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.

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)

08/26/16 Beto O'Rourke

US Congressman Beto O'Rourke discusses need for veterans to gain access to medical cannabis + Ed Gonzalez, Democrat, retired police Sergeant running for Sheriff of Harris County/Houston


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/19/16 Phil Smith

Phil Smith, reporter with Alternet & Stop the Drug War recaps recent blunders of US Govt, Vivian McPeak on Seattle Hempfest & Paul Armentano of NORML re DEA ruling on cannabis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/12/16 Michelle Alexander

Michelle Aexander author of The New Jim Crow, Neill Franklind Exec Dir of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Natalie Schuurman of Green Party


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/05/16 Deborah Small

Deborah Small re savage drug war in Brazil, Hannah Hetzer on Philippine massacre, Tony Papa re commutation of 214 prisoners by Obama & Gov Gary Johnson on ending the drug war


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/29/16 Jim Gierach

Prosecutor Jim Gierach (ret) speaks of ultra-violence of drug war in Chicago + Yvonne talks of journey from Ireland to Colorado to seek the medicine that is changing her child's life for the better


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/22/16 Neill Franklin

Neill Franklin Dir of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition re nexus of drug war & violence + Shane Shackleford helps medical marijuana patients in Texas and around the world


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/15/16 Roger Goodman

LIVES MATTER: Wash Representative Roger Goodman & LEAP board member Diane Goldstein re blowback and needless deaths on both sides of the law because of drug war tactics.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/08/16 Ron Waters

Former Texas Rep Ron Waters calls for legal cannabis, Matt Elrod, Canadian drug reformer tries to explain Trudeau's plan to legalize & Dr. Sanjay Gupta calls for reason in US cannabis laws


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

07/01/16 Christina

Green Rush report from Colorado with cannabis concierge Christina, pot shop owner Craig Hicks and anonymous, out of state buyer, appeal to politicians


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/24/16 Scott Macdonald

US Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee: America's Insatiable Demand for Drugs - Examining Alternate Approaches with: US Senator Tom Carper, Dr, Scott Macdonald of Vancouver Injection Clinic and Dr. David Murry, former ONDCP official


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/17/16 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann, Dir of Drug Policy Alliance speaks before US Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee: America's Insatiable Demand for Drugs - Examining Alternate Approaches, Phil Smith of Drug War Chronicle & Alternet + Ray Hill Nationally known gay rights advocate regarding the Orlando massacre.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/10/16 Kim Ogg

Kim Ogg, District Attorney candidate for Harris County (Houston TX) eviscerates the logic of the drug war + Okla report on cops draining credit cards on side of the highway


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

06/03/16 Rodney Ellis

Texas Senator Rodney Ellis joins us for the whole program to discuss the failure of Texas criminal justice system to adjust to new science and common sense


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/27/16 Adam Eidinger

The "Green Rush" examined: Adam Eidinger head of DC marijuana effort, from Colo: Taylor West of The Cannabis Industry & Vivian McPeak Dir of Seattle Hempfest


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/22/16 Nathan P. Jones

Nathan Jones author of Mexico's Illicit Drug Networks - And the State Reaction, Nurse ML Mathre of Patients out of Time, Corey Barnett Wash DC cannabis provider, Arkansas report on cannabis legalization courtesy KNWA


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/13/16 Chris Conrad

Chris Conrad, author and cannabis expert outlines California's AUMA marijuana legalization act, Dr. Malak Burnett re DC's legalization & Elvy Musika who receives 300 cannabis cigarettes per month from the US Government


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

05/06/16 Tony Papa

Tony Papa, Mgr of Media relations at DPA has a new book This Side of Freedom + Nurse Ken Wolski, Veterans advocate Michael Krawitz and nurse Amy


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/29/16 David Bearman

Dr. David Bearman & Dr. Ethan Russo at Cannabis Conf., Mathew Wilhelm, Destiny Young of San Antonio NORML


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/22/16 Carl Hart

Prof Carl Hart, Pat O'Hare, Michael Seibert and Atty Harry Levine at Columbia Univ in NYC + Nurse Mary Lynn Mathre and Mathew Deleo at Patients Out of Time Conf in Baltimore


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/15/16 Maia Szalavitz

Maia Szalavitz author of Unbroken Brain + Dana Larsen traveling Canada giving away 2 million cannabis seeds is busted then continues giveaway


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/08/16 Neill Franklin

Neill Franklin Exec Dir of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Canadian MP Nathaniel Erskine Smith, Mexican Senator Laura Angelica Rojas Hernandez, David Borden of DRCnet, Tribute to Merle Haggard


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/01/16 Dean Bortell

Law Enforcement Perspectives Q&A 2 with Howard Wooldridge of LEAP, Tex Rep Gen Wu, Harris County/Houston DA Devon Anderson, Gary Hale former DEA agent + Caravan for Peace, Texas Hospital provided CBD & Colorado provides full cannabis meds for Alexis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/25/16 Devon Anderson

Law enforcement perspectives Q&A with Howard Wooldridge of LEAP, Tex Rep Gen Wu, Harris County/Houston DA Devon Anderson, Gary Hale former DEA agent


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/18/16 Howard Wooldridge

Law enforcement perspectives on Drug Prohibition III with Howard Wooldridge at Baker Insitute & at UN in Vienna, Tex Rep Gen Wu & Nurse Mary Lynn Mathre re forthcoming Conf in Baltimore


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/11/16 Katherine Neil

Law enforcement perspectives on Drug Prohibition recorded at James A Baker III Institute featuring Katherine A Neill of the Institute, Harris County/Houston DA Devon Anderson, Gary Hale former DEA agent (Part 1)


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/04/16 Dan Morheim

Maryland Delegate Dan Morheim leading way to decrim/heroin injection sites, Katherine Neil of Baker Institute & Eugene Oscapela testifies re drug law change in Canada


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

Dean Becker Wants YOU to Call the Drug Czar


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