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100:1 The Crack Legacy

Length: 4 hrs
Categories: History, Americas
4.4 out of 5 stars (175 ratings)

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Summary

100:1 The Crack Legacy investigates the war on crack in the mid-1980s and the devastation left in its wake. Host Christopher Johnson shares the experiences of the men and women who were on the frontlines - narcotics cops, ex- dealers, artists, community activists - to help explain the rise in incarceration, hyper-aggressive policing, and police shootings of unarmed people of color that we are experiencing now.

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Critic reviews

"100:1 The Crack Legacy shows the human impact of the 1980s crack epidemic... deserves your attention." (Newsweek)

"Christopher Johnson looks at how inner-city drug panics led to today's mass incarceration crisis." (Slate)

"What an interesting and revelatory series this is... It's a proper binge-listen and reaches right into the present day." (Observer)

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An Uncomfortable Mirror to Gaze Into!

Drug dealing is something I feel strongly about, the damage drugs are doing to our society and the way that they are ruining lives is something I have always believed can't be under-estimated. So along comes Christopher Johnson with a powerful series that asks us to see another side, another dreadful legacy of the war on drugs. For me he makes a compelling case, indeed an interesting case and I found all of the people whose testimony he used to be credible and engaging. His interviewees all have relevant stories to tell and Johnson himself presents very well. It is however persuasive rather than what I would term investigative journalism. As good as the case he makes is, and we hear from everyone from drug dealers to lawyers and even a judge, it is a series designed to make a point rather than examine something from all angles. As such single witness testimonies are presented to describe events. There is no attempt to present the other side and I felt quite strongly that the impact of crack cocaine usage was played down. Statistics were presented in a very ones-sided manner and none of the witnesses are ever challenged about their views or facts. Don't get me wrong I can fully understand this given the weight of biased propaganda that has existed about the war on drugs for a long time now! And Johnson makes a very eloquent and compelling case about real injustices that have also occurred and how modern politics and serious institutional failings have largely made things worse. In summary while I'm worried about the way that the consequences of crack usage are largely downplayed Johnson has opened my eyes to this equally damaging and important legacy so I'm very glad that I listened to his series. No matter how strongly we feel about drugs society has to remain humane and balanced in its responses. This series holds up an uncomfortable mirror to how well this has been achieved, and I always think that looking in such mirrors has to be a good thing.

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Biased

Embarrassingly one sided. “ Anti drug laws disproportionately target black people” just one example of the strange statements presented as fact with no explanation. Surely anti drug laws disproportionately target drug users? A disappointing presentation of a disturbing subject. Could have been so much better with a bit of balanced, reasoned argument.

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very thought provoking police in the USA are nuts

each time I've gone to the USA I am more worried about the police than anyone else and I'm British!

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  • 19-07-19

Insightful and thoughtful

Good information and well put together. It was great to know about various different sides to this issue and how it's journey has come to today's outcome.

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Interesting and informative listen

Enjoyed listening, very well produced, and already recommended to several friends. I wasn’t completely at ease with the narrative of these dealers being victims themselves. I understand the points made, and the contrast in penalties, even empathised with them, but whether your making a lot or a little, dealing devastates lives.

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Great series. Sadly, timeless...

Going by yet more recent events, it seems as though not a whole lot has changed... :(

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Interesting.

For someone working in substance misuse, this is a harrowing insight to why individualisation is key to rehabilitation. For someone with no background in the field, it's key to understanding why punishment will never be a cure.

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Interesting

Interesting to hear the different sides to the "war on drugs". Pretty sad story all round and good to get background stories.

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Eye-opening

This has changed my view of crime, drugs and my approach to my career. I couldn't stop listening and finished in less than a day!

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Falls victim to apparent cherry picking of facts

Well narrated but subject matter is hijacked by a forced and unnecessary racial agenda. Statistics are presented when they suit the narrative but often glaringly omitted when they might not.

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  • 28-02-20

100: THE CRACK LEGACY

Very informativve. Well documented. A story 'of Color' as they say. But while Color is a term meant as a Racial slur, I see it as a fitting and aptly descriptive term for all people. Drugs don't affect people of one color differently than they do people of a different color. Drugs have a devastatingly affect on people all colors. We need to get our collective head out of our backside and approach the drug problem, our national drug problem, seriously. Great series! KUDOS, Audible!

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  • Heather B. Vicioso
  • 29-07-20

wish it were longer

liked it. thank you for the historical and modern perspective. I wish a few more cases were included

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-03-20

super eye opening

It's messed up when you look at folks who are forced into a helpless cycle just because the nation discriminates subliminally on the basis of color. Sometimes I'm proud of the USA, but this is not one of those times.

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  • 09-02-20

just listening to the lies..

tell it how it really went..point blank.. good history lesson though. back to my headadphones.

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  • Justin Jex
  • 13-12-19

Politically charged from the beginning. agenda was overbearing.

Politically charged from the beginning. agenda was overbearing. Very Very biased. Was looking for enlightenment and found this instead. Lets move forward away from the conspiracy theories.

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  • Erika
  • 08-11-19

sucks

so it will download but it will not play. and then you can't delete it.

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  • El Borracho
  • 01-11-19

Zero Remorse

I couldn’t continue with this stuff. Trying to make POS people into victims. I’m sorry, but I am not going to support anyone that does drugs or violence. Drug laws too stiff? Don’t do drugs! Don’t be a POS! Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time!

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