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Ken Burns: Prohibition, Drug Laws, And Unintended Consequences

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“Slavery was our worst idea,” says legendary documentarian Ken Burns. “I’m not sure that Prohibition was second, but it’s really up there.”

Burns talks to Reason.tv’s Nick Gillespie about his new PBS film, an in-depth look at one of the most controversial episodes in U.S. history. “The Noble Experiment,” notes Burns, left a legacy of organized crime, moral hypocrisy, single-issue politics, and unintended consequences from which we’re still recovering.

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