The Uncertain Hour

The Uncertain Hour dives in to one controversial topic each season to bust long-standing myths and find the origin stories of the world we live in. Because the things we fight the most about are the things we know the least about.

The third season starts with a strange and little-known story of how, thirty years ago in 1989, George H.W. Bush came to hold up an actual baggie of crack in his first televised speech in the Oval Office — a baggie he claimed was seized in front of the White House. We find out the surprising backstory of that crack, and how the policies Bush launched continue to reverberate today, even as the crack epidemic has faded into history.

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