Cultural Baggage


Cultural Baggage is DTN's longest running broadcast program with 18 years as of October 2019. We are proud to have more than three dozen affiliate stations in the US and Canada broadcasting our 29 minutes of unvarnished truth about the failure and futility of this eternal prohibition of drugs. Produced by former cop Dean Becker at KPFT, Houston, one of the 5 Pacifica "sister" stations.





03/21/23 Phil Smith

Phil Smith

Phil Smith, award winning reporter with Stop the Drug War visits with DTN host Dean Becker. Topics: Corrupt Cops, International Fiasco, Corruption, Money Laundering, Eternal Failure of Policy.

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Guest(s): Phil Smith
Organization(s): Stop the Drug War
Link(s): Stop the Drug War

03/14/23 Neill Franklin

Neill Franklin

Major Neill Franklin has more than 34 years experience as a law enforcement officer and trainer. Topics include murder by cop, deprivation of rights, cops testilying and America' prisons/dungeons of torture.

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Guest(s): Neill Franklin
Organization(s): Law Enforcement Action Partnership
Link(s): Law Enforcement Action Partnership

03/07/23 Greg Gladden

Greg Gladden

Greg Gladden Attorney at Law joins host Dean Becker to discuss "qualified immunity" and the various shifty tactics of cops on the beat. Greg is a steadfast protector of his clients’ rights who has represented thousands of criminal defense clients across 14 different states in state and federal court. He defends clients from various types of criminal charges, including: Drug use, distribution and other violations, Assault and other violent crimes, Domestic violence and neglect, Sex offenses, Murder.

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Guest(s): Greg Gladden
Organization(s): Drug Truth Network, ,
Link(s): Greg Gladden

02/28/23 Don Hall

Don Hall

Don Hall is in long term recovery, he has become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, obtained a B.S. in Human Services, and a Masters of Business Administration.. Mr. Hall is active with several area organizations advocating for fair and equitable treatment of disadvantaged populations. +++ DTN Editorial

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Guest(s): Don Hall
Link(s): SEARCH Homeless Services Housing Case Manager - Counselor

02/21/23 Richard Van Wickler

Richard Van Wickler

Richard Van Wickler (Ret.) is author of Freedom's Guardians. RIck began his law enforcement career in 1987 and served as the Superintendent of the Cheshire County Department of Corrections in Keene, New Hampshire, from 1993 to 2019. Van Wickler is a former adjunct professor of American Corrections at Keene State College, where he taught for 14 years.  

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Guest(s): Richard Van Wickler
Organization(s): LEAP
Link(s): Law Enforcement Action Partnership

02/14/23 Dr. Ethan Russo

Dr. Ethan Russo

Ethan Russo, MD, is a board-certified neurologist, psychopharmacology researcher, and former Senior Medical Advisor to GW Pharmaceuticals.

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Guest(s): Dr. Ethan Russo
Link(s): Drug War Facts

02/04/23 David Shuster

David Shuster

David Shuster is our guest. Topic of discussion, the murder of Mr. Tyre Nichols. Mr Shuster who reports for The Young Turnks is a broadcast journalist and influencer with more than 25 years of experience across a wide range of national platforms within the broadcast news industry.

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Guest(s): David Shuster
Organization(s): The Young Turks
Link(s): The Young Turks

01/31/23 Judge James Gray

Judge James P. Gray

Superior Court Judge James P. Gray (ret) is a pioneer in calling for the end of drug war. He has written numerous books including Why our Drug Laws have Failed, A Judicial Indictment of the War On Drugs and Wearing the Robe.

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Guest(s): James P. Gray
Organization(s): Drug Truth Network,
Link(s): Judge Gray Website

01/24/23 Andrea Yatsco

L to R Jackie, Andrea, Geoffrey, Back is Host Becker

Andrea Yatsco is part of the leadership in the nationally-recognized HEROES program. Geoffrey Ball is an LCDC . He heads up drug user outreach at the Harris Center Jackie St Germain has a social work background, and is in the leadership at The Sobering Center.

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Guest(s): Andrea Yatsco
Organization(s): Drug Truth Network, Drug Truth Network, Drug Truth Network
Link(s): The Harris Center for Mental Health

01/17/23 Katy Harris

Katy Harris

Katharine Neill Harris, Ph.D., is the Alfred C. Glassell, III, Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Her current research focuses on the availability of drug treatment for at-risk populations, the opioid epidemic, and the legalization of medical and adult-use cannabis. She supports policy reforms that treat drug use as a public health issue

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Guest(s): Katy Harris
Organization(s): James A. Baker III Institute
Link(s): James A. Baker III Institute Drug Policy Program