Track artwork

All Hopped Up: Drugs in America [rebroadcast]

BackStory on August 16, 2013 20:49

Stats for this track

This Week Total
Plays 86 37736
Comments 2
Favoritings 27
Downloads 4 385

Uploaded by

  • Report copyright infringement

    In 5 Sets

    More tracks by BackStory

    American Scripture

    Declaration of Introduction

    Listener Calls 1

    Listener Calls 2

    Rockets' Red Glare

    View all

    At the beginning of August, Illinois legalized medical marijuana, becoming the 20th state to do so. And less than a year ago, Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. But back in the early 20th century, both states were among the first to ban the drug. If that seems like a radical change, well – it’s hardly the first time a drug has undergone a major image overhaul in America. So in this episode of BackStory, we’re examining those shifts, tracing the changing face of drugs – and drug users – in the United States.

    We start in the 19th century, when opium and cocaine were perfectly legal, and heroin was touted as a cure for morphine addiction, and trace the story of their criminalization – or in the case of pot, decriminalization. And we bring the story right on up through the 1970s, when Vietnam vets and suburban housewives triggered two very different drug panics. Along the way, Brian, Ed, and Peter explore the influence of the medical establishment, as well as the role of popular culture, in shaping American attitudes about drugs.

    For more on the stories and guests featured in this episode, check out BackStory's website at: http://backstoryradio.org/shows/all-hopped-up/

    2 Comments

    2 timed comments and 0 regular comments

    Add a new comment

    You need to be logged in to post a comment. If you're already a member, please or sign up for a free account.

    Share to WordPress.com

    If you are using self-hosted WordPress, please use our standard embed code or install the plugin to use shortcodes.
    Add a comment 0 comments at 0.00
      Click to enter a
      comment at
      0.00