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Tangazo is a meeting place where we share ideas and explore efforts to improve our human conditions and quite simply make our lives better. All are welcome, none will be judged, but all are challenged to look beyond ourselves and our notions of how others think about issues of cultural​,​ political and social significance. We are building bridges of communication between the many groups that make up the St​. L​ouis Metropolitan Region by sharing and reflecting on the stories and lives of a diverse group of guests.

Host and Producer: Hank Thompson
Guest Hosts: Tim Person, Rev. Darryl Gray & Mike Jones
Technical Producers: Kevin Melter, Frankie Meixner, Ryan Voelkel, Jeron Wilson, Matt Patston, Jon Valley & Andy Coco

Mar 21, 2022

We were privileged to have an extended conversation with the founder of BASIC, Oval Miller and his top assistant Michael Batchman, as my guest on the latest episode of the KDHX podcast Tangazo. ———  

BASIC was Founded in 1982, as a drug and alcohol treatment center for African Americans. It has a great reputation for the restoration of drug-addicted persons back to contributing citizens. ———

Recently seven people died within a two-hour time span, within two city blocks in the central west end of St Louis, as a result of Fentanyl laced cocaine. Those deaths sparked my concern that more information was needed, about this deadly synthetic drug Fentanyl. ———

What is the genesis of this drug, where does it come from and why does it kill so many people annually in the Stlouis metro area, was the focus of our conversation during this episode of Tangazo. ———

Why isn’t there more concern and funding for drug addiction,  in black communities in St Louis city and county? Why aren’t African American elected officials more involved in helping to eradicate the destruction of black families and communities caused by the drug epidemic, that’s raging out of control across the metro area? ———

These questions are raised and answered in this compelling episode of the KDHX podcast Tangazo. ——