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22:30

Fresh Air's summer music interviews: Rap icon Jay-Z

In 2010, Jay-Z reflected on growing up in Brooklyn surrounded by drugs and violence. "One day, your best friend could be killed. The day before, you could be celebrating him getting a brand-new bike."

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43:03

'Dopesick' author turns her attention to the citizen volunteers combatting addiction

Author Beth Macy and harm reduction specialist Michelle Mathis talk about grassroots and community efforts to address the opioid crisis. Macy's latest book is Raising Lazarus.

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52:30

New book chronicles how America's opioid industry operated like a drug cartel

In the new book, American Cartel, Higham and co-author Sari Horwitz make the case that the pharmaceutical industry operated like a drug cartel, with manufacturers at the top; wholesalers in the middle; and pharmacies at the level of "street dealers."

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52:30

Author Yaa Gyasi Says Writing Can Be 'An Act Of Love And Justice'

Race and belonging are the central themes of Yaa Gyasi's work. Her 2016 debut novel, Homegoing, about slavery, won a National Book critic's circle award, and the National Book Foundation's 5 under 35 honor.
Gyasi's new novel, Transcendent Kingdom, draws on Gyasi's life as the daughter of immigrants from Ghana.

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42:34

Fentanyl As A Dark Web Profit Center, From Chinese Labs To U.S. Streets

More than 70,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, and a growing number of those deaths are attributed to the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl. Journalist Ben Westhoff says the drug, while an important painkiller and anesthesia medicine in hospitals, is now killing more Americans annually as a street drug than any other in U.S. history.

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30:16

Danny Trejo On Acting, Addiction And Playing 'The Mean Chicano Dude'

Actor Danny Trejo. After cameos as thugs, criminals and other tough guys, the actor starred in Machete, an homage to 70s action films In Breaking Bad, his character ended up beheaded - his head mounted on a tortoise. As a young man, Trejo was in and out of prison. Now he's a producer of a prison documentary. Join us.

Actor Danny Trejo
50:19

A More Reflective Leap On Elton John's 'Diving Board'

The pop star has a flair for the extravagant, to say the least, but his new album is stripped down. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross about the "Elton John excess," his fear of sex as a young man, and how Liberace's example encouraged John to make the piano a star instrument.

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21:21

Behind 'The New Black': The Real Piper's Prison Story

When she was 24, Piper Kerman dated a woman who was part of a drug smuggling ring. Years later, after being named as part of that ring, Kerman served time in a federal prison and at one point shared a cell with her former girlfriend. Her memoir of that experience inspired the Netflix series.

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