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.

07/17/15 Terry Nelson

Terry Nelson, a LEAP speaker with more than 30 years in service to the US Govt as a customs, border and air interdiction officer + Presidents Obama & Clinton, Seattle Sheriff Urquhart & Fed Judge Nancy Gertner


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/10/15 Don Winslow

Don Winslow, author of "The Cartel" who on the day of his books release bought a full page Ad in the Washington Post decrying the war on drugs + reports on heroin and cannabis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/03/15 Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman author of Orange is New Black & Asha Bandele of DPA, Amanda Reiman Mgr of Marijuana Law & Policy of DPA + Atty Gilbert Garcia


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/26/15 Jack Cole

Jack Cole Board Chair of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition re 600 churches in support of LEAP + Richard Lee, founder of Oaksterdam Univ. educates Houston republicans on legalization efforts


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/19/15 Bill Martin

Rx for US Drug Policy: A New Paradigm, authors Prof. William Martin of the James A Baker Institute and Jerry Epstein Director of the Drug Policy Forum of Texas + report from Richard Lee founder of Oaksterdam University


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/12/15 Beto O'Rourke

US Representative from El Paso Beto O'Rourke, Dr. Mitche Earleywine, Richard Lee Founder of Oaksterdam U


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/05/15 Alan Robison

Tribute to Dr. G. Alan Robison founder of Drug Policy Forum of Texas with co-founder Jerry Epstein, Phil Smith of Alternet, Alexis Bortel, Dr. Carl Hart, Dr. Donald Abrams, Abolitionists Moment


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/29/15 Bill Levin

Bill Levin pastor of First Church of Cannabis, Dale Shafer re his bust for cannabis, release from prison


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/22/15 Mary Jane Borden

Mary Jane Borden of Ohio Rights Group, Heather Fazio of Texans for Responsible Marijuana, Keith Saunders of MassCann & 9 year old Alexis Bortell


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/15/15 Bill Piper

Bill Piper of DPA re DEA Admin, Hannah Hetzer of DPA re Plan Colombia, Don E. Wirtshafter re synthetic drugs, DTN host on madness of drug war


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/08/15 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann of DPA speaks at James Baker Insitute, Willie Nelson, Tribute to Dr. Philip Leveque, Heather Fazio of MPP, Jamaican Justice Minister Mark Golding


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/01/15 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann of DPA, Hillary Clinton, Neill Franklin of LEAP, comedian Eddie Griffen and Nurse Mary Lynn Mathre of Patients out of Time.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/24/15 Phil Smith

Interviews with Phil Smith of Alternet and the Drug War Chronicle, Willie and Merle's new song "It's All Going to Pot", Ms. Deon Haywood of Women With a Vision and Pacifica "cub reporter" Derrick Broze.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/17/15 President Obama

Texas House on legal cannabis, Clinton and Christie on weed, Tenn fears meth oil, Ann Lee a force to be reckoned with, Obama on weed in Jamaica, Patients out of Time Conference on Cannabis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/10/15 Diane Goldstein

Diane Goldstein a former cop and current speaker for LEAP, Chris Conrad cannabis expert and Ed Rosenthal the Guru of Ganja


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/03/15 Matthew Fogg

Matthew Fogg Chief US Marshall (ret), Pres Obama "looks back" at today's drug war, Fresno Dep Chief busted, Special Agents copulate with special whores, Ray Hill Roast & DTN Editorial


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/27/15 Alexis Bortell

Alexis and Dean Bortell report on 25 days seizure free, Texas Rep calls for Med cannabis, Marsh Schoenhard and Aaron Justiss from San Francisco & Pacifica rabble rouser Ray Hill Roast on April 4


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/20/15 Howard Wooldridge

Howard Wooldridge a LEAP speaker reports on his trip to Vienna and the UN Drug Conf, Christine Shuck author of The War On Drugs - An Old Wives Tale + Terry Nelson of LEAP, former cop Mike Knox & Dr. Elias Jackson


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/13/15 Corey Booker

Washington DC Conf with Senators, Rand Paul, Corey Booker and Kirsten Gillbrand call for legal Med Cannabis. Asha Bandele of DPA with the Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, Senior Pastor Friendship-West Baptist Church. Mike Trace, Dir International Drug Policy Consortium, from plenary session at the UN in Vienna on March 11.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/06/15 Ricky Ross

Freeway Ricky Ross, war hero Thomas Mundell, Tom O'Connel cannabis MD, RABBITS, Mathew Shoemaker


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/27/15 Charles A. McClelland Jr

Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland Jr. + Karen Sprague, CEO of CO2 company


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/20/15 Carl Hart

From San Francisco/ICBC Convention: Dr. Carl Hart, Rep Dana Rohrbacher, Steve DeAngelo, Lauren Frazer + 85 Yr old Ann Lee of Houston heads to CPAC to end reefer madness


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/13/15 Bob Lee

*Tribute to Bob Lee* Mark Stepnoski, former center for Cowboys re NFL & Medical marijuana, "Stinky Steve" author Maggie Valpo, US reports on cannabis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/06/15 Allen St. Pierre

Allen St. Pierre of Natl. NORML, Alex Rogers of ICBC conference, Heather Fazio of MPP Texas, Texas TV segments for legal cannabis, Kim Ogg Tex DA candidate & US Surgeon General for medical cannabis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/30/15 Johann Hari

Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream - The First and Last Days of the Drug War + Austin CBS report in support of medical cannabis for children


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/23/15 Greg Gladden

Greg Gladden former head of Texas ACLU, Jason Miller of Texas NORML, President Obama on "The Hill", Houston Sheriff Garcia + NBC Houston & CBD for Texas


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/16/15 Howard Wooldridge

Howard Wooldridge, former cop and founding member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Ethan Nadelmann of DPA, Houston's Mayor & police chief + Wash Post report on asset forfeiture


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/09/15 Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson of International Cannabis Business Conference, Jason Miller of Houston Norml re forthcoming cannabis conference in Houston, Drug Policy Alliance teleconference on national progress on legal cannabis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/04/15 Paul Armentano

Paul Armentano author of new book: "The Citizens Guide to State by State Marijuana Laws" + Neill Franklin Dir of LEAP, Gretchen Burns Bergman of MomsUnited.net & Bill Piper of Drug Policy Alliance


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/03/15 Ethan Russo

2015 DPA Conf IV: Dr. Ethan Russo re cannabis medicine, research and potential medicines + Ethan Nadelmann Exec Dir of Drug Policy Alliance


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

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