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.

10/30/15 John Urquhart

Sheriff John Urquhart of Seattle, President Obama in Chicago, Bernie Sanders in Denver & medical marijuana in Texas


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/23/15 Charles A. McClelland Jr

Charles A. McClelland Jr, Police Chief of Houston, Ethan Nadelmann Dir of DPA re UN call to end drug war, Matt Elrod of DrugSense re Canada's move to legalization & tribute to Vincent Lopez Texas drug reformer extraordinaire.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/16/15 Steve Downing

Steven Downing, former Dep Police Chief of L.A., Marsha Rosenbaum formerly with Drug Policy Alliance, Andrew Chavez of KushyPunch gummy cannabis candy and Dale Skye Jones Chancellor of Oaksterdam Univ.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/09/15 Steve DeAngelo

Steve DeAngelo, Dir of Harborside Health Center is author of a new book: The Cannabis Manifesto - A New Paradigm for Wellness + Michael Collins of the Drug Policy Alliance re release of 6,000 Fed drug prisoners


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/02/15 Doug McVay

Doug McVay report on 1st legal day in Oregon, Joe Hodek of Dixie Elixer, Steven Gutwillig of DPA, Adrian Kern of Kiva chocolate cannabis, Mike Allen Vs Whole Foods, CBS Houston: 94% for Legalization


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/25/15 Aaron Justiss

Cannabis Conf II with Aaron Justiss of Buds & Roses, Berto Torres of Gfarmalabs, Eric Branstad of Forever Flowering, Calico Castillo of The Weedblog, "Seth" a private grower, Ron Bush GBox Tech, Darcy Bomford of TrueLeaf dog food, Clark Metcalf of CannabisBuyer.com, Dean Becker wants YOU to Call the Drug Czar


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/18/15 John Malanca

2015 LA Cannabis Business Conference I with Ethan Nadelmann of DPA, John Malanca of United Patients Group, Steve Yanish of Amer Cannaabis Exch, Matt Johnson of Cultivation Supp, Pat Lesivoi of Wonder Soil, Kirk Silverston of Hemp Health & Peggy Figi for Charlottes Web


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/11/15 Amy Ralston Povah

Amy Ralston Povah of CAN-DO foundation on need to pardon hundreds of women caught in drug conspiracies, Matt Elrod and Alison Myrden report on Canada's back sliding drug laws


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/04/15 Jeff Mizanskey

Jeff Mizanskey, just released from a life sentence for cannabis, Atty Dan Viets & Travis Maurer of Show-Me-Cannabis + DTN Editorial: Solution to diminishing violence on US streets


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/28/15 Sam Quinones

Sam Quinones author of The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic - Dream Land, Gretchen Bergman of A New PATH and Denise Cullen of Broken No More


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/21/15 Leonard Pitts

Leonard Pitts, syndicated columnist/author re police conducting vaginal searches in public, Dr. Sue Sisley at Hempfest, Canadian Senator Larry Campbell & Dan Humiston re Sep Cannabis Conf in LA


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/14/15 Clay Conrad

Atty Clay Conrad author of Jury Nulification - Evolution of a Doctrine, Houston DA Devon Anderson, Jason Miller of Houston NORML re unconstituional cavity searches, Daniel Robello Policy Director for DPA on massive incarceration


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/07/15 Dana Larsen

Dana Larsen, Canadian activist & author of "Green Buds & Hash", Houston cannabis seminar with DA Anderson, Sheriff Nehls, Lauren Vazquez of MPP, Sam Sabzehzar re LEAP video "With Justice and Dignity, a Caravan for Peace"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/31/15 Steve Downing

Steve Downing, LEAP speaker & network producer re release of " With Justice and Dignity: A Caravan for Peace" + Duluth NEWS reporter John Lundy re legal cannabis in Minn, Earth & Fire Erowid & Wa Rep Roger Goodman re synthetic drugs ++ "War On Us" by Mendo Dope


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/24/15 Ginger Thompson

Ginger Thompson, Pulitzer Prize winner re Chapo's escape, Inge Fryklund former Chicago prosecutor, Michael Collins of DPA re Senate vote, Dr. Jahan Marcu re use of cannabis vape pens + President Barak Obama


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

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)

Dean Becker Wants YOU to Call the Drug Czar


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