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An examination of drugs, drug cultures, and the influence of drugs on society

 

Drugs in society and society on drugs

Third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Free Culture Radio is an examination of drugs, drug cultures, and the ineluctable, indelible, and indispensable influence of drugs on society. Free Culture Radio neither promotes the use of any drugs, nor condemns people for being involved in drugs. To the extent that drug use presents problems for individuals or society, those problems are made worse and more intractable when drug users are treated as “others” and ignored, stigmatized, and even brutalized.

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Health, Justice, and Recovery

Airs at: Wed, 06/15/2022 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio, a conversation with Tera Hurst, Executive Director of the Oregon Health Justice Recovery Alliance, plus Outside In’s Haven Wheelock testifies before a legislative committee about harm reduction, overdose, and saving lives. Read more

O, Canada

Airs at: Wed, 05/18/2022 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Highlights from BCSU2022 featuring Dr. Geoff Bardwell, a Research Scientist at the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU); Phoenix Beck-McGreevy, a Peer Support Worker at Family Services of Greater Vancouver; Dr. Andrea Sereda, a family physician with the London I... Read more

Beating Overdose

Airs at: Wed, 04/20/2022 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio, we talk about Measure 110, harm reduction, and more with Morgan Godvin, founder of Beats Overdose. Read more

Harm Reduction and Safe Spaces

Airs at: Wed, 03/16/2022 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio: Janice Abbott, CEO of the Atira Women’s Resource Society in Vancouver, BC, on harm reduction and safe consumption spaces for women who use drugs. Plus Pascalle Grotenhuis, Director of Social Development and Ambassador for Women’s Right... Read more

Racism, Stigma, Drug Policies and the Legacy of Apartheid

Airs at: Wed, 02/16/2022 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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Racism, stigma, drug policies and the legacy of apartheid: a discussion between Shaun Shelly, Director of the South African Network of People who Use Drugs, and Justice Edwin Cameron, one of South Africa’s leading judicial figures and a former Justice of South Africa’s high... Read more

A Nice Cuppa

Airs at: Wed, 01/19/2022 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio we’re going to talk about one of the world’s most widely used drugs. It would be hard to overstate the impact that this substance and the culture surrounding it has had on nations and peoples around the world, it’s even played a part in... Read more

We Will Not Be Silenced

Airs at: Wed, 12/15/2021 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio, discussion of human rights is shut out by the UN's Commission on Narcotic Drugs. Plus, we talk with Haven Wheelock from Outside In about harm reduction and supervised consumption sites, and with Shaun Shelly from the South African Netw... Read more

Music and Politics

Airs at: Wed, 11/17/2021 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio, a conversation about music and politics with Peter Marks from Rhythm Nation. Read more

Reform Trickles Upward

Airs at: Wed, 10/20/2021 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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On this edition of Free Culture Radio we hear about drug safety testing and safe consumption spaces from Steve Rolles, Senior Policy Analyst with Transform; Niamh Eastwood, Executive Director of Release, and Professor Alex Stevens from the University of Kent. Read more

Nothing About Us Without Us

Airs at: Wed, 09/15/2021 at 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Nothing about us, without us: A conversation with Lisa Al-Hakim, Director of Operations with the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance. September 15 is the International Day of Democracy so on this edition of Free Culture Radio we look at political organizing and advocacy by peo... Read more