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.

09/22/17 Marc Emery

Reports from Canada re July 2018 efforts to "legalize" cannabis featuring Kevin Sabet from Smart Approaches, Canadian activists Dana Larsen, Marc Emery & Jodie Emery + Doug McVay DTN reporter co-hosts Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use in the Department of Health and Human Services; Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.


58:00 minutes (26.56 MB)

09/15/17 Paul Butler

Paul Butler, former Fed prosecutor & author of Choke Hold (Policing Black Men), Jodie Emery Canada's Princess of Pot + Matt Elrod & Philippe Lucas on CA "legalization", Derrick Rosenfeld of DPA re deadly drug war games online & in Philippines


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

09/08/17 Maia Szalavitz

Maia Szalavitz, journalist/author/drug reformer, Corey Mendes busted during Harvey, Andrea Wimberly Tx cannabis patient, Julie Ann Genter NZ MP, Texas Atty Clay Conrad on jury nullification, loss of rights


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

09/01/17 George Karandinos

George Karandinos article on opiod crisis in Guardian, Deborah Small of Break the Chains, Neill Franklin Dir of LEAP, Josh Drayton re Anaheim Cannabis Conf Sept 21-22, Bill Piper Dep Dir of DPA, song Eternal War NOTE: For those airing half hour CB, 29:00 mark on this hour program designed to fit exactly. Next week, one hour only show.


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

08/25/17 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann former Dir of DPA, Betty Aldworth at Hempfest, former Chicago prosecutor James Gierach, Dr. Joel Hochman's advice to drug victims + Trump, editorials, Safe Injection news & Willie Nelson. Hour show (58:00)


58:00 minutes (26.56 MB)

08/18/17 Eric Sterling

Eric Sterling Dir of Criminal Justice Policy Foundation + Ray Hill reformer extraordinaire (1/2 Hr Edition)


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/18/17 Eric Sterling

(1 Hr show) Eric Sterling Dir of Criminal Justice Policy Foundation + Ray Hill reformer extraordinaire + Doug McVay report from Seattle Hempfest & Phil Smith reporter for Drug War Chronicle


58:12 minutes (26.65 MB)

08/11/17 John Kiriakou

John Kiriakou former CIA agent re government torture, lies, Karen O'Keefe of Marijuana Policy Project, report on Rastafarian shootout, Alexis' suit against Fed Govt, Trump drug war lies


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/04/17 Cory Booker

Senator Cory Booker bill to legalize cannabis, Ann Coulter demonizes black race and cannabis, former Congressman Ron Paul demonizes the demonizers, CBS: continuing Chicago cop corruption.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/28/17 Neil Franklin

We are ALL SUSPECTS! with Major Neill Franklin of LEAP & Jacob Sullum of Reason Magazine + DTN Editorial


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/21/17 Kim Ogg

Kim Ogg, DA of Houston, Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno new head of DPA, Mason Tvert of VS Strategies, Phil Smith of Drug War Chronicle


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

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)

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