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.

10/26/14 Ed Rosenthal

Ed Rosenthal, author of Beyond Buds - Marijuana Extracts - Hash, Vaping, Dabbing, Edibles and Medicines + Eapen Thampy director of Forfeiture Reform & Stephanie Jones Night Life Mgr for Drug Policy Alliance


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/19/14 Eric Sterling

Eric Sterling, Pres of Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, Michael Krawitz of Veterans for Medical Cannabis, Eric Holder clip, Vanita Gupta clip


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/12/14 Annise Parker

13 Yr Anniv Show: Houston Mayor Annise Parker re needed changes to drug laws, Kevin Ludlow running for office, has home searched for drugs, Jason Miller Pres of Houston NORML


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/05/14 Kim Ogg

Houston DA candidate Kim Ogg + Tom Angell Dir of Marijuana Majority & Chris Goldstein editor Freedom Leaf Mag at SSDP conference


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/28/14 Earl Blumenauer

SSDP 2014 with US Rep Earl Bleumenauer, Stacia Costner Dep Dir of SSDP, Troy Dayton founder of SSDP & Betty Aldworth Exec Dir of SSDP & Call for national rallies at US Courthouses on Dec 17, the 100 year anniversary of Drug War


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/21/14 Joseph McNamara

Chief Joseph D. McNamara, drug reform pioneer dead at 79, DTN host Dean Becker guests on Voice of Russia and "Outlaw Dave" radio shows. DTN calls for courthouse rallies nationwide on Dec 17th the 100 year anniversary of drug war


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/14/14 Gary Hale

DEA Special Agent Gary Hale (ret) now a fellow at James A Baker III Institute, Jag Davies of Drug Policy Alliance re Global Commission on Drugs & voices of the children of Ferguson


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/07/14 Mike Allen

Mike Allen of End Mass Incarceration & Heather of Marijuana Policy Project, Philippe Lucas of Tilray Cannabis Co, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chicago mom of cannabis using kid, Norm Stamper of LEAP on Colbert Report, Telegraph report of 65 Yr old cannabis user with HIV


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/31/14 Marc Emery

Marc Emery released from US prison earlier this month talks about his time behind bars, appreciation of being free and time with his wife Jodie & plans for the future + Doug McVay report on cannabis reducing OD's on hard drugs


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/24/14 Chris Goldstein

Chris Goldstein re forthcoming new mag to help end war on weed + Diane Goldstein re Substance.com article tying drug war to police overkill Plus Houston DA Candidate to stop wasting dollars on drug arrests


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/17/14 Russell M. Webb

Russell M. Webb, Houston Attorney addresses failing of criminal justice system + NBC reports on warrior cops and unanimous endorsement of weed laws by Texas sheriffs, Norm Stamper speaks in support of my book "To End The War On Drugs" in Wash DC & "This Is What Happens When You Call The Cops"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/10/14 Phil Smith

Phil Smith, reporter for StopTheDrugWar.org re forthcoming votes on drug laws + Eric Sterling of CJPF, Carl Veley of DPFT and Jake Agliata of SSDP speak in Wash DC in support of book: To End The War On Drugs - Policmakers Edition


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/03/14 Beto O'Rourke

Rep. Beto O'Rourke, LEAP Director Neill Franklin & Bill Piper Director Natl. Affairs for Drug Policy Alliance speak in US House Bldg in support of To End The War On Drugs: Summer Reading Assignment for US Officials + Marc Emery & MSNBC Report on call for legal weed


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/27/14 Beto O'Rourke

Rep. Beto O'Rourke stands with DTN host for D.C. press conference: To End The War On Drugs + Houston DA candidate calls for end of pot arrests, no jail, no bail, no record


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/20/14 James P. Gray

Judge James P. Gray, 2012 VP candidate for Libertarian party + David Borden, Dir of StopTheDrugWar.org


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/13/14 Neill Franklin

Neill Franklin Dir of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Steph Sherere of Americans for Safe Access & former Chicago prosecutor James Gierach


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/06/14 Howard Wooldridge

James A. Baker III Conference on Med Cannabis for veterans II with Maj. David Bass & Tx Senator Joan Huffman + Howard Wooldridge of LEAP re progress in ending drug war & Summer Reading Assignment for all US officials


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/29/14 Bou Bou Phonesavanh

Baby Bou Bou has stun grenade explode on pillow, with Atty Mawuli Mel Davis, mother Alecia Phonesavanh, activist Marcus Coleman + DPA conference on Colo weed sales w/ Art Way and Tony Ryan


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/22/14 Bill Martin

Marijuana Helps Vets with PTSD at James A Baker III seminar with Ambassador Edward Djerejian, Texas Monthly Editor Brian Sweany, Prof William Martin and Dr. Neeraj Shah


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/15/14 Russell Webb

Russell Webb, Houston attorney re justice system in Houston, Kim Ogg Cand for DA of Houston, Mason Tvert of Marijuana Policy Project efforts in Texas, Boston report on butane explosion


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/08/14 Sharda Sekaran

Sharda Sakaran re drug war's failure to protect the children, Tony Newman re Maureen Dowds marijuana "hallucianation", Rick Doblin discusses passing of Sasha Shulgin


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/01/14 Dean Becker

After US House vote on medical marijuana, Teleconference with Members of Congress, Medical Marijuana Patients and Advocates. Featuring Congressman Sam Farr Lead Sponsor, Steve Cohen Co-Sponsor, Barbara Lee Co-Sponsor


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/25/14 William Martin

Prof William Martin of James Baker III Institute re his new Texas Monthly article War Without End re our Vets, PTSD and Med marijuana + Dr. Sunil Agerwal joining NIH, Alison Myrden speech to Canada's Parliament.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/18/14 Debbie Wilson

Debbie Wilson, 25 year head injury vastly improved via cannabis, Aaron Justiss Pres of Buds & Roses, Philippe Lucas of Canada's Tilray, cannabis providers & Nick Palmer Australias former head of Fed Police Force


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/11/14 Michael Skolnik

Michael Skolnik, political director for Russell Simmons + Cannabis Therapeutics report with Alice O'Leary Randall, Jodi James, Dr. Robert Melamede and Tristan Risevor of M.A.M.A. & KPOV radio


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/04/14 Steven Gutwillig

DPA Conference: Steven Gutwillig of Drug Policy Alliance, David Borden of Stop The Drug War, Brandon of Cranfords Cannabis Cigarettes, Sam Salzazar of Marijuana 411, Shiloh Murphy of Peoples Harm Reduction Alliance. May Day: US Rep Sheilah Jackson Lee


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/27/14 Eapen Thampy

Eapen Thampy of Americans for Forfeiture Reform, Philip Martin of Progress for Texas, AG Eric Holder, CBS report on MJ edibles, FOX report of Reefer Madness, Grover Norquist for small tax on cannabis.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/20/14 Mitch Earleywine

Dr. Mitch Earleywine re sex + weed, Nurse Mary Lynn Mathre re forthcoming Cannabis Therapeutics Conference, Steven Weiss re 420 tours from Houston to Denver, Ethan Nadelmann discusses weed and heroin on WBUR


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/13/14 Kevin Zeese

Kevin Zeese of PopularResistance.org re drug war, economy, human rights + DA Candidate of Houston Kim Ogg & Steve Nolin of Houston NORML re forthcoming 420 events.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/06/14 Peter Christ

Peter Christ, founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition re human rights & the drug war + Al Byrne of Patients Out of Time & forthcoming conference in Portland May 5-8


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)
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