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Wednesday, we're talking with journalist Ryan Nerz about America's complicated relationship with marijuana. Nerz is a self-professed aficionado, but he reached a point in his life when he started asking whether it was delusional to call himself a "productive stoner." So, he set out to write a book that would explore his – and the country's – hypocritical stance on weed. He joins us to talk about the prohibition, economy, dangers and benefits of the nation's favorite (sometimes) illegal drug.

Ryan Nerz is a freelance journalist whose pieces have appeared in Esquire, the Village Voice, and Time Out New York. He's the author of Eat This Book: A Year of Gorging and Glory on the Competitive Eating Circuit [ Amazon/ Indiebound] and Marijuanamerica [ Amazon / Indiebound]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.