The War on Drugs

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Despite mounting evidence that we're losing, the money keeps coming and the war against drugs continues. So does the debate over what approach can best confront this public health issue that affects foreign policy as well as families. Are movies, voter initiatives, and a few Republican politicians creating a climate for change? We'll hear from the screenwriter of Traffic, former California Congressman Tom Campbell, and leaders of two community organizations that deal with the daily effects of substance abuse.
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  • Reporter's Notebook: Was Ralph Nader Stiffed by the Media? - Ralph Nader is one of America's best-known consumer advocates. Last year he was the Green Party nominee for President. He faults the national media, including TV, radio and print, for minimizing his visibility to millions of Americans and for limiting their coverage of him to that of a Gore-spoiler.

Peterson's article

Ralph Nader



Warren Olney