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.





07/06/22 Vivian McPeak

Vivian McPeak is an American peace, social justice activist, cannabis rights activist, and musician. In Seattle, Washington. Mcpeak founded the Peace Heathens in 1988, a Seattle community action group. McPeak and Gary Cooke organized the first Seattle Hempfest in 1991, the 2-day event has grown to become the world's largest cannabis policy reform rally. McPeak, who is director of Hempfest, performed with the rock band Stickerbush in the 1980s.

Guest(s): Vivian McPeak
Organization(s): Seattle Hempfest

Download: Audio icon FDBCB070622.mp3

Link(s): Seattle Hempfest

06/29/22 Matthew Fogg

Dr. Matthew Fogg is running for US Congress in Maryland. Dr. Fogg joined the U.S. Marshals Service and became a highly decorated federal law officer. He seeks to congtrol assault weapons, protect the elderly, end the drug war and work towards racial balance.

Guest(s): Matthew Fogg
Organization(s): LEAP
Matthew Fogg
Download: Audio icon FDBCB062922.mp3

Link(s): Bigots with Badges

06/22/22 Arthur Rizer

Arthur Rizer is an author and founder of the ARrow Center for Justice Reform, an adjunct professor at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. He writes for The Atlantic. HIs latest: "Police Militarization Gave us Uvalde".

Guest(s): Arthur Rizer
Organization(s): The Atlantic
Arthur RizerDean Becker
Download: Audio icon FDBCB062222.mp3

Link(s): Police Militarization Gave us Uvalde

06/15/22 Kari Boiter

Kari Boiter is the President Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform. She is an award-winning community organizer, communications strategist. WONPR focuses on women's reproductive rights, drug prohibition and parental rights.

Guest(s): Kari Boiter
Organization(s): Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform
Kari Boiter
Download: Audio icon FDBCB061522.mp3

Link(s): Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform

06/08/22 Cliff Schaffer

Cliff Shaffer is a drug reform pioneer, famed destructor of DEA logic and Agent egos. For 20 + years he has administered the drug reform website which showcases government and official archives covering more than 100 years of drug war history. He and DTN host Dean Becker discuss drug reform progress and failings.

Guest(s): Cliff Schaffer
Organization(s): Drug Library
Cliff Schaffer
Download: Audio icon FDBCB060822.mp3

Link(s): Drug Library

06/01/22 Stephen Downing

Uvalde Texas heavily armed law enforcement left 19 children and their teachers to be slaughtered by a lone gunman. Stephen Downing Deputy Police Chief of Los Angeles (Ret) joins us to discuss this horrendous failure.

Guest(s): Stephen Downing
Organization(s): LEAP
DTN Host BeckerStephen Downing
Download: Audio icon FDBCB060122.mp3

Link(s): LEAP

05/25/22 Don Hall

Don Hall is in long term recovery, which means to him that he has not has a needle in his arm for recreational purposes for over 33 years. Since the initiation of his 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. He teaches at Lonestar College to up and coming counselors to prepare them for the field of recovery.

Guest(s): Don Hall
Organization(s): SEARCH Homeless Services Housing Case Manager
Don HallDTN Reporter Dean Becker
Download: Audio icon FDBCB052522.mp3

Link(s): SEARCH Homeless Services Housing Case Manager - Counselor, Adult Rehabilitation Services Lead Counselor., Lonestar College Adjunct Professor Human Services

05/18/22 James Gierach

James Gierach, a former Chicago prosecutor was for years the executive board vice chairman of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) an international organization of former law enforcement and criminal justice officials who speak out against the failures of existing drug policies throughout the world. LEAP is now: Law Enforcement Action Partnership. Gierach has for decades been attending annual meetings of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Geneva, New York and elsewhere.

Guest(s): James Gierach
Organization(s): LEAP

Download: Audio icon FDBCB051822.mp3

Link(s): LEAP

05/11/22 Doctor Carl Hart

DTN GODAMARAMA EDITORIAL !!!! Doctor Carl Hart is a professor of neuroscience and psychology at Columbia University. Dr. Hart joins us for the half hour to discuss his newest book: Drug Use for Grown Ups - Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear. Hart is known for his research in drug abuse and drug addiction. Hart was the first tenured African American professor of sciences at Columbia University.

Guest(s): Doctor Carl Hart
Organization(s): Columbia University
Doctor Carl Hart
Download: Audio icon FDBCB051122.mp3

Link(s): Drug Use for Grown Ups - Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear

05/04/22 Julian Buchanan

Dr. Julian Buchanan joins us from New Zealand. Dr. Buchanan worked in the UK back when Heroin was legally dispensed and now expounds on the need to legalize drugs around the world.

Guest(s): Dr. Julian Buchanan
Organization(s): Julian Buchanan Author
Dr. Julian Buchanan
Download: Audio icon FDBCB050422.mp3

Link(s): Doctor Julian Buchanan Word Press