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.

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)

09/09/12 Jim Gierach

Caravan for Peace VII: Chicago city hall press conference re drug prohibition with Fmr. Chicago drug prosecutor James Gierach, fmr L.A. deputy police chief Steve Downing + Javier Secilia leader of Caravan


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/02/12 Steven Downing

Caravan for Peace V, Steven Downing Fmr Deputy Police Chief of L.A., Enrique Marones Pres Border Angels, Chad Padgett of LEAP, Chapo Guzmans vocal threat?


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/26/12 Susie Byrd

Caravan for Peace III Javier Cecilia speaks to El Paso City Council + Ricardo Palido & Council Woman Susie Byrd


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/19/12 Javier Sicilia

Caravan for Peace I, featuring Javier Sicilia the Mexican poet who lost his son to the drug war, Jack Cole of LEAP, Judge James Gray, Daniel Robello of DPA


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/12/12 Charles Bowden

Charles Bowden and Molly Molloy discuss the horrors of the drug war in Mexico, Rafael Fernández de Castro HuffPo: My perspective on the drug war


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/05/12 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann & Laura Thomas of Drug Policy Alliance, Sean Dunnigan Fmr DEA now with LEAP, Mason Tvert re Colo MJ effort, DEA agent's threat to San Diego


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/29/12 Paul Armentano

Paul Armentano of NORML, AMA report on cannabis, Doug McVay: "police always lie", MJ Borden "what is prohibition?", Terry Nelson of LEAP, Texas pot bust, hope for Texas, Dane Schiller of Hou Chron: "bath salt baron busted"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/22/12 Steve DeAngelo

Steve DeAngelo, Pres of Harborside Health Center re forthcoming protests re Obama Admin stance on Med MJ, Clip from Obama, MJ Borden on drug control models, KGW TV Oregon re vote on legal MJ


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/15/12 Lisa Bloom

Lisa Bloom NYT best selling author of Swagger, Neill Franklin of LEAP at NAACP + Prohibion is a Flop


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/08/12 Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn

Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn to open cannabis dispensary in Wash DC + MJ Borden: drug war fuels AIDS pandemic, Dr. Manny on FOX re benefits of cannabis, Rep SJ Lee at NAACP Conv, DTN editorial & PBS report on ultraviolence in Mexico


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/01/12 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann of Drug Policy Alliance + Michel Kazatchkine re Global Commission report on AIDS, Terry Nelson of LEAP & Daniel Robello of DPA re forthcoming Caravan for Peace


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/24/12 James Higdon

James Higdon author of Cornbread Mafia, Doug McVay of Common Sense Drug Policy, Lawrence Odonnel, Jeffrey Dhywood, Terry Nelson and ABC TV clip


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/17/12 Julie Netherland

Julie Netherland of Drug Policy Alliance + Dr. Perry Kendall BC Health Minister & Doug McVay's report: "Mexico in the cross roads"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/10/12 Bill King

Bill King, columnist for Houston Chronicle + Libertarian Candidate for President Gary Johnson & Penn Jillette discuss war on weed


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/03/12 James P. Gray

Judge James P. Gray, Libertarian candidate for Vice President + Ethan Nadelmann, Dir of DPA speaks at Oslo, Norway forum


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/27/12 J.R. Helton

J.R. Helton author of "DRUGS" + Libertarian VP candidate Judge James Gray & Doug McVay of Common Sense Drug Policy re rape in US prisons


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/20/12 David Sloane

Atty David Sloane re TX Med MJ patient who received $100 fine, 1 day probation for possesion + Tony Newman of DPA re widespread drug war news & Doug McVay of CSDP re election of Oregon AG to make MJ lowest priority of state


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/13/12 Howard Wooldridge

Howard Wooldridge of Citizens Opposing Prohibition is riding his bike across the US to help end drug war + Mary Jane Borden with Drug War Facts & Terry Nelson of LEAP


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/06/12 Andrew Weil

Dr. Andrew Weil speaks at Patients out of Time Conf, Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske at Ctr for Amer Progress + Dr. Nora Valkow of NIDA on 60 Minutes


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/29/12 Amanda Reiman

Reports from Patients out of Time Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics in Tucson with Dr. Amanda Reiman, ALS patient Cath Jordan & Federally supplied cannabis patient Irvin Rosenfeld


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/22/12 Deborah Small

Deborah Small of "Break the Chains" + Robert Platshorn leads "Silver Tour" to educate elders about weed + Tribute to Willie on 420


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/15/12 James Gierach

James Gierach, speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition re Obama saying no to ending drug war + Guy Schwartz, Texas musician re 420 fests


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)
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