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.

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)

04/08/12 Richard Lee

Richard Lee, Pres of Oaksterdam Univ who was detained last week by Federal agents + Bill Piper of Drug Policy Alliance, Hou Chron LTE's w/DTN vs DEA & drug war debate drama


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/01/12 Russ Bellville

Russ Bellville of NORML speaks at James A Baker III insitute + Terry Nelson of LEAP & Canada's CTV report: "top docs call for MJ decrim"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/25/12 Ethan Nadelmann

Reports from the Students for Sensible Drug Policy convention in Denver, with candiate appeals, Brian Vicente & Ethan Nadelmann


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/18/12 John Coleman

John Coleman, former DEA director of operations at Baker Institute + Angel Raich MMJ patient kicked from hospital & Mary Lynn Mathre re forthcoming conference on Medical Marijuana & Doug McVay of Common Sense for Drug Policy


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/11/12 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann, Dir of Drug Policy Alliance speaks at James A. Baker drug conference "The War on Drugs Has Failed. Is Legalization the Answer?" + Rice Prof William Martin & Terry Nelson of LEAP, Rev. Pat Robertson


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/04/12 Irvin Rosenfeld

Irvin Rosenfeld receives 300 marijuana cigarettes from the US Govt every 25 days + Doug McVay of Common Sense for Drug Policy & Sanjay Gupta re marijuana & Terry Nelson of LEAP


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/26/12 Joseph Clifford

Joseph Clifford, Pastor 1st Presbyterian of Dallas + Eric Sterling courtesy Canada's CTV & Beto O'Rourke who's running for US Congress


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/19/12 Rhonda Martin

Rhonda Martin author of "Stuck" a childrens book about OCD + Phil Smith of Drug War Chronicle & clips of Bill O'Reilly, Dr. Drew and Bill Maher


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/12/12 Sanho Tree

Sanho Tree of Institute for Policy Studies + Terry Nelson of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition & Theresa Danielo of Ohio Medical Cannabis Amendment


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/05/12 Jerry Epstein

Jerry Epstein, Pres of the Drug Policy Forum of Texas + Denise Cullen of Broken-No-More re children's overdose prevention


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/29/12 Adam Assenberg

Adam Assenberg's hearing set for Feb 3, Mary Jane Bornden re US prison population, Terry Nelson of LEAP re widespread impunity for rich in drug war, Jack Cole Dir of LEAP + Abolitionist Moment


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/22/12 Pat Lykos

Pat Lykos the District Attorney of Houston/Harris county + Mary Jane Borden of Drug War Facts, Daniel Robelo of Drug Policy Alliance & "Jesus was a felon" demo cut


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/15/12 Kevin Sabet

Dr. Kevin Sabet, formerly with ONDCP debates Mason Tvert of Colorado's SAFER on David Sirota show + Utah bust = "officers down"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/08/12 Ron Paul

US Rep Ron Paul discusses the drug war + tribute to Gatewood Galbrath "Last Free Man in America"


29:08 minutes (13.34 MB)
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