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The Hightower Lowdown
The Bushes suddenly discover women's rights in Afghanistan, tear up the Bill of Rights, and let pesticide companies test their poisons on human beings.
"...the louts as good partners in our nation's infamous Drug War, gratefully sending 53 million of our tax dollars..."

Dec. 7, 2001 News Column by Jim Hightower

Global Warming, Public Schools, and Jazz a la Zorn.
"...Global Warming 101..."

Jan. 26, 2001 Column

The Panama Deception
"...a strategic pipeline interruptus ploy directed at the Panamanian drug flow. The real reason for the invasion, claims Panama..."

Oct. 9, 1992 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Company Business
"...Hackman, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Kurtwood Smith. So, the Cold War has de-escalated into a Big Chill. The question is:..."

Oct. 25, 1991 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Jungle Fever
"...of. The most dramatic case in point is the war council, the gathering of women who rush to McKee's..."

June 14, 1991 Movie Review by Kathleen Maher

Nacho Daddy
What do Michael Jackson and Manu Chao have in common? Joe King Carrasco.
"...marked one measure of success in the Seventies, R.E.M. warming up for the Crowns stood for another in New..."

Jan. 25, 2013 Music Feature by Margaret Moser

Reefer Madness: Betting on Beto
O'Rourke defeats drug warrior Reyes
"...Challenging the wisdom of the War on Drugs hasn't hurt Beto O'Rourke, who just won..."

June 5, 2012 News Post by Jordan Smith

Guns, Drugs, and Greg Abbott
Abbott wants the border sealed – or maybe he wants war with Mexico?
"...have been killed as a result of the ongoing war between drug cartels in Juárez, it is hard to..."

July 1, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

Teen Pot Use on the Rise?
Partnership for a Drug-Free America says more teens are using party drugs
" on the rise, reports the Partnership for a Drug-Free America...."

March 3, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

Top 10 2007 Joints
Reefer Madness
"...Down With Crack On Nov. 1, the first step toward eliminating the draconian 100-to-1 crack-to-powder-cocaine federal sentencing ratio took..."

Jan. 4, 2008 News Feature by Jordan Smith

News Top Tens
"...Top 10 Drug War Moments 1) Ashcroft Busts Chong: In February, U.S...."

Jan. 2, 2004 News Feature

"...This damn corporate/government drug war is just as low and sleazy as it..."

Feb. 26, 1999 Column

Max Payne
Film version of the popular video game stars Mark Wahlberg … unfortunately.
"...embodies equal parts Will Eisner's The Spirit and free-floating, postwar nihilism. Which war? Does it matter? Not really. With..."

Oct. 24, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Reefer Madness: Federal Sentencing Law Up for (Watered-Down) Reform
Senate committee passes compromise bill on sentencing disparity
"...and directs the U.S. Sentencing Commission to enhance sentences upward based on aggravating factors (including if violence was involved..."

March 19, 2010 News Column by Jordan Smith

Reefer Madness
The 8th Circuit has ruled in favor of the DEA's opposition to hemp farming
"...the court ruled Dec. 22 in favor of the Drug Enforcement Administration and, by default, the ban on U.S...."

Jan. 8, 2010 News Column by Jordan Smith

Naked City
"...approved long-stalled nominee John Walters as the nation's new "drug czar" in an unrecorded voice vote. The NAACP, the..."

Dec. 14, 2001 News Feature by Lauri Apple

The King
America's soul explored on a road trip in Elvis Presley's car
"...merely takes his exploration of the nature of post-World War II America on the road, but is no less..."

July 20, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

Dark, Darker, Darkest
'Narco Cultura' and 'Escape From Tomorrow' subvert the mainstream
"...As a photographer for Time, Shaul Schwarz chronicled the impact of the Mexican drug war on..."

Sept. 20, 2013 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Baroque on the Border
The MACC goes for baroque with the narco corridos
"...– people engaged with or caught up in various drug deals and drug-war-related program activities – are waging bloody,..."

Aug. 3, 2012 Arts Review by Wayne Alan Brenner

Civics 101
Calendar of civic events, Oct. 27-Nov. 4
"...the city's master plan for transforming Riverside from I-35 eastward. 5-8pm. Travis High School cafeteria. Learn more at"

Oct. 28, 2011 News Column

Bedside Manner: Hide the Schlock!
Depressing real stuff and trashy TV
" psychiatrist Christopher Glenn. I read a lot of Drug War- related stuff. It's infuriating, but I truly believe..."

Feb. 20, 2011 Books Post by Jordan Smith

Reefer Roundup 1/12/11
News from the War on Drugs – Pat Robertson says legalize it?
" televangelist Pat Robertson, the tough-on-crime, lock-'em-up approach to drug control simply isn't working. The answer? Perhaps it's legalizing..."

Jan. 12, 2011 News Post by Jordan Smith

Reefer Roundup
Drugs in the news
"...find more on the Arizona pot law and other drug news making headlines this week...."

Nov. 17, 2010 News Post by Jordan Smith

Peña the Gang Buster
Rep. Aaron Peña wants to fight cartels and gangs the RICO way
"...There's no doubt that drug-fueled violence in Mexico, particularly along the border, is a..."

Feb. 24, 2009 News Post by Jordan Smith

The International
This conspiracy thriller starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts never gets past second gear.
"...a lending titan that specializes in corruption, arms dealing, war profiteering, murder, and the employment of pale European men..."

Feb. 13, 2009 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Cops Say Legalize It
New report from drug-reform cops with the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition says the time is right to legalize -- and regulate -- drugs
"...-- still, the conceit of U.S. policy is that drug prohibition nonetheless remains viable. But that's simply not the..."

Dec. 2, 2008 News Post by Jordan Smith

The U.S. vs. John Lennon
Documentary about Lennon's political activism and time spent in New York basks in the legend's presence but offers little new on the subject.
"...the messier aspects of Lennon’s life during this period (drug use, marital infidelity, and political naivete) are barely mentioned,..."

Sept. 29, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Weed Watch
Denver legalizes weed, and a record number of Americans think it's a good idea
"...Drug law reformers scored a victory in Denver week before..."

Nov. 18, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Layer Cake
A contemporary gangster film that both looks and feels like a Britnoir classic filtered through the Jam’s bang-on sense of style, Layer Cake takes a realistic approach to Britain’s criminal underclass.
" Ritchie’s longtime producer Vaughn, is an ultracool ricochet backward to the swinging era of Carnaby Street and any..."

June 3, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Weed Watch
Find your friendly local narc on a new Web database
"...resources. "Every month, nearly 100,000 Americans are arrested on drug charges," Bucci told the Drug Reform Coordination Network. "What's..."

Sept. 3, 2004 News Feature by Jordan Smith

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