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.





09/27/22 President Gustavo Petro

Colombia’s new leftist leader is proposing steps to legalize elements of his country’s flourishing narcotics industry, signaling a potential break with a past hard-line strategy on drugs and a test of Bogotá’s ties with its most powerful ally, the United States. President Gustavo Petro, a former guerrilla whose election this summer marked an end to decades of conservative rule in Colombia, described plans that would permit small-scale farmers to legally grow coca leaf, the raw material for cocaine, and address deforestation and climate change by paying farmers not to plant the crop — or anything else — in Colombia’s rainforest.

Guest(s): President Gustavo Petro
Organization(s): President of Colombia

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Link(s): Washington Post

09/21/22 Zachary Siegel

Zachary Siegel is a writer based in Chicago. A recent piece in Harpers was titled: A Hole In The Head, a procedure to implant electrodes into the brain to stop addiction. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Slate, and WIRED, among others.

Guest(s): Zachary Siegel
Organization(s): Author
Zachary Siegel
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Link(s): Zachary Siegel

09/04/22 Roger Goodman

Roger Goodman is a state Representative based in Seattle Washington. Roger is a strong proponent of harm reduction and even legalization of all drugs. Roger ranks as one of the most effective and prolific legislators in the United States. Roger is the main guest on Cultural Baggage

Guest(s): Roger Goodman
Organization(s): Washinton State Representative

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09/07/22 Greg Denham

Greg Denham is a retired senior sergeant of Victoria police and the Australian representative for the US-based agency Law Enforcement Action Partnership. Greg had a major article in the Guardian last week: "The rising appetite for powerful drugs like fentanyl is a direct result of Australia’s failing prohibition policies Tough questions must be asked about laws that perpetuate the myth that the war on drugs is winnable through prohibition Given our failure to learn the lessons of the past, the policy response to the fentanyl crisis is predictable. We will no doubt hear from politicians and law enforcement demanding more police, more invasive powers, tougher laws and longer jail sentences. The problem is, we’ve been taking this approach for more than 50 years and yet we know that drug seizures have little impact on drug availability. Despite what police and politicians tell us, drug prohibition, like alcohol prohibition, has failed." +++ DTN Editorial: Prohibition is Evil

Guest(s): Greg Denham
Organization(s): LEAP
 Greg Denham
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Link(s): Law Enforcement Action Partnership Australia, The rising appetite for powerful drugs

08/31/22 Howard Wooldridge

Howard Wooldridge of Frederick, MD: retired police detective is our guest. Howard is a co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (, He is a full-time advocate since 2006 in Washington, DC as the police voice in opposition to drug prohibition. Topics incllude drug war violence, overdose, international progress and slow advance of decrim and legalization.

Guest(s): Howard Wooldridge
Organization(s): Citizens Opposing Prohibition
 Howard Wooldridge
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Link(s): Citizens Opposing Prohibition

08/24/22 John Walsh

John Walsh ,new report for the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) . Mr. Walsh has testified before Congress and published extensively on the need to reassess drug policy goals, strategies, and indicators. His analyses have underscored the limits of supply-oriented drug policies and the extensive damage they cause. PT II

Guest(s): John Walsh
Organization(s): Washington Office on Latin America

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Link(s): Washington Office on Latin America

08/17/22 John Walsh

John Walsh ,new report for the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) argues that the global drug prohibition regime and the 50-year-long U.S.-led “war on drugs” has not only had disastrous results across the world but are increasingly exacerbating other serious problems. These include violence, corruption, organized crime, forced displacement and migration as well as forest loss and climate change.

Guest(s): John Walsh
Organization(s): WOLA
John Walsh Washington Office on Latin America
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Link(s): Washington Office on Latin America

08/10/22 Paul Armentano

Paul Armentano is Deputy Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Paul joins us for the half hour to discuss Russia sentence of 9 years behind bars for WNBA star Britteny Griner, CBD & THC snake oil, Senate bills in limbo, State politicians trying to circumvent cannabis votes, taxes, black market & more
+ DTN Editorial from Dean Becker, the Reverend Most High: EUPHORIA IS A BLESSING NOT A CRIME

Guest(s): Paul Armentano
Organization(s): NORML
Paul Armentano Dean Becker, the Reverend Most High
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Link(s): NORML

08/03/22 Tris Reistone

KPOV reporter in Bend Oregon, Tris "Tristone" is a cannabis grower and a long time puveryor of fine cannabis lotions, tinctures and other products now working for High Desery Pure. Topics include decrim, illegal grows, penalties and a comparison of Oregon to the hosts state of Texas.

Guest(s): Tris Reistone
Organization(s): High Desert Pure
Tris Reistone
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Link(s): High Desert Pure

07/27/22 Dee Dee Stout

Dee-Dee Stout, author of Coming to Harm Reduction - Kicking and Screaming, holds a Master’s degree in Health Counseling from San Francisco State University, a program that she designed herself to meet her educational needs. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Sexuality from the same University. Dee-Dee was a California Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Level II (CADC-II) for 20 years, finally deciding that her devotion to what works - harm reduction - outweighed any need for the certification and so gave it up. She continues to be an active member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers

Guest(s): Dee Dee Stout
Organization(s): Dee Dee Stout Consulting
Dee Dee Stout  Dean Becker
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Link(s): Dee Dee Stout Consulting