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.

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)

11/14/10 - Brendan Kiley

Seattle Journalist Brendan Kiley: "the Cocaine Trade" + Kara Gotsch from the Sentencing Project & Mary Jane Borden with Drug War Facts & 30 second "Drug War Addicts"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/07/10 - Jerry Epstein

Jerry Epstein of Drug Policy Forum of Texas re Lancet report on alcohol as most dangerous drug + Ethan Nadelmann on Prop 19 & Mary Jane Borden: "US Prison Population" & DTN Editorial & "Time to Lock Up Willie"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/31/10 - John Nova Lomax

John Nova Lomax, reporter for the Houston Press + Mary Jane Borden asks: "Does use of marijuana help with breast cancer?"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/24/10 - Joycelyn Elders

NAACP Conference re racial bigotry in drug war, with Dr. Joycely Elders, actor Danny Glover, Prop 19 funder Richard Lee, Steven Gutwillig of DPA and Alice Huffman Dir Calif NAACP


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/17/10 - Terrance Poppa

Terrance Poppa, author of Drug Lord, a true story + Phil Smith's take on AG Holders stance on legalization of cannabis in Calif & Howard Wooldridge, last report from Calif where he's riding his horse Misty in support of Prop 19


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/10/10 - Hanna Liebman Dershowitz

Hanna Liebman Dershowitz co-chair of the Prop 19 Legal Subcommittee on why legalization will better protect children + Mary Jane Borden answers questions about the drug war


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/03/10 - Jeffrey Miron

Jeffrey Miron, Harvard Prof re report to Cato Inst: "The Budgetary Impact of Ending Drug Prohibition" + Bill Piper of the Drug Policy Alliance & Phil Smith of Drug War Chron re re Schwarzsneggers signing marijuana decrim bill


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/26/10 - Melissa Del Bosque

Melissa Del Bosque writer for Texas Observer re "Postcards From a Cartel City" + Philippe Lucas re cannabis salve, oils and tinctures


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/19/10 - Allen St. Pierre

Allen St. Pierre the Dir of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Dr. Mitch Earlywine, M J Borden, Med MJ patient Tonya Davis, publisher Michael Lerner & author Steve Bloom


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/12/10 Madeline Martinez

NORML report from Conference in Portland w/Madeline Martinez Dir "World Famous Cannabis Cafe", Steve Dillon Dir of NORML,Steve DeAngelo Dir Harborside Health Center, John Walker of Firedog Lake, Steff Sherrer of Americans for Safe Access & Tristen Reismer reporer for KPOV, Bend Oregon


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/05/10 - Alexandra Natapoff

Alexandra Natapoff, author "Snitching - Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice" + Dane Schiller, reporter for Houston Chronicle, Atty. Tony Serra


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/29/10 - Jaime Felner

Jaime Felner of Human Rights Watch, Paul Armentano of NORML, Howard Woodridge of COPS, Sandy Moriarty with Cannabis-fruit salad recipe, Dallas Cop Nick Novello for Med Can Univ + Abolitionists Moment


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/22/10 - Russ Bellville

Russ Bellville of NORML re forthcoming conference in Portland + Brendan Kiley reports on 70% of US cocaine has dog dewormer as cut & Neill Franklin re National Black Police Association endorsement of CA prop 19 - the legalization of cannabis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/15/10 - Gretchen Burns Bergman

Gretchen Burns Bergman of Parents for Addiciton Treatment and Healing + Randy Credico senatorial candidate in NY & MJ Borden with Drug War Facts & premiere of "Legalize" by Sloshtown


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)
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