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.

10/20/17 Neal Woods

Drug Policy Alliance Conference: Neal Woods author of Good Cop Bad War and Dir of LEAP UK, Andre Hirsh & Maya Odarian of Caravan for Peace, Rick Steves of PBS fame,Sarah Gale of Zendo Project, Mike Margolis of Psymposia, Richard Van Wicker of LEAP US, Tony Poppa of DPA & Ira Glasser former head of ACLU


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

10/13/17 Troy Dayton

Cannabis Conference III: Dylan Wilkes of Orange Phototonics, Benjamin Landaverde of OG Cannabis Ins, Chris Farrel of Scientific Inhalations, Brian Whitaker of Axiom Designs, Troy Dayton Pres of Arcview Group +++ Doug McVay segments with Oregon State Senator Lew Frederick about racial profiling, criminal justice, drug policy reform, and Oregon's House Bill 2355 which passed earlier this year.


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

10/06/17 Swami Chaitanya

California Cannabis Conference: Nicole Webber of Nug Digital, Dana Cisnero Cannabis Atty, Johnathan Heiniemi of ShieldNSeal, Martin Kaufman of Grasshopper Vending, Jigness Padhiyar of Matchmaker420, John Huusfeldt of Sunbelt Realty, Fadi Yushruti of RootScience, Swami Chaitanya +++ In the second half Doug McVay focuses on human rights and the drug war. We hear from Zaved Mahmoud with the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and from Christine Brautigam with UN Women, plus John Fisher addresses the UN Human Rights Council about human rights abuses in the Philippines.


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

09/29/17 Andrew DeAngelo

California Cannabis Business Conference: Andrew DeAngelo of Harborside Health, Ellen Komp of CANORML, Mathew Vera Acct, Steve Brown Evio Labs,Robert Chavez Seed to Sale, Michael Tesoro Search, Yaro Cluber Lucerne Realty, Brian Herman 3 A Light, Michael Heron Amercanex, Thomas Dorsey MJ Pkg, Ketch & Andy Elias Quicksilver - From Anaheim


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

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)

Dean Becker Wants YOU to Call the Drug Czar


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