2NIM Nimbin's documentary series

Exposing the War on Drugs

Andrew McLellan, 12th April 2018
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For close to a century much of the Western world, including Australia, has found itself embroiled in a costly 'War on Drugs'.

From NIM FM Nimbin comes an 8 part documentary series looking at a different picture to one portrayed by the most media.

Produced by Phil Bromley, Exposing the War on Drugs interviews politicians, doctors, lawyers, users, advocates, opponents and members of the general public.

Hear how the West's history of drug prohibition and policy was shaped from the 1930s, and unpack contemporary discussions on medicinal cannabis and progressive drug policy across the world.

Check out the first episode here.

Beginning distribution on the Community Radio Network from Wednesday 18 April, 2018.
See episode and broadcast details below!
Tell us about this 8 part documentary series - what's being exposed in 'Exposing The War On Drugs'?
'The War on Drugs' has been running for nearly 100 years. In our small town of Nimbin, the community has suffered relentless police harassment which has only increased in the past 2 years. This inspired the series which exposes the insanity of many of the laws in Australia and worldwide and who the beneficiaries are from its continuation.
How did the series come together? What started it off?
Phil Bromley relocated to Nimbin in 2012 to study permaculture and train in media at NIM FM. Since then, the town has been relentlessly targeted by police. The town, known for its outspokenness and strong community have been left wondering why so many police resources are being dedicated to cannabis arrests which has impacted on the town's economy and general spirit. Phil spoke with some members of NIM FM who were keen to produce a radio series based on local experience and viable, researched solutions.
How does this series sound?
We were very conscious of trying to make this an enjoyable journey for listeners. It is a serious subject but we have kept it upbeat by mixing narrative with interviews, music, sound effects and movie clips in a way that makes it flow easily without losing the points we are trying to make.
What do you want listeners to walk away with?
We want people to walk away with a better understanding of the history and the effects of drug prohibition, including in particular, how our hometown of Nimbin is often misrepresented in the media. Australia's drug policies can be ineffective and we hope to promote rational thought on changing how we are addressing illicit drugs.

 
Episode and Duration Synopsis Distributing on CRN
How Did We Get Here?
27:50

The rise prohibition and the man behind it, Harry Anslinger, the first chief of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in the US. Meet the man that shaped most of the world’s drug policies.

 

Wednesday 18 April

Extras 1 [13:04 AEST]

A History of Cannabis   
27:50
The history of cannabis and the media hype around this herb.

Wednesday 18 April

Extras 1 [13:32 AEST]

Nimbin, Australia   
27:50
The history of Nimbin, from dying dairy town to the third most popular tourist destination in New South Wales.

Wednesday 25 April

Extras 1 [13:04 AEST]

Nimbin in the News   
27:50

 

Where did Nimbin's politics come from? Hear how Nimbin has developed into an activist community and its misrepresention in mainstream media.

Wednesday 25 April

Extras 1 [13:32 AEST]

Medicinal Cannabis in Oz Part 1   
27:50
Medicinal cannabis and the reality behind the conservative hype in Australia that is affecting many lives.

Wednesday 2 May

Extras 1 [13:04 AEST]

Medicinal Cannabis in Oz Part 2   
27:50
Medicinal cannabis and the reality behind the conservative hype in Australia that is affecting many lives.

Wednesday 2 May

Extras 1 [13:32 AEST]

The Law on Drugs   
27:50

 

Delve into the paranoia and baseless laws that have been developed to support the
war on drugs.

Wednesday 9 May

Extras 1 [13:04 AEST]

Who Benefits?  
27:50

So who benefits from this war? Meet the beneficiaries and clues to end it.

Wednesday 9 May

Extras 1 [13:32 AEST]

 

Over these 8 parts expect a wide range of interesting and tongue-in-cheek movie quotes set against music from key eras taking the listener on a fun-filled and absorbing journey.

Produced with the financial support of the Community Broadcasting Foundation.

Visit the series website at www.exposingthewarondrugs.com and on Facebook.

For CRN subscribers:
  • Broadcasting in CRN's Extras 1 each Wednesday from 18 April 2018
  • Two episodes distribute each week, 27'50 duration
  • DDN equipped stations can capture the series by ordering 'Extras 1'
  • 8 part series available weekly or in bulk download - email crn@cbaa.org.au
  • For more information contact CRN staff on 02 9310 2999 or email crn@cbaa.org.au
Not a CRN subscriber, but want to find out more about getting content like this for your station? Read more here.

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