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May 20, 2023

A (first) weekend plug for Season 1 of "Drugs on the Docket" podcast

350x350bbIn this Monday post, I flagged that the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center at The Ohio State University released Season One of a new podcast, "Drugs on the Docket."  As mentioned there, all six episodes of this first season are now available on Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts and YouTube.   

In my (admittedly biased) view, the various curated discussions in this "Drugs on the Docket" podcast are all quite interesting and informative.  And because I am quite eager to see this podcast develop and audience (and also because my colleagues at DEPC have worked remarkably hard to put this content together), I am sure to keep using this space to encourage everyone to check out the first set of episodes.  

Once again, here is how the podcast subject matter is described via this podcast webpage:

Drugs on the Docket is a production of the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC) at The Ohio State University. Each episode explores how U.S. court rulings — primarily those handed down from the Supreme Court — impact drug law and policy and continue to shape the War on Drugs.  Drugs on the Docket unpacks various ways courts have engaged with and responded to the opioid epidemic, police discretion, the sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine, and more.  The series, hosted by Hannah Miller, invites guests with expertise in criminal justice, drug policy, and drug enforcement to help us break down the sometimes complex and always interesting stories behind today’s drug law landscape.

Drugs on the Docket is produced by DEPC’s Service Engagement Project Manager Hannah Miller and Public Engagement Specialist Holly Griffin.  DEPC Executive Director Douglas A. Berman is our editorial advisor.  Music by Joe DeWitt.

Check it out, makes for great weekend listening.

May 20, 2023 at 11:18 AM | Permalink


Doug --

Congratulations on getting up a podcast. Not an easy project.

Posted by: Bill Otis | May 20, 2023 4:26:55 PM

Bill: Perhaps you’d like to be on a future season to talk about how court decisions impact the work of federal prosecutors and/of the DEA.

Posted by: Doug B | May 20, 2023 5:58:52 PM

Doug --

I'm flattered by your invitation, but you're probably better off with someone more recently with the DEA. I was last there in 2007, and last an AUSA in 1999. There are still things I might be useful for, but the on-the-ground effect of more recent Court decisions is probably not one of them. And the current administration might see their effects differently from even the one from two years ago. But thank you.

Posted by: Bill Otis | May 20, 2023 10:54:50 PM

Fair enough, Bill, and we are still brainstorming ideas/possibilities for future seasons, and I will be keeping you in mind. Even if your on-the-ground expertise may be "graying," perhaps you still have "scarlet"-hot ideas for topics and/or people you might think valuable to include in our efforts.

Posted by: Doug B | May 21, 2023 11:09:19 AM

Congratulations, Doug.

Out of curiosity, could you describe any of the guests or the moderator as pro-enforcement?

Posted by: TarlsQtr | May 21, 2023 11:57:08 PM

Four of the six episodes included guests who served as federal or state prosecutors (Mark Osler in #1, former Ohio Chief Justice O'Connor in #3, former Judge Paul Cassell in episode #4, and Ric Simmons in episode #6). I am not quite sure what you view "pro-enforcement" to mean in this context, but I suspect Bill Otis would qualify and you can see I've invited him to be part of future episodes. I'd welcome your recommendations for other guests you would like to hear from or for other issues you'd like to see covered.

Posted by: Doug B | May 22, 2023 9:27:43 AM

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