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On the morning of June 17, 1971, President Richard Nixon launched the war on drugs. We'll mark this 40th anniversary of America's failed drug war with a special edition of "The Truth About Money".
Our guest is filmmaker, Kevin Booth, who made the highly acclaimed "American Drug War" for Showtime. The film was honored at the 2007 Artivist Awards Ceremony as Best Feature Film in the International Human Rights category. As of January, 2011, Kevin Booth is currently filming "American Drug War 2".
On Friday's show, we'll explore both the business of drugs and the business of drug enforcement with Mr. Booth.
There's a national security angle to Friday's show, too. It's important to remember that Nixon did not just declare war on millions of Americans. The war on drugs was a global offensive. Since the U.S. has exported its disastrous policy around the world, it has created a huge illicit market that generates almost $400 billion a year for terrorist and other criminal organizations who are "enemies of state".
More about Kevin Booth.
Mr. Booth has also made the film, "How Weed Won the West", which was released on DVD in February, 2010. Kevin Booth is also known for his work producing the CDs and early full-length shows of the late, great, cult comedian and social commentator, Bill Hicks.
Mr. Booth's biography about his friend, Bill Hicks, is called "Agent of Evolution", and was published by Harper Collins.
Finally, on several projects, Kevin Booth has also been a collaborator with filmmaker and 911 conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones (InfoWars).
Our show airs on Friday, June 17, at 9-10 AM, at NPR affiliates KZYX and KZYZ. The broadcast is heard in northern California at 91.5, 90.7, and 88.1 FM. Our show also streams live from the web at www.kzyx.org.
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