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Mar 20, 2017

The so-called “War on Drugs” continues, and according to one author and educator it has made little progress since its inception back in in the early part of the 20th century.  And she says not only is the war’s effect minimal, it has also evolved into a racist and xenophobic effort.

Guest: Alexandra Chasin is the author of "Assassin of Youth: A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger’s War on Drugs."  She is an Associate Professor of Literary Studies at the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School, and a language engineer, revisionist writer, and cultural worker.

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