A Tale of Two Crises: Opiates vs. Crack
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The Opioid Crisis has wreaked havoc across America, taking lives and devastating families, neighborhoods, and communities. But this isn't the first time we've suffered a deadly drug crisis. In today's episode, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed tells the tale of two crises: the opioid epidemic of today and the crack epidemic of the 1980s, contrasting the government's and media's responses to these crises - and what they tell us about the nature of drug use and structural racism in America.


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The United States of Anxiety
The United States of Anxiety
WNYC Studios
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The Experiment
The Experiment
The Atlantic, WNYC Studios
The Sisterhood
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On the Media
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WNYC Studios
OTM Presents: La Brega
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Stay Tuned with Preet
CAFE
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The Ezra Klein Show
The Ezra Klein Show
New York Times Opinion
What a More Responsible Republican Party Would Look Like
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58 min
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