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.

12/02/16 Clay Conrad

Clay Conrad a Houston attorney discusses drug policy at national, state and local levels, Jodie Emery of Cannabis Culture on Canadian cannabis policy + Phil Smith of Stop the Drug War & Alternet re US cannabis laws


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/25/16 John Urquhart

Seattle Sheriff John Urquhart eviscerates drug war logic + Dr. Robert Melameade on forward/backward people


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/18/16 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann Exec Dir, Asha Bandele Sr Dir, Lynne Lyman CA State Dir, Tamar Todd Dir Legal Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance Conf on new cannabis laws


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/11/16 Earl Blumenauer

Congressman Earl Blumenauer joins Mason Tvert & Rob Kampia of the Marijuana Policy Project in media teleconference - whats next at federal and state levels


29:00 minutes (6.64 MB)

11/04/16 James Gierach

James Gierach, retired Chicago prosecutor, LEAP board member + Piper Kerman, author Orange is the New Black, Deborah Small, Johns Hopkins Public Health Fellow & Drug Policy Alliance’s Asha Bandele


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/28/16 Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman, author Orange is the New Black, Deborah Small, Johns Hopkins Public Health Fellow and the Drug Policy Alliance’s Asha Bandele + Irvin Rosenfeld re pot stocks


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/21/16 Maia Szalavitz

Maia Szalavitz re police murders of drug users in Philippines, Jill Stein Green Party Candidate for President, Governor Newsome of CA for legalization, wife of Utah Gov Cand busted for medical cannabis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/14/16 Howard Wooldridge

Howard Wooldridge of LEAP reports on recent trip to Switzerland, Tess Borden author of "23 Second" report on drug arrests, Van Jones calls for end of drug war, Jill Stein declares drug war a failure


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/07/16 Regenia Hicks

Dr. Regenia Hicks Director of Harris County (Houston) Mental Health program, Valerie Corral Director of Wo/Mens Alliance for Medical Marijuana & Chris Conrad cannabis expert re Calif AUMA 64 legalization effort


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/30/16 Philip High

Philip High of Medcan, Dr. Scott Bier of Greenwell, Debate between DA candidates Kim Ogg and Devon Anderson, trailer for new movie "13th" & Yes on 64 ad


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/23/16 Anna Marie D'angelo

Anna Marie D'angelo Dir of British Colombia safe injection rooms, Kris Nyrop of Seattle Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, Shiloh Murphy Dir of Peoples Harm Reduction Alliance, Washington Representative Roger Goodman, Seattle Sheriff John Urquhart


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/16/16 Matt Elrod

Matt Elrod of Victoria BC re death of activist Jay Bergstrom, legal heroin and legal cannabis + Donnie Varnell of Fayetteville LEAD project & Jag Davies of DPA re DEA prohibition of Kratom


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/09/16 Roseanne Scotti

Roseanne Scotti, Dep Dir of DPA in NJ re bail situ in US, Kim Ogg running for DA of Houston, Sanho Tree of IPS re violence in drug war & Debbie Goldsberry Dir of Magnolia Wellnes Center in Oakland + Barbara Blaser, Debby's Mom


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/02/16 Ron Hickman

Ron Hickman, running for reelection as Sheriff of Harris County/Houston Texas + Neil Woods, author of Good Cop, Bad War who also serves as Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition in the UK


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/26/16 Beto O'Rourke

US Congressman Beto O'Rourke discusses need for veterans to gain access to medical cannabis + Ed Gonzalez, Democrat, retired police Sergeant running for Sheriff of Harris County/Houston


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/19/16 Phil Smith

Phil Smith, reporter with Alternet & Stop the Drug War recaps recent blunders of US Govt, Vivian McPeak on Seattle Hempfest & Paul Armentano of NORML re DEA ruling on cannabis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/12/16 Michelle Alexander

Michelle Aexander author of The New Jim Crow, Neill Franklind Exec Dir of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Natalie Schuurman of Green Party


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/05/16 Deborah Small

Deborah Small re savage drug war in Brazil, Hannah Hetzer on Philippine massacre, Tony Papa re commutation of 214 prisoners by Obama & Gov Gary Johnson on ending the drug war


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/29/16 Jim Gierach

Prosecutor Jim Gierach (ret) speaks of ultra-violence of drug war in Chicago + Yvonne talks of journey from Ireland to Colorado to seek the medicine that is changing her child's life for the better


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/22/16 Neill Franklin

Neill Franklin Dir of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition re nexus of drug war & violence + Shane Shackleford helps medical marijuana patients in Texas and around the world


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/15/16 Roger Goodman

LIVES MATTER: Wash Representative Roger Goodman & LEAP board member Diane Goldstein re blowback and needless deaths on both sides of the law because of drug war tactics.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/08/16 Ron Waters

Former Texas Rep Ron Waters calls for legal cannabis, Matt Elrod, Canadian drug reformer tries to explain Trudeau's plan to legalize & Dr. Sanjay Gupta calls for reason in US cannabis laws


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/01/16 Christina

Green Rush report from Colorado with cannabis concierge Christina, pot shop owner Craig Hicks and anonymous, out of state buyer, appeal to politicians


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/24/16 Scott Macdonald

US Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee: America's Insatiable Demand for Drugs - Examining Alternate Approaches with: US Senator Tom Carper, Dr, Scott Macdonald of Vancouver Injection Clinic and Dr. David Murry, former ONDCP official


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/17/16 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann, Dir of Drug Policy Alliance speaks before US Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee: America's Insatiable Demand for Drugs - Examining Alternate Approaches, Phil Smith of Drug War Chronicle & Alternet + Ray Hill Nationally known gay rights advocate regarding the Orlando massacre.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/10/16 Kim Ogg

Kim Ogg, District Attorney candidate for Harris County (Houston TX) eviscerates the logic of the drug war + Okla report on cops draining credit cards on side of the highway


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/03/16 Rodney Ellis

Texas Senator Rodney Ellis joins us for the whole program to discuss the failure of Texas criminal justice system to adjust to new science and common sense


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

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)

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