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Ask NKU


A podcast of NKU Magazine, Ask NKU invites the finest academic minds at Northern Kentucky University to share their insights and knowledge with you, for free. On almost any topic you can imagine, our professors and guests share a wealth of insights and information with you through fun, candid, and engaging interviews.

Apr 6, 2016

For this episode we’re breaking from our usual format to bring you an interview with reporter and author Sam Quinones, whose latest book, Dreamland, the True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, lays out the entire history of modern heroin addiction. From the pharmaceutical marketing techniques and increased prescription of opioid painkillers, to the small town in Nayarit, Mexico where black tar heroin is produced, to the drivers who carry small balloons filled with heroin in their mouths and deliver them a focus on customer service. Dreamland has that rare quality of being both exhaustively detailed and utterly fascinating, and comes highly recommended by every major book review in the country.

One note: the interview with Sam Quinones was conducted over Skype, and the sound quality, while decent, has a slightly "underwater" quality.

Sam Quinones will be speaking at NKU on Monday, April 18 in Greaves Hall, so make sure to register here for this free event. hicinfo.nku.edu/events.html