @jimmy_dore Show - Air Date 12-13-13

Ch. 6: Song 3: Where is my mind? - The Pixies

Ch. 7: Act 4: Government To Sell Pot For $1 A Gram (In Uruguay) - Why? - @theyoungturks - Air Date: 10-23-13

Ch. 8: Song 4: Represent - Weezer

Ch. 9: Act 5: Is the End of Marijuana Prohibition the End of the War On Drugs? Probably Not. - @brucedixon - Air Date: 1-8-14

Ch. 10: Song 5: Inevitable - Scissor Sisters

Ch. 11: Act 6: Thom Hartmann on Decriminalizing Pot - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 01-17-14

Ch. 12: Song 6: Legalize it - Peter Tosh

Ch. 13: Act 7: Obama on Marijuana Legalization: Important For It to Go Forward - @davidpakmanshow - Air Date: 01-22-14

Ch. 14: Song 7: Open your eyes - Snow Patrol

Ch. 15: Act 8: Why Right Wing Addicts Like Rob Ford, Rush Limbaugh Don't Ask For Help - @majorityfm - Air Date: 11-06-13

Ch. 16: Song 8: Everything falls apart - Dog's Eye View

Ch. 17: Act 9: Families Against Mandatory Minimums - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 18: Song 9: Activism - Shihan

Ch. 19: Act 10: Philip Seymour Hoffman Didn't Have to Die... - @Thom_Hartmann - Air Date: 02-03-14

Ch. 20: Song 10: South Side - Moby

Ch. 21: Act 11: We need drug rules that recognizes human nature - @dccommonsense - Air Date: 2-5-14



Ch. 22: On the TPP and national sovereignty - Erin from Philadelphia

Ch. 23: Support for Avera on sex education in the south - Mark from New Mexico

Ch. 24: Prior consent still doesn't impart obligation - Jake from New Hampshire

Ch. 25: Weighing quality of life in the discussion of reproductive rights - Anonymous


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Voicemail Music: 

Loud Pipes - Ratatat


Ch. 26: Final comments on the ease of being misunderstood, especially when discussing the abuse of children in the context of the reproductive rights debate


Closing Music:

Here We Are - Patrick Park



Tell the Commission: Cut These Drug Sentences!” from Families Against Mandatory Minimums


Sources/further reading:

AG Holder speaks out on federal sentencing, C-Span broadcast

”A New Development in Prison Reform” from Colorlines

The story of Stephanie George (FAMM)

and ”For Lesser Crimes, Rethinking Life Behind Bars”, The New York Times

Follow Families Against Mandatory Minimums on Twitter and Facebook


Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich


Produced by:

Jay! Tomlinson


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