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April 2021

Johann Hari on his film about Billie Holiday and the war on drugs

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Johann Hari on his film about Billie Holiday and the war on drugs

On the eve of the NZ release of The US vs Billie Holiday, Russell Brown talks to Johann Hari about the movie, compassionate drug policy, & what's next...

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Turning away from the 'war on drugs'

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Tis the Season

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Surprising direction of US drug law reform

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Director's Cut: December 2020

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Preparing for another synthetic cannabinoids spike

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Constant pressure

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