Meth in America: A Small Town Story


Journalist Nick Reding grew up in one Midwest: steady, sturdy, a little bit storybook.

He went back and found another. High as a kite on crank – on methamphetamines – and a living wreck.

He honed in on little Olwein, Iowa, lifted the covers, and found a terrible mess: meth, addiction, depravity. And beneath those, roots of despair grounded in a globalized economy gone wrong. Communities – in Olwein and far beyond – left desperately adrift. He’s brought us the story in a book called “Methland.”

Up next, On Point: Nick Reding and “Methland.”

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Nick Reding, author of “Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town.”

Nathan Lein, assistant county prosecutor, Oelwein, IA.

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