In each episode, English and co-host Greg Glod take an immersive look at America’s war on drugs and examine the true cost of five decades of policy, policing, and persecution
WHAT: iHeartPodcasts, the No. 1 podcast publisher globally according to Podtrac, announced today an all-new original podcast from Lava for Good titled “The War On Drugs” hosted by famed Atlanta comedian and actor Clayton English and Attorney Greg Glod.
In 1971, President Nixon declared drug abuse ‘public enemy number one’— the first salvo in America’s War on Drugs. Fifty years later, with drug overdoses in the US at a record high, are we any closer to ‘victory’? The War on Drugs has a more profound effect on society than any of us really understands. It is embedded in the fabric of our culture and permeates our daily lives in visible and invisible ways -- perhaps the most daunting pandemic we face.
“The War on Drugs” will peel back the surface of one of the most complicated periods in U.S. history – with smart comedic takes – showing the ways the war on drugs has fueled incarceration, exacerbated addiction and hampered economic progress. By shining a spotlight on how our communities have crumbled under the weight of this so-called ‘war,’ we can explore the politicization of public health policy, institutional racism and classism in the legislation and administration of criminal law, and how decriminalization and other alternatives could bring the fruitless ‘war’ to an end.
WHO: Originally from Atlanta, Clayton English is a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. He first came to national attention as the winner of NBC's 2015 ‘Last Comic Standing’ competition and has since headlined in clubs, colleges, and festivals non-stop throughout the country. Clayton has also opened for comedy greats including Dave Chappelle as well as Bill Burr. Clayton made his late-night standup debut on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ and has appeared on several popular shows; including, ‘LOVE’ on Netflix, ‘AP Bio,’ ‘Brooklyn 99,’ ‘Unprotected Sets’ on EPIX, ‘Comedy Knockout,’ ‘Netflix is a Joke,’ and MTV’s ‘Wild N Out”.
Greg Glod is an attorney and senior criminal justice policy fellow for Americans for Prosperity. Based in Arlington, VA, Glod began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Laura S. Ripken on the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Maryland. He subsequently practiced at a litigation firm in Annapolis, In 2017, Glod was named to Forbes “30 Under 30” List for Law and Policy.
WHEN: “The War on Drugs” premieres Wednesday, January 25th.
COVER ART: Cover Art can be found here.
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About Lava for Good
Lava for Good creates standout original content, podcasts, and experiences, amplifying the voices of contemporary social justice champions and inspiring action towards a more informed, empathic, and just society.
Founded and led by renowned music executive, children's book author, and philanthropist Jason Flom along with Lava Media COO Jeff Kempler in association with Signal Co. No1, Lava for Good’s #1-charting lineup of podcasts have been downloaded over 40 million times and are credited with influencing exonerations, clemencies, pardons, legislation and reforms nationwide. The lineup, which features leading experts, attorneys, activists, and journalists on the frontlines of human rights and justice movements, currently includes Bone Valley, Wrongful Conviction, Wrongful Conviction with Maggie Freleng, Righteous Convictions with Jason Flom, False Confessions, Junk Science, and more, and is available on all major podcast platforms.