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Drug Policy Reform may seem like an unusual avocation for a retired career CIA employee, but Richard Kennedy’s tenure and subsequent endeavors make for a most intriguing episode of Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense.
Working for 31 years as a CIA economic analyst concentrating on Western Europe with later work in Poland, Hungary and Turkey including a stint with a select group of Aegean experts in the Office of Russian and European Analysis until he retired in 2003, Kennedy did not hide his belief that current U.S. drug policy was a failure speaking out at agency meetings including his post-retirement party where he was awarded the CIA's Career Intelligence Medal.
After retiring his continuing interest in drug policy led him to involvement with MPP and NORML in Washington D.C. eventually becoming a dedicated activist with Virginia NORML.
On this exceptional episode of Marijuana Compassion and Common Sense, Mr. Kennedy will discuss the CIA’s role in shaping and enforcing drug policy and how it has influenced his current work to end marijuana prohibition and change the course of American drug policy.
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This Monday sees a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio with a special guest Marjorie Liu who makes her first time appearance on the show to discuss her newest comic series Monstress, her career, and more!
New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. She teaches comic book writing at MIT, and she leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop.
Ms. Liu is a highly celebrated comic book writer. Her extensive work with Marvel includes the bestselling Dark Wolverine series, NYX: No Way Home, X-23, and Black Widow: The Name of the Rose. She received national media attention for Astonishing X-Men, which featured the gay wedding of X-Man Northstar and was subsequently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Ms. Liu also wrote the story for the animated film, Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and Punisher, which was produced by Marvel, Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) Inc., and Madhouse Inc.
Her newest work is Monstress is an original, creator-owned comic book series with Japanese artist (and X-23 collaborator) Sana Takeda. The series is set in an alternate, matriarchal 1920’s Asia and follows a girl’s struggle to survive the trauma of war. With a cast of girls and monsters and set against a richly imagined aesthetic of art deco-inflected steampunk, the first issue was an instant hit.
On top of that Ms. Liu is also the author of more than 19 novels, is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker, and was previously a lawyer.
We want to hear from you too! Tweet us your questions to @graphicpolicy.com.
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Journalist, filmmaker, educator, comic book writer, and author, David F. Walker has had an amazing career and makes his first time appearance as a guest on Graphic Policy Radio.
Walker has been nominated for an Eisner Award for his work as the English language writer on the critically acclaimed manga series Tokyo Tribes, he is the author of the Young Adult series The Adventures of Darius Logan, and co-writer of the Dark Horse Comics series Number 13. Walker’s other work in comics includes Cyborg (DC), Shaft (Dynamite), The Army of Dr. Moreau (IDW/Monkeybrain), and The Supernals Experiment (Canon Comics). Next year he will be writing Power Man and Iron Fist for Marvel.
He's a leading scholar and expert of African-American cinema and taught courses such as documentary filmmaking, writing for comics, and film criticism to youth through the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Northwest Film Center, Documentary Northwest, and Project Youth Doc.
We'll be talking to Walker about the above and more and want to hear from you! Tweet us your questions @graphicpolicy.
SIgnOtHeTiMeS Blogtalk w Brothers of the Sun DRUG ABUSE & USE IN THE COMMUNITY on sIgnOtHeTiMeS we will be discussing Drug Use & Abuse in the commUNITY. Please call in if you can. Friday nights is Brothers of the Sun dialogue. The number is 917-889-8059 and we begin at 6 pm est. Thank you for your support and I hope to see you on the airwaves. Peace Love & Light, QT
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This Monday, Graphic Policy Radio hits the air with a brand new episode and a first time guest, Darryl Ayo!
Since 2002, New York cartoonist Darryl Ayo has self-published minicomics, webcomics, anthology stories and comics criticism. Ayo's most known work, Little Garden has evolved and grown into and through several permutations and can be seen in its current form at littlegardencomics.com
Ayo, is also a commentator, blogging and on comic fandom. We'll not only discuss his comic career but also growth from the first Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival to the current Comics Art Brooklyn.
So, listen in this Monday and Tweet us your thoughts to @graphicpolicy.
If depression is an explanation for drug addiction, what our excuse for sobriety? Is there something more to it?
Why do some people decide to start getting high? Is the stage preset for addiction before a person gets high for the first time?
Could cultivating patience help you cope better with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD)?
The majority of individuals with PD, responding to a 2015 Parkinson’s Alliance survey think so. They reported that patience helps them cope with their symptoms, and over half of the participants reported that patience increased their engagement in social activities.
You may have been told by your parents or teachers that patience is a virtue to acquire, but, do you really know what patience is and how it might actually help anyone cope with disease?
Join Guests: Carol Walton, CEO of the Parkinson Alliance, and Neuropsychologist, Jeffrey Wertheimer, PhD, who will discuss 2015 Parkinson's Alliance survey results on patience and exercise, and other aspects of physical and psychological well-being as it relates to individuals with PD.
Join the discussion.
This episode of Global Peeks sits down with GeoPolitical Analyst Eric Draitser to discuss the situation in Paris and the wider implications.
With the violent attacks in Paris, France, the spotlight continues on extremism and what is the cause and who are the players. We want to raise questions about western foreign policy and global meddling in the so-called Middle East, Africa and other parts of the world. We want to raise some questions and answer some questions.
Mr. Draitzer is the founder of www.stopimperialism.org
Greetings! Join me, Doctor Dayciaa Smith, for an encouraging episode of Divine Experience on Sunday, October 25, 2015 @ 5:30 pm CST. I'll give personal updates, talk about P.O.I.s for the week and share inexpensive and cost-free ways to give back to your community this holiday season. Our featured topic for today is "Divine Deliverance from Drug Addiction," and we'll address how individuals can overcome the battle of drug addiction through delving deep into the life and lessons of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and by leaning on Him for strength. Tune in for this wonderful show!
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