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.

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)

02/13/11 Matt Elrod

Matt Elrod of DrugSense re failure of mandatory minimums to gain traction in Canada + Matt McCauley's speech to Wash state legis & Fox TV report on Colorado marijuana laws


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/06/11 Irvin Rosenfeld

Irvin Rosenfeld, author of "My Medicine" receives 300 marijuana cigarettes from the US government every 25 days + James Gilheany, busted for medical marijuana & "fried" chicken recipe from Sandy Moriarty, head chef at Oaksterdam U


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/30/11 - Steve DeAngelo

Steven DeAngelo, Exec Dir of Harborside Health Center the worlds largest cannabis distributor + Mary Jane Borden of Drug War Facts


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/23/11 - Terry Nelson

Terry Nelson, after another year in Iraq rejoins the Drug Truth Network + Kathy Bates from Harry's Law the new NBC show + DTN Editorial: Outrage? Not strong enough word!


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/16/11 - Robert Platshorn

Robert Platshorn, author Black Tuna Diaries - True Story of America's Most Notorious Marijuana Smuggler + Bradley Weitzel whose father was just sent to prison for 10 years for growing pot


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/09/11 - Froma Harrop

Froma Harrop, nationally syndicated columnist


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/02/11 - Adrian Garcia

Top 10 Domestic Drug Stories of 2010, courtesy Phil Smith of Stop The Drug War + Houston's Sheriff Adrian Garcia re need to change methodology of drug war


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/26/10 - Robert Melamede

KushCon II: Dr. Robert Melamede, Cameron from "Katnips" candy, Jeremy from Green Works, Tami Finch, Atty Rachel Gilette, Mathew Able, Krishna, Gemma Star of Pleasure Cafe


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/19/10 Gary Johnson

Reports from KushCon in Denver w/ Cheryl Shumer, Mason Tvert, Gary Johnson former NM Governor, Gus Esarvina, Gus w/CoolJars, Gus w/Colorado Bubble Co, Tim McDowell


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/12/10 - Kathleen Staudt

Kathy Staudt UT El Paso professor re situ in Mexico, Joy Strickland founder Mothers Against Teen Violence & Mary Jane Borden with Drug War Facts


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/05/10 - Neill Franklin

Neill Franklin, Dir of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Daniel Robello of DPA re horrors of Mexican drug war + Mary Jane Borden with Drug War Facts "What is harm reduction?"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/28/10 - Dick Carpenter

Dick Carpenter of the Institute for Justice, co-author of "Forfeiting Justice" & Grant Smith of Drug Policy Alliance re prohibition of K2 or "Spice" + Aboltionist Moment


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/21/10 - Alan Clear

Harm Reduction I: Alan Clear Dir of HRC, Alexandra Goldman - San Francisco Drug Users Union, "Taz" Afghan reformer, A.T. Martin - Project NEON, Russ Jones - LEAP, Denise Drayton - Exponents & Kyle Hauser - Haight Ashbury youth counselor


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)
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