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On Drugs

Each week, On Drugs looks through the lenses of history, pop culture and personal experience to understand how drugs have shaped our world. Because even if it’s just caffeine or ibuprofen, there’s a good chance you’re on drugs right now.

  • 33:33
    The drugs we choose - legal and illicit - and the ways we use them, are at least partly determined by gender expectations. This episode explores how those expectations affect our relationships with drugs.
    Aug 28, 2017
  • 37:16
    From athletes pumping steroids to tech entrepreneurs microdosing LSD, what happens when people use drugs to make themselves stronger, smarter and faster than their normal healthy selves?
    Aug 21, 2017
  • 32:09
    If most recreational drug users do it because it feels good, why is pleasure always left out of policy conversations about drugs?
    Aug 14, 2017
  • 34:35
    In this episode of On Drugs, it's the story of a very important drug that you've probably never heard of. The Drug is called Miltown and it changed the world of psychiatric medicine forever.
    Aug 7, 2017
  • 26:44
    We explore the topic of drug addiction and how to think about it in this extended interview with Bruce Alexander
    Aug 5, 2017
  • 31:52
    From berzerkers on mushrooms, to Nazis on meth and Iraq vets on ecstasy, armies and soldiers have used drugs to fight, cope with and recover from war since ancient times.
    Jul 31, 2017
  • 27:30
    If you want to learn about drug addiction, Vancouver is a good place to start. The city has struggled with opioid abuse nearly as long as it's existed. This episode explores Vancouver's narcotic past and present through the voices of residents struggling
    Jul 31, 2017
  • 30:52
    The relationship people have with drugs is complicated and a little bit messy, but not as messy as the relationship people have had with sex throughout history. Combine the two and things get interesting.
    Jul 24, 2017
  • 34:46
    Drugs don't exist in a vacuum. In many cases, they've been used to prop up mythologies around race and justify discriminatory policies against already struggling communities.
    Jul 17, 2017
  • 19:00
    We dig deeper into our conversation about the historical intersection between drugs and music with author Martin Torgoff.
    Jul 14, 2017
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