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Colored: Crack Cocaine, the War on Drugs, and the Making of Post-Civil Rights America is a seven-part series exploring the racial dynamic behind the War on Drugs and the crack cocaine scare - specifically drawing from the perspective of Black Americans living in Boston, Massachusetts. Joe and Prasanna delve into the complexities of this era, while presenting their ideas in an unconventional way. Each episode focuses on one theme, building to conclusions that extend far beyond drug policy.

Latest Episodes

Episode 7: Selective Hearing

EYou've heard from Prasanna and Joe - now it's time to switch it up. You can find a some of the folks we heard from today on Twitter: Monica Cannon (@VoteCannon) Michael Curry (@BostonNAACP1911) Cindy Diggs (@cindydiggs) Adam Foss (@adamjohnfoss) Rahsaan Hall (@rahsaandhall) Elizabeth Hinton (@elizabhinton) Andrea James (@andreacjames) Jason Lydon (@blackandpink99) Lisa Owens (@owenslmichelle) Armani White (@BostonYAMI) Carl Williams (@carltonwilliams)

75 MIN2016 OCT 27
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Episode 7: Selective Hearing

Episode 6: At the Intersection(s)

EIn Episode 6, Prasanna and Joe examine how drug use and the drug war intersect with gender and sexual identity. They also explore how those dynamics relate to the themes of race and class that they discussed in the previous five episodes. You can find a couple of the folks we heard from today on Twitter: Andrea James (@andreacjames) Jason Lydon (@Blackandpink99)

46 MIN2016 OCT 21
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Episode 6: At the Intersection(s)

Episode 5: The Epidemic

EIn Episode 5, Prasanna and Joe tackle one of the central questions that initially inspired them to create this series: how much of an impact did crack cocaine have, really? As the episode progresses, they highlight personal recollections of how crack cocaine shaped the 1980s and 90s, as well as relevant and important statistics. You can find a couple of the folks we heard from today on Twitter: Michael Curry (@BostonNAACP1911) Carl Williams (@carltonwilliams)

50 MIN2016 OCT 13
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Episode 5: The Epidemic

Episode 4: Name It

ELast week, Prasanna and Joe discussed how the media and our politicians became two of the pillars of the United States' race-based punitive system. Today, they turn their sights to a third pillar: our judiciary. Your hosts discuss how implicit and explicit racism shaped the courts' actions during the crack cocaine scare.

56 MIN2016 OCT 6
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Episode 4: Name It

Episode 3: How to Treat a Plague

ENow that we have a better understanding of the political & economic climate of the 1970s and 80s, this week, Prasanna and Joe discuss how politicians and media members reacted to (and in some ways, incited) the crack cocaine scare of the 1980s and 90s. Find more information on Colored at www.coloredpodcast.com Outside audio source: C-SPAN "Presidential Address on National Drug Policy."

38 MIN2016 SEP 29
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Episode 3: How to Treat a Plague

Episode 2: Making Crack

EJoe and Prasanna set the stage for crack's appearance in the 1980s. They delve into the history of the 20th century, explaining how structural changes within the American economy paved the road to crack. Find more information on Colored at www.coloredpodcast.com

46 MIN2016 SEP 23
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Episode 2: Making Crack

Bonus: Boston Busing Crisis

EIn a short bonus episode, Prasanna and Joe hear from community members about the Boston busing crisis of the 1970s. Stay tuned for Episode 2 on Thursday!

8 MIN2016 SEP 20
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Bonus: Boston Busing Crisis

Episode 1: War

EJoe and Prasanna begin the series by talking about the decades preceding the crack cocaine scare. They explore the nature of "war" in America - specifically, wars waged in the name of domestic ideals (poverty, crime, drugs). Finally, they link these historic policies to everyday experiences of Black Americans living in Boston today.

46 MIN2016 SEP 15
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Episode 1: War

Episode 0: An Introduction

EJoe and Prasanna give a bit more background on what Colored is. They explain what they'll be discussing throughout the series, giving context about Boston, the city the series focuses on. They also share what motivated them to create this project and why they think you should listen. Look out for Episode One: War, on September 15th!

13 MIN2016 SEP 8
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Episode 0: An Introduction

Trailer

EColored: Crack Cocaine, the War on Drugs, and the making of Post-Civil Rights America, is an in-depth look at the War on Drugs and the crack cocaine scare that draws from the perspective of Black Americans living in Boston. Watch the trailer and get a little taste of the environment we'll be diving into. Episode one on September 15th. www.coloredpodcast.com Audio source: C-SPAN "President and Mrs. Reagan on Drug Abuse," "Crack Cocaine," "Presidential Address on National Drug Policy" Music source: First Day to Nowhere by Kablejee

2 MIN2016 AUG 24
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Latest Episodes

Episode 7: Selective Hearing

EYou've heard from Prasanna and Joe - now it's time to switch it up. You can find a some of the folks we heard from today on Twitter: Monica Cannon (@VoteCannon) Michael Curry (@BostonNAACP1911) Cindy Diggs (@cindydiggs) Adam Foss (@adamjohnfoss) Rahsaan Hall (@rahsaandhall) Elizabeth Hinton (@elizabhinton) Andrea James (@andreacjames) Jason Lydon (@blackandpink99) Lisa Owens (@owenslmichelle) Armani White (@BostonYAMI) Carl Williams (@carltonwilliams)

75 MIN2016 OCT 27
Comments
Episode 7: Selective Hearing

Episode 6: At the Intersection(s)

EIn Episode 6, Prasanna and Joe examine how drug use and the drug war intersect with gender and sexual identity. They also explore how those dynamics relate to the themes of race and class that they discussed in the previous five episodes. You can find a couple of the folks we heard from today on Twitter: Andrea James (@andreacjames) Jason Lydon (@Blackandpink99)

46 MIN2016 OCT 21
Comments
Episode 6: At the Intersection(s)

Episode 5: The Epidemic

EIn Episode 5, Prasanna and Joe tackle one of the central questions that initially inspired them to create this series: how much of an impact did crack cocaine have, really? As the episode progresses, they highlight personal recollections of how crack cocaine shaped the 1980s and 90s, as well as relevant and important statistics. You can find a couple of the folks we heard from today on Twitter: Michael Curry (@BostonNAACP1911) Carl Williams (@carltonwilliams)

50 MIN2016 OCT 13
Comments
Episode 5: The Epidemic

Episode 4: Name It

ELast week, Prasanna and Joe discussed how the media and our politicians became two of the pillars of the United States' race-based punitive system. Today, they turn their sights to a third pillar: our judiciary. Your hosts discuss how implicit and explicit racism shaped the courts' actions during the crack cocaine scare.

56 MIN2016 OCT 6
Comments
Episode 4: Name It

Episode 3: How to Treat a Plague

ENow that we have a better understanding of the political & economic climate of the 1970s and 80s, this week, Prasanna and Joe discuss how politicians and media members reacted to (and in some ways, incited) the crack cocaine scare of the 1980s and 90s. Find more information on Colored at www.coloredpodcast.com Outside audio source: C-SPAN "Presidential Address on National Drug Policy."

38 MIN2016 SEP 29
Comments
Episode 3: How to Treat a Plague

Episode 2: Making Crack

EJoe and Prasanna set the stage for crack's appearance in the 1980s. They delve into the history of the 20th century, explaining how structural changes within the American economy paved the road to crack. Find more information on Colored at www.coloredpodcast.com

46 MIN2016 SEP 23
Comments
Episode 2: Making Crack

Bonus: Boston Busing Crisis

EIn a short bonus episode, Prasanna and Joe hear from community members about the Boston busing crisis of the 1970s. Stay tuned for Episode 2 on Thursday!

8 MIN2016 SEP 20
Comments
Bonus: Boston Busing Crisis

Episode 1: War

EJoe and Prasanna begin the series by talking about the decades preceding the crack cocaine scare. They explore the nature of "war" in America - specifically, wars waged in the name of domestic ideals (poverty, crime, drugs). Finally, they link these historic policies to everyday experiences of Black Americans living in Boston today.

46 MIN2016 SEP 15
Comments
Episode 1: War

Episode 0: An Introduction

EJoe and Prasanna give a bit more background on what Colored is. They explain what they'll be discussing throughout the series, giving context about Boston, the city the series focuses on. They also share what motivated them to create this project and why they think you should listen. Look out for Episode One: War, on September 15th!

13 MIN2016 SEP 8
Comments
Episode 0: An Introduction

Trailer

EColored: Crack Cocaine, the War on Drugs, and the making of Post-Civil Rights America, is an in-depth look at the War on Drugs and the crack cocaine scare that draws from the perspective of Black Americans living in Boston. Watch the trailer and get a little taste of the environment we'll be diving into. Episode one on September 15th. www.coloredpodcast.com Audio source: C-SPAN "President and Mrs. Reagan on Drug Abuse," "Crack Cocaine," "Presidential Address on National Drug Policy" Music source: First Day to Nowhere by Kablejee

2 MIN2016 AUG 24
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Trailer
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