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.

09/11/11 Mary Jane Borden

From Oaksterdam California, interviews with a dozen cannabis industry vendors + Mary Jane Borden with Drug War Facts


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/04/11 Richard Lee

Oaksterdam Cannabis Street Fair I with Richard Lee, Debbie Goldsberry, Steven De Angelo, Dr. Michael Aldrich, Michelle Aldrich, Steve Bloom, Marsha Rosenbaum & Mary Jane Borden


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/28/11 John Delaney

John Delany a working Texas judge speaks for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition + Dale Jones of Oaksterdam Univ re forthcoming marijuana street fair & Tim Beck re supreme court ruling and busts in Michigan


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/21/11 Mary Lynn Mathre

Nurse Mary Lynn Mathre of Patients Out of Time, Steven Colbert disses drug reformers, Terry Nelson of LEAP & Drew Bairnsfather of Christians Against Prohibition


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/14/11 Matt Elrod

Matt Elrod of DrugSense re Canada's "progress" toward US style drug laws + Terry Nelson of LEAP & Mario Canseco of Angus-Reid polling organization re 55% of Americans in favor of legal weed


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/07/11 Christian Parenti

Christian Parenti, author Tropic of Chaos - Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence + DTN Editorial


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/31/11 Terry Nelson

Terry Nelson of LEAP on the abject failure of drug war + Houston Chronicle: "Cartel Money Market"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/24/11 Annette Fuentes

Annette Fuentes, author "Lockdown High - When the Schoolhouse Becomes a Jailhouse" + Pres Obama says "no" to ending the drug war


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/17/11 John Gibler

John Gibler author "To Die in Mexico - Dispatches from Inside the Drug War" + Terry Nelson of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition & "Ode" to the drug czar


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/10/11 Leigh Maddox

Leigh Maddox, Asst States Atty & former Baltimore Police Captain + Mary Jane Borden re Swiss "Needle Park" rumors + DTN Editorial 1


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/03/11 Peter Ferentzy

Peter Ferentzy author of "Dealing With Addiction -Why the 20th Century Was Wrong" + Dr. Joel Hochman & Cliff Schaffer of DrugLibrary.org


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

Eapen Thampy 06/26/11

Eapen Thampy, Dir Americans for Forfeiture Reform, artist Lindy author of "No Knock Raid" + Terry Nelson of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/19/11 Neill Franklin

LEAP Conference on 40 years of drug war, with Neill Franklin, Director, Terry Nelson, Eric Sterling, Leigh Maddox + Drug War Facts w/Mary Jane Borden


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/12/11 Peter Moskos

Peter Moskos, former Baltimore cop, author of "In Defense of Flogging" + Mary Jane Borden with Drug War Facts & Michelle Alexander, author "New Jim Crow"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/05/11 Molly Molloy

Molly Molloy & Charles Bowden editors of "El Sicario - The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/29/11 Richard Lee

Richard Lee, President of Oaksterdam Marijuana University re forthcoming effort to legalize in Calif + Adam Assenberg, busted in Wash state for providing MJ to crooked narc + DTN Editorial "Face The Inquisition"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/22/11 Robert Melamede

Dr. Robert Melamede, Pres of Cannabis Science on homeostasis of marijuana plant on the human condition + Fox report on CPS drugging 3 year old of parents who tested positive for drugs


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/15/11 Cliff Thornton

Cliff Thornton, Dir of Efficacy-Online re disparity in drug war + Terry Nelson of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/08/11 Joy Strickland

Joy Strickland, Dir of Mothers Against Teen Violence at DPA partners Conf in Denver, Ethan Nadelmann Dir of Drug Policy Alliance + "Incarcerex"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/01/11 Greg Berger

Greg Berger, filmmaker, professor and journalist reports on Mexican drug war + tribute to marijuana activist Ben Masel who died of lung cancer


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/24/11 Dr. David Bearman

Reports from NORML conference in Denver w/ Dr. David Bearman, & Steve Dillion + Paul Armentano of NORML


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/17/11 Jodi James

Jodi James, Florida activist and candidate speaks regarding 420 events, activism + Terry Nelson of LEAP and MJ Borden with Drug War Facts


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/10/11 Susan Boyd

Susan C. Boyd, author of Hooked - Drug War Films in Britain, Canada and the United States + Moises Naim international columnist re "time to expedite drug war options"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/03/11 Nastassia Walsh

Margaret Dooley-Sammuli of the Drug Policy Alliance and Nastassia Walsh of Justice Policy Institute, authors of reports on failure of drug courts + "Pee on the DEA" effort in Houston


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/27/11 Martin Lee

Martin A. Lee, co-author of Acid Dreams, The Complete Social History of LSD + Amanda Fielding/Lady Neidpath, Dir of Beckley Foundation in the UK


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/20/11 Sanho Tree

Sanho Tree of the Institute for Policy Studies in DC, Adam Assenberg reports DEA theft of Social Security funds for running compassion club in Wash state


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/13/11 Joseph Collum

Joseph Collum, author "The Black Dragon - Racial Profiling Exposed" + Terry Nelson of LEAP and Drug War Facts with Mary Jane Borden


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/06/11 Stanton Peele

Dr. Stanton Peele, author of "Addiction Proof Your Child" + Ethan Nadelmann of Drug Policy Alliance re media stance to drug reform


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/27/11 Phil Smith

Phil Smith of Stop the Drug War, Carlos Fuentes courtesy PBS & Steven Colbert does drug "side effects"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/20/11 James D. Cockcroft

James D. Cockcroft, author Mexico's Revolution - Then and Now + Terry Nelson of LEAP & US Rep Mike McCaul


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)
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