Stephen Downing was Deputry Police Chief of Los Angeles. He is also an American screenwriter, producer, activist, and investigative journalist who began his screenwriting career in the 1960s while still working as a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer. Most of Downing's pre-1980 writing and producing credits appeared under pseudonyms to escape notice of the LAPD. Downing is active in the movement to end the international war on drugs and the militarization of police in America. In 2011, Downing became a board member of Law Enforcement Action Partnership, formerly known as Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), after years representing the group as a speaker. He left the board in 2019, but is still an advisory board member who gives speeches and writes op-ed pieces on behalf of the group. He also volunteers his time as an investigative journalist, with a focus on police corruption and reform, for a local print newspaper in Long Beach, California. As a television producer and screenwriter he is best known for the series Walking Tall, RoboCop: The Series, T. J. Hooker and MacGyver
|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.
Tris Tristone is a reporter at KPOV in Bend Oregon. He works for High Desert Pure making and selling THC and CBD products.
President Ruth Dreifuss is our guest. She was President of Switzerland and a founding member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. Dr. Dreifuss is a Swiss politician affiliated with the Social Democratic Party. She was a member of the Swiss Federal Council from 1993 to 2002, representing the Canton of Geneva.
Det. Nick Morrow (Fmr.) Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, California Seal Beach, CA
Nick Morrow served as a deputy sheriff and detective for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, where he worked custody, patrol, narcotics, and training assignments. He was certified as a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor and provided training to hundreds of law enforcement officers. He provided drug abuse education to police, public defenders, paramedics, teachers, parents, and students.
Morrow is involved in drug policy and community based approaches to policing solutions at many levels. He assists municipalities in drafting effective and intelligent solutions to dealing with marijuana policy reforms and regulations. He is also involved in drug education, harm reduction, and overdose prevention in Southern California.
Public Safety Director Quovella Spruill Franklin Township Police Department. She is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University where she teaches criminal justice courses including contemporary policing, ethical & philosophical issues, race & crime, organized crime, and violent Crimes. She holds a B.S. in engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a M.A. in education, human resources, training, and development from Seton Hall University. She is a certified instructor in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training and holds certifications with the New Jersey Police Training Commission and National Internal Affairs Institute.
Thomas L. Knapp (Twitter: @thomaslknapp) is director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism (thegarrisoncenter.org). He lives and works in north central Florida.
Timothy McMahan King is a writer, nonprofit professional, Senior Fellow for Clergy for a New Drug Policy and the owner of Vagabond Strategies. He has worked as a community organizer in Chicago, a chief strategy officer with Sojourners, and has served as a consultant for national non-profits, advocacy campaigns and political candidates.
The author of Addiction Nation: What the Opioid Crisis Reveals About Us, King is an active advocate for those in recovery and to reform United States drug policy.
Eric E. Sterling was counsel to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, 1979-1989 and participated in the passage of the mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Was President of The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, Washington, DC and Co-Chair of the American Bar Association, Committee on Criminal Justice, Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. Topics include money laundering, international treaties, cartel corruption and drug gangs criminal involvement into government.
DTN reporter Doug McVay joins us to discuss his radio shows Century of Lies and his new program Free Culture. Segments focus on progress in Oregon, Washington and in Vancouver to decriminalize drugs, to allow for legal distribution of hard drugs and to save lives.
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.