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The Buzz(kill) about Caffeine

Caffeine is arguably the most popular drug in America. But what do you really know about it? This short video explains how the beloved stimulant became the key ingredient in top-selling soft drinks and how those drinks came to be blended with foreign-made synthetic caffeine. It also examines the regulatory mess surrounding this potentially lethal drug in the U.S.

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Director, Producer and Editor
Ariane Wu

Based on reporting by
Murray Carpenter

Al Letson

Additional Narration
David Gill

Anna Vignet

Production Assistants
Anna Vignet
Greta Mart

Motion Graphics Artists
Sam Ward
Richard Levien

Gary Coates

Sound Mixer
Christopher Galipo

“For a Good Catch”
“String Along”
“The Hornet’s Nest”

– Courtesy of De Wolfe Music

“And Hey Presto”

– Courtesy of Audio Network

PostScript Theme Music Composer
Jason Kick

Executive Producer
Amanda Pike

Editorial Director
Robert Salladay

Images and footage from
U.S. Treasury Department
Eastman Classroom Films
News On The Street
Washington University Archives

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