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Toby Muse Dialogue | Munk Debates

January 18, 2023

Toby Muse Dialogue

Toby Muse on the golden age of cocaine

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Toby Muse

About this episode

One might assume, based on the film depictions of famous drug lords like Pablo Escobar and El Chapo, that the heyday of cocaine and its production in Latin America was during the 1980’s and 1990’s. According to journalist and author Toby Muse, those assumptions are dead wrong. South America, he argues, is producing more cocaine than ever before, reaching corners of the earth previously untouched by the deadly drug. Toby joins us for a fascinating discussion about how this dangerous and illegal industry transforms entire towns and surrenders them to criminal organizations on a scale that is unprecedented.

 


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Toby Muse

"Cocaine is like a virus. It gets into the bloodstream of a town and acts as a vortex that sucks everyone into it.”

Toby Muse

"Cocaine is like a virus. It gets into the bloodstream of a town and acts as a vortex that sucks everyone into it.”

Toby Muse is an award-winning filmmaker, foreign correspondent and the author of the critically-acclaimed Kilo: Inside the Deadliest Cocaine Cartels. He lived in Colombia for 15 years, reporting on the endless drug war and developing unparalleled access to the drug cartels. He has reported from the front lines of the conflicts in Colombia, Iraq and Syria, embedded with soldiers, rebels and drug traffickers. His work has appeared in the The New York Times, CNN, BBC, The Guardian, The Atlantic and others. He is currently at work on another book, podcast and documentary. 

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