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Emory University’s “Methland” Course

All-university course ‘Methland’ sparks dialogue   By Margie Fishman   “The University Course: Methland” — the first of its kind at Emory — examines Nick Reding’s acclaimed book about a small Iowa town battered by the methamphetamine epidemic.   While the book, “Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town,” is the centerpiece [...]

From Open Letters Monthly

A Light on the Ground By Joseph P. Wood Methland By Nick Reding Bloomsbury, 2009   In the process of seeing other human being as “one of us” rather than a “them” is a matter of detailed description of what unfamiliar people are like and of a redescription of what we ourselves are like. This [...]

The Lit Show

Nick Reding discusses Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town, a study of methamphetamine’s road from legal stimulant to pervasive illicit drug. With Oelwein, Iowa, as its epicenter, the book chronicles the widely variegated effects of meth’s production, use, and distribution on communities throughout the rural United States. Click here to listen

From the Worthington (MN) Daily Globe

Meth-odology: Author with area connections delves into rural epidemic Beth Rickers, Worthington Daily Globe OELWEIN, Iowa — Nick Reding’s book is filled with colorful characters: an addict who blows up his mother’s house; a doctor battling his own demons while he tries to save his patients; a mayor determined to revitalize his deteriorating town; a [...]

From the Chicago Tribune

Author of ‘Methland,’ about drug war in rural America, wins prize By Elizabeth Taylor October 31, 2009 In Oelwein, Iowa, Nick Reding found the bleeding heart of the nation. Most may regard this part of the world as “flyover country,” but Reding saw it as an iconic place where a town four square blocks, with [...]

From Guernica magazine

The Meth Whisperer Kyle McAuley interviews Nick Reding, December 2009 The writer on his book Methland, why newspapers got the meth crisis wrong, and how the “middle of America” will pull itself out of a twenty-five year bust. Between 1983 and 2005, U.S. newspapers called seventy separate American towns the “Meth Capital of the World.” [...]

From INDenver Times (Part Two of a two-part interview)

INDenverTimes’ Benjamin Whitmer recently interviewed Nick Reding, the author of Methland. Here is the last part of the interview.The first part is available here. INDT Benjamin Whitmer: I don’t know how much of what’s on the internet is true, but I read that some residents of Oelwein were pretty angry about the book, in part [...]

Meth’s Vise Grip on Rural America (The Denver Post)

In his new book, “Methland,” journalist Nick Reding has created both a blistering and meditative account of the stranglehold that methamphetamine has on the postindustrial town of Oelwein, Iowa, and how the civic leaders have tried to save their community. Reding’s account is a nuanced look at meth, a drug almost ignored for two decades [...]

“These Days” with Maureen Cavanaugh (KPBS, San Diego)

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“All Things Considered” with Melissa Block (NPR)

Methland author, Nick Reding was featured on July 8th edition of All Things Considered. Click here to listen to the interview.

From INDenver Times (Part One of a two-part interview)

NDenverTimes’ Benjamin Whitmer recently interviewed Nick Reding, the author of Methland. Here is the first part of the interview. INDT Benjamin Whitmer: One of the things I like most about Methland is that it draws a complicated picture of the conditions that create methamphetamine use. Methland is not only about the spread of methamphetamines in [...]

Main Street’s Meth Problem (Vue Weekly-Edmonton, Alberta)

In much the same way as the crack epidemic and the myriad social problems that came with it came to embody the drug panic of the 1980s and early 1990s—news reports of the time were filled with stories of social chaos in inner-cities, out-of-control crime rates and, perhaps most notoriously, “crack babies” born addicted to [...]

“Up to Date” (KCUR, Kansas City)

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“Voices of the Tri-State”, from KDTH (Dubuque, Iowa)

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“On Point” with Tom Ashbrook (WBUR, Boston)

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“Saint Louis on the Air” (KWMU, 90.7 FM)

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WAMC, Albany, New York: “Round Table”

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Methland highlights failing rural economy: the Associated Press (Amy Lorentzen)

Nick Reding, the author of a well-received book about methamphetamine’s grip on a small town, believes the drug is “only a symptom of a larger economic and ultimately political problem.” “That problem is essentially that people can’t make money anymore to do the jobs that have kept places in the middle of the country going [...]

Public Radio Tulsa

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California Public Radio: “Writers on Writing”

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