Today’s guest discusses the history of the coca leaf and the U.S. drug control regime. Amongst other topics, we discuss the importance of coca to both Coca-Cola and Merck and the pharmaceutical industry. For Suzanna Reiss, this provides a way to interpret the history of capitalism across the mid-twentieth century and after.
Suzanna Reiss is Associate Professor of History at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She is author of We Sell Drugs: The Alchemy of US Empire. You can read more about her work here.