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Patrick Radden Keefe

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Patrick Radden Keefe - True Stories of Killers, Grifters, and Crooks

How To Academy Podcast

The New Yorker’s Patrick Radden Keefe is America’s most celebrated living reporter. He documented the hunt for the drug lord Chapo Guzman and the tragic personal history of the Harvard educated neurobiologist turned mass shooter Amy Bishop. He wrote a definitive, revelatory account of the Troubles in Say Nothing; investigated the strange convergence of espionage and hair metal in his blockbuster podcast Winds of Change; and most famously – exposed the role of the Sackler family in the US opioid crisis.He joined the podcast with more stories of secrets and lies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


12 Aug 2022

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The origin of America's opioid epidemic - with Patrick Radden Keefe (originally posted 2021)

Inside Politics

Patrick Radden Keefe is an American writer and investigative journalist. His book Empire of Pain is a detailed history of the Sackler dynasty and their role in the American opioid epidemic. Known for their dedication to cultural philanthropy, the family built their wealth on pharmaceuticals, starting with tranquillisers like Librium and Valium, before eventually moving on to the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin. In this episode, the award-winning author talks to Hugh about the origins of the addiction crisis, the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy trial and the mark the family left on the world.First published in August 2021. Inside Politics will return with a new episode next week. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


10 Aug 2022

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Dave Fanning

Journalist and staff writer at The New Yorker Patrick Radden Keefe tells Dave about the challenges of writing his new book ROGUES: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks. He shares incredible stories about El Chapo, mass shooters, Anthony Bourdain and more.


30 Jul 2022

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How Patrick Radden Keefe gets inside his subjects' lives – sometimes without ever speaking to them

The Sunday Magazine

Patrick Radden Keefe has spent his career writing intimate portraits of grifters, rebels, criminals, and those who defend them. Now, the staff writer at The New Yorker is rounding up 12 of his most enthralling stories in a new book to paint a portrait of corruption and intrigue. It's called Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks. As he tells Piya Chattopadhyay, profiles like these can contain revelations about greed, power, family bonds, and denial in the world's most shadowy corners – and also sometimes, in plain sight.Tell us what you think of our podcast by filling out this short survey: https://www.cbc.ca/1.6498021


6 Jul 2022

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145. The Immoral Choices of Rogues with Patrick Radden Keefe

Here's Where It Gets Interesting

In this episode, Sharon is joined by writer and author Patrick Radden Keefe, whose new book, Rogues, tells twelve stories of people with big personalities–the grifters, the rebels, the crooks, the crime families, and the people who don’t play by the rules. Patrick talks about how he researches his larger-than-life stories, and gives us a few teasers, like what it was like to interview a woman who is in the Witness Protection Program after testifying against her own brother, and how deeply he dove into the world of wine fraud and revenge. Patrick is fascinated by the choices people make, and what it takes to get inside their minds where they justify their actions, and perhaps even consider themselves the hero of their own stories. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


20 Jun 2022

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Book Shambles

Our guest today is the author of one of the most lauded books of 2021, the superb Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe. One of the awards it garnered last year was the highly prestigious Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and one of the judges on the panel last year was our own Dr Helen Czerski, so this week we've handed over the solo reigns of the podcast to Helen. She talks to Patrick about the book, the research, the threats, legal and beyond and how the Sacklers are an example of an entirely broken system. Extended version and other goodies for podcast supporters at patreon.com/bookshambles


14 Apr 2022

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AWW22 Empire of Pain - Patrick Radden Keefe

Adelaide Writers' Week

Chaired by Ben Brooker. Patrick Radden Keefe’s remarkable Say Nothing documented the Troubles in Northern Ireland and was named by The New York Times as one of the best books of 2019. His follow up is Empire of Pain, an equally powerful account of the opioid crisis gripping America and the family that created it and continues to profit from it. Patrick meticulously chronicles the rise of the Sackler family, whose company invented the highly addictive OxyContin, and damns a country too cowed by money to protect its own citizens.


6 Mar 2022

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Writer Patrick Radden Keefe on the Sackler family’s role in the opioid crisis

The Current

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is dropping the Sackler name from several galleries amid growing frustration over the role the family might have played in the opioid crisis. Earlier this year, we spoke to writer Patrick Radden Keefe about the Sackler family and his book, Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty.


17 Dec 2021

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#186 - Patrick Radden Keefe: The opioid crisis—origin, guilty parties, and the difficult path forward

The Peter Attia Drive

Patrick Radden Keefe is an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker and the bestselling author of Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty. In this episode, Patrick tells the story of the Sackler family and Purdue Pharma - makers of the pain management drug OxyContin, providing the backdrop for the ensuing opioid epidemic and public health crisis. He reveals the implicit and sometimes explicit corruption of all parties involved in the development, approval, and marketing of OxyContin, leading to a cascade of unintended consequences including addiction and death. He explains the unfortunate lack of accountability for the current crisis, as well as what it all means for those with legitimate pain management needs. Finally, he examines the difficult path ahead towards finding a solution. We discuss: Patrick’s investigation into distribution and use of drugs in our society [3:55]; The scale of the opioid crisis [9:15]; The Sackler brothers: family life, career in the pharmaceutical industry, and role in the current crisis [11:45]; Purdue Pharma: origins, early years, and move towards pain management drugs [17:30]; The development of OxyContin: its conception, marketing, and the controversy around the FDA approval process [25:30]; Early reports of OxyContin addiction and unintended consequences and how Purdue Pharma sidestepped responsibility [40:45]; The many paths to addiction and abuse of OxyContin and the ensuing downfall of Purdue Pharma [47:15]; Peter’s personal experience with OxyContin [57:00]; Pain—the “fifth vital sign,” how doctors are trained in pain management, and the influence of money [1:08:00]; Other players that helped facilitate the eventual opioid crisis [1:16:15]; Lack of accountability following the investigation and prosecution of Purdue and the Sackler family [1:23:30]; Legacy of the Sackler family and their disconnect from reality [1:34:45]; Patrick’s views on the regulation and use of pain management drugs [1:42:15]; The difficult path forward [1:44:45]; and More. Learn more: https://peterattiamd.com/ Show notes page for this episode: https://peterattiamd.com/PatrickRaddenKeefe  Subscribe to receive exclusive subscriber-only content:  https://peterattiamd.com/subscribe/ Sign up to receive Peter's email newsletter: https://peterattiamd.com/newsletter/ Connect with Peter on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram.

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6 Dec 2021

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Monocle Reads: Patrick Radden Keefe

Monocle 24: Meet the Writers

Author and ‘The New Yorker’ staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe was this week named the winner of the 2021 Baillie Gifford prize for non-fiction. He sits down with Georgina Godwin to discuss his winning book, ‘Empire of Pain’, about the rise and fall of the Sackler dynasty.


18 Nov 2021