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.
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
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.
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"
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
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
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.
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?"
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
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
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
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
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"
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