Johann Hari spent three years researching the war on drugs; along the way, he discovered that addiction is not what we think it is.

Why you should listen

British journalist Johann Hari is the author of the New York Times best-selling book Chasing The Scream, from which his talk on addiction was adapted and for which he spent three years researching the war on drugs and questioning the ways in which we treat addiction.

He has written for many of the world’s leading newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Le Monde, The Guardian, New Republic, The Nation,, and The Sydney Morning Herald. He was a columnist for the British newspaper The Independent for nine years.

Hari was twice named National Newspaper Journalist of the Year by Amnesty International, was named Gay Journalist of the Year at the Stonewall Awards -- and won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for political writing.

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