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An examination of drugs, drug cultures, and the influence of drugs on society

 

Drugs in society and society on drugs

Third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Free Culture Radio is an examination of drugs, drug cultures, and the ineluctable, indelible, and indispensable influence of drugs on society. Free Culture Radio neither promotes the use of any drugs, nor condemns people for being involved in drugs. To the extent that drug use presents problems for individuals or society, those problems are made worse and more intractable when drug users are treated as “others” and ignored, stigmatized, and even brutalized.

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Drug Policies Enshrined In Human Rights

Airs at: Wed, 04/21/2021 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio we hear a discussion on Promoting evidence-based drug policies and interventions enshrined in human rights with Marie Nougier, head of research and communications at the International Drug Policy Consortium; Edith Hofer, policy officer ... Read more

Any Positive Change

Airs at: Wed, 03/17/2021 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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More of my conversation with Ron Williams and Devon Downeysmith from the Oregon Health Justice Recovery Alliance. Plus an update on Measure 110, the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act, which was approved overwhelmingly by the voters of Oregon. Read more

Decolonizing Drug Policies

Airs at: Wed, 02/17/2021 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio: Decolonizing Drug Policies. The New School recently held a fascinating web conference entitled "Decolonizing Drug Policy: Perspectives From the Americas and Asia." As they noted in the program: "Like healthcare, housing, and criminal j... Read more

Medical Cannabis In The Time Of Legal Weed

Airs at: Wed, 01/20/2021 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio, host Doug McVay is joined by longtime medical cannabis activist and US Air Force veteran Michael Krawitz to discuss the state of medical cannabis in the US and internationally. Read more

Seriously Funny

Airs at: Wed, 12/16/2020 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Ngaio Bealum is a very funny man, which is convenient because he’s a professional comedian. He’s also a journalist, actor, activist, chronisseur, raconteur, a good friend, and the very best weed comic in the business. Read more

Free Culture Radio on 11/18/20

Airs at: Wed, 11/18/2020 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Decriminalization: It's What Works

Airs at: Wed, 11/18/2020 at 12:00am - 12:30am
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio we're joined by comedian and journalist Ngaio Bealum to talk about the election, politics, and life. Plus: The decriminalization of drug use is about much more than just treating drug use as a health issue. Decriminalization of drug use... Read more

Activist Journalism

Airs at: Wed, 10/21/2020 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this installment of Free Culture Radio: activist journalism and the legalization movement. Seattle Hempfest is normally held on the third weekend of the year at Myrtle Edwards Park in Seattle, right on the Puget Sound. Thanks to Covid, 2020 is nothing normal. There's no... Read more

Remembering A Friend

Airs at: Wed, 09/16/2020 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Kevin Zeese was an attorney, writer, and progressive political leader. Kevin passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 5, 2020. On this edition of Free Culture Radio, host Doug McVay remembers his colleague, mentor, and longtime friend who first inspired him to get involved in drug... Read more

Perspective: Use It Or Lose It

Airs at: Wed, 08/19/2020 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio we speak with Haven Wheelock, syringe services coordinator for Outside In and one of the chief petitioners for Oregon Ballot Measure 110, about harm reduction, overdose prevention, and decriminalizing people who use drugs; and we hear U... Read more