100:1 The Crack Legacy

5.0/5

Critic Rating

100:1 The Crack Legacy investigates the war on crack in the mid-1980s and the devastation left in its wake. Host Christopher Johnson shares the experiences of the men and women who were on the frontlines - narcotics cops, ex- dealers, artists, community activists - to help explain the rise in incarceration, hyper-aggressive policing, and police shootings of unarmed people of color that we are experiencing now.


Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Miranda Sawyer • The Guardian Jul 29, 2018

"...excellent series that might make you think differently about what you consider normal....reporter-producer Christopher Johnson make a compelling case that the US government’s war on crack cocaine in the 80s and 90s led to the biased policy and police attitudes that still affect black Americans today. What an interesting and revelatory series this is. It’s a proper binge-listen and reaches right into the present day. Ah, knowledge is power and the past informs our present, as both these podcasts demonstrate."

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Score: 5

Alexander Nazaryan • Newsweek Jul 9, 2017

"Christopher Johnson points to this discrepancy in his excellent and necessary six part podcast...This one, though, deserves your attention. So do the grave social issues it raises. Johnson's persuasive thesis is that the kind of aggressive policing that has resulted in the deaths of many black men...Johnson, an even-keeled, insightful but subtly opinionated narrator, notes that the skin color of Clinton's imagined predatory criminals is not difficult to discern."

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