TV tonight: PBS airs award-winning documentary on ‘war on drugs’

PBS features “The House I Live In” at 10 p.m.

Photo: Facebook/The House I Live In

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2013 ― Tonight, PBS is airing “The House I Live In,” a ground-breaking documentary on America’s controversial “war on drugs.” Whether a person agrees or disagrees with the current policies on drug enforcement, this film is a wake up call. The Boston Globe review says it best: “I’d hate to imply that it’s your civic duty to see The House I Live In when it’s eventually released to theaters, but guess what – it is.”

For decades now, Americans have demanded a tough stance on drugs from the government. But despite the best of intentions, the war on drugs has done little more than make the U.S. the most imprisoned populace in the world. Addiction rates have not dropped off and illegal substances are as easy as ever to get. The only beneficiaries are our lawless southern neighbors who supply them and the prisons that make money housing drug offenders.

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With 50-60 billion dollars a year to arrest, try and incarcerate millions of nonviolent offenders, it stands to reason that a failed and costly expenditure of funds would get a closer look. How can legislators continue to throw money away so freely when every budgetary penny on every level is under such close scrutiny?

Politicians on both sides of the aisle still support the failed war on drugs for fear of being labeled as “soft on crime.” But Libertarians such as Ron Paul argue that what people put into their bodies is their own business. (Mayor Bloomberg, take note.) The libertarian argument is that if drugs are decriminalized, as has happened in some European countries, evidence demonstrates that the profit motive is eliminated and drug use falls.

Obviously, there are more questions than answers when it comes to our country’s “war on drugs.” Any insight into the issue should be welcomed and explored. “The House I Live In” offers just such insight into an issue that continues to destroy more than it restores in 21st century America.

Tonight’s viewing:

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All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: Dancing With the Stars: (Live) The celebrities celebrate a memorable moment in their lives through a special performance.

CBS: 2 Broke Girls: (Repeat) Max and Caroline host a grand-opening celebration at their cupcake shop, and Max invites her former flames so she can show off her success.

FOX: Bones: (Repeat) Brennan and Booth investigate the case of a man found dead in a flooded excavation shaft holding a 300-year-old finger bone in his hand.

NBC: The Voice: (New) The blind auditions continue.

CW: The Carrie Diaries: (New) Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) is happy going to her junior prom, but when hidden secrets are revealed plans begin to change. Dorrit (Stefania Owen) is determined to take her relationship with Miller (guest star Evan Crooks) to the next level, but things hit a bump along the way.

8:30 p.m.

CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (Repeat) Season 6 blasts off with Wolowitz in space, and despite that, he still has to intervene in an earthbound argument between his mother and Bernadette. Meanwhile, all Raj’s friends are on dates, leaving him to ponder a solution to his loneliness.

9 p.m.

CBS: NCAA Basketball Championship Final: (Live) Louisville vs. Michigan

FOX: The Following: (New) A follower may be able to lead Ryan and the FBI to Carroll; Weston returns to the team; Claire comes face-to-face with Emma for the first time since Joey’s kidnapping.

CW: Hart of Dixie: (Repeat) Zoe grows very protective of Rose. Elsewhere, money goes missing during a church fund-raiser, and fingers are pointed at Wade; and Lemon seeks George’s assistance to derail Brick and Shelby’s latest plans.

HBO: 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Krauss: (New) The courageous journey of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus to save 50 Jewish children from the Nazis is chronicled in this inspiring film.

10 p.m.

ABC: Castle: (Repeat) As Beckett and Castle investigate a murder at a sci-fi convention they encounter avid fans in costume, egotistical celebrities and a lot of drama.

NBC: Revolution: (New) Monroe doubts Neville’s loyalty, which causes Neville to disown his son; Rachel and Charlie start to mend their relationship, but the bond frays when Rachel leaves on a quest to restore the power and regain her self-respect.

PBS: Independent Lens: (New) The House I Live In: Eugene Jarecki’s provocative “The House I Live In” examines America’s 40-year war on drugs, which has resulted in more than $1 trillion in government spending, 45 million arrests and an incarceration rate that’s the highest in the world.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

The Real Housewives of Orange County at 8 p.m. on BRAVO

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills at 9 p.m. on BRAVO

Love it or List it at 9 p.m. on HGTV

Being Human at 9 p.m. on Syfy

Dallas at 9 p.m. on TNT

Bates Motel at 10 p.m. on A&E

LA Shrinks at 10 p.m. on BRAVO

The Devils Ride at 10 p.m. on DSC

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

Teen Mom 2 at 10 p.m. on MTV

Top of the Lake at 10 p.m. on SUND

Monday Mornings at 10 p.m. on TNT

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

The Bodyguard on AMC

Waterworld on Enc

Heat on FLIX

What Happens in Vegas on FMC

Shrek Forever After on FX

Transporter 3 on IFC

Lionheart on REELZ

Taxi Driver on SUND

Roxie Hart on TCM

Traffic on TMC

9 p.m.

Roadhouse on MOMAX

Something Borrowed on HBO

Home Alone on ABCFAM

Later tonight:

Knock on any Door at 9:30 p.m. on TCM

Barb Wire at 9:45 p.m. on FLIX

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows at 10 p.m. on HBO

Transporter 3 at 10:15 p.m. on IFC

Men in Black II at 10:20 on ENC

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