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"Mexico's Elections and the War on Drugs"

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Aired on Monday, May 14th.

In July, Mexican voters will elect a new president. Although it's not getting much coverage here in the States --- where we, of course, have our own upcoming nationwide election to fixate upon --- the electoral race now happening in Mexico is a fiercely contested one. And one key issue in that race is whether the government should continue President Calderon's so-called "war on drugs" --- an issue that could have profound consequences for the U.S. On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with Dr. Richard L. Millett, a longtime expert on Latin American politics, policies, and military matters. Dr. Millett is Professor Emeritus of History at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where he taught from 1966 to 1999; he's taught at many other universities, as well. He's also written more than 100 articles and essays for journals and periodicals both scholarly and mainstream, and he is now a Senior Advisor for Latin America to Political Risk Services, an independent, internationally known firm that aims to quantify and rate political risk. Last week, Dr. Millett gave an address at the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations entitled, "Mexico's Elections and the War on Drugs: What Does the Future Hold?"

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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