Hostile womanizer, crack addict, New York Times journalist — David Carr has been all of those, sometimes simultaneously. For his memoir The Night of the Gun, Carr put on his investigative-reporter hat — to reconstruct his various sordid lives.
William Cope Moyers is the son of journalist Bill Moyers. He's written a new memoir about his addiction to alcohol and crack cocaine and his recovery. He's been sober for twelve years and is the vice president for external affairs at the Hazelden Foundation in Minnesota. His new memoir is Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption
James Allen is the 81-year-old director of the Addicts Rehabilitation Center. Soon after he founded the center in 1957 — after kicking his own habit — Allen founded the a cappella Addicts Rehabilitation Center Gospel Choir (ARC). Their song "Walk With Me" was heard recently as a sample on the Kanye West song "Jesus Walks."
Reporter Stephen Quinn talks about a program in Vancouver, Canada that provides clean needles and a safe injection site for heroin addicts. The idea is to prevent HIV, hepatitis and other blood-borne disease transmission. The program is controversial, and critics say it encourages drug use. He'll also talk about the politics surrounding the program. Quinn works for the CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Ronald Williams is Executive Director of New York Therapeutic Communities Inc. It was founded in 1977 to pilot a program called "Stay'n Out." The program provides substance abuse treatment to New York state's prisons. The program is to reduce recidivism in prisons. 212-971-6033.