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.





02/03/21 Ruth Dreifuss

Ruth Dreifuss, who in 1999 was the first woman to hold the Swiss presidency, is the founder and president of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. The commission wants “responsible state control, from production to consumption of drugs” but that the opposite is now the case. “It’s an unregulated market in the hands of criminal groups.”

Guest(s): Ruth Dreifuss
Organization(s): Global Commission on Drug Policy
Ruth Dreifuss
Download: Audio icon FDBCB020321.mp3

Link(s): Global Commission on Drug Policy

01/27/21 Debby Goldsberry

Debby Goldsberry, long time cannabis activist and dispensary owner re covid caravans of cannabis criminals, pricing, Debby is author of Staring and Running a Marijuana Business. + Houston DA Kim Ogg indicts 12 cops for corruption and 2 for murder of drug users

Guest(s): Debby Goldsberry
Organization(s): Magnolia Wellness
Debby Goldsberr
Download: Audio icon FDBCB012721.mp3

Link(s): Starting & Running a Marijuana Business

01/20/21 Dr. Carl Hart

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): Dr. Carl Hart
Organization(s): LEAP

Download: Audio icon FDBCB012021.mp3

Link(s): Drug Use for Grown-Ups

01/13/21 David Herzberg

In White Market Drugs, David Herzberg explores these crises and the drugs that fueled them, from Bayer’s Heroin to Purdue ’s OxyContin and all the drugs in between: barbiturate “goof balls,” amphetamine “thrill pills,” the “love drug” Quaalude, and more. As Herzberg argues, the vast majority of American experiences with drugs and addiction have taken place within what he calls “white markets,” where legal drugs called medicines are sold to a largely white clientele.

Guest(s): David Herzberg

Download: Audio icon FDBCB011321.mp3

Link(s): White Market Drugs

01/06/2021 Maia Szalavitz

Maia Szalavitz, author, reporter joins host Dean Becker to discuss forthcoming Video series "Seeking The Moral High Ground" and to kick the drug war in the teeth.

Guest(s): Maia Szalavitz
Maia Szalavitz
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12/30/20 Jack Cole

Jack Cole joins us for this half hour listen back to an interview from Nov 2003. Jack was the founding member, first director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, now known as Law Enforcement Action Partnership.

Guest(s): Jack Cole
Organization(s): LEAP

Download: Audio icon FDBCB123020.mp3

Link(s): LEAP

12/23/20 Dr. Donald Tashkin

From the International Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics: On today’s program we’ll hear from Dr. Donald Abrams from University of California, San Francisco. We’ll also hear from Dr. Donald Tashkin of NIDA, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and we’ll hear their opinions on the health consequences of using medical cannabis + "PoppyGate" with Glenn Greenway ++ 2 Drug Truth Network Editorials

Guest(s): Dr. Donald Tashkin
Organization(s): NIDA
Dr. Donald Tashkin
Download: Audio icon FDBCB122320.mp3


12/16/20 Rev Alexander Sharp

Reverend Alexander Sharp joins us for the half hour to discuss drug reform progress and roadblocks in 2020

Guest(s): Reverend Alexander Shar
Organization(s): Clergy For New Drug Policy

Download: Audio icon FDBCB121620.mp3

Link(s): Clergy for a New Drug Policy

12/09/20 Michael Krawitz

Michael Krawitz worked for decades to influence first the US Veterans Administration and just last week to force the World Health Organization and the United Nations to nuance their Drug Treaty to move from "dangerous" to now allow for cannabis research and medicines.

Guest(s): Michael Krawitz
Organization(s): Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access
Michael Krawitz
Download: Audio icon FDBCB120920.mp3

Link(s): Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access

12/02/20 Diane Goldstein

Interview of Diane Goldstein, the incoming Exec Dir of Law Enforcement Action Network re changes to drug laws in Canada, the UK, Mexico and around the US + Wash state representative Roger Goodman re decrim efforts in his state.

Guest(s): Diane Goldstein
Organization(s): LEAP

Download: Audio icon FDBCB120220.mp3

Link(s): LEAP