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In the Chill of the Night Episode 12 with Toby Muse: Cocaine's Comeback

Toby Muse is a journalist, author, and documentary filmmaker. His work has appeared in major news outlets across the globe. He joins Ray and Pete to talk about his latest book: Kilo in which he follows a kilo of cocaine from its production in a clandestine laboratory to the smugglers who ship it abroad, he paints a picture for us of the human lives behind the drug’s complicated legacy. In this podcast, he shares his secret as to how he was able to gain unprecedented access to the farmers, smugglers, assassins—and the drug lords and their lovers controlling these multi-billion dollar enterprises. And how the War on Drugs has been no match for cocaine. Toby shares his views on what he sees as a new resurgence of cocaine which many here may be blind to. He opines as to the driver – need and demand. How for some poor farmers may have few options for survival and how newly minted millionaires in countries around the world are getting to taste the feeling that “coke” mixes well with the rum and famous.

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Toby is an author, foreign correspondent and documentary filmmaker. He grew up in London, before moving to Bogota, Colombia where he reported on South America for the next 15 years. As a freelance journalist, he has worked for the New York Times, BBC, CNN, The Guardian and others. He has reported from the frontlines of the wars in Syria and Iraq.