El Chapo Guzman

El Chapo Guzman

Top of Mind with Julie Rose

Republicans, El Chapo, Mars Rover, Why Torture Fails

Episode: Republicans, El Chapo, Mars Rover, Why Torture Fails

  • Jul 28, 2015 9:00 pm
  • 24:30 mins

Guest: Don Winslow, author of “The Cartel” and other novels  The head of the Sinaloa cartel – Joaquin El Chapo Guzman - remains at large after his July 11 escape from a maximum security prison. A Mexican judge has now ordered three of the prison’s officers be formally taken into custody and questioned about their potential role in the prison break.  Government officials say El Chapo Guzman squeezed through the opening to a tunnel in the floor of his cell and escaped on a motorcycle. But novelist Don Winslow is skeptical. He’s spent the last 15 years researching the drug trade in Mexico and following Guzman’s career. His new book, “The Cartel”- and previous works “The Power of the Dog” and “Savages”-  trace the rise of the drug wars in Mexico and the US. They’re works of fiction, but many – maybe even the majority  - of characters and events they depict are real.