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.





06/15/22 Kari Boiter

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.

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

06/08/22 Cliff Schaffer

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.

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Guest(s): Cliff Schaffer
Organization(s): Drug Library
Link(s): Drug Library

06/01/22 Stephen Downing

DTN Host BeckerStephen 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.

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Guest(s): Stephen Downing
Organization(s): LEAP

Link(s): LEAP

05/25/22 Don Hall

Don HallDTN Reporter Dean Becker

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.

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Guest(s): Don Hall
Organization(s): SEARCH Homeless Services Housing Case Manager
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.

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

05/11/22 Doctor Carl Hart

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.

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Guest(s): Doctor Carl Hart
Organization(s): Columbia University
Link(s): Drug Use for Grown Ups - Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear

05/04/22 Julian Buchanan

Dr. 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.

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Guest(s): Dr. Julian Buchanan
Organization(s): Julian Buchanan Author
Link(s): Doctor Julian Buchanan Word Press

04/17/22 Lucas Wiessing

Lucas Wiessing & DTN host BeckerDr. Christoph Buerki & DTN host BeckerDr. Joao Goulao (Portuguese Drug Czar) & DTN host Becker

Lucas Wiessing Chief scientist for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, a few words from Dr. Christoph Buerki, the designer of the decades old and very successful Swiss heroin injection program and we hear from Portugal's Drug Czar Dr. Joao Goulao. + Neill Franklin, former Exec Dir of LEAP.

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Guest(s): Lucas Wiessing
Organization(s): Drug Truth Network
Link(s): LEAP

04/20/22 Joe Jaworski

Joe Jaworski

Joe Jaworski, the former mayor of Galveston and the grandson for Leon Jaworski is running for Attorney General for the state of Texas. Topics include voting rights, reproductive rights, affordable care act and Joes pledge to lead the charge to legalize cannabis in Texas once elected.

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Guest(s): Joe Jaworski
Organization(s): Attorney General
Link(s): Joe Jaworski for Attorney General of Texas

04/13/22 Tony Newman

Tony Newman

Tony Newman serves as Director of Communication for the Overdose Prevention Program at Vital Strategies, a major part of Michael Bloomberg's eponymous philanthropy making a $120 million investment to help fight fatal drug overdoses. Tony served for 19 years previously as Media Director for the Drug Policy Alliance. Discussion revolves around morals, drug war history and the obvious need for change as well as a strong focus on overdose prevention and harm reduction.

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Guest(s): Tony Newman
Organization(s): Vital Strategies
Link(s): Vital Strategies Overdose Prevention Program, Support Harm Reduction