On the CBC with Jian Ghomeshi

Can we separate drug policy from the culture wars?

I hadn’t encountered Ghomeshi before, but I’ve seldom dealt with such a skilled and serious interviewer. It may not be obvious to the average hearer, but his questions made it obvious to me that he’d read, and pondered, some of what I’ve written. We discuss the number of producers, substitution/complementarity with alcohol, state/federal interactions, and how to get drug policy away from the culture wars.

Audio after the jump

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

15 thoughts on “On the CBC with Jian Ghomeshi”

  1. Jian Ghomeshi is a Canadian national treasure! We love him, and I really enjoyed listening to your interview this morning.

  2. Canadian national arts policy has committed A Crime Against Humanity by breaking up the genius comedy-folk-pop trio Moxy Früvous of which Jian Ghomeshi.

    Thank FSM that those Canadians (with their beady eyes and their floppy mouths) haven’t found a way to break up the hardcore libertarians in RUSH.

  3. May just I put in a vote that there are few things more obnoxious than web pages that automatically start audio when you open them.
    I’ve no problem with embedding content on the page, but I would make a plea that the embedded content be such that it does not auto play.

  4. Thanks for the note. I now know how to spell his names. I’d discovered JG a few months ago. He’s one of the few reasons I have to turn on NPR.

  5. I slept in this morning (freelancer hours!) and missed your interview. I wound up being subjected to Andrew Lloyd Webber instead, but am catching up now. I am very capable of criticizing Jian, but he does often do really meaty interviews, and it all sounds good so far.

    There’s a little blurb and a spiffy picture with a link to the interview here at the Q site.

    D. Silver, believe it or not, this afternoon’s Rewind show, which usually features archival CBC segments about a certain show or CBC personality, was devoted to Rush instead. Go here if you’re curious.

    1. MaryL,

      Thank you so much. I like Rush a lot.

      I left out the words “lead singer” in my initial post. Jian Ghomeshi is a total heart-throb, I would like to say in my very heterosexual way.

      I will scour the far end of the interwebz to look for more Frü….

  6. Setting up an audio offering so it plays automatically as soon as the page it’s on loads is amazingly rude and thoughtless. It interferes with whatever the user was trying to listen to, and for those who load multiple pages as tabs to be viewed later, it is just incredibly frustrating and annoying to have to go through all the tabs, trying to find out which one is playing the offending stream SO IT CAN BE SHUT OFF.

    Please don’t do that.

    1. I have moved the audio player after the jump so at least it doesn’t start playing every time someone comes to RBC.

      1. Why not just replace the embedded player with a link? It’s audio, so unlike a video the embedding provides no additional information.

  7. Nicely. Left me wanting to hear more, but touched on major topics.
    I hope that there will be a public discussion when the recommendations are released for review.

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