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.

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)

08/08/10 - Sanho Tree

Sanho Tree of Institute for Policy Studies regarding travel to Bolivia and Colombia + MJ Borden of Drug War Facts & Fox reporter for ending drug war?


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/01/10 - Larry Talley

Larry Talley, former naval intelligence officer now with LEAP + Jasmine Tyler of Drug Policy Alliance & Okla Atty Kevin Adams re ongoing police corruption scandal in Tulsa


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/25/10 - Len Richmond

Len Richmond, producer of new film: "What if Cannabis Cured Cancer" + Michael Krawitz re VA's allowing med marijuana & Paul Armentano re bogus Govt stats for emergency room visits for marijuana


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/18/10 - Dante Picazo

Dante Picazo & Jeff Blackburn of MedCan University a Texas based medical marijuana educational facility + Howard Wooldridge of Citizens Opposing Prohibition


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/11/10 - Casper Leitch

DTN host Dean Becker is joined by 2 other drug war radio hosts: Adam Assenberg - Marijuana Fact or Fiction and Casper Leich - Time 4 Hemp


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/04/10 - Ed Rosenthal

Ed Rosenthal, the Guru of Ganja discusses his new book: Marijuna Growers Handbook + Mikki Norris, editor of West Coast Leaf & Steve Fox of Marijuana Policy Project


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/27/10 - Jodie Emery

Jodie Emery, wife of Canadian Marc discusses his incarceration in US prison for selling cannabis seeds + Former servicemen Michael Krawitz and Josh Fenton discuss PTSD, medical cannabis and the Veterans Administration


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/20/10 - Eric Sterling

Otis McLay guest hosts, Eric Sterling president of Criminal Justice Policy Foundation is guest


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/13/10 - Paul Wright

Paul Wright, editor Prison Legal News, Mike Meno of Marijuana Policy Project, Sandy Moriarty, cannabis chef at Oaksterdam University, NPR starts to understand cannabis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/06/10 - Dr. Tom O'Connell

Dr. Tom O'Connel, a thoracic surgeon and now Calif pot doc + Mark Boris St Maurice re Canadian bust of 5 pot dispensaries


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/30/10 - A.R. Torsone

A.R. Torsone, author "Herb Trader - A Tale of Treachery and Espionage in the Global Marijuana Trade" + Jamaican and money laundering clips from "Need to Know" on PBS


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/23/10 - William Martin

William Martin, a Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy welcomes Drug Truth Network to their Archives program + Diana Washington Valdez a reporter for El Paso Times & Drug War Facts from Mary Jane Borden


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/16/10 - Barry Cooper

Barry Cooper of KopBusters, Dr. Robert Melameade of Cannabis Science + Paul Armentano of NORML


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/09/10 - Richard Lee

Richard Lee, founder Oaksterdam Univ on Ca tax & regulate measure, Matt Elrod of Drug Sense re Canadian drug laws + Irven Rosenfeld, author of "My Medicine" who gets 300 joints thru the DEA every 28 days


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/02/10 - Beto O'Rourke

Beto O'Rouke a city councilman from El Paso & Clarence Bradford a Houston councilman/former policy chief discuss need to revamp drug laws


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/25/10 - Pat Lykos

Pat Lykos, district attorney of Harris County/Houston sees need for continuity and change to drug laws


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/18/10 - Rick Doblin

Report from Psychedelic Science in the 21st Century, from San Jose California, featuring Dr. Rick Doblin, Robert Jesse, Dr. Charles Grob, Dr. Alicia Danforth + Earth & Fire Erowid


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/11/10 - Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn

Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn, Dir of Clergy Against Prohibition + DEA bust of 16 year old, Chris Hermes of Americans for Safe Access


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/04/10 - Scott Bullock

Scott Bullock of Justice Institute on "Policing for Profit", Allison Holcom of ACLU, ABC interview of drug czar Gil, BBC report on heroin injection in Vancouver


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/28/10 - Adrian Garcia

Adrian Garcia, sheriff of Harris County Texas discusses failings of drug war, need for change


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/21/10 - Victor Trevino

Harris County (Houston) Constable Victor Trevino discusses need to examine drug laws, save money, prevent jail crowding, etc. + Neill Franklin, a working Baltimore cop & new head of LEAP discusses cannabis law


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)
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