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  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks at the Ethics and Compliance Initiative annual conference in Washington, D.C. Photo by Yuri Gripas/Reuters
    May 12, 2017  

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered federal prosecutors across the country to revive some of the toughest practices of the decades-old “war on drugs,” reversing Obama administration policies that aimed to lessen the federal prison population. Hari Sreenivasan talks to John Walters, COO of the Hudson Institute, and Gil Kerlikowske, former “drug czar” under President Barack Obama. Continue reading

  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the opening ceremony of the 30th ASEAN Summit in Manila
    May 1, 2017  

    In a “very friendly” phone call, President Trump extended a surprise White House invitation to Filipino President Duterte, prompting outcry from human rights advocates. Thousands of people have been killed under Duterte in an anti-drug crackdown. Former State Department official David Kramer joins William Brangham to discuss Mr. Trump’s relationships with authoritarian leaders. Continue reading

  • March 3, 2017  

    The Philippines have been gripped by violence amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drug dealers and users. More than 7,000 people have been killed in the last nine months, according to Human Rights Watch. But who is actually responsible for the killings? William Brangham narrates a report by Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala. Continue reading

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    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has received thousands of comments on whether it should make kratom, a popular painkiller, illegal. Continue reading

  • December 1, 2016  

    On November 8, multiple states legalized marijuana for medical or recreational purposes — so Joe Dolce’s new book on the substance’s history in the U.S. is timely. Dolce argues marijuana’s bad reputation is a result of political demonization, including an intentional name change and association with hippies and disorder. This is his Brief but Spectacular take on the past and future of cannabis. Continue reading

  • Marijuana is seen under a magnifier at the medical marijuana farmers market at the California Heritage Market in Los Angeles, California July 11, 2014. Photo by David McNew/REUTERS/File Photo
    November 25, 2016  

    On November 8, multiple states legalized the use of marijuana for either recreational or medicinal purposes — thus marking a major shift in U.S. drug policy. William Brangham speaks with Taylor West of the National Cannabis Administration and Jonathan Hudak of the Brookings Institution about marijuana law and how it might evolve under President-elect Donald Trump’s upcoming administration. Continue reading

  • October 15, 2016   BY  

    A new study comes amid ongoing concern that consumers do not read or have difficulty reading prescription drug risk information. Continue reading

  • EpiPen auto-injection epinephrine pens manufactured by Mylan NV pharmaceutical company are seen in Washington
    September 29, 2016   BY  

    An overwhelming majority of Americans favor government action to restrain prescription drug prices, according to a poll released Thursday. Continue reading

  • September 6, 2016  

    More than 2,000 people have been killed in the Philippines as part of a sweeping drug crackdown whipped up by President Rodrigo Duterte. Both the United States and the United Nations have expressed criticism, and back in his own country, residents are torn over the wave of violence. William Brangham reports on the diplomatic fallout. Continue reading

  • September 4, 2016  

    Mexico’s government has been waging a war against the country’s drug cartels, whose territorial fights have left tens of thousands dead. “Kingdom of Shadows,” a POV documentary that comes out this month, looks at the root causes of the violence and the effects of the drug war. NewsHour Weekend Correspondent Ivette Feliciano spoke with director Bernardo Ruiz. Continue reading

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