Bonus Episode: Stephanie talks to Ruben Castaneda
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Stephanie Wittels Wachs from Last Day is joined by Ruben Castaneda for a thought-provoking conversation. In 2018, the National Press Foundation chose Mr. Castaneda as one of 15 journalists nationwide to participate in a deep dive seminar into reporting on the opioids crisis. During the height of the crack epidemic that decimated the streets of D.C., Ruben Castaneda covered the crime beat for the Washington Post.
He brings his perspective to the conversation with Stephanie as someone who landed a job at one of the country’s premier newspapers. But his apparent success masked a devastating secret: he was addicted to crack. Even as he covered the drug-fueled violence that was destroying the city, he was prowling S Street, a 24/7 open-air crack market, during his off hours, looking for his next fix.
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Check out Ruben’s book here: https://www.amazon.com/Street-Rising-Crack-Murder-Redemption-ebook/dp/B00J5ED8EW