“I Don’t Know That I Would Even Call it Meth Anymore”

“Soon, tons of P2P meth were moving north, without any letup, and the price of meth collapsed. But there was more to the story than higher volume. Ephedrine meth tended to damage people gradually, over years. With the switchover to P2P meth, that damage seemed to accelerate, especially damage to the brain.”

Source: The Atlantic
Published: Oct 18, 2021
Length: 30 minutes (7,655 words)

Physicians Get Addicted Too

“Lou Ortenzio was a trusted West Virginia doctor who got his patients—and himself—hooked on opioids. Now he’s trying to rescue his community from an epidemic he helped start.”

Published: Apr 22, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,304 words)

The End of Gangs in the City of Angels

Los Angeles gave America the modern street gang. Groups like the Crips and MS-13 have spread from coast to coast, and even abroad. But on the streets of Southern California they’ve seen a significant decline. Why?

Published: Dec 28, 2014
Length: 26 minutes (6,580 words)

Emilio Franco’s Tragedia in the Southland: The Killing of a Cultural Icon

In 1991, Franco bought a small club in a Lynwood shopping center and renamed it El Farallon, Spanish for “the cliff by the sea.” It became one of the southeast county’s first Mexican nightclubs, serving food, alcohol and music. Hilda Portillo, a friend and fellow bar owner, said she urged Franco to hire groups from Sinaloa, a Mexican state known both for drug trafficking and for its deep musical tradition. Many Lynwood-area residents were from Sinaloa. Franco welcomed amateur singers and those who’d privately recorded albums but were ignored by Mexican radio stations or record labels. They often sang of tragedias, the killings and family feuds common in the ranchos back home. One of them was a thin, steely-eyed Sinaloan ranchero named Chalino Sanchez.

Published: Jul 20, 2011
Length: 5 minutes (1,433 words)