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On Drugs

 

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.

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Defying the shut down of Norway's FM Radio service

In a world first, Norway has switched off its FM radio service — but not everyone is celebrating the move to digital.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:52:15]

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How to save an island

The National Film Board of Canada went to visit the island of Fogo, and interview people about their future.

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[mp3 file: runs00:54:42]

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The biggest stories of 2017

What is it like to confront Harvey Weinstein or to be swept up by the 'antifa' movement?

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[mp3 file: runs00:53:01]

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A 20 year-old mystery

A well-liked couple are gunned down in a small, Alberta town. Twenty years later, the mystery still lingers.

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[mp3 file: runs00:22:25]

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Introducing: How Do You Sleep at Night? + Season 2 Coming Soon!

How Do You Sleep at Night? is a great podcast from the team at ABC about people who live their lives in the face of judgement. The show explores the different moral codes we all live by. Because no one thinks they’re a bad person, right?

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Gender, On Drugs

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.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:33:33]


Stronger, smarter, better, On Drugs

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?

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[mp3 file: runs 00:37:16]


Fun, On Drugs

If most recreational drug users do it because it feels good, why is pleasure always left out of policy conversations about drugs?

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[mp3 file: runs 00:32:09]


Miltown, On Drugs

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.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:34:35]


Extra: Addiction and Rat Park

We explore the topic of drug addiction and how to think about it in this extended interview with Bruce Alexander

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[mp3 file: runs 00:26:44]


City, On Drugs

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

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[mp3 file: runs 00:27:30]


Sex, On Drugs

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.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:30:52]


Race, On Drugs

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.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:34:46]


EXTRA: Music and Drugs

We dig deeper into our conversation about the historical intersection between drugs and music with author Martin Torgoff.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:19:00]


Music, On Drugs

The connection between drugs and rock and roll is a comic and tragic cliche. On Drugs gets past the cliches and explores the intersection of drugs and music from classical to hip hop.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:38:23]


Pain, On Drugs

Of all the reasons we use drugs, the management and suppression of pain is one of the most fundamental. And yet for all the advances in medication, our relationship with pain is still fraught with moral and chemical challenges.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:27:30]


On Drugs trailer

Each week, On Drugs looks through the lenses of history, pop culture and personal experience to understand how drugs have shaped our world.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:01:13]


War, On Drugs

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.

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[mp3 file: runs 00:31:52]