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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.
||CleanS2 E11 The Spell of the Poppy||Opioid drugs have claimed a shocking number of lives across North America in recent years, as people fall victim to overdose. While the intensity of crisis is new, our relationship with opiates — and opioids, as they're often referred to now — goes||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReplay: Miltown: A forgotten pharma game changer||It's just one more week until the season two finale of On Drugs, but in the meantime, enjoy this favourite from last season. It's all about Miltown, a drug that is mostly forgotten today, but helped create modern psychopharmacology. We're proud to annou||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS2 E10 Prison, On Drugs||This episode goes behind bars to learn how Canadian prisons form a nexus of drug crime, trade and addiction. We'll meet people in prison because of crimes committed in the throes of addiction and learn about how prisoners cope with addiction in custody.||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEXTRA: Bill Blair on implementing cannabis legalization||A feature interview with Bill Blair, the former Toronto Police Chief now in charge of implementing the federal government's cannabis legalization law. He reflects on the transition from drug law enforcement to legalization and regulation.||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS2 E9 The Trouble with Rehab||Addiction treatment and recovery is a 37 billion dollar industry in North America. Yet despite decades of research and practice, there's still no surefire way to get people clear of substance dependency. In the absence of consistent standards and availa||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS2 E8 Narcotic Farm||The Narcotic Farm in Lexington Kentucky played a major part in shaping the culture around mid-century heroin use in the United States, as well as our understanding of the science of addiction. This week, On Drugs digs into the history of this unique ins||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitREPLAY: Music, On Drugs||We're hard at work putting together the next new episode, but in the meantime, here's a favourite from last season. It's deep look at the intersection of music, drugs and creativity. Enjoy.||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 E7 More cannabis in Colorado||Host Geoff Turner is back in Colorado for part two of his road trip to see what Canada can learn from four years of legal cannabis in the Rocky Mountain State.||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtra: check out Personal Best||We're busy working on next week’s show, but I wanted to share another CBC Original Podcast I think you might like. It’s called Personal Best. I wouldn’t be doing it justice to call it a self improvement show, because it’s a lot more than that. I||3/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS2 E6 Cannabis in Colorado||Cannabis will be legal and regulated across Canada later this year, but Colorado has a four year head start on ending prohibition. Host Geoff Turner travelled to the Rocky Mountain State to see how legalization looks, four years on.||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 E5 Human guinea pigs||Before pharmaceuticals find their way to your medicine chest, they are subjected to batteries of tests for safety and efficacy. Those tests begin with animals, but eventually scientists need to try out the drugs on people. In this episode, we explore th||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEXTRA: Dan Snarr on Mormon culture and drugs||In our episode on Utah, Mormonism and drugs, you met Dan Snarr, the former mayor of Murray Utah. He told us about losing his son to opioid overdose. Here's a full length version of Geoff's conversation with Dan.||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS2 E4 Utah, Mormons and addiction||There’s an expectation that members of the Church of Latter Day Saints will live with chastity and modesty in order to secure a place in heaven. And yet, Utah, the heart of Mormonism, has one of the highest overdose rates in the U-S. In this episode o||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 E3 Caffeine: a buzzed history||People have been using caffeine in one form or another for thousands of years. And for more than a century, people have been fretting about what it does to our health and our moral condition. This episode dives into the history and significance of the m||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 E2 Cannabis: from prohibition to legalization||This episode of On Drugs explores how cannabis went from unknown, illegal and vilified to the present day, where it's considered medicine and the foundation of a multi-billion dollar industry.||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOn Drugs Extra: Ayahuasca in the jungle||We launched season two of On Drugs with an episode about how people are using psychedelics in search of spiritual enlightenment. One of the people we met was Tanya Kammonen. Tanya and I spoke at length about her experience with psychedelics -- ayahuasca||2/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitS2 E1 Psychedelics and Spirituality||In this episode of On Drugs, we explore the connection between psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin and the transcendent feelings and perceptions that users report. Ethnobotanist Wade Davis shares his insight into the seeming ubiquity of psychedeli||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn Drugs Season 2 Preview||If you've been craving a fix of the CBC original podcast, On Drugs, the wait is nearly over. Season 2 launches February 13. Here's a chance to meet the people who put it all together and to hear some highlights from the season ahead.||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing: 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?||11/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGender, 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.||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStronger, 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?||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFun, On Drugs||If most recreational drug users do it because it feels good, why is pleasure always left out of policy conversations about drugs?||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMiltown, 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.||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtra: Addiction and Rat Park||We explore the topic of drug addiction and how to think about it in this extended interview with Bruce Alexander||8/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCity, 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 strugglin||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWar, 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.||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSex, 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.||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRace, 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.||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEXTRA: Music and Drugs||We dig deeper into our conversation about the historical intersection between drugs and music with author Martin Torgoff.||7/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMusic, 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.||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPain, 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.||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn 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.||6/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Easy the best podcasts out there!
Well-made, thought-provoking, and neutral!
Very Interesting Topics
Love this! Concise, thoroughly researched, bringing an analogy or setting up the situation for us to consider, digest and pull up our own conclusions.
Well done. Looking forward to hearing more from Jeff.
Really interesting stuff about today's social drug culture!