Cultural Baggage

Launched in early 2001, Cultural Baggage, hosted by Dean Becker, is the only nationally distributed radio program focused on discussing the war on drugs.

The weekly, half-hour program features interviews with prominent experts, such as U.S. Representatives John Conyers (D-MI) and Ron Paul (R-TX); Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman; and Superior Court Judge James Gray.

Cultural Baggage features timely and candid interviews with elected officials, judges, scientists, doctors, authors, entertainers, police officers, wardens, prisoners, and patients about current drug war issues, such as medical marijuana, sentencing reform, racial profiling, and police corruption.

07/14/17 John Sajo

Time to Decriminalize Drugs Conf: Jag Davies of Drug Policy Alliance, Emily Kaltenbach - DPA, Tess Borden - Human Rights Watch and ACLU, Juan Cartagena - LatinoJustice PRLDEF + Pioneering activist John Sajo re Oregon's push to decriminalize all drugs


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/07/17 Phil Smith

Phil Smith reporter with Stop The Drug War, Dr. Sam Snodgrass of Broken No More & Gretchen Burns Bergman of A New Path


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/06/17 Dean Becker

VOICES: Unvarnished Truth About The Drug War SPECIAL from Houston's DA Kim Ogg, Sheriff Ed Gonzales, Police Chief Art Acevedo, US Congressman Beto O'Rourke & DEA Agent Stan Furce + music, comments and callers, 52:00


52:07 minutes (47.71 MB)

06/30/17 Debby Goldsberry

Debby Goldsberry, author of "Starting and Running a Marijuana Business" + Houston Mayor & Police Chief re Fentynal & Paul Armentano of NORML re cannabis Vs opiods


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/23/17 Carl Hart

Dr. Carl Hart, author of High Price and Asha Bandele of DPA conversation: "Everything You Know About Drugs Is Wrong" + Tris Tristone of KPOV in Bend Oregon re cannabis rights, cannabis tours


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/16/17 Allen St. Pierre

America's War On Drugs - Allen St. Pierre, Freeway Ricky Ross + Everything you know about drugs is wrong w/ Dr. Carl Hart & Asha Bandele


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/09/17 David Bearman

Dr. David Bearman, author of "Drugs are not the Devils Tools", Alec Dixon Dir of SC Labs & Valerie Corral Dir of Wamm.org


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/02/17 Mary Lynn Mathre

Nurse Mary Lynn Mathre Dir of Patients out of Time, Debby Goldsberry owner Magnolia Wellness dispensary, Tom Paul employee of Magnolia, Seattle Atty Douglas Hiatt & Sec of Vet Affairs David Shulkin


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/26/17 Norm Stamper

Norm Stamper, former Police Chief of Seattle, LEAP Speaker & author of new book: To Protect And Serve, How to Fix America's Police


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/19/17 Irv Rosenfeld

Berkeley Medical Cannabis Conference: Irv Rosenfeld who is supplied by US Govt, Mike Krawits Dir of Vets for Med Cann, author Jorge Cervantes, author/cannabis expert Chris Conrad, Nick Marrrow former cops now cannabis expert


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/12/17 Kim Ogg

Kim Ogg, District Attorney of Houston Texas re cannabis, bail reform, Dr. Elias Jackson, MMJ Patients: Ramano Harding & Gretchen Majnadi at Global Marijuana March, Heather Fazio of MPP re Texas' near misses


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/05/17 Mary Lynn Mathre

Nurse Mary Lynn Mathre re 05/18/17 cannabis Conf in Berkeley, Tex Judge John Delaney, MMJ patients William Shelby & Karen Reeves, Dr. Tamara Old, "Grey Death" & DTN Editorial


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/28/17 Deborah Small

"Not One Step Back" Drug Policy Alliance conference in Atlanta with Deborah Small, Police Chief Joe Chevalier, Georgia Senator Harold Jones, Author Susan Burton, Patricia Sully harm reductionist, Jeb Sessions


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/21/17 Paul Armentano

Paul Armentano, Dep Dir of NORML, report on Canada attempt to legalize, Glenn Muse re problems with synthetic "weed" in Texas, former Police Chief of Seattle Norm Stamper, Phil Smith of StopTheDrugWar.org


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/14/17 Eric Sterling

Eric Sterling of Criminal Justice Policy Foundation & Neill Franklin Dir of Law Enforcement Action Partnership decry fallacy of drug war + artist Ellen Bukstel discussion about her song Who's the Pusher Now?


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/07/17 Beto O'Rourke

US Congressman Beto O'Rourke now running for Ted Cruz' senate seat, Ed Rosenthal the Guru of Ganja has 2 new books, Mexican newspaper El Norte is closing, Sissy Farenthold, David Peel, the Fugs


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/31/17 Jodie Emery

Jodie Emery, Canadian activist busted with her husband Marc, former Chicago Prosecutor James Gierach on his new TV series "Chicago Drug War" + song "Eternal War" by DTN host Dean Becker


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/24/17 Glen Olives

Glen Olives Thompson, Mexican author & professor, DTN Intern Ashley Brien, Jason Thomas of Avalon Realty in Colo, Ashley Clemmer of Rothko Chapel re forthcoming seminar on Criminal Justice


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/17/17 Neill Franklin

Major Neill Franklin Dir of LEAP touring Texas, Rep Joe Moody seeks marijuana law change + dozens speak in support, Atty Randall Kallinen re wacko Waco shootout lawsuit, Jodie Emery re major shakedown in Canada, WSB report of Georgia legislators standing tall for drug law reform


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/10/17 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann, Exec Dir of Drug Policy Alliance soon to retire + Canadian Senator Larry Campbell re opiod crisis, failure of drug war


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/03/17 Alexandra Chasin

Alexandra Chasin author of "Assassin of Youth - A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger's War on Drugs" + Dr. Jokubas Ziburkus re Cannabis Seminar at UH on Thur Mar 9


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/24/17 Mary Lynn Mathre

Nurse Mary Lynn Mathre re cannabis medicine, forthcoming conference in Berkeley Ca + Jag Davies of DPA re Psychedelics Help Reduce Opioid Addiction & Marc Emery reports on cannabis bust in Canada


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/17/17 Kim Ogg

Kim Ogg, DA of Houston re Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program stopping 12,000 arrests per year w/ Sylvester Turner Mayor of Houston, Art Acevedo Houston Police Chief, Ed Gonzalez Sheriff of Houston & Texas Rep Joe Moody re decrim bill


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/10/17 Joe Moody

Texans For Responsible Marijuana Policy visits Texas Legislature, with Tx Rep Joe Moody, Heather Fazio of MPP, Chase Bradstreet, Charles Henley, Anthony Gonzalez, Suzy Wills, Phillip Blanton & Houston Press reporter Meagan Flynn re bail reform


29:00 minutes (19.92 MB)

02/03/17 David Bearman

David Bearman M.D., Co-founder of American Academy of Cannabinoid medicine, author of new book: Drugs Are Not The Devils Tools - How Discrimination and Greed Created a Dysfunctional Drug Policy and How It Can be Fixed


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/27/17 Paul Armentano

Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws + Neill Franklin, Exec Director of LEAP + Houston DA Kim Ogg & report of dispensary robberies in Canada.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/20/17 Beto O'Rourke

Texas Rep Beto O'Rourke, Texas medical cannabis patients Erica Tucker busted for cannabis & breast feeding in Johnson Co where the DA under investigation for corruption, Makayla Farley & her grandpa Phillip Blanton busted for trying to bring MMJ from California to her hospital bed


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/13/17 Phil Smith

Phil Smith of Alternet, Drug War Chronicle re Trump, Appts., drug war + Dr. Robert Melamede re hypocrisy, failure of drug laws


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/06/17 Steve DeAngelo

Steven DeAngelo, CEO of Harborside Health Center, author of Cannabis Manifesto, Mike Hilliard, retired Baltimore Police Major + Adam Eidenger & effort to smoke out the Trump inauguration


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/30/16 Art Acevedo

Art Acevedo, Houston's new Police Chief joins us for the full half hour to discuss forthcoming changes on Jan 1 to drug law enforcement in our nations 4th largest city


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

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