Show Notes

Ed Bisch's son died of an overdose of Oxycontin.  Ed didn't sit by.  He started researching Oxycontin and its manufacturer - Purdue Pharma; AND the family behind it - The Sacklers.  He has been fighting this battle for years and doesn't see giving up until both the company and the family are made to take responsibility for the countless deaths due to oxycontin addiction and overdose. In December 2020, Ed appeared in the MSNBC special - The Forgotten Epidemic.

Beth Macy parsed her evolution from papergirl to ink-stained author with Longform Podcast host Evan Ratliff: literally being the only female newspaper deliverer in my small Ohio hometown, where she learned to roam around talking (interviewing, really) to all kinds of people. It’s still her favorite thing to do. Among her favorite essays is a 2021 New York Times piece about the rural-urban divide and about the fiercely loving and complicated relationship she had with her mom, a displaced factory worker who taught her feistiness, introduced her to libraries, and a love of home cooking and rescue dogs.

Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local—and Helped Save an American Town 2014

Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South 2016

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America 2018

Finding Tess: A Mother’s Search for Answers in a Dopesick America 2019