For this week’s interview on Trend Lines, WPR’s Elliot Waldman is joined by Ben Westhoff, a journalist who spent the past few years chronicling the rise of fentanyl. He shares insights from his reporting, which took him from Midwestern towns to a Chinese laboratory to a treatment center in Slovenia.
A series of recent police raids in Nigeria revealed inhumane and abusive conditions in what news reports called “Islamic schools.” In an interview, Hannah Hoechner and Sadisu Salisu Idris explain why calling these centers “Islamic schools” is misleading, and why the government’s response to the raids is inadequate.
The number of drug-related deaths in Scotland spiked to nearly 1,200 in 2018—a 27 percent increase over the previous year. In an interview, Catriona Matheson discusses the myriad factors that are causing the epidemic and what authorities at various levels of government are doing to address it.