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.

07/06/14 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)

03/30/14 John Delaney

Working Texas Judge John Delaney speaks to first ever gathering of Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/23/14 Doug Fine

Doug Fine author of "Hemp Bound - Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution" + Lynn Paltrow of Advocates for Pregnant Women


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/16/14 Norma Sapp

Norma Sapp reports on progress towards cannabis laws in OKLA + Thalia Michelle speaks to Republican seminar in Houston re cannabis for children


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/09/14 Inge Fryklund

Inge Fryklund former Chicago prosecutor, Jason Miller of Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition, Doug McVay of Drug War Facts & Michelle Alexander author of The New Jim Crow


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/02/14 Brian C Bennet

Brian Bennett, designer of "Truth The Anti Drug War" + Obama got high before becoming Pres, Brits condemn US drug war


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/23/14 Phil Smith

Phil Smith of Stop the Drug War & host digest much of this weeks astounding drug war news about Chapo and massive moves on marijuana


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/16/14 Peter Maguire

Peter Maguire author of Thai Stick - Surfers, Scammers and the Untold Story of the Marijuana Trade, reports on changing perspectives on cannabis from Texas, Wisconsin, Kansas and Oklahoma


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/09/14 Neill Franklin

Neill Franklin, Exec Dir of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Utah heroin story, is MJ ok for OK, Abolitionists Moment


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/02/14 Ray Hill

Following deaths of Pete Seeger and KPFT's Jimmy Carper, Ray Hill Pacifica patriarch and Prison Show founder visits with DTN's Dean Becker re activism and the need for drug reformers to reach beyond incremental changes


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/26/14 Carl Hart

Dr. Carl Hart, author of High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society, speaking at Texas Drug Policy Conference 1/2


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/19/14 Sarah Saldano

US Atty Sarah Saldano speaks to Texas Drug Policy Conf unaware of deal with Sinaloa cartel + Doug McVay re ineffective drug testing of children


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/12/14 Pepe Rivera

Pepe Rivera, photographer/reporter from Los Cabos Mexico re townspeople uprising against cartels and cops, Mike Allen re End Mass Incarceration participation in MLK march, Joy Strickland of Mothers Against Teen Violence re Jan 17 & 18 drug war conf in Dallas & Doug McVay report on racial disparity in drug war


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/05/14 Clay Jones

Tribute to Clayton Jones, the toughest man in Texas + Report on cannabis legalization in Denver from KPFT's Laura Slavin + Diane Goldstein of LEAP re Drug War Addicts


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/29/13 Ngaio Bealum

New Year Special: Weed + Sex, with comedian Ngaio Bealum, Mikki Norris of Cannabis Consumer & the LEAF, author Daniel Williams & Dr. Mitch Earlywine + Doug McVay report on NIDA's tall tales


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/22/13 Robert Clarke

Christmas show with Robert Clarke co-author Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany, Tony Newman with Top 10 Drug Stories of 2013, Richard Lee of Oaksterdam re Xmas day toy giveaway at Houston jail


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/15/13 Charmie Gholson

Charmie Gholson of Mich Moms United re CPS abuse of infants whose parents used Med Cannabis, Ray Hill re Xmas day protest at jail, Uruguay legalizes pot & DTN Editorial "Pee Freely"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)
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