Ann Marie Awad

Ann Marie Awad was with CPR from 2017-2021 as a reporter, the host of the podcast "On Something" and a community audio producer.

On Something: By Any Other Name

By Any Other Name

If you Google the question “Is marijuana racist?” there’s no shortage of articles available to try and answer the question definitively. But the racial baggage behind the word is much more complicated than a simple yes or no answer.
Psychedelics & Safe Spaces

Psychedelics & Safe Spaces

Psychedelics are more than just cutting edge — they’re trendy. But are the people who pioneered the use of these medicines now in danger of being written out of the next chapter of psychedelic history?
On Something Art: Black Owned Episode


Massachusetts won national praise for being the first state to legalize recreational weed with an eye to equity. Since then, the reality has been more complicated.
My Family On Something Live Event

LIVE: My Family, On Something

Your favorite podcast about life after legalization recently hosted a virtual live event about awkward and unexpected tales of sentiment and substance. Six seriously talented storytellers shared anecdotes about those times when family and drugs collide. We called it “Your Family, On Something.”
On Something: Creative Brain On Drugs

The Creative Brain On Drugs

Does cannabis make creative people more creative? Members of the bands Tanks and the Bangas and Chicano Batman share how weed plays into their process, while a neuroscientist breaks down the mysteries of the creative brain. Join us for a music-filled Season 2 finale of On Something!

Pot Smuggling 2.0

Investigative journalist Chris Walker took a deep dive into a massive smuggling ring that passed itself off as a legitimate cannabis business in Colorado. Chris talks with Ann to unpack the larger impacts of this story, which he tells on his own podcast, “The Syndicate.”
On Something: At War With the War On Drugs

At War With The War On Drugs

Blues artist Fantastic Negrito was raised in Oakland, Calif., to believe that the cops will kill you. Kassandra Frederique, head of the Drug Policy Alliance, can remember countless names of people killed by police while she was growing up in New York City. From opposite coasts, two stories about the tangled web of racism, policing and the war on drugs.