Cultural Baggage

Launched in early 2001, Cultural Baggage, hosted by Dean Becker, is the only nationally distributed radio program focused on discussing the war on drugs.

The weekly, half-hour program features interviews with prominent experts, such as U.S. Representatives John Conyers (D-MI) and Ron Paul (R-TX); Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman; and Superior Court Judge James Gray.

Cultural Baggage features timely and candid interviews with elected officials, judges, scientists, doctors, authors, entertainers, police officers, wardens, prisoners, and patients about current drug war issues, such as medical marijuana, sentencing reform, racial profiling, and police corruption.

03/24/17 Glen Olives

Glen Olives Thompson, Mexican author & professor, DTN Intern Ashley Brien, Jason Thomas of Avalon Realty in Colo, Ashley Clemmer of Rothko Chapel re forthcoming seminar on Criminal Justice


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/17/17 Neill Franklin

Major Neill Franklin Dir of LEAP touring Texas, Rep Joe Moody seeks marijuana law change + dozens speak in support, Atty Randall Kallinen re wacko Waco shootout lawsuit, Jodie Emery re major shakedown in Canada, WSB report of Georgia legislators standing tall for drug law reform


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/10/17 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann, Exec Dir of Drug Policy Alliance soon to retire + Canadian Senator Larry Campbell re opiod crisis, failure of drug war


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/03/17 Alexandra Chasin

Alexandra Chasin author of "Assassin of Youth - A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger's War on Drugs" + Dr. Jokubas Ziburkus re Cannabis Seminar at UH on Thur Mar 9


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/24/17 Mary Lynn Mathre

Nurse Mary Lynn Mathre re cannabis medicine, forthcoming conference in Berkeley Ca + Jag Davies of DPA re Psychedelics Help Reduce Opioid Addiction & Marc Emery reports on cannabis bust in Canada


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/17/17 Kim Ogg

Kim Ogg, DA of Houston re Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program stopping 12,000 arrests per year w/ Sylvester Turner Mayor of Houston, Art Acevedo Houston Police Chief, Ed Gonzalez Sheriff of Houston & Texas Rep Joe Moody re decrim bill


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/10/17 Joe Moody

Texans For Responsible Marijuana Policy visits Texas Legislature, with Tx Rep Joe Moody, Heather Fazio of MPP, Chase Bradstreet, Charles Henley, Anthony Gonzalez, Suzy Wills, Phillip Blanton & Houston Press reporter Meagan Flynn re bail reform


29:00 minutes (19.92 MB)

02/03/17 David Bearman

David Bearman M.D., Co-founder of American Academy of Cannabinoid medicine, author of new book: Drugs Are Not The Devils Tools - How Discrimination and Greed Created a Dysfunctional Drug Policy and How It Can be Fixed


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/27/17 Paul Armentano

Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws + Neill Franklin, Exec Director of LEAP + Houston DA Kim Ogg & report of dispensary robberies in Canada.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/20/17 Beto O'Rourke

Texas Rep Beto O'Rourke, Texas medical cannabis patients Erica Tucker busted for cannabis & breast feeding in Johnson Co where the DA under investigation for corruption, Makayla Farley & her grandpa Phillip Blanton busted for trying to bring MMJ from California to her hospital bed


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/13/17 Phil Smith

Phil Smith of Alternet, Drug War Chronicle re Trump, Appts., drug war + Dr. Robert Melamede re hypocrisy, failure of drug laws


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/06/17 Steve DeAngelo

Steven DeAngelo, CEO of Harborside Health Center, author of Cannabis Manifesto, Mike Hilliard, retired Baltimore Police Major + Adam Eidenger & effort to smoke out the Trump inauguration


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/30/16 Art Acevedo

Art Acevedo, Houston's new Police Chief joins us for the full half hour to discuss forthcoming changes on Jan 1 to drug law enforcement in our nations 4th largest city


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/23/16 Dean Becker

420 Christmas Show: With Willie Nelson, DTN Editorial, Professor William Martin, Major Neill Franklin, Dr. Carl Hart, Dean Bortell, DA Kim Ogg, US Rep Beto O'Rourke, Deborah Small, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Cheech Martin and Tommy Chong


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/16/16 Robert Hoban

The Good, Bad & Ugly drug war with Atty Robert Hoban on DEA's CBD ruling, Eric Sterling of CJPF in DC, Nurse Mary Lynn Mathre re petition to Obama, Jodie Emery re Canada's legalization, Israeli cannabis scientist Lumir Hanus speaks to Texas Medical Center


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/09/16 Nishi Whiteley

Texas Senator Jose Menendez submits medical cannabis bill, Anon Texas mother of 2 year old describes powerful benefit of cannabis + Nishi Whiteley author of Chronic Relief - A Guide to Cannabis for the Terminally and Chronically Ill & Data on Tex Med Ctr Conf on Cannabis in Hou 12/13/16


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/02/16 Clay Conrad

Clay Conrad a Houston attorney discusses drug policy at national, state and local levels, Jodie Emery of Cannabis Culture on Canadian cannabis policy + Phil Smith of Stop the Drug War & Alternet re US cannabis laws


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/25/16 John Urquhart

Seattle Sheriff John Urquhart eviscerates drug war logic + Dr. Robert Melameade on forward/backward people


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/18/16 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann Exec Dir, Asha Bandele Sr Dir, Lynne Lyman CA State Dir, Tamar Todd Dir Legal Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance Conf on new cannabis laws


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/11/16 Earl Blumenauer

Congressman Earl Blumenauer joins Mason Tvert & Rob Kampia of the Marijuana Policy Project in media teleconference - whats next at federal and state levels


29:00 minutes (6.64 MB)

11/04/16 James Gierach

James Gierach, retired Chicago prosecutor, LEAP board member + Piper Kerman, author Orange is the New Black, Deborah Small, Johns Hopkins Public Health Fellow & Drug Policy Alliance’s Asha Bandele


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/28/16 Piper Kerman

Piper Kerman, author Orange is the New Black, Deborah Small, Johns Hopkins Public Health Fellow and the Drug Policy Alliance’s Asha Bandele + Irvin Rosenfeld re pot stocks


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/21/16 Maia Szalavitz

Maia Szalavitz re police murders of drug users in Philippines, Jill Stein Green Party Candidate for President, Governor Newsome of CA for legalization, wife of Utah Gov Cand busted for medical cannabis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/14/16 Howard Wooldridge

Howard Wooldridge of LEAP reports on recent trip to Switzerland, Tess Borden author of "23 Second" report on drug arrests, Van Jones calls for end of drug war, Jill Stein declares drug war a failure


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/07/16 Regenia Hicks

Dr. Regenia Hicks Director of Harris County (Houston) Mental Health program, Valerie Corral Director of Wo/Mens Alliance for Medical Marijuana & Chris Conrad cannabis expert re Calif AUMA 64 legalization effort


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/30/16 Philip High

Philip High of Medcan, Dr. Scott Bier of Greenwell, Debate between DA candidates Kim Ogg and Devon Anderson, trailer for new movie "13th" & Yes on 64 ad


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/23/16 Anna Marie D'angelo

Anna Marie D'angelo Dir of British Colombia safe injection rooms, Kris Nyrop of Seattle Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, Shiloh Murphy Dir of Peoples Harm Reduction Alliance, Washington Representative Roger Goodman, Seattle Sheriff John Urquhart


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/16/16 Matt Elrod

Matt Elrod of Victoria BC re death of activist Jay Bergstrom, legal heroin and legal cannabis + Donnie Varnell of Fayetteville LEAD project & Jag Davies of DPA re DEA prohibition of Kratom


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/09/16 Roseanne Scotti

Roseanne Scotti, Dep Dir of DPA in NJ re bail situ in US, Kim Ogg running for DA of Houston, Sanho Tree of IPS re violence in drug war & Debbie Goldsberry Dir of Magnolia Wellnes Center in Oakland + Barbara Blaser, Debby's Mom


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

09/02/16 Ron Hickman

Ron Hickman, running for reelection as Sheriff of Harris County/Houston Texas + Neil Woods, author of Good Cop, Bad War who also serves as Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition in the UK


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

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