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The Andy Social Podcast - Rusty Young - Marching Powder - Colombiano

Episode 97 – Rusty Young (Author – Marching Powder, Colombiano)

Definition of a risk taker? Rusty Young. International best selling author, Rusty hit the book scene in the early 2000s with the release of his first book, Marching Powder. For those who haven't read it, Rusty voluntarily stayed in San Pedro Prison in Bolivia for several months with convicted drug trafficker, Thomas McFadden. The book is an absolute eyeopener into a world of corruption, heavy drug use and an unorthodox prison eco-system that is not seen anywhere else in the world. Rusty later relocated to Colombia to finish Marching Powder and somehow stumbled into working for a US contractor who was helping to train counter-terrorism soldiers dealing with the Colombian Conflict. Through his work helping the operation, Rusty dived into a deeper side of the South American drug war. He discovered countless cases of children being recruited as soldiers in the conflict, who experienced unthinkable acts of torture and abuse. It was through these experiences and the stories that he heard which lead to his latest book Colombiano. Rusty invited me to his ...
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The Andy Social Podcast is regularly aired audio podcast hosted by Australian musician, Andy Dowling. Listeners can enjoy Andy’s ongoing quest to learn about himself and the world around him through stories and conversations with numerous guests, from all walks of life. Regardless of your background and interests, there are numerous lessons and learnings in every episode that transcend many niche interests and backgrounds.