Stop and Search

Stop and Search

United States

We're on the front-lines of the 'War on Drugs'! Stop and Search aims to deconstruct our laws and delve into what's really going on in society. With a mix of live panel discussions, celebrity guests, policy experts, rolling news content, podcast-documentaries, and general inquisitiveness... shall we get to the bottom of our relationship with drugs? Stop and Search is in association with LEAP UK and proudly part of Scroobius Pip's Distraction Pieces Network.


U.S Election Special (sort of)  

The U.S election is fast approaching - there are lots of ways in which this will impact the rest of the world, especially drug policy. We speak to Ethan Nadelmann, the founder and Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). Ethan popped over all the way from New York! Also joining us is George McBride from, a London based policy hub. We have a good chat about the international overlaps of drug policy, and what's likely to happen come election day. This podcast also provides some good insight into other aspects of societal harm, such as the transatlantic issue of Stop and Search (Stop and Frisk). So let's have a chat about drugs! And please do get involved.

Addicted to Drug Journalism  

On episode 5 we invite some of the leading figures in journalism to join us behind the magic curtain - what really goes on within the media? On the panel we have: - Max Daly, author of Narcomania and a regular Vice columnist. - Mike Power, author of Drugs 2.0 and freelance journalist. - Decca Aitkenhead, broadcaster, author of The Promised Land: Travels in Search of the Perfect E, and Guardian journalist. You'll no doubt be a follower of the media to some degree or another, so what's your view? Do the press shape our thoughts - do the media influence society's opinion? And do those who work in this public-facing realm have a responsibility given how their works sculpts politics and our communities? Stop and Search is pleased to bring you this honest and highly revealing conversation. We really get up close and personal with some drug tales in this show.

The Philippines: We Need to Talk  

The Philippines are executing their citizens. Those who are merely suspected to be in the drugs trade are literally being killed. Newly elected President Duterte has charged his police and fellow citizens to take matters into their own hands to begin a literal eradication program - so far we have over 2000 suspected deaths due to this new arm of the 'war on drugs'. We talk to Marie Nougier, Senior Research and Communications Officer at the IDPC - International Drug Policy Consortium. We discuss what led us to this place and what we can do as an international community to try and help end this bloodshed. Also joining us with comments from Washington DC is Sanho Tree, a Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies and Director of the Drug Policy Project. Trying to end on a positive note, we also chat about the progressive social day of action that takes place with the 'Support. Don't Punish' campaign. This global happening celebrates all that's humane and effective in our drug policies. We talk about how countries can protect their citizens, and also how we can prop up farmers and producers of currently illicit crops.

Drugs: That's Entertainment  

We're on our third episode already! On this edition of Stop and Search we're loosely framing it around drugs in film, books, television, and culture... well, that was the idea, but when you get a group of witty and intelligent people in a room, talking about drugs, it takes many twists and turns. On the panel we have: - Actor and comedian, Rufus Hound - Writer and musician, JS Rafaeli, - Our very own LEAP UK Chairman and former undercover drugs cop, Neil Woods. JS Rafaeli has written Neil Woods' memoir 'Good Cop, Bad War' which is out on August 18th. We go into why JS was so inspired as to write Neil's story... and of course, we chat with Neil himself on his own story: What goes on at street level policing to change the mind of an undercover drugs cop who now campaigns to legalise and regulate all drugs? Rufus Hound provides a great voice of commonsense. Having previously worked with LEAP UK's Executive Director (and Stop and Search's host) Jason Reed on the Oscar longlisted documentary The Culture High, Rufus returns to the drugs discussion and takes a swipe at many overlapping aspects of this social policy. Plus there's a few naughty words, so listener's discretion advised.

Cannabis: The Grassroots Revolution  

On our second episode we're going to get stuck in and take a look at the grassroots movement of cannabis reform. On the panel we have: Norman Lamb MP - a Liberal Democrat Joe Wells - comic and political commentator Dale Beaumont-Brown - film director and producer - and Neil Woods, former undercover drugs detective and LEAP UK Chairman. Why are we still having to have the conversation on the legality of cannabis? Why are medicinal consumers still subject to arrest in the UK when so many other parts of the world have reformed their laws? Will we see change anytime soon? Does everyone want to see change? Joe Wells is the voice of the cynic, he's someone that doesn't particularly want to see reform and is concerned for the impact of 'legalisation'. So, along with Norman Lamb MP, we lay out the case for regulation of cannabis. Helping us flesh out the real stories, Dale Beaumont-Brown let's us take a look at the new film that's coming out, Cannabis The Grassroots Revolution. Can we convince Joe?

Weird Science  

Join us as we talk about the Weird Science within our drug laws with comedian and podcast legend, Robin Ince, science journalist and Guardian blogger, Dr Suzi Gage, and New Scientist writer and pseudoscience sentinel, Simon Oxenham (better known as Neurobonkers). In this live taping from Tottenham Court Road’s Waterstones, we fully delve in to assess the evidence of our drug laws. Spoiler alert: our drug laws may induce mirth.


Here we go - off to the front-lines of the 'war on drugs' we go! Join us as we officially join the Distraction Pieces Network. We're going to give you unprecedented access to the 'drug war' and let you know what's really going on out there. Please, come along with us and get involved.

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