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New Hampshire has experienced a huge increase in heroin and prescription drug addiction over the last decade. And because New Hampshire is one of the all-important early primary states, the presidential candidates are spending time there and have had to confront a lot of questions about this issue. And, most medical experts say that addiction is a disease—whether that addiction is to drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes. That ever-expanding list is one reason why neuroscientist Marc Lewis takes issue with the addiction-is-a-disease model. Then, two days after a renowned scholar was killed in Syria, experts are wondering what will become of the ancient ruins of Palmyra. Khaled al-As'ad was beheaded by the so-called Islamic State after he refused to reveal where many of the heritage site’s artifacts were hidden. Finally, one story has dominated the internet this week: the hack and data dump of the infidelity dating website Ashley Madison.  

How New Hampshire's Heroin Epidemic Is Playing Out in National Politics 12 MIN, 6 SEC

New Hampshire has experienced a huge increase in heroin and prescription drug addiction over the last decade. And because New Hampshire is one of the all-important early primary states, the presidential candidates are spending time there and have had to confront a lot of questions on this issue.

Guests:
Katie Zezima, Washington Post (@katiezez)
Ted Gatsas, Mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire. (@gatsasformayor)

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Politics Presidential candidates are actually talking about America’s heroin issue

The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease 13 MIN, 6 SEC

Most medical experts say that addiction is a disease—whether that addiction is to drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes. That ever-expanding list is one reason why neuroscientist Marc Lewis takes issue with the addiction-is-a-disease model.

Guests:
Marc Lewis, Author 'The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease.'

The Biology of Desire

Marc Lewis PhD

Palmyra Scholar Killed 11 MIN, 6 SEC

Two days after a renowned scholar was killed in Syria, experts are wondering what will become of the ancient ruins of Palmyra. Khaled al-As'ad was beheaded by the so-called Islamic State after he refused to reveal where many of the heritage site’s artifacts were hidden.

Guests:
Amr Al-Azm, Shawnee State University (@alazmamr)

Web Roundup: Ashley Madison and Dismaland 8 MIN, 39 SEC

One story has dominated the internet this week: the hack and data dump of the infidelity dating website Ashley Madison. Everyone is getting in on the action, from small-town papers to Washington, DC political rag The Hill. And a dystopian take on Disneyland.

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

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Dismaland and Bemusement Park

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