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.

02/12/16 Ekow Yankah

Prof Ekow Yankah via NYT OpED: When Addiction Has a White Face, Tony Newman of DPA, Will Godfrey editor of The Influence, Trump, Sanders & more


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/08/16 Brian C Bennet

Brian Bennett producer of "Truth - The Anti Drug War", Howard Wooldridge in NH, Debby Goldsberry for International Cannabis Business Conference, clips from CBS & NBC re cannabis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/05/16 Phil Smith

Phil Smith of Alternet & Drug War Chronicle + Debby Goldsbury re International Cannabis Business Conf, Bernie Sanders re MJ laws, Heroin PSA & More


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/29/16 Ray Hill

Ray Hill, patriarch of KPFT radio re gay rights, drug war & the return of "Flower Power" & Jim McMahon, former Bears QB + ancient US marijuana PSA's (Propaganda)


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/22/16 Lynn Paltrow

Lynn Paltrow, Dir of Advocates for Pregnant Women, Jason Hernandez freed from life w/o parole by Obama & Lisa Marie Johnston interview & song Time Flies By (when you're getting stoned)


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/15/16 Kimberly Cheney

Kimberly Cheney, former Atty General of Vermont, Matt Simon of MPP, Dr. Stanton Peele re addiction, Mason Tvert of MPP


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/08/16 George Martorano

George Martorano, sentenced to life in prison w/o parole just got out after serving more than 32 years behind bars for cannabis + "When Cops Kill Blacks"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/01/16 John Urquhart

Best of 2015: Sheriff John Urquhart of Seattle, President Obama in Chicago, Bernie Sanders in Denver & medical marijuana in Texas


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/25/15 Jeff Mizanskey

Jeff Mizanskey who served 22 years in Missouri prisons for pot possesion & Peter Christ founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/18/15 Paul Armentano

Paul Armentano author of new book: "The Citizens Guide to State by State Marijuana Laws" + Neill Franklin Dir of LEAP, Gretchen Burns Bergman of MomsUnited.net & Bill Piper of Drug Policy Alliance


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/11/15 Ethan Russo

2015 DPA Conf IV: Dr. Ethan Russo re cannabis medicine, research and potential medicines + Ethan Nadelmann Exec Dir of Drug Policy Alliance + Denver bible & cannabis congregation


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/04/15 Eric Sterling

2015 DPA Conf with Eric Sterling of Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, Phil Smith of Alternet, Matt Simon of MPP, Eapen Thampy of Americans for Forfeiture Reform, Richard Van Wickler Supt of Cheshire Co Dept of Correction & Tony Newman of DPA


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/27/15 Cory Booker

2015 Drug Policy Alliance Conf with Senator Cory Booker, DPA Exec Dir Ethan Nadelmann, Michael Krawitz Dir of Veterans for Medical Cannabis, Nurse Ken Wolski of Coalition for Med Marijuana New Jersey, memoriam to Professor Buford Terrell & Tom Angel of Marijuana Majority


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/20/15 Steve Rolles

2015 Drug Policy Alliance Conf from Wash DC with Steve Rolles of UK's Transform, Diane Goldstein of LEAP, Rick Doblin of MAPS, Alan Clear of Harm Reduction Coalition & Lee Hofcroft a DC legal cannabis tradesman


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/13/15 Robert Melamede

Dr. Robert Melamede re forward/backward looking people, Julie Netherland of DPA, veteran David Bass + CBS clip


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/06/15 James Gierach

James Gierach former Asst States Atty, Hannah Hetzer & Tony Newman with Drug Policy Alliance, Rand Paul & tribute to Kaylee with her daughter Chaska Daye


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/30/15 John Urquhart

Sheriff John Urquhart of Seattle, President Obama in Chicago, Bernie Sanders in Denver & medical marijuana in Texas


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/23/15 Charles A. McClelland Jr

Charles A. McClelland Jr, Police Chief of Houston, Ethan Nadelmann Dir of DPA re UN call to end drug war, Matt Elrod of DrugSense re Canada's move to legalization & tribute to Vincent Lopez Texas drug reformer extraordinaire.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/16/15 Steve Downing

Steven Downing, former Dep Police Chief of L.A., Marsha Rosenbaum formerly with Drug Policy Alliance, Andrew Chavez of KushyPunch gummy cannabis candy and Dale Skye Jones Chancellor of Oaksterdam Univ.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/09/15 Steve DeAngelo

Steve DeAngelo, Dir of Harborside Health Center is author of a new book: The Cannabis Manifesto - A New Paradigm for Wellness + Michael Collins of the Drug Policy Alliance re release of 6,000 Fed drug prisoners


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/02/15 Doug McVay

Doug McVay report on 1st legal day in Oregon, Joe Hodek of Dixie Elixer, Steven Gutwillig of DPA, Adrian Kern of Kiva chocolate cannabis, Mike Allen Vs Whole Foods, CBS Houston: 94% for Legalization


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/25/15 Aaron Justiss

Cannabis Conf II with Aaron Justiss of Buds & Roses, Berto Torres of Gfarmalabs, Eric Branstad of Forever Flowering, Calico Castillo of The Weedblog, "Seth" a private grower, Ron Bush GBox Tech, Darcy Bomford of TrueLeaf dog food, Clark Metcalf of CannabisBuyer.com, Dean Becker wants YOU to Call the Drug Czar


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/18/15 John Malanca

2015 LA Cannabis Business Conference I with Ethan Nadelmann of DPA, John Malanca of United Patients Group, Steve Yanish of Amer Cannaabis Exch, Matt Johnson of Cultivation Supp, Pat Lesivoi of Wonder Soil, Kirk Silverston of Hemp Health & Peggy Figi for Charlottes Web


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/11/15 Amy Ralston Povah

Amy Ralston Povah of CAN-DO foundation on need to pardon hundreds of women caught in drug conspiracies, Matt Elrod and Alison Myrden report on Canada's back sliding drug laws


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/04/15 Jeff Mizanskey

Jeff Mizanskey, just released from a life sentence for cannabis, Atty Dan Viets & Travis Maurer of Show-Me-Cannabis + DTN Editorial: Solution to diminishing violence on US streets


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/28/15 Sam Quinones

Sam Quinones author of The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic - Dream Land, Gretchen Bergman of A New PATH and Denise Cullen of Broken No More


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/21/15 Leonard Pitts

Leonard Pitts, syndicated columnist/author re police conducting vaginal searches in public, Dr. Sue Sisley at Hempfest, Canadian Senator Larry Campbell & Dan Humiston re Sep Cannabis Conf in LA


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/14/15 Clay Conrad

Atty Clay Conrad author of Jury Nulification - Evolution of a Doctrine, Houston DA Devon Anderson, Jason Miller of Houston NORML re unconstituional cavity searches, Daniel Robello Policy Director for DPA on massive incarceration


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/07/15 Dana Larsen

Dana Larsen, Canadian activist & author of "Green Buds & Hash", Houston cannabis seminar with DA Anderson, Sheriff Nehls, Lauren Vazquez of MPP, Sam Sabzehzar re LEAP video "With Justice and Dignity, a Caravan for Peace"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/31/15 Steve Downing

Steve Downing, LEAP speaker & network producer re release of " With Justice and Dignity: A Caravan for Peace" + Duluth NEWS reporter John Lundy re legal cannabis in Minn, Earth & Fire Erowid & Wa Rep Roger Goodman re synthetic drugs ++ "War On Us" by Mendo Dope


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

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