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.

02/13/14 Mark Stepnoski

Mark Stepnoski, former center for Cowboys re NFL & Medical marijuana, "Stinky Steve" author Maggie Valpo, US & Canada reports on cannabis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/09/14 Neill Franklin

Neill Franklin, Exec Dir of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Utah heroin story, is MJ ok for OK, Abolitionists Moment


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/02/14 Ray Hill

Following deaths of Pete Seeger and KPFT's Jimmy Carper, Ray Hill Pacifica patriarch and Prison Show founder visits with DTN's Dean Becker re activism and the need for drug reformers to reach beyond incremental changes


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/26/14 Carl Hart

Dr. Carl Hart, author of High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society, speaking at Texas Drug Policy Conference 1/2


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/19/14 Sarah Saldano

US Atty Sarah Saldano speaks to Texas Drug Policy Conf unaware of deal with Sinaloa cartel + Doug McVay re ineffective drug testing of children


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/12/14 Pepe Rivera

Pepe Rivera, photographer/reporter from Los Cabos Mexico re townspeople uprising against cartels and cops, Mike Allen re End Mass Incarceration participation in MLK march, Joy Strickland of Mothers Against Teen Violence re Jan 17 & 18 drug war conf in Dallas & Doug McVay report on racial disparity in drug war


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/05/14 Clay Jones

Tribute to Clayton Jones, the toughest man in Texas + Report on cannabis legalization in Denver from KPFT's Laura Slavin + Diane Goldstein of LEAP re Drug War Addicts


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/29/13 Ngaio Bealum

New Year Special: Weed + Sex, with comedian Ngaio Bealum, Mikki Norris of Cannabis Consumer & the LEAF, author Daniel Williams & Dr. Mitch Earlywine + Doug McVay report on NIDA's tall tales


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/22/13 Robert Clarke

Christmas show with Robert Clarke co-author Cannabis: Evolution and Ethnobotany, Tony Newman with Top 10 Drug Stories of 2013, Richard Lee of Oaksterdam re Xmas day toy giveaway at Houston jail


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/15/13 Charmie Gholson

Charmie Gholson of Mich Moms United re CPS abuse of infants whose parents used Med Cannabis, Ray Hill re Xmas day protest at jail, Uruguay legalizes pot & DTN Editorial "Pee Freely"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/08/13 Ed Rosenthal

Ed Rosenthal, the Guru of Ganja re failure of drug war, Jeff Mizansky serving life without parole for weed, Houston TV call to use the new law for cannabis possession, Doug McVay report on SAMHSA drug warnings.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/01/13 Clay Conrad

Clay Conrad Atty/Author of Jury Nullification the Evolution of a Doctrine + Portland Rpt on "dabbing", Mich parents joy on return of daughter, CBC Rpt on Commercial growers replacing home grown, "The Doctors" call for immediate studies of cannabis as medicine


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/24/13 Justin Koozer

Justin Koozer moved from Tennessee to Denver for his child Piper who need CBD from cannabis + Dr. Gupta in the UK & Professor Mark Perry of AEI report on felony arrest for secret compartment in a car, no drugs/money foun


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/17/13 Jim Gierach

Jim Gierach former Chicago prosecutor, Eapen Thampy Dir of Amer for Forfeiture Reform, Tony Ryan of LEAP, Michael Krawitz of Veterans for Med MJ, Terry Nelson of LEAP


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/10/13 Russ Bellville

Joe Tripolte cannabis grow mgr, Rev Edwin Sanders interview, Russ Bellvile of 420Radio.org, Aaron anonymous Denver MJ patient + KOB TV report on US obsession with anal probing


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/03/13 Aaron Justice

DPA Conf III: Aaron Justice Pres of Buds and Roses, Diane Fornbacher Editor Ladybud.com, Peter Christ of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, John Milanke of United Patients Group


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/27/13 Ethan Nadelmann

Drug Policy Alliance Conference Report from Denver, featuring Ethan Nadelmann Dir of DPA, the Reverend Edwin Sanders & US Congressman Jared Polis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/20/13 Mikki Norris

Mikki Norris and Chris Conrad of the new online news service TheLeafOnline.com + Clay Jones changes Houston commissioners minds on minor pot charges + Doug McVay with Drug War Facts on overdoses and Nalaxone


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/13/13 Sunil Aggarwal

Dr. Sunil Aggarwal re latest advances in medical marijuana + George Carlin & John Stewart, Doug McVay report on Krokodil the deadly new drug


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/06/13 Grover Norquist

Grover Norquist Pres. of Americans for Tax Reform interview, Sen. Rand Paul decries drug war policy, Doug McVay of Drug War Facts & Sean Reefer & the Resin Valley Boys help celebrate 12 years of the Drug Truth Network


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/29/13 Beto O'Rourke

US Congressman Beto O'Rourke of El Paso Texas + Daniel Robelo of Drug Policy Alliance re UN call to examine drug war policies


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/22/13 Pat McCann

Atty Pat McCann, former director of Harris Co. Crim Lawyers Assoc re long term consequences of drug busts + Doug McVay report on FBI drug arrest numbers & Maria Sheler re CPS kidnapping of her 6 mo old baby Bree


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/15/13 James P. Gray

James P. Gray, Superior Court Judge (ret), author of The Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed, A Judicial Indictment of the War on Drugs and the 2012 VP Candidate for the Libertarian Party


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/08/13 Phil Smith

Phil Smith reporter with StopTheDrugWar.org re DOJ ruling, corrupt cops, Jag Davies of DPA re need for Congress to investigate DEA corruption


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/01/13 Laura Thomas

Laura Thomas of DPA re Intl Drug Overdose Day, Bill Piper of DPA re DOJ statement on marijuana, Dr. Sanjay Gupta re DOJ, CNBC re DOJ, MSNBC re DOJ & Doug McVay re DOJ ruling


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/25/13 John Baker

John Baker, former Dep Sheriff and LEAP speaker + Robert Platshorn author of Tuna Diaries, Grover Norquist calls for legal weed


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/18/13 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann, Dir of Drug Policy Alliance re plethora of positive drug war news, Hempfest report, Montel and Dr. Gupta, Netherland report on black market return, George Shultz, Drug Warrant 1972 Vs Now


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/11/13 Ray Hill

Ray Hill the 30 year veteran of Pacifica re tsunami of drug war news + Ethan Nadelmann of Drug Policy Alliance on Democracy Now & Abolitionist Moment


26:33 minutes (12.16 MB)

08/04/13 Doug McVay

Doug McVay with Drug War Facts, Dr. Sanjay Gupta visits Katy Couric, Denver Dispensary report, Marijuana ad at NASCAR, former czarina Bartwell, Onion report, Hunter S Thompson & pets to vets for marijuana


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

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)
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