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.

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)

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)
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