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  • Ep. 1: Autopsy No. 86-999 | Christopher Johnson

    Ep. 1: Autopsy No. 86-999

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    • By Christopher Johnson
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    [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.

  • Ep. 2: 100:1 | Christopher Johnson

    Ep. 2: 100:1

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    [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.

  • Eminent Lives: The Presidents Collection | Michael Korda,Paul Johnson,Christopher Hitchens

    Eminent Lives: The Presidents Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Korda, Paul Johnson, Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
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    A perfect gift for your favorite history buff, or for your own collection, this audio set from the acclaimed Eminent Lives series is a must for anyone interested in the story of America.

    Michael says: "Great history"
  • Santa & Pete: A Novel of Christmas Present and Past | Christopher Moore,Pamela Johnson

    Santa & Pete: A Novel of Christmas Present and Past

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    • By Christopher Moore, Pamela Johnson
    • Narrated By Delroy Lindo
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    Who would ever guess that the beloved legend of Santa Claus involves a seldom-told tale of faith and friendship between two men -- one white and one black? Long ago, Santa Claus had an African partner named Pete and together they brought the spirit of Christmas to America's first settlers. These two forever changed the way families celebrate the holiday. But through the years, Pete's contribution was forgotten.

    Kim says: "Not what I was expecting but still good"
  • Ep. 4: Inmate #06831-424 | Christopher Johnson

    Ep. 4: Inmate #06831-424

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    [Contains explicit content] Close your eyes and think “crack dealer.” Who do you see? How about a chubby big brother from the Chicago projects, who played high school football and made sure everyone did their homework before bed? Eric Wilson had a mantra: protect the family. So, when the jobs weren’t coming and his mom’s drug problem got in the way, Eric did what he had to do. He sold crack cocaine.

  • Ep. 3: The 202 | Christopher Johnson

    Ep. 3: The 202

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    [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.

  • Ep. 5: 500 Names | Christopher Johnson

    Ep. 5: 500 Names

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    • By Christopher Johnson
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    [Contains explicit content] Decades ago, you sent hundreds of people to prison. And to this day, you know a lot of those sentences weren’t fair. How do you make things right? As a federal judge in the mid-90s, Nancy Gertner’s hands were tied by laws that forced her to come down severely against drug offenses – especially when crack cocaine was involved. We often think of judges as all-powerful in their courts.

  • Ep. 6: 37th & 8th | Christopher Johnson

    Ep. 6: 37th & 8th

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    • By Christopher Johnson
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    The “war on crack” is over, but the legacy of that battle is alive today – especially in police departments around the country. In this episode, we look at how changes in police practices and attitudes reaching back at least three decades are still shaping the way cops behave, especially towards black Americans. And we explore police behavior as an extension of a larger understanding of blacks as inherently criminal - and the future of that understanding under President Donald Trump.

  • Ohio City Shares Shocking Photos of Adults Who Overdosed with a Small Child in the Car | Christopher Ingraham,Carolyn Y. Johnson

    Ohio City Shares Shocking Photos of Adults Who Overdosed with a Small Child in the Car

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Christopher Ingraham, Carolyn Y. Johnson
    • Narrated By Jill Melancon
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    On Wednesday afternoon, a police officer in East Liverpool, Ohio, stopped a vehicle for driving erratically and made a shocking discovery: The driver was barely conscious. A woman was slumped across the passenger seat next to him, turning blue. In the back of the vehicle, a 4-year-old boy sat restrained in a car seat, according to a police report. The report identified the woman as the boy's mother. However, a family friend said she is his paternal grandmother.

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