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Drugs, addiction, mental health, the media. We're on the front-lines of the War on Drugs! Stop and Search aims to deconstruct our laws; we take a look at many overlapping issues and we ask 'what's really going on in society'? With a mix of live panel discussions, celebrity guests, policy experts, rolling news content, and general inquisitiveness, we'll try to get to the bottom of our relationship with drugs. Stop and Search is in association with LEAP UK and proudly part of Scroobius Pip's Distraction Pieces Network.

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Drugs, addiction, mental health, the media. We're on the front-lines of the War on Drugs! Stop and Search aims to deconstruct our laws; we take a look at many overlapping issues and we ask 'what's really going on in society'? With a mix of live panel discussions, celebrity guests, policy experts, rolling news content, and general inquisitiveness, we'll try to get to the bottom of our relationship with drugs. Stop and Search is in association with LEAP UK and proudly part of Scroobius Pip's Distraction Pieces Network.

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Stop and Search

Latest release on Feb 13, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Narconomics: Tom Wainwright

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The drugs business is huge, so much so that The Economist journalist, Tom Wainwright, noticed that he was covering legitimate business stories in the same ratio and themes as the Latin American drug trade. This prompted Tom to set about writing Narconomics, an unbelievably good book which really delves into drug cartels and their global operations. We were privileged to sit down with Tom at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road for a very interesting conversation.

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Jan 04 2018

46mins

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Rank #2: Women of Substances

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What differences do women face when it comes to substance use, addiction, and treatment? We could not be more thrilled to speak to two very knowledgeable women:


  • Jenny Valentish is a journalist and author originally from the UK who now lives in Australia. She's the author book 'Woman of Substances: A journey into drugs, alcohol and treatment'.


  • Milly Chowles is a radio reporter and producer. Having worked on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour, Milly has produced a series called 'The Fix' which gives personal insight into women in recovery.


Both Milly and Jenny are so beautifully honest in this conversation, both of them having had their own experiences with addiction. It's interesting to hear about the differences in language and treatment options. This is truly a fascinating conversation.

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Sep 19 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #3: Gangbusters: TV Reality vs Reality TV. Part 1

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We're joined by Hunted's Chief, Peter Bleksley, Hunted's Danni Brooke, and documentary maker Aaron Roach Bridgeman. We're talking about television, crime, documentaries, and the realities.


All three of our guests are now prominent media figures, but each one of them has a very interesting background:


Peter Bleksley is now the Chief on Channel 4's hit programme Hunted, and Peter is also a regular pundit on crime on many channels, but he started life as a police officer and has a very colourful career. Peter is also the author of three books.


Danni Brooke is also a hunter of Channel 4's Hunted. Danni has had a previous career as a commended police officer and an undercover operative at New Scotland Yard. Danni is an expert in surveillance and covert operations.


Aaron Roach Bridgeman can be called an media entrepreneur, having started out on SB.TV, the UK's biggest online youth platform with 300 million views, he has since presented hard-hitting documentaries such as When Kids Kill, and 8 Years Old and Smuggling Drugs.


So join us as we talk about the streets, crime, gangs, drugs, violence, and also the media & television. Part 1!

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Jan 24 2019

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Rank #4: Simon Jenkins: A Drug War History

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Sir Simon Jenkins was one of the first journalists to cast a questioning eye over the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. We were very lucky to be invited into Sir Simon's house where we have a very interesting discussion on the historical aspects of our drug laws and how they work in today's society. Writing for The Guardian and author of many books on history, it's fair to say that Simon is one of the country's most respected writers.


We're joined by Neil Woods, former undercover drugs detective, author, and Chair of LEAP UK, and also JS Rafaeli, journalist and co-author of Good Cop, Bad War and Drug Wars.


In this conversation we delve into the history and legacy of the 'drug war', how the US coerced Britain into this approach, and how the 'British system' was our preferred method of treating those who may suffer with heroin addiction - so what exactly is the British system? JS and Neil really do lend us a great deal of perspective in this conversation given their research for the book Drug Wars which provides an overview of how and why we've reached the place we have with regards to a harmful drugs policy.


We say it every time... but this is truly a fascinating podcast!

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Dec 20 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #5: Marcus Brigstocke

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We're very pleased to be joined by comedian, actor, writer, and all around darn good bloke, Marcus Brigstocke.

Marcus is incredibly open in this podcast as we talk about his addictions - some 'legal' and some 'illegal' - one of the most impacting dependencies that Marcus has had to deal with is food addiction, something that affects many people and is often misunderstood.

So please do join us as we delve into Marcus' world and get his perspective on politics, media, the 'war on drugs', and a number of other topics. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Aug 06 2017

1hr 44mins

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Rank #6: The Fear of Experts? Part 2

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Part 2 of Professor Nutt, comedian Chris Coltrane, and Elle Wadsworth from What's the Crack podcast... we're picking up where we left off to discuss if we're fearful and cynical over 'experts' in policy making.


In this part we'll be taking audience questions. This is a pretty open and no holds barred conversation around science, politics, and of course how this all relates to drug policy.

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Apr 18 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #7: The Fear of Experts? Part 1

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Professor David Nutt, comedian Chris Coltrane, and What's the Crack podcast co-host Elle Wadsworth - what a panel! We discuss: 'The Fear of Experts'.


Are we sceptical of scientists and experts? Do we listen to evidence or are we more likely to believe in our own prejudices? We cover a lot of ground in this episode as we try to get to the bottom of why there's so much stigma around drug policy reform still despite its overwhelming evidence. This is one of two parts as it's such a bumper episode!

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Mar 15 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #8: LGBT: What can we learn from other social movements?

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Have you seen the film Pride? Minds and politics have been changed with the power of social movements. United groups have challenged the status quo - what can drug law reform learn from these examples? To discuss, we have:

Peter Tatchell - Human rights campaigner
Steve Topple - Independent journalist (The Canary)
Jane Slater - Project lead for AnyonesChild.org

As ever, Stop and Search was recorded in front of an audience and Waterstones Tottenham Court Road. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Apr 30 2017

1hr 22mins

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Rank #9: Johann Hari: Lost Connections

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What are the real causes of depression in society and individuals? And what part do these factors play in addiction and mental health?


We're joined by author Johann Hari as we discuss his latest book, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions.


You may have heard Johann on our Stop and Search podcast before, but now we delve further into the causes of society's mental health. With suicide rates increasing, how can we create more connections in a time where we're seemingly more connected than ever through technology? What's going on?

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Nov 22 2018

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Rank #10: Iain Lee: Addiction and Recovery

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Iain Lee is a well known UK TV and radio presenter, with his show on Talkradio being renowned for its open dialogue on a range of issues, some of which can prove difficult topics. Iain also came third on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here, but he's also been very open about his own battles with mental health - we could not be more privileged in being able to have an extremely open and honest conversation with Iain about his journey with drugs, addiction, and recovery.


Iain takes nothing off the table in this chat, he's so beautifully candid about the routes into his own addiction, but also he speaks of how he relapsed after a period of recovery. What happened in his early career and the use of substances; when did he spot there was a problem? What's happened since? You really don't want to miss this conversation!

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Oct 16 2019

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Rank #11: Legalizing Drugs: The Key to Ending the War?

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What does the 'legalization' of drugs actually mean? What examples can we look at? Is the legalization of drugs a scary concept? Join our very distinguished panel:

- Steve Rolles is the author of the new book: 'Legalizing Drugs: The Key to Ending the War' (and he's also the Senior Policy Analyst for Transform Drug Policy Foundation)

- Judith Yates was a GP for many years and is now part of International Doctors for Healthier Drug Policies (IDHDP)

- Olly Pollard produced The Highs and the Lows of the Weed Business, a documentary short series for Channel 4's On Demand Service

Each panelist has a unique and up-close view of drug legalization and that of course makes for a very interesting chat!

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Jul 02 2017

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Rank #12: Inside the Cannabis Social Club (UKCSC)

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We're literally inviting you to join us at a real London cannabis members club, but not only that we're joined by:


Arfon Jones - Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for North Wales

Greg de Hoedt - Chair of the UK Cannabis Social Club movement, known as the UKCSC

Dr. Melissa Bone - Lecturer at the University of Leicester, academic, and very knowledgeable on human rights


Yes, we're actually at a fully functioning London cannabis social club! This is an exclusive episode and we're lucky to have had privileged access. We're talking about what the UK cannabis social club model looks like; can it work in the UK? Will human rights play a role like it has in other countries? Can this model of reform be supported by the police? And will the UK adopt this pioneering method of drug policy reform?


There's a lot going on in this episode, and it may be the first time you hear someone coughing on a podcast after taking a strong cannabis dab...

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Nov 01 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #13: Ireland - #SaferFromHarm

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A very special episode on Ireland where we're joined by:






We're talking about Ireland and the major changes that have been taking place, both in drug policy and in wider societal reforms.


Tony Duffin also gives us an up-close perspective about Safe Injection Facilities in Ireland, as well as growing calls for decriminalisation for those who possess and consume drugs.


We're also very lucky to have a much needed cultural perspective from Emmet Kirwan. As someone involved in the arts, Emmet has a keen eye on social developments and what it takes for a community to change its mind on hot topics, such as drugs.


This really is a perfect blend of guests! Follow the hashtag #SaferFromHarm on social media and get involved. The conversation in Ireland is getting louder each day around drug policy reform, so let's find out why!

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Oct 04 2018

1hr 6mins

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Rank #14: Is Addiction a Crime? Part 1

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Johann Hari, Tom Gash, and Livvy Haydock, well, this is a truly fascinating conversation!

We cover a lot of ground in this episode, so much so that we've turned it into two parts. So, to introduce our guests properly:

- Johann Hari is a journalist and author of 'Chasing the Scream', a definitive book on the 'war on drugs'
- Tom Gash is the author of the insightful and enlightening book 'Criminal: The Truth About Why People Do Bad Things'
- Livvy Haydock has produced and presented BBC documentaries on drugs, including 'Manchester's Heroin Haters' and has covered the Philippines in 'The Deadliest Place to Deal'

The question we ask: Is addiction a crime? How can society deal with substance dependency better, and... well, so much more; just take a listen, you won't regret it! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Oct 05 2017

1hr 15mins

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Rank #15: Support. Don't Punish - a global day of action!

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'Support. Don't Punish' is a global day of action to help us understand the need for a health, evidence, and compassion based drug policy instead of a punitive system - and you can get involved!

Joining the panel we have:

- Ann Fordham from the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
- Jennifer Randall who is a senior lecturer at the University of East London (UEL)

So what is Support. Don't Punish? Why is this international movement so needed? And what can we all do to help? Let's have a chat! Thank you to our very special guests and voices from the audience:

Simone Gordon
Shivani Joshi
Andria
Daniel Anthony
Claudia Brett
Gillian Maxwell
Michael Lovel-Pank For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jun 04 2017

1hr 9mins

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Rank #16: Why are so many women dying?

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We're joined by author Laurie Penny, Channel 4 News reporter Anja Popp, and Executive Director of Release, Niamh Eastwood, as we discuss the worrying statistics that drug related death in women continues to increase. Why?


Consecutive years have shown that we've an alarming trend - when we recorded this episode female drug related deaths had seen an a 95% increase, and yet women consume less drugs than men. And these figures are backed up too as we've recently seen yet another rise. We really have to talk about this...


Join us as we take a long look at the many factors at play here - how we can save more lives?

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Aug 22 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #17: 'Duterte Harry' with Jonathan Miller, Channel 4 News Asia Correspondent

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Channel 4 News Asia correspondent, Johnathan Miller, has seen firsthand what's going on in the Philippines with over 10,000 deaths through extrajudicial killings. The president, Rodrigo Duterte, is also known by his nickname Duterte Harry due to his swagger, violent style, and his brutal war on drugs.


Jonathan has written an extremely brave biography of the Philippines leader who has a bizarre legacy of referring to global figures as "son of a whore", he also holds press conferences at four in the morning where he rambles on for hours simply to amuse himself, it's fair to say Rodrigo Duterte is certainly an interesting character.


It perhaps goes without saying that the number of people dead due to Duterte's orders is the most concerning aspect to this issue... but another world leader has praised this policy of death and destruction. President Trump recently congratulated Duterte on his drug policy!


Join us as we cover a lot of ground with Jonathan Miller, from his own experiences with Duterte, including joining the prestigious 'son of a whore' club, to the many people in the Philippines who he's come into contact with during the course of writing the book.


Let's talk about Duterte Harry - recorded in front of an audience at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road.

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Jun 20 2018

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Rank #18: Legal Cannabis in Canada! What's the Score?

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Fully legal weed: For about a month cannabis has been legal and on sale in Canada - so what's really going on? We're joined by Jon Hiltz, journalist and author of the new book The Wild West: Canada's Legalization of Marijuana.


Did the country really run out of cannabis in the first days of general sale? How do the citizens feel about being the first G7 country to have a fully legal system for marijuana? Any teething trouble? And what more can we expect? We cover a lot of ground in this lovely chat. It's really important we hear from people on the ground on these issues, so many thanks to Jon for taking the time to speak with us on Stop and Search - we learned a lot.

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Dec 06 2018

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Rank #19: Madame Ruth Dreifuss - Former President of Switzerland

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Former President of Switzerland Madame Ruth Dreifuss - a true definition of the term 'world leader'.


Under Ruth Dreifuss' tenure she implemented a number of reforms which are still cited today as the template for progressive drug strategies, placing drug consumers' health first over stigma. Since leaving office, Madame Dreifuss now Chairs the Global Commission on Drug Policy where she sits alongside eminent figures such as the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, as well as former presidents of New Zealand, Chile, Nigeria, Portugal, Mexico, plus familiar faces such as Sir Nick Clegg and Sir Richard Branson.


On the day of a new report release at Chatham House in London, we had the privilege of having a conversation with Madame Dreifuss to talk about her legacy in drug policy reform and her continued work in the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

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Feb 01 2018

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Rank #20: Laurie Penny

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We're speaking to Laurie Penny! Author, journalist, activist...


Laurie has recently published Bitch Doctrine, a book of essays which covers gender, diversity, social justice, and many other themes which are relevant to drug policy. After reading Laurie's book, I had to invite her on for a chat.


Writing for the New Statesman, Laurie has covered drug policy in the past, but there are many overlapping factors which we address in this podcast, such as: Do we have enough diversity in the media? Is there such a thing as the 'wrong side of history'? And what can we learn from other social movements such as suffrage?


Have a listen, and please do share, subscribe and give us a nice rating if you fancy it.

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May 09 2018

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