Drugs, Addiction and Recovery

Drugs, Addiction and Recovery


Interviews with scholars of drugs, addiction and recovery about their new books.

Psychedelics, Mysticism, Aliens, and the Dao (Pierce Salguero and Dominic Steavu)

April 8, 2024

Psychedelics, Mysticism, Aliens, and the Dao

Dominic Steavu
Hosted by Pierce Salguero

Dr Pierce Salguero sits down with Dominic Steavu, a historian of Chinese religion and healing from UC Santa Barbara. We discuss the central role of th…

Greg Wrenn, "Mothership: A Memoir of Wonder and Crisis" (Regalo Press, 2024)

March 27, 2024


Greg Wrenn
Hosted by Claire Clark

A dazzling, evidence-based account of one man’s quest to heal from complex PTSD by turning to endangered coral reefs and psychedelic plants after trad…

Alke Jenss, "Selective Security in the War on Drugs: The Coloniality of State Power in Colombia and Mexico" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023)

March 18, 2024

Selective Security in the War on Drugs

Alke Jenss
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

Paramilitaries, crime, and tens of thousands of disappeared persons—the so-called war on drugs has perpetuated violence in Latin America, at times pre…

Miracle Man (with Joe McGivney)

March 1, 2024

Miracle Man: Intercession and Healing

Joe McGivney

Lifelong alcoholic Joe McGivney drank himself into brain damage and permanent disability. The day after being placed into the assisted care he would n…

Max Felker-Kantor, "DARE to Say No: Policing and the War on Drugs in Schools" (UNC Press, 2023)

February 17, 2024

DARE to Say No

Max Felker-Kantor
Hosted by Jeffrey Lamson

With its signature "DARE to keep kids off drugs" slogan and iconic t-shirts, DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) was the most popular drug educatio…

Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre, "Imperial Wine: How the British Empire Made Wine’s New World" (U California Press, 2022)

February 16, 2024

Imperial Wine

Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Imperial Wine: How the British Empire Made Wine’s New World (University of California Press, 2022) by Dr. Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre is a bold, rigorous …

George Fisher, "Beware Euphoria: The Moral Roots and Racial Myths of America's War on Drugs" (Oxford UP, 2024)

February 3, 2024

Beware Euphoria

George Fisher
Hosted by Emily Dufton

George Fisher, the Judge John Crown Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, just released his new book Beware Euphoria: The Moral Roots and Racial My…

Julia Ornelas-Higdon, "The Grapes of Conquest: Race, Labor, and the Industrialization of California Wine, 1769–1920" (U Nebraska Press, 2023)

February 3, 2024

The Grapes of Conquest

Julia Ornelas-Higdon
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

California’s wine country conjures images of pastoral vineyards and cellars lined with oak barrels. As a mainstay of the state’s economy, California w…

Matthew D. Lassiter, "The Suburban Crisis: White America and the War on Drugs" (Princeton UP, 2023)

February 2, 2024

The Suburban Crisis

Matthew D. Lassiter
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

Most accounts of post-1950s political history tell the story of of the war on drugs as part of a racial system of social control of urban minority pop…

Inside Addiction and Sobriety in Academia

January 25, 2024

Inside Addiction and Sobriety in Academia

Alicia Andrzejewski

How do the pressures of academia affect our relationships with ourselves, our work, and with substance use? Dr. Alicia Andrzejewski joins us for a can…

Chris S. Duvall, "The African Roots of Marijuana" (Duke UP, 2019)

January 2, 2024

The African Roots of Marijuana

Chris S. Duvall
Hosted by Lucas Richert

After arriving from South Asia approximately a thousand years ago, cannabis quickly spread throughout the African continent. European accounts of cann…

Erika Dyck, "Psychedelic Prophets: The Letters of Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmond" (McGill-Queen's UP, 2018)

December 30, 2023

Psychedelic Prophets

Erika Dyck
Hosted by Lucas Richert

Today I talked with historian Erika Dyck about Aldous Huxley, Humphry Osmond and their correspondence over a ten year period. Psychedelic Prophets: Th…

David Courtwright, "The Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business" (Harvard UP, 2019)

December 26, 2023

The Age of Addiction

David Courtwright
Hosted by Lucas Richert

We are living in an age of addiction, from compulsive gaming and binge eating to pornography and opioid abuse. Today I talked with historian David Cou…

Sean Howe, "Agents of Chaos: Thomas King Forçade, High Times, and the Paranoid End of the 1970s" (Hachette Books, 2023)

December 10, 2023

Agents of Chaos

Sean Howe
Hosted by Emily Dufton

It wasn’t easy writing a biography the mysterious, shape-shifting Thomas King Forçade, but after nine years of research and extensive interviews, Sean…

Leontina Hormel, "Trailer Park America: Reimagining Working-Class Communities" (Rutgers UP, 2023)

November 24, 2023

Trailer Park America

Leontina Hormel
Hosted by Michael Johnston

In rural northern Idaho in the winter of 2013-2014, Syringa Mobile Home Park’s water system was contaminated by sewage, resulting in residents’ water …

Sébastien Tutenges, "Intoxication: An Ethnography of Effervescent Revelry" (Rutgers UP, 2022)

October 19, 2023


Sébastien Tutenges
Hosted by Michael Johnston

For two decades, Sébastien Tutenges has conducted research in bars, nightclubs, festivals, drug dens, nightlife resorts, and underground dance parties…

E. Summerson Carr, "Working the Difference: Science, Spirit, and the Spread of Motivational Interviewing" (U Chicago Press, 2023)

October 14, 2023

Working the Difference

E. Summerson Carr
Hosted by Claire Clark

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a professional practice, a behavioral therapy, and a self-professed conversation style that encourages clients to ta…

Andrew Monteith, "Christian Nationalism and the Birth of the War on Drugs" (NYU Press, 2023)

October 8, 2023

Christian Nationalism and the Birth of the War on Drugs

Andrew Monteith
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Many people view the War on Drugs as a contemporary phenomenon invented by the Nixon administration. But as Dr. Andrew Monteith shows in Christian Nat…

The Past and Present of Psychedelic Medicine with Erika Dyke and David Nickles

September 1, 2023

The Past and Present of Psychedelic Medicine

Erika Dyke and David Nickles
Hosted by Gordon Katic

Psychedelics have gone from the counterculture, to the mainstream. However, can you turn take such an ineffable thing — a tool for personal revelation…

Benjamin Y. Fong, "Quick Fixes: Drugs in America from Prohibition to the 21st Century Binge" (Verso, 2023)

August 15, 2023

Quick Fixes

Benjamin Y. Fong
Hosted by Emily Dufton

Benjamin Y. Fong is author of the new book Quick Fixes: Drugs in America from Prohibition to the 21st Century Binge, which was just released in July, …