Reason Speakeasy: Nick Gillespie, Andrew Tatarsky & Maia Szalavitz

  • January 4, 2023
    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Reason’s Nick Gillespie interviews Andrew Tatarsky and Maia Szalavitz on Harm Reduction

About this event

Join Reason Editor at Large Nick Gillespie for a live taping of The Reason Interview podcast on Wednesday, January 4 at New York’s Blue Building theater.

Doors open at 6pm, interview starts at 7pm sharp, program ends at 8.30pm. Reception before and after.

The Reason Speakeasy is a monthly, unscripted conversation with outspoken defenders of free thinking and heterodoxy in an age of cancel culture and thought police.

Nick will interview psychologist Andrew Tatarsky, the founder of the Center for Optimal Living and the author of Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems, and Maia Szalavitz, the author of Undoing Drugs: The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction and The Broken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction.

Andrew is widely recognized as the trailblazing pioneer behind the “harm reduction” movement, which seeks to minimize negative consequences of drug use rather than eradicate it completely. Maia’s work has long explored the role of agency and compassion in understanding and treating addictive and self-destructive behavior, and she writes with the authority of a former heroin user.

It’s going to be a great evening of conversation and camaraderie. We’ll have beer, wine, soft drinks, and appetizers available before and after the event, so there will be plenty of time to talk about drug policy–and anything else that’s on your mind.


Wednesday, January 4, 2022

6:00 to 8:30 PM


Blue Building

222 East 46th Street

New York, NY 10017

Tickets can be purchased here.