America's War on Drugs

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 1 Acid, Spies, & Secret Experiments
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Acid, Spies, & Secret Experiments

Aired on Jun 18, 2017

The roots of America’s War on Drugs reveals secret assassination attempts, the CIA’s bizarre experiments with LSD and support of heroin traffickers, LSD parachuting from the sky, and how it led to a five decade war.

 2 Cocaine, Cartels, & Crack Downs
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Cocaine, Cartels, & Crack Downs

Aired on Jun 19, 2017

Cocaine lands in America from secret airports, lining the pockets of violent cartel bosses, and an infamous “black widow”, as the CIA’s shadow wars have unintended consequences. President Reagan cracks down as crack invades the USA.

 3 Gangs, Prisons, & Meth Queens
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Gangs, Prisons, & Meth Queens

Aired on Jun 20, 2017

American cities are exploding with drug violence as the Clinton administration opens the door for Mexican cartels and ramps up prison sentences. An unlikely meth queen rises, while a crime lord takes vengeance.

 4 Heroin, Terrorists, & Kings of Pain
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Heroin, Terrorists, & Kings of Pain

Aired on Jun 21, 2017

After 9/11, heroin lords and terrorists forge an unholy alliance. Afghanistan is a Narco state. El Chapo goes on the run. Big Pharma becomes the new big drug lord as Americans get addicted and ponder if the war on drugs is worth it.

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