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.





08/09/21 Matt Elrod

Matt Elrod has for decades been a backbone of online drug reform. Based in the Canadian wilderness he still manages to coordinate, update and design websites for many strong players in drug reform. Matt and DTN host Becker kick drug war logic in the teeth. Matt's description of himself: "Reclusive Canadian audiophile, poetic naturalist, drug policy reform activist, library cataloguer, programmer and webmaster. Born to be mild." Not to be missed.

Guest(s): Matt Elrod
Matt Elrod

Link(s): Media Awareness Project

08/02/21 Reverend Alexander Sharp

Reverend Alexander Sharp who heads up Clergy for a New Drug Policy joins DTN host Dean Becker to discuss the morals, the punishment and the advocates of eternal drug war + Matt Simon, long time policy man for the Marijuana Policy Project who now works within the cannabis industry shares his thoughts on progress, corruption and the road going forward.

Guest(s): Reverend Alexander Sharp
Organization(s): Clergy For New Drug Policy
Matt SimonReverend Alexander Sharp

Link(s): Clergy for a New Drug Policy

07/26/21 Beto O'Rourke

Former Congressman Beto O'Rourke is helping to leadThe Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival & the Texas Poor People's Campaign. He and Willie Nelson are inviting folks to a Georgetown-to-Austin Moral March for Democracy culminating in a Rally at the Texas State Capitol on Saturday, July 31. Calling for an end to the filibuster, in favor of the For the People Act, restoration of 1965 Voting Rights, $15 Hr and more. Also on this weeks show, Dr. Rick Doblin Exec Dir of Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies in Houston to participate in a Congressional Healthcare Summit hosted by US Congressman Dan Crenshaw.

Guest(s): Beto O'Rourke
Organization(s): Call for Moral Revival
Beto O'Rourke & DTN host Dean Becker

Link(s): A National Call for Moral Revival: March on Austin

07/19/21 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann, founder of Drug Policy Alliance premiers new podcast: PSYCHOACTIVE on I Heart and other outlets. Ethan and DTN host Becker discuss the podcast, overdose deaths, new US Drug Czar and much more

Guest(s): Ethan Nadelmann
Organization(s): Drug Policy Alliance
Ethan Nadelmann

Link(s): Drug Policy Alliance, Nadelmann PSYCHOACTIVE Video

07/12/21 Richard Van Wickler

Former Executive Director and now a board member of LEAP, Law Enforcement Action Partnership, Richard Van Wickler (Ret.) began his law enforcement career in 1987 and served as the Superintendent of the Cheshire County Department of Corrections in Keene, New Hampshire, from 1993 to 2019. Van Wickler is a former adjunct professor of American Corrections at Keene State College, where he taught for 14 years.

Guest(s): Richard Van Wickler
Organization(s): Law Enforcement Action Partnership
Richard Van Wickler

Link(s): LEAP

07/05/21 St. John "SinJin" Barned Smith

St. John "SinJin" Barned Smith is a Houston Chronicle reporter with a focus on the criminal justice system. The Harding Street fiasco is a main topic + Abolitionists Moment for Houston

Guest(s): St. John "SinJin" Barned Smith
Organization(s): Houston Chronicle

Link(s): St. John Barned-Smith - Houston Chronicle Reporter

06/28/21 Kristina Davis

Stephanie "Riley" Burns & Kristina Davis PRS/ ICPR Peer Recovery Support Specialists, Houston Recovery Center & UTHealth - Project Integra + Winston Francis with the "Official Government Truth".

Guest(s): Kristina Davis
Kristina Davis

Link(s): Houston Recovery Center

06/21/21 Mathew Fogg

US Marshall Mathew Fogg (Ret) served our nation with 32 years service and now heads up "Bigots with Badges" + sound advice for drug users and their parents from Dr. Joel Hochman

Guest(s): Mathew Fogg
Organization(s): Bigots With Badges
Mathew Fogg

Link(s): Bigots with Badges

06/14/21 Jimi Devine

Jimi Devine, a reporter based at LA Weekly writes on every aspect of drug war policy and drug wars failures.

Guest(s): Jimi Devine

Link(s): Claiming the Moral High Ground

06/07/21 Beto O'Rourke

Congressman Beto O'Rourke (ret) discusses, voting rights, racism, environment and the drug war + James Gierach, former Illinois States Atty on Chicago violence and the drug war.

Guest(s): Beto O'Rourke
Organization(s): LEAP
Rep Beto O'Rourke & DTN Host Dean Becker

Link(s): Powered By People