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Ralph Nader
Ralph Nader talks about what’s happening in America, what’s happening around the world, and most importantly what’s happening underneath it all.
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Ralph welcomes Washington Post investigative reporters, Sari Horowitz and Scott Higham, authors of “American Cartel: Inside the Battle to Bring Down the Opioid Industry,” that tells the thrilling David versus Goliath story that goes beyond the Sackler family and Purdue Pharma to expose the many other corporate criminals who aided and abetted the crisis and chronicles the heroes who fought to bring them to justice.


Sari Horwitz is a four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who has been at The Washington Post for four decades, where she has covered the Justice Department and criminal justice issues.

Scott Higham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The Washington Post. His investigation into the opioid industry with 60 Minutes received the Peabody Award, an Emmy, and the duPont-Columbia and Edward R. Murrow awards.

Together, they were lead reporters on the Post’s “The Opioid Files” series, which was a Pulitzer Finalist for Public Service in 2020, and they are co-authors of American Cartel: Inside the Battle to Bring Down the Opioid Industry.

​​We always hear about the Sacklers and we hear about Purdue Pharma, and I don’t think people realize that so many American companies are behind this epidemic…that led to the addiction of millions of Americans.

Sari Horwitz, author of American Cartel: Inside the Battle to Bring Down the Opioid Industry

There are 40,000 Americans who are in jail on marijuana charges, and not one executive of a Fortune 500 company that was involved in the opioid trade has been charged with a crime. And there’s a lot of evidence out there, now, that’s come out in discovery— internal emails, documents, memos, internal audits that these companies were doing that show what they knew, when they knew it, actions they took, actions they didn’t take.

Scott Higham, author of American Cartel: Inside the Battle to Bring Down the Opioid Industry

One of the most revealing parts of [American Cartel] is the swarm of former Justice Department officials and lawyers and former officials of other federal agencies who left the federal government, went into private business, and then were called on to bounce back and exert their influence to weaken the Justice Department’s resolve.

Ralph Nader


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