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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.

    When you add 100:1 The Crack Legacy to your library you will receive all 6 episodes, each with a runtime of approximately 40 minutes.

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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: Autopsy No. 86-999

    Oct 26 2017
    [Contains explicit content] The series begins with the deaths of two young black men. First, Freddie Gray, who died after police arrested him and threw him into the back of a police van in Baltimore. Then, Len Bias: the rising college basketball player. His cocaine overdose in 1986 helped ignite a new, more aggressive phase of the War On Drugs, one that zeroed in on crack cocaine and black communities. This episode looks at the ties between the two deaths, and how the draconian, anti-crack drug laws of the mid-80s, set policing in America on the course of lethal aggression against black Americans we’re still witnessing today.
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    23 mins
  • Ep. 2: 100:1

    Oct 26 2017

    [Contains explicit content] It is the mid-1980s, and America is alarmed by the dawn of crack cocaine. We go to Capitol Hill for the little-known story of behind the “tough-on-crime” era, when lawmakers played fast and loose with mandatory minimum sentencing, literally “ picking numbers out of [their] asses” according to one insider. The harsh anti-drug legislation - cobbled together in weeks - included the now notorious 100 to 1 sentencing ratio for crack vs. powder cocaine, which disproportionately affected black communities and led to mass incarceration.

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    28 mins
  • Ep. 3: The 202

    Oct 26 2017
    [Contains explicit content] Welcome to Washington, DC - the nation’s capital. By the late 1980s, the crack cocaine trade had transformed DC into the "murder capital" of America. In this episode, Christopher Johnson takes a trip back home, to the DC area, to remember just how devastating crack cocaine was for the city. A former narcotics cop takes him across the Anacostia River, and through what was once a notorious open-air crack market. We talk to a local musician, a former homicide cop, and Christopher's big cousin Cooki, who all remember the days when DC “went sideways.”
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    24 mins

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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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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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  • 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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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

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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Annoying start

As it got into a few chapters it did get better. Some interesting facts but wont pick this one up again

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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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  • 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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  • RJWood
  • 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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  • SugarBrown96
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Erika
  • 08-11-19

sucks

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