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.





03/23/22 Phil Smith

CORRUPT COP STORY OF THE CENTURY: Phil Smith is a reporter for Phil joins DTN host Dean Becker to discuss First Amendment Audits of police stations, post offices, commercial concerns to expose the the diminution of our rights, the untrained and often insane machinations of law enforcement officers out of control denying our First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights,

Guest(s): Phil Smith
Organization(s): Drug Reform Coordination Network

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Link(s): Drug Reform Coordination Network

03/16/22 Diane Goldstein

Law Enforcement Action Partnerships Executive Director Diane Goldstein joined the Redondo Beach Police Department in 1983. She rose from a Patrol Officer and School Resource Officer to Sergeant in the Special Investigations Unit, served as a Division Commander, and retired as a lieutenant in 2004. She was the first female lieutenant in the department.

Guest(s): Diane Goldstein
Organization(s): LEAP

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Link(s): Law Enforcement Action Partnership

03/09/22 Will Foster

Will Foster was Busted for a few plants in 1997, Will was sentenced to 93 years in an Oklahoma prison. He now runs a giant clone company offering dozens of strains of cannabis to Oklahoma residents.. + DTN Editorial: Prohibition is Racist * Evil * Stupid

Guest(s): Will Foster
Organization(s): Herblix

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Link(s): Herblix Clones

03/02/22 Doctor Richard Andrews

Dr. Richard R. Andrews is a family medicine doctor in Houston, Texas. He is a conscientious objector to drug war who works daily to save the lives of drug users. He received his medical degree from University of Connecticut School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Guest(s): Doctor Richard Andrews
Doctor Richard Andrews
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Link(s): Claiming the Moral High Ground

02/23/22 Paul Armentano

Paul Armentano has over two decades of experience working professionally in cannabis policy. He is the Deputy Director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the nation’s oldest and largest cannabis reform advocacy organization. Discussion on cbd/hemp, synthetics, drug war hypocrisy.

Guest(s): Paul Armentano
Organization(s): NORML

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Link(s): National Organization for Reform of Marihuana Laws

02/16/22 Ethan Russo

Ethan Russo, MD, is a highly esteemed, board-certified neurologist, psychopharmacology researcher, and author. He is the Founder and CEO of

Previously, he was Director of Research and Development of the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI) based in Prague, Czech Republic. Medical Director of PHYTECS (2015-2017), a biotechnology company researching and developing innovative approaches targeting the human endocannabinoid system, and from 2003-2014, he served as Senior Medical Advisor, medical monitor and study physician to GW Pharmaceuticals, United Kingdom for numerous Phase I-III clinical trials of Sativex® for alleviation of cancer pain unresponsive to optimized opioid treatment and initial studies of Epidiolex® for intractable epilepsy.

Guest(s): Ethan Russo
Organization(s): Credo-Science
Ethan Russo
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Link(s): Credo-Science

02/09/22 Rick Doblin

Doctor Rick Doblin is the founder and Executive Director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. Discusion centers around legalization and medicalization of MDMA, Psilocybin, LSD and much more.

Guest(s): Rick Doblin
Organization(s): MAPS

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Link(s): Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

02/02/22 Stephen Downing

Stephen Downing began his 20-year police career in a squad car and finished as a deputy chief of police. His vast experience in law enforcement has led him to the conclusion that the War on Drugs can never be worth the human and fiscal costs.
Discussion revolves around corruption, influence of patrolmen unions and more. Steve was an original board member of LEAP. Downing is an expert on issues related to police militarization, civil asset forfeiture, and corruption and internal affairs. His
interviews and original writings have appeared in numerous local, state, and national outlets.

Guest(s): Stephen Downing
Organization(s): LEAP
Stephen DowningDTN Host Dean Becker
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Link(s): LEAP

01/26/22 Doctor Perry Kendall

Doctor Perry Kendall was the first Provincial Health Officer for the Canadian province of British Columbia's health ministry and was awarded the Order of British Columbia for contributions to Public health field and to harm reduction policy and practice. He and DTN host Becker examine the positive results of Canada's advances in drug war policy.

Guest(s): Doctor Perry Kendall
Doctor Perry Kendall
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01/19/22 Dr. Khalid Tinasti

Dr. Khalid Tinasti, Executive Director of the Global Commission on Drug Policy joins DTN host Dean Becker for a second half hour to disect the logic of the drug war. Dr, Tinast also is featured in DTN's 90 minute video production: Claiming the Moral High Ground.

Guest(s): Dr. Khalid Tinasti
Organization(s): Global Commission on Drugs
Dr. Khalid TinastiDTN Host Dean Becker
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Link(s): Claiming the Moral High Ground