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.

05/27/16 Adam Eidinger

The "Green Rush" examined: Adam Eidinger head of DC marijuana effort, from Colo: Taylor West of The Cannabis Industry & Vivian McPeak Dir of Seattle Hempfest


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/22/16 Nathan P. Jones

Nathan Jones author of Mexico's Illicit Drug Networks - And the State Reaction, Nurse ML Mathre of Patients out of Time, Corey Barnett Wash DC cannabis provider, Arkansas report on cannabis legalization courtesy KNWA


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/13/16 Chris Conrad

Chris Conrad, author and cannabis expert outlines California's AUMA marijuana legalization act, Dr. Malak Burnett re DC's legalization & Elvy Musika who receives 300 cannabis cigarettes per month from the US Government


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/06/16 Tony Papa

Tony Papa, Mgr of Media relations at DPA has a new book This Side of Freedom + Nurse Ken Wolski, Veterans advocate Michael Krawitz and nurse Amy


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/29/16 David Bearman

Dr. David Bearman & Dr. Ethan Russo at Cannabis Conf., Mathew Wilhelm, Destiny Young of San Antonio NORML


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/22/16 Carl Hart

Prof Carl Hart, Pat O'Hare, Michael Seibert and Atty Harry Levine at Columbia Univ in NYC + Nurse Mary Lynn Mathre and Mathew Deleo at Patients Out of Time Conf in Baltimore


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/15/16 Maia Szalavitz

Maia Szalavitz author of Unbroken Brain + Dana Larsen traveling Canada giving away 2 million cannabis seeds is busted then continues giveaway


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/08/16 Neill Franklin

Neill Franklin Exec Dir of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Canadian MP Nathaniel Erskine Smith, Mexican Senator Laura Angelica Rojas Hernandez, David Borden of DRCnet, Tribute to Merle Haggard


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/01/16 Dean Bortell

Law Enforcement Perspectives Q&A 2 with Howard Wooldridge of LEAP, Tex Rep Gen Wu, Harris County/Houston DA Devon Anderson, Gary Hale former DEA agent + Caravan for Peace, Texas Hospital provided CBD & Colorado provides full cannabis meds for Alexis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/25/16 Devon Anderson

Law enforcement perspectives Q&A with Howard Wooldridge of LEAP, Tex Rep Gen Wu, Harris County/Houston DA Devon Anderson, Gary Hale former DEA agent


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/18/16 Howard Wooldridge

Law enforcement perspectives on Drug Prohibition III with Howard Wooldridge at Baker Insitute & at UN in Vienna, Tex Rep Gen Wu & Nurse Mary Lynn Mathre re forthcoming Conf in Baltimore


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/11/16 Katherine Neil

Law enforcement perspectives on Drug Prohibition recorded at James A Baker III Institute featuring Katherine A Neill of the Institute, Harris County/Houston DA Devon Anderson, Gary Hale former DEA agent (Part 1)


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/04/16 Dan Morheim

Maryland Delegate Dan Morheim leading way to decrim/heroin injection sites, Katherine Neil of Baker Institute & Eugene Oscapela testifies re drug law change in Canada


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/26/16 Svante Myrick

Prof William Martin of James Baker III Institute re Mar 9 panel, "The Ithaca Plan" with Mayor Svante L. Myrick, Lillian Fan, Assistant Director of Prevention Services – Harm Reduction, Don MacPherson, Director, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, Kassandra Frederique, NY State Director, Drug Policy Alliance + DTN Editorial


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/19/16 Jodi James

Jodi James of Florida Cannabis Action Network, Paul Armentano Dep Dir of NORML, Prof William Martin of James A Baker Inst & MORE!


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

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)

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