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.

12/11/11 Russ Jones

Russell Jones, LEAP speaker, author of "Honorable Intentions" + ABC report on dispensary Xmas toy drive & CNN report on DEA laundering money for Mex cartels


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/04/11 Jeffrey Dhywood

Jeffrey Dhywood, author of World War D - The Case Against Prohibitionism, A Roadmap to Controlled Re-Legalization + NY Times: " DEA launders mexico cartel drug money"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/27/11 Susie Byrd

Beto O'Rourke & Susie Byrd, authors of Dealing Death and Drugs + Terry Nelson of LEAP giving thanks for collapse of drug war


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/20/11 Eric Sterling

Eric Sterling, Pres of Criminal Justice Policy Foundation + Terry Nelson of LEAP and Mary Jane Borden of Drug War Facts


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/13/11 Richard Branson

REFORM Conf (3) with Richard Branson, Aaron Houston, Lynn Paltrow and Mexican poet Javier Cecelia


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/06/11 Gavin Newsome

"REFORM" conference in Los Angeles opening session with Gavin Newsome the Lt. Gov of California, PW Pete and Alice Huffman President of NAACP of California


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/30/11 Adam Assenberg

Adam Assenberg a medical patient in Wash state, Phil Smith with corrupt cop stories, Mary Jane Borden of Drug War Facts, Cato take on drug war & Drug Truth Network editorial


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/23/11 Tony Newman

Tony Newman of the Drug Policy Alliance re forthcoming reform conference in Los Angeles Nov 3 to Nov 5, 2011 + former Pres of Mexico, Vicente Fox


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/16/11 James P. Gray

Superior Court Judge James P. Gray (ret), author of "Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It - A Judicial Indictment of the War on Drugs"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/09/11 David Bratzer

10 YEARS of DTN! with David Bratzer, a working constable in Victoria B.C. Canada who seeks and end to drug war and a job on the school board + Philip Guffy, Glenn Greenway, Mary Jane Borden and "Class War Fare" PSA


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/02/11 George W. Grayson

George W. Grayson, Sr. Assoc at Center for Stategic and International Studies, author of "Mexico - Narco-Violence and a Failed State?" + Terry Nelson of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition on how drug war creates atrocities


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/25/11 Diana Washington Valdez

Diana Washinton Valdez, El Paso Times reports on increasing drug war corruption on US side of border, Phil Smith of Drug War Chronicle, Steve Fox of Natl Cannabis Industry Assoc, Dr. Steven Davies & Mary Jane Borden on increasing opiate use


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/18/11 Steve Wishnia

Remembering Tom Croslin and Rollie Rohm, gunned down at Rainbow Farm a week before 9/11 for their beliefs w/ reporter Steve Wishnia, Rev. Steven B. Thompson, Atty Matt Abel, Melody Karr and "Nikki" + MJ Borden: Does drug war = war of terror? & DTN Editorial: "What is Benefit of Drug War?"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

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)
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