Are ‘junk values’ making us depressed? {$excerpt:n} Hari left the UK Independent in 2011 after he admitted plagiarising the work of other writers and editing the Wikipedia pages of people he had clashed with. He has since written a New York Times bestselling book, Chasing the Scream, and delivered a TED talk that has…

Dreamers Target Disneyland During Govt Shutdown {$excerpt:n} Then we’ll spend the rest of the hour with author Johann Hari, an award-winning journalist and author of the best-selling book Chasing the Scream. Hari has written a new and powerful book which he will discuss on our show. It’s called Lost Connections: Uncovering The Real Causes…

France looks set to soften its laws on smoking cannabis {$excerpt:n} France’s fight against cannabis, through tough laws to punish users, has long been a failure — the French remain among Europe’s biggest dope smokers. … And the new centrist government is preparing to soften legislation, making users caught with cannabis liable for an…

France to soften cannabis laws — but not legalise {$excerpt:n} France’s fight against cannabis, through tough laws to punish users, has long been a failure — the French remain among Europe’s biggest dope smokers. So will a change of strategy under President Emmanuel Macron have more success? The new centrist government is preparing to…

Swinging the Pendulum on Marijuana {$excerpt:n} He said African-Americans and Latinos were the primary users of marijuana, and even connected the drug to jazz musicians whom he said were creating “Satanic” music because of their use of cannabis, according to author Johann Hari, who wrote “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of…

Norway has voted to decriminalise drugs. Now, the UK should choose legalisation {$excerpt:n} In 2001 Portugal decriminalised all drugs. Last month the Norwegian parliament voted to follow its lead. Republican senators across the Atlantic are openly defending the legalisation of marijuana. It’s high time the British government realised that it’s hopelessly out of step…

UN Drug Treaties Need to Rethink Cannabis {$excerpt:n} Europe, in general, is less concerned with religion and the personal morality of others (pre-marital sex, adultery) than the United States, according to a Pew Research Center poll. So why is cannabis legalisation facing a more difficult time in Europe than in the US? Perhaps because…