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.

07/28/13 Radley Balko

Radley Balko, author of "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces" + Raymond Swanson re death of his son in prison from pepper spray + Conn city unanimous vote for Med MJ & Jerry Epstein of DPFT speaks to enthralled Young Republicans in Texas


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/21/13 Richard Lee

Richard Lee of Oaksterdam Univ in Houston to talk to Young Republicans Tues July 23 at 7 PM at Benjys 5922 Wash Av + Bourbon & Schwartz sing "Weed at Wal-Mart" + more!


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/14/13 Michael Douglas

Actor Michael Douglas' tribute to Mike Gray Chmn. of Commons Sense for Drug Policy and author of Drug Crazy, Rick Thompson Editor of CompassionChronicles.com, Jim Berns running for Mayor of Cincinnati, Share Christie wife of Rev Roger Christie, Grant Smith of Drug Policy Alliance re progress in D.C.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/07/13 Ray Hill

Ray Hill & Martina Grifaldo discuss forthcoming rally to end mass incarceration in Wash DC + Doug McVay of Drug War Facts


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/30/13 Emily Brady

Emily Brady author of Humboldt - Life on America's Marijuana Frontier + Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/23/13 Paul Armentano

Paul Armentano of NORML re plethora of positive studies on cannabis, Ethan Nadelmann Dir of Drug Policy Alliance + Doug McVay with Drug War Facts & Abolitionists Moment


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/16/13 Clarence Walker

Clarence Walker reports re a judge planting drugs on a woman who chose not to be his mistress, Russ Bellville of 420 Radio, Doug McVay with Drug War Facts


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/09/13 Carl Hart

Dr. Carl Hart author of High Price - A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self Discover That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs & Socieity + Terry Nelson of LEAP: "officials abuse the law to fight drugs"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/02/13 Karen Garrison

Tommy Chong visits Austin as part of national Cheech and Chong Tour + Karen Garrison of FAMM discusses racial bias in the drug war


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/26/13 James P. Gray

Judge James P Gray, author of Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed + Shawn McCalister re forthcoming NORML conf in Ft Worth TX on June 7-9 + Doug McVay of Common Sense Drug Policy


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/19.13 Ann Lee

Bob and Ann Lee, parents of Richard founded a new organization: RAMP Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition + US Rep Beto O'Rourke, WKYC/Ohio report on legal cannabis & Joy Strickland of Mothers Against Teen Violence


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/12/13 Tony Newman

Tony Newman Dir of Communications for Drug Policy Alliance, Carl Hart Prof at Columbia author of "High Price", Kristen Gwynn Assoc Editor of Alternet, Beth Baker of Indiana's "Healty Communities"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/05/13 Mike Gray

Tribute to Mike Gray, screenwriter, author of "Drug Crazy" with 2013 speech who died on 04/30, Howard Wooldridge of Citizens Opposing Prohibition + CannaBus tour arrives in Houston, CBS report on 10,000 dead children in Mexican drug war


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/28/13 David Long

David Long, former investigator/now college Prof & member of LEAP + Kevin Zeese shadow cabinet Atty General + Bill Maher/David Letterman clip


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/21/13 Charles Grob

Psychedelic Science Conference 2013: Brad Burge of MAPS, Charles Grob and the benefits of Ayahusaca for human maladies, Ben Sessa a researcher on psychedelics in the UK


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/14/13 Terry Nelson

Terry Nelson on the board of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Doug McVay of Drug War Facts, Police Chief eats cannabis cake


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/07/13 Cathy Jordan

Cathy and Robert Jordan busted for growing med MJ, charges dropped in Florida for "medical necessity" + Ethan Nadelmann of Drug Policy Alliance on CNN & Colbert Report on Florida attempt to outlaw bongs.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/31/13 Mary Jane Borden

Mary Jane Borden of OhioRights.org re effort to legalize Med MJ in Ohio, Doug McVay of Drug War Facts: "Is US World's Leading Jailer?", Terry Nelson of LEAP: "Chapo and the Sinaloa Cartel Won the Drug War" + Texas cops refuse to use sensible MJ laws opting to fill the jail & "Is Freedom Over Rated?"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/24/13 Kassandra Frederique

Kassandra Frederique a Policy Coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance discusses NY stop & frisk, Doug McVay of Drug War Facts re "policing by the numbers" + Song: "Who's the Pusher Now" with Ellen Bukstel


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/17/13 Brad Burge

Brad Burge of Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies re April Conference, Terry Nelson of LEAP reports from Vienna re UN drug conference, Dog McVay of Drug War Facts re more black men now in college than in prison, Abolitionist Moment


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/10/13 Elizabeth Warren

Sen. Elizabeth Warren chastizes US drug war tactics, Bloomberg report on cannabis use in Silicon Valley, Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn opening cannabis shop in Wash DC, Valerie Corral re cannabis use, death and dignity


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/03/13 Neill Franklin

From Wash DC: Neill Franklin, Dir of LEAP, Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, Jeff Jones, Doug McVay and Terry Nelson of LEAP


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/24/13 Elvy Musika

FROM WASH DC: Elvy Musika who receives 300 marijuana cigaretes each month from the US Govt + Canadian Philippe Lucas re their Med MJ situ & Terry Nelson of LEAP


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/17/13 Steph Sherrer

Steph Sherrer Dir of Americans for Safe Access re forthcoming Conf in DC, Israel TV clip on Med MJ, Rev Pat Robertson decries drug war, VA AG for MJ


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/10/13 Adam Assenberg

Adam Assenberg of Wash state forces cops to return Med MJ and sues for $6 million, Aaron Sandusky faces 10 years behind bars, deadly pot in Seattle, Doug McVay with Drug War Facts, Terry Nelson of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/03/13 Nate Jones

Nate Jones a Fellow at the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy re failure of drug war tactics in US and Mexico, Dr. William Courtney from HuffPo, Doub McVay on the use of Butane in making cannabis extracts, Chief Greenbud sings "Its' 4:20 Somewhere"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/27/13 Mitch Earleywine

Dr. Mitch Earlywine re cannabis research, Atty Joe Elford of Americans for Safe Access to cannabis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/20/13 Roger Goodman

Roger Goodman Wash state Rep, Sen Patrick Leahy on mistake of Mand Min senteces, Tex Rep John Whitmire on failure of Justice system in drug war & Terry Nelson of LEAP: too many politicos out of touch w/drug war reality


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/13/13 Kari Boiter

Kari Boiter of the November Coaltion, Terry Nelson of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition + "Big Teeth" the marijuana security gator dies after being caged


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/06/13 Jamie Haase

Jamie Haase of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Doug McVay with Drug War Facts, Terry Nelson of LEAP & Colo MJ Clug 64 opens/closes


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)
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