Hay Festival Colombia Digital

Hay Festival Colombia took place from 21 to 30 of January 2022, with events in the cities of Cartagena de Indias, Medellín and Jericó. You are currently browsing the digital programme of the festival.

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Event 10

Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with Veronica Smink (Spanish version)

The nation of pain

 Auditorio Principal Parque Explora

What is the true goal of the health industry? Is it healing or profit? Patrick Radden Keefe (United States) is a New Yorker journalist and the author of several works of non-fiction. His most recent work is Empire of Pain, the startling history of one of the world’s richest families, one whose fortune was built upon dark foundations. The big pharma magnates, the Sacklers, patrons of the sciences and the arts, became involved in the pharmaceutical industry at the time of the Great Depression, and were later involved in the sale of the painkiller Valium. Years later, they were behind the development of a medication that would earn them millions of dollars, the same that would usher in the era of the opioid crisis in the United States: OxyContin. Radden Keefe tells this story in a masterful way in his book, and will talk about this subject with Veronica Smink.

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Event 10EN

Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with Veronica Smink (English version)

The nation of pain

 Auditorio Principal Parque Explora

What is the true goal of the health industry? Is it healing or profit? Patrick Radden Keefe (United States) is a New Yorker journalist and the author of several works of non-fiction. His most recent work is Empire of Pain, the startling history of one of the world’s richest families, one whose fortune was built upon dark foundations. The big pharma magnates, the Sacklers, patrons of the sciences and the arts, became involved in the pharmaceutical industry at the time of the Great Depression, and were later involved in the sale of the painkiller Valium. Years later, they were behind the development of a medication that would earn them millions of dollars, the same that would usher in the era of the opioid crisis in the United States: OxyContin. Radden Keefe tells this story in a masterful way in his book, and will talk about this subject with Veronica Smink.

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Event 5

Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with Rosie Boycott (Spanish version)

Impery of pain

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

What is the true goal of the health industry? Is it healing or profit? Patrick Radden Keefe (United States) is a New Yorker journalist and the author of several works of non-fiction. His most recent work is Empire of Pain, the startling history of one of the world’s richest families, one whose fortune was built upon dark foundations. The big pharma magnates, the Sacklers, patrons of the sciences and the arts, became involved in the pharmaceutical industry at the time of the Great Depression, and were later involved in the sale of the painkiller Valium. Years later, they were behind the development of a medication that would earn them millions of dollars, the same that would usher in the era of the opioid crisis in the United States: OxyContin. Radden Keefe tells this story in a masterful way in his book, and will talk about this subject with Rosie Boycott.

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Event 5EN

Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with Rosie Boycott (English version)

Impery of pain

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

What is the true goal of the health industry? Is it healing or profit? Patrick Radden Keefe (United States) is a New Yorker journalist and the author of several works of non-fiction. His most recent work is Empire of Pain, the startling history of one of the world’s richest families, one whose fortune was built upon dark foundations. The big pharma magnates, the Sacklers, patrons of the sciences and the arts, became involved in the pharmaceutical industry at the time of the Great Depression, and were later involved in the sale of the painkiller Valium. Years later, they were behind the development of a medication that would earn them millions of dollars, the same that would usher in the era of the opioid crisis in the United States: OxyContin. Radden Keefe tells this story in a masterful way in his book, and will talk about this subject with Rosie Boycott.

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Event 27

Ricardo Corredor, Wade Davis and Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with Rosie Boycott (Spanish version)

Imagine... well-being: legal drugs in America

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

Benzodiazepines, opioids... legal medicines that are regularly prescribed in medical consultations in so many countries on the continent. These legal drugs, together with alcohol, kill thousands of people every year, contribute to violence, and are controlled by wither pharmaceutical companies or, if not legal, by organized crime. Two authors from the region talk about an epidemic that affects us all. With director of Communications of the Comision of Truth, Ricardo Corredor (Colombia); anthropologist and writer Wade Davis (Canada/Colombia); and the journalist Patrick Radden Keefe (United States), in conversation with Rosie Boycott.

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Event 27EN

Ricardo Corredor, Wade Davis and Patrick Radden Keefe in conversation with Rosie Boycott (English version)

Imagine... well-being: legal drugs in America

 Centro de Convenciones (Auditorio)

Benzodiazepines, opioids... legal medicines that are regularly prescribed in medical consultations in so many countries on the continent. These legal drugs, together with alcohol, kill thousands of people every year, contribute to violence, and are controlled by wither pharmaceutical companies or, if not legal, by organized crime. Two authors from the region talk about an epidemic that affects us all. With director of Communications of the Comision of Truth, Ricardo Corredor (Colombia); anthropologist and writer Wade Davis (Canada/Colombia); and the journalist Patrick Radden Keefe (United States), in conversation with Rosie Boycott.

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