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.

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)

03/14/10 - Dale Skye Clare

Reports from Oaksterdam University, professors, students, staff and interns


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/07/10 - Mary Lynn Mathre

Nurse Mary Lynn Mathre & Al Byrne of Patients out of Time on medical marijuana news & forthcoming Cannabis Conference + "Life, Liberty & Happiness" from Oaksterdam University: COOKING WITH CANNABIS, with professor Sandy Moriarty & Tom Daubert on medical cannabis news in Montana


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/28/10 - Richard Lee

Richard Lee, founder Oaksterdam Univ, marijuana "death" in Ohio, Dr. Robert Melameade, Bill Piper of DPA, Tim Meehan on Canada's "progress" & DTN tries K2


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/21/10 - Casper Leitch

Casper Leitch, host of Time4Hemp invites DTN host Dean Becker as guest, Abolitionist's Moment & Request for Respondents to Pain Killer Survey


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/14/10 - Beto O'Rourke

El Paso City Councilman Beto O'Rourke on the ultra violence in their sister city of Ciudad Juarez & Michael Blunk, board member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/07/10 - Barry Cooper

Barry Cooper, former narc extraordiaire + Corrupt Cop Story with Phil Smith & NPR extract on Bail Bond scams in US + Abolitionist's Moment


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/31/10 - Cynthia Henley

Cynthia Henley, past Pres of Hou Criminal Lawyer Assoc, DTN Editorial/Msg to Houston Council, report from WTKR TV, Roanoake VA, Phil Smith with Corrupt Cop Stories.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/24/10 - Peter Christ

Peter Christ, founding member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition + Neill Franklin a working Baltimore policeman


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/17/10 - Phil Smith

Superior Court Judge David Nichols (ret) for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition + Phil Smith of Drug War Chronicle re legal marijuana approval in Calif legislature hearing


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/10/10 - Dean Becker

DTN listener calls about the mechanism of drug war


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/03/10 - Phil Smith

Phil Smith, Drug War Chronicle reporter's Top 10 Drug Reform Stories of 2009 + DTN Editorial: "Prohibition is Evil!"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/27/09 - Fred Burton

Best of 2009: Fred Burton of Stratfor, Police Chief Harold Hurdt, Amanda Fielding Dir of Beckley Foundation, Glenn Greenwald, David Rosenbloom of Casa & Moses Naim editor of Foreign Policy magazine


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/20/09 - Roger Goodman

Wash State Rep Roger Goodman + DTN listener Christmas wishes


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/13/09 - Leigh Maddox

Leigh Maddox, former Maryland state police officer and now a speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition + Tony Newman of Drug Policy Alliance with Top Ten drug reform stories of 2009


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/06/09 - Mason Tvert

Mason Tvert, director of Safer Choice in Colorado discusses progress in fighting reefer madness


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/29/09 - Irvin Rosenfeld

Irvin Rosenfeld a Florida stockbroker is supplied with 300 cannabis cigarettes each 25 days by the DEA, FDA and NIDA


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/22/09 - Danny Kushlick

Danny Kushlick outlines "After the War on Drugs: Blueprint for Regulation" from Transform in the UK + interview of Ira Glasser at the Drug Policy Alliance conference


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/15/09 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann's opening speech at Drug Policy Alliance Conference in Albuquerque NM


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/08/09 - General Stephen N. Xenakis

Drug Policy Alliance conference & report: "Healing a Broken System: Veterans Battling Addiction and Incarceration" with General Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D., Guy Gambill, veterans’ advocate, Abel Moreno, Arizona Vets 4 Vets


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/01/09 - Howard Wooldridge

Howard Wooldridge, founder of Citizens Opposing Prohibition + Phil Smith of Drug War Chronicle on the level of violence in Mexico


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/25/09 - Tony Newman

Tony Newman of the Drug Policy Alliance discusses major changes in media coverage of the drug war and the DPA's forthcoming conference in New Mexico + Dr. Joel Hochmans advice to parents of drug users


28:59 minutes (13.27 MB)

10/18/09 - Richard Evans

Atty Richard Evans of Mass NORML + LIVE: Sanho Tree of Institute for Policy Studies in Wash DC & US Drug Czar clip + Paul Armentano of national NORML


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/11/09 - Anthony Placido

Anthony Placido, Asst. Administer and Chief of Intelligence for the DEA + Terry Nelson of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/04/09 - Beto O'Rourke

Reports from the El Paso conference on the War on Drugs: UTEP president, mayors of El Paso & Ciudad Juarez, Councilman Beto O'Rourke, Terry Nelson of LEAP, & Mike Agar


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/27/09 - Craig Reinarman

Report from UT El Paso Drug Conference with Prof Craig Reinarman, Dr. Dennis Bixler y Marquez, John Burnett of NPR, Juan Carlos Hidalgo & Judge James Gray


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/20/09 - Lew Rockwell

Lew Rockwell presentation "Never Talk to the Police" + Corrupt Cop story with Phil Smith + Official Government Truth with Winston Francis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)
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