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.
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
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
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"
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
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
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
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