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We're on the front-lines of the War on Drugs!

Stop and Search aims to deconstruct our laws; we take a look at many overlapping issues and we ask 'what's really going on in society'?

With a mix of live panel discussions, celebrity guests, policy experts, rolling news content, and general inquisitiveness, we'll try to get to the bottom of our relationship with drugs.

Stop and Search is in association with LEAP UK and proudly part of Scroobius Pip's Distraction Pieces Network.

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We're on the front-lines of the War on Drugs!

Stop and Search aims to deconstruct our laws; we take a look at many overlapping issues and we ask 'what's really going on in society'?

With a mix of live panel discussions, celebrity guests, policy experts, rolling news content, and general inquisitiveness, we'll try to get to the bottom of our relationship with drugs.

Stop and Search is in association with LEAP UK and proudly part of Scroobius Pip's Distraction Pieces Network.

    Justice on Trial - Chris Daw QC

    Justice on Trial - Chris Daw QC

    With over 25 years of experience in criminal law, Chris Daw QC is a barrister who's seen it all. Murder, heists, the apex of international financial crime, and of course drug barons. He's defended many, many people. What drove him to seek answers? What alternatives did he find? And why should we abolish the prison system as we know it... and reform our drug laws?


    In his new book, Justice on Trial: Radical Solutions for a System at Breaking Point, Chris decided to tour the globe, looking for answers and alternatives to our current approach to the criminal justice system.


    As said, Chris has seen it all - quite literally - and he's got quite a few tales to tell! What works? What fails? And what expense and harm are there for individuals and society alike? How can we make sure less people go to prison, and for less people to go back to prison after their release?


    This is a truly fascinating discussion. The book is available as from now!
     
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics with Donick Cary

    Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics with Donick Cary

    Donick Cary has had an incredible career. He's been a writer and producer on legendary shows such as The Simpsons, Parks and Recreation, New Girl, and many more. During his career he's met and spoken with many public figures about their personal journeys with psychedelics, so... he decided to turn this into a film!


    On Netflix you can watch the feature documentary Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics. See huge stars such as Sting, the late and great Carrie Fisher, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, and many others as they get very personal in recounting their trips with LSD, MDMA and ayahuasca.


    We speak to Donick about the behind the scenes and what it took to make the film. How did he get so many public figures to open up about their drug experiences? Which celebs are the ones that we can label 'the ones that got away'? And from concept to screen, what was the personal journey like in making this documentary?


    We also get a personal tour of Donick's unique memorabilia! So if you listen via the Acast app, be sure to check out the visuals on this episode too.
     
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ash Sarkar

    Ash Sarkar

    Ash Sarkar is the Senior Editor at Novara Media and also teaches at the Sandberg Institute. Ash is a regular commentator on Newsnight, BBC Question Time and most news sites. In this very enlightening conversation Ash joins us to talk about the divisive nature of our drug laws and the impact on society - especially when it comes to BAME communities. You can follow Ash on twitter.


    This episode was recorded in late 2019, but the themes of the conversation could not be more relevant...


    Let's discuss stop and search powers and their insidious legacy. We have to talk about race relations to the police, media and government. And what can we do to make sure that communities who have been harmed by the war on drugs get a stake in the new legal industries for cannabis? Are politicians hypocritical on drug use?


    We also have to thank Release for the use of their offices to record this very important episode.
     
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    • 56 min
    John Sutherland: Crossing the Line

    John Sutherland: Crossing the Line

    What's it like to literally talk someone down from a ledge? How do you cope with being a witness to the most extreme examples of domestic violence, terrorism, and murder? John Sutherland explains...


    Having served on the frontlines of policing, from PC level, all the way to Chief Superintendent, John has seen the best and worst of society. He's been a negotiator, charged with communicating with the most venerable and the most violent in society. He's been the first on the scene when terror incidents take place, and he's seen the evolution of the drug trade and its new tactics.


    We discuss his new book, Crossing the Line: Lessons From a Life on Duty, and wow, there's a lot to chat about!
     
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Third Rails and Fourth Walls: Behind the Scenes of Drug Law Reform

    Third Rails and Fourth Walls: Behind the Scenes of Drug Law Reform

    We're going to lift the curtain and go behind the scenes of drug law reform. Let's have some honesty about what it's really like working on the front-lines of this global issue! Joining us to give their valuable and candid insight:


    Sanho Tree - Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, and Director of its Drug Policy Project since 1998, Sanho is former military and diplomatic historian and has been described as the 'end of level boss' of drug policy.
    Niamh Eastwood - Executive Director of the UK based charity Release, Niamh has worked in legal services and has spent nearly 20 years in drug policy reform.
    Steve Rolles - Working as the Lead Policy Analyst at Transform Drug Policy Foundation, Steve has been involved in drug policy since 1998, having previously worked for the Medical Research Council and Oxfam.


    So... what's gone on in the last few years? Have we progressed in this big debate? Have we learned anything about the presentation of the issue, and how to win hearts and minds? And what challenges currently face us, and what awaits us? This is a no holds barred look at the world of drug policy reform.
     
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Pills, Powder, and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs, with Antony Loewenstein

    Pills, Powder, and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs, with Antony Loewenstein

    Author and journalist Antony Loewenstein spent nearly five years writing his incredible book, Pills, Powder, and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs.


    This is a truly enlightening conversation about the writing of his book, and how Antony put his own safety on the line for his travels and research. The 'war on drugs' is wide-ranging, and Antony does a fantastic job in painting the bigger picture. From producer countries, transit countries, and consumer countries, we all play a part in the way drugs are produced, ferried, and consumed.


    We take a look at how countries such as Honduras and Guinea-Bissau are destabilised due to them now being the preferred transit route of drug cartels. We also address just how much of a part the DEA and the US play in global politics and policing. And we also have to address the domestic picture when it comes to drugs in the UK and Australia.


    This podcast was recorded in front of an audience at the Queen Mary University, London.
     
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    • 1 hr 18 min

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