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Losing the the War on Drugs

Journalist Elaine Shannon's new book, Desperados, looks at the international impact of the illegal drug trade. She says that major banks and state governments have been complicit in drug trafficking by accepting bribes and laundering money. The U.S. government has faced difficulty curtailing these crimes, in part because of its desire to maintain diplomatic relations with the countries involved.

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Other segments from the episode on October 12, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 12, 1988: Interview with Elaine Shannon; Commentary on Tomsic Dubravka; Interview with Dougal Dixon; Review of Bel Kaufman's novel "Up the Down Staircase."

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