Monday, May 17th at 5 pm Digging in the Dirt host Kevin Gallagher interviews author David Pogue about his new book, “How to Prepare for Climate Change: A Practical Guide to Surviving the Chaos.” During the program, make a donation of $75 to WPKN 89.5 FM community radio and receive a copy of the book and an autographed bookplate.
Judging from the reaction to his book Drug Use For Grownups, it took an extraordinary amount of courage for Carl Hart to come out about his recreational use of drugs. He’s had to endure outrage and disbelief at his suggestion that drugs, from cannabis to heroin and cocaine, can be used responsibly by adults without physical or psychological harm, much less addiction.
Yet Hart comes to his position through decades of respected research into drugs and their impact on human health. He is a Professor of Psychology in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University. He is also a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Hart has published numerous scientific and popular articles in the area of neuropsychopharmacology and is co-author of the textbook Drugs, Society and Human Behavior.
So, if anyone has the credentials to say drugs can be used responsibly, it’s Carl Hart. Far more dangerous, Hart maintains, is the War on Drugs, which has resulted in the mass incarceration of millions of our citizens, disproportionately People of Color.
Drug Use For Grownups is not only an impeccably laid out scientific case for legalizing drugs, it’s a passionate critique of the institutional groupthink that condemns them and the racist Injustice system of the War on Drugs.
Then, one of nineteen children in a blended family, Hari Ziyad was raised by a Hindu Hare Krishna mother and a Muslim father. In his memoir, Black Boy Out of Time, Ziyad takes readers on a powerful journey of growing up queer and Black in Cleveland, Ohio, and of navigating the equally complex path toward finding their true self in New York City.
Exploring childhood, gender, race, and the trust that is built, broken, and repaired through generations, Ziyad investigates what it means to live beyond the limited narratives Black children are given and challenges the irreconcilable binaries that restrict them.
Hari Ziyad is a writer, screenwriter, and the Editor-in-Chief of the online journal RaceBaitr. They are a 2021 Lambda Literary Fellow, and their writing has been featured in Gawker, Out, The Guardian, Huffington Post and Ebony, among other publications.
A discussion with author, justice leadership coach, organizational strategist, and master trainer Resmaa Menakem. They discuss grief, trauma, indigeneity, reclamation of cultures, and autonomous practicality separate from “identity” and history. Resmaa Menakem is the New York Times bestselling author of My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.
Francesca Rheannon talks with acclaimed landscape architect Edwina von Gal about her new initiative, Two Thirds For The Birds. She urges homeowners and landscapers to plant two-thirds native plants for every third of exotics to create habitat and biodiversity for our threatened bird populations.
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