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.





05/19/21 Phil Smith

Phil Smith reports drug war news for Stop the Drug War and Drug War Chronicle. Phil and DTN host Dean Becker discuss the corruption and the progress of drug laws.

Guest(s): Phil Smith
Phil Smith
Download: Audio icon FDBCB051921.mp3

Link(s): Stop The Drug War

05/12/21 Dr. Frank Lucido

Doctor Frank Lucido is retiring from general practice but will maintain his medical cannabis practice + Ethan Nadelmann the founder of the DPA discusses prejudice and the drug war.

Guest(s): Ethan Nadelmann
Organization(s): Drug Policy Alliance
Doctor Frank LucidoEthan Nadelmann and DTN Host Dean Becker
Download: Audio icon FDBCB051221.mp3

Link(s): Drug Policy Alliance

05/05/21 Clarence Walker

Clarence Walker report: "Who Are the Real drug Pushers? Top Executives indicted in Hundreds of Million dollars in Cocaine trafficking" + Jeff Reese former Houston Sheriff Deputy Sergeant with 26 years experience is now President of Houston Peace and Justice Center

Guest(s): Clarence Walker
Organization(s): Houston Peace and Justice Center
Jeff Reese
Download: Audio icon FDBCB050521.mp3

Link(s): NewsBlaze

04/28/21 Lawrence Pasternack

OSU Professor Lawrence Pasternack re OpEd in Tulsa World: What's the best way to regulate legal marijuana? The free market. + Howard Wooldridge is half way across America on his bicycle promoting end of drug war.

Guest(s): Lawrence Pasternack
Organization(s): Oklahoma State University
Lawrence PasternackHoward Crossing Mississippi on his bicycle, going across the USA
Download: Audio icon FDBCB042821.mp3

Link(s): What's the best way to regulate legal marijuana? The free market

04/21/21 Steve Fox

STEVE FOX TRIBUTE: With the passing of cannabis reformer extraordinaire Steve Fox we hear from long time associates Bruce Mirken of MPP and Mason Tvert Steves associate at VS. Strategies. According to Marijuana Moment: "Steve was a lead drafter of Colorado’s historic Amendment 64, which legalized cannabis for adult use, and he managed all aspects of the successful campaign behind its passage and implementation. He also conceptualized and co-founded Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER), which laid a lot of groundwork for the legalization effort and contributed to a seismic shift in the U.S. cannabis policy debate. In 2009, he co-authored the book “Marijuana Is Safer: So why are we driving people to drink?,” which is based on the SAFER strategy.... Tikkun olam. Mission accomplished."

Guest(s): Steve Fox
Organization(s): VS Strategies
Steve Fox * Mason Tvert * Brian VicenteSteve Fox on CSPAN
Download: Audio icon FDBCB042121.mp3

Link(s): VS Strategies

04/14/21 Paul Armentano

Paul Armentano the Deputy Director of NORML discuss more legal states, racial history of drug war and backwards looking Texas politicians + Abbie Rosner, writer for Forbes on advance of legal psychedelics.

Guest(s): Paul Armentano
Organization(s): National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws
Paul Armentano
Download: Audio icon FDBCB041421.mp3

Link(s): NORML

04/07/21 Kassandra Frederique

Kassandra Frederique the Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance on "claiming the moral high ground" in the drug war + DeVaughn Ward, Sr. Counsel of Marijuana Policy Project

Guest(s): Kassandra Frederique
Organization(s): Drug Policy Alliance
Kassandra Frederique
Download: Audio icon FDBCB040721.mp3

Link(s): Drug Policy Alliance

03/31/21 Howard Wooldridge

Det. Howard Wooldridge (Ret) one of the founders of LEAP is once again crossing the United States. No horse involved this time he is riding his bike to celebrate his 70th birthday. He wears a shirt that says: "Cops Say Legalize Heroin - Ask Me Why" + DTN Editorial: "Drug war is racist, stupid and evil"

Guest(s): Howard Wooldridge
Organization(s): Citizens Opposing Prohibition

Download: Audio icon FDBCB033121.mp3

Link(s): Citizens Opposing Prohibition

03/24/21 Katharine Neill Harris

Doctor Katharine Neill Harris testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on the failed war on drugs and solutions based on racial justice and harm reduction.

Guest(s): Katharine Neill Harris
Katharine Neill Harris
Download: Audio icon FDBCB032421.mp3

Link(s): James A. Baker III Institute

03/17/21 Ed Forchion

Ed Forchion, AKA NJWeedman has been the burr under the saddle of New Jersey politicians for decades, fighting for the rights of cannabis users and jury nullification.

Guest(s): Ed Forchion
Organization(s): New Jersey Weedman
Ed Forchion
Download: Audio icon FDBCB031721.mp3

Link(s): New Jersey Weedman