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.

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)

03/03/13 Neill Franklin

From Wash DC: Neill Franklin, Dir of LEAP, Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, Jeff Jones, Doug McVay and Terry Nelson of LEAP


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/24/13 Elvy Musika

FROM WASH DC: Elvy Musika who receives 300 marijuana cigaretes each month from the US Govt + Canadian Philippe Lucas re their Med MJ situ & Terry Nelson of LEAP


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/17/13 Steph Sherrer

Steph Sherrer Dir of Americans for Safe Access re forthcoming Conf in DC, Israel TV clip on Med MJ, Rev Pat Robertson decries drug war, VA AG for MJ


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/10/13 Adam Assenberg

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


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/03/13 Nate Jones

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"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/27/13 Mitch Earleywine

Dr. Mitch Earlywine re cannabis research, Atty Joe Elford of Americans for Safe Access to cannabis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/20/13 Roger Goodman

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


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/13/13 Kari Boiter

Kari Boiter of the November Coaltion, Terry Nelson of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition + "Big Teeth" the marijuana security gator dies after being caged


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/06/13 Jamie Haase

Jamie Haase of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Doug McVay with Drug War Facts, Terry Nelson of LEAP & Colo MJ Clug 64 opens/closes


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/30/12 Sanho Tree

2012 in review with Sanho Tree, Richard Lee, David Sloan, Judge Jim Gray, Steven DeAngelo & Charles Bowden


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/23/12 Steve Downing

Steve Downing, Fmr Dep Police Chief of LA, Cory Booker, Seth Rogen on Letterman, Nadelann on O'Reilly, Terry Nelson of LEAP, Texas to legalize?, Pres Carter call to legalize


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/16/12 Sam Sabzehzar

Sam Sabsehzar of Medical Marijuana 411, Obama re marijuana, Ethan Nadelmann of DPA, CNN report on MJ + Bourbon & Shwartz song "Pee In A Cup"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/09/12 Robert Platshorn

Robert Platshorn of the Silver Tour, BBC: Nadelmann and Branson, Dr. Sanja Gupta, Doug McVay, Annies Scarlet Letter


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/02/12 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann, Dir of Drug Policy Alliance, Terry Nelson of LEAP, Willie Nelson on Today show & more


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/25/12 Richard Lee

Richard Lee, founder of Oaksterdam Univ, Bulldog Coffee Shop & more in studio + Terry Nelson of LEAP


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/18/12 Doug McVay

Harm Reduction Conference I, reports from Doug McVay of CSDP with Opening Panel, HRC Chair Alex Kral, Cyndee Clay & Ruth Kanatser, remembering 4 yr old Cash Hyde & MORE!


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/11/12 Doug Honig

Doug Honig of Wash state MJ effort, Fox dung, Paul Armentano of NORML, Doug McVay on Oregon MJ failure, Hou Chron Editorial, Eric Sterling of Criminal Justice Policy & Abolitionist Moment


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/04/2012 Peter Christ

Peter Christ co founder of LEAP on WGRZ in NY, Terry Nelson of LEAP, Instute for Justice segment, Ethan Nadelmann + Gavin Newsome + Mary Jane Borden with Drug War Facts


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/28/12 Scott Meiner

Scott Meiner of Americans for Forfeiture Reform, MJ Borden on Federal supremacy, Doug McVay re harm reduction for youth, Terry Nelson of LEAP re politicians drug war dance & BBC report on drug war failure


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/21/12 NJ Weedman

NJ Weedman declared innocent in NJ pot bust, Steph Sherrer of ASA re appeals court review of MJ law, MJ Borden re teen drug use & Terry Nelson of LEAP re forthcoming Supreme Court rulings


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/14/12 Doug McVay

Doug McVay interviews Kevin Zeese and Mike Gray at the NORML conference, Rpt on Shapelle Corby, Rectal search for drugs, Young Turks, NBC looks at border & Terry Nelson of LEAP re waves of drug war corruption


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/07/12 Nathan P. Jones

Nathan P. Jones, a fellow at the James A Baker III Institute, Javier Sicilia leader of the Mexican Caravan for Peace, CBS report on lab failure & Judge Jim Gray Libertarian candidate for VP


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/30/12 Jeffrey Dhywood

Jeffrey Dhywood author of World War D + UN speech by Guatamalan Pres Molina, Msg from Javier Sicilia leader of Caravan for Peace


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/23/12 Phil Smith

Phil Smith reporter for Drug War Chronicle + Good Samaritan Law: CA Assemblyman Tom Amiano, Denise Cullen & Gretchen Burns Bergman


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/16/12 Kurt Schmoke

Caravan for Peace IX: Kurt Schmoke, former mayor of Baltimore speak to gathering in support of Caravan for Peace along with Laura Carlson Dir of Ctr for Intl Policies


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)
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