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.

05/01/15 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann of DPA, Hillary Clinton, Neill Franklin of LEAP, comedian Eddie Griffen and Nurse Mary Lynn Mathre of Patients out of Time.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/24/15 Phil Smith

Interviews with Phil Smith of Alternet and the Drug War Chronicle, Willie and Merle's new song "It's All Going to Pot", Ms. Deon Haywood of Women With a Vision and Pacifica "cub reporter" Derrick Broze.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/17/15 President Obama

Texas House on legal cannabis, Clinton and Christie on weed, Tenn fears meth oil, Ann Lee a force to be reckoned with, Obama on weed in Jamaica, Patients out of Time Conference on Cannabis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/10/15 Diane Goldstein

Diane Goldstein a former cop and current speaker for LEAP, Chris Conrad cannabis expert and Ed Rosenthal the Guru of Ganja


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

04/03/15 Matthew Fogg

Matthew Fogg Chief US Marshall (ret), Pres Obama "looks back" at today's drug war, Fresno Dep Chief busted, Special Agents copulate with special whores, Ray Hill Roast & DTN Editorial


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/27/15 Alexis Bortell

Alexis and Dean Bortell report on 25 days seizure free, Texas Rep calls for Med cannabis, Marsh Schoenhard and Aaron Justiss from San Francisco & Pacifica rabble rouser Ray Hill Roast on April 4


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/20/15 Howard Wooldridge

Howard Wooldridge a LEAP speaker reports on his trip to Vienna and the UN Drug Conf, Christine Shuck author of The War On Drugs - An Old Wives Tale + Terry Nelson of LEAP, former cop Mike Knox & Dr. Elias Jackson


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/13/15 Corey Booker

Washington DC Conf with Senators, Rand Paul, Corey Booker and Kirsten Gillbrand call for legal Med Cannabis. Asha Bandele of DPA with the Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, Senior Pastor Friendship-West Baptist Church. Mike Trace, Dir International Drug Policy Consortium, from plenary session at the UN in Vienna on March 11.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

03/06/15 Ricky Ross

Freeway Ricky Ross, war hero Thomas Mundell, Tom O'Connel cannabis MD, RABBITS, Mathew Shoemaker


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/27/15 Charles A. McClelland Jr

Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland Jr. + Karen Sprague, CEO of CO2 company


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/20/15 Carl Hart

From San Francisco/ICBC Convention: Dr. Carl Hart, Rep Dana Rohrbacher, Steve DeAngelo, Lauren Frazer + 85 Yr old Ann Lee of Houston heads to CPAC to end reefer madness


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/13/15 Bob Lee

*Tribute to Bob Lee* Mark Stepnoski, former center for Cowboys re NFL & Medical marijuana, "Stinky Steve" author Maggie Valpo, US reports on cannabis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

02/06/15 Allen St. Pierre

Allen St. Pierre of Natl. NORML, Alex Rogers of ICBC conference, Heather Fazio of MPP Texas, Texas TV segments for legal cannabis, Kim Ogg Tex DA candidate & US Surgeon General for medical cannabis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/30/15 Johann Hari

Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream - The First and Last Days of the Drug War + Austin CBS report in support of medical cannabis for children


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/23/15 Greg Gladden

Greg Gladden former head of Texas ACLU, Jason Miller of Texas NORML, President Obama on "The Hill", Houston Sheriff Garcia + NBC Houston & CBD for Texas


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/16/15 Howard Wooldridge

Howard Wooldridge, former cop and founding member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Ethan Nadelmann of DPA, Houston's Mayor & police chief + Wash Post report on asset forfeiture


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/09/15 Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson of International Cannabis Business Conference, Jason Miller of Houston Norml re forthcoming cannabis conference in Houston, Drug Policy Alliance teleconference on national progress on legal cannabis


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

01/02/15 Jack Cole

Jack Cole, founding member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition re police militarization & the "blue line" + Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland & report on danger of synthetic "marijuana"


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/26/14 Dean Becker

2014 in Review: Stephen Colbert, Diane Goldstein, BBC: US drug war laughingstock, Judge John Delaney, Alice Oleary Randall, Professor William Martin, US Rep Beto O'Rourke, Russia Radio interview of DTN Host Dean Becker & Houston Mayor Anise Parker


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/19/14 Ray Hill

100 Years is ENOUGH! rally in Houston in front of criminal court house, KPFT patriarch Ray Hill, Michael Allen of End Mass Incarceration, Representatives of Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition, NORML, DPFT and others


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/12/14 John Urquhart

Sheriff John Urquhart of King County (Seattle) Washington in support for Houston Police Chief Charles McClellans call that drug war is a failure + Barbara Brohl Colorado Dir of Revenue & Mark Thornton of Mises Institute * CALL FOR RALLY Dec 17 at noon at YOUR courthouse - 100 Years of Prohibition is ENOUGH!


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/07/14 Ray Hill

Ray Hill, KPFT patriarch joins us in studio + NBC report on our interview of Police Chief McClellan, former Deputy Policy Chief of Los Angeles Steven Downing, Protest against US racism in Nigeria, Mathew Fogg unveils corruption that enables cops to avoid indictment


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/05/14 Charles A. McClelland Jr

Charles A. McClelland Jr. the Police Chief of Houston Texas joins us for the full program, describes the failure of the war on drugs.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/30/14 Roger Goodman

Washington state Rep Roger Goodman discusses failure of drug war, forthcoming WA bill to de-felonize drug crimes + Ethan Nadelmann & Former President of Mexico Zedillo on CNN + Ellen Bukstel song Who's The Pusher Now?


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/23/14 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann Dir of Drug Policy Alliance: "What has the war on drugs done to the world?" + Rand Paul call for end to drug war, Jill Harris of DPA re coerced treatment + Invitation to 12/14 nationwide rally "100 Years is Enough!" + song: "Eternal War" by Adult Users


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/16/14 Bill Martin

James A.Baker III Conf.: "Is Texas Ready for Medical Marijuana?" Featuring William Martin, Ph.D., Director, Drug Policy Program, Baker Institute, Leslie Grady McAhren, Executive Director CG Corrigan, Amy Lou Fawell, President, Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana For Autism (MAMMA, Catharine A. Neill, Ph.D., Fellow in Drug Policy, Baker Institute, Vincent Lopez, Founder, Patient Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/09/14 Steve Downing

Steve Downing, LEAP speaker, former Dep Police Chief of Los Angeles + Stephen Gutwillig, Ethan Nadelmann, Peter Zuckerman, Taylor Bickford & Dr. Malik Burnett


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

11/02/14 Kim Ogg

Kim Ogg, DA candidate for Houston/Harris County calls for smarter war on drugs + Chris Conrad, called by Federal Govt to address Schedule I classification for cannabis.


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/26/14 Ed Rosenthal

Ed Rosenthal, author of Beyond Buds - Marijuana Extracts - Hash, Vaping, Dabbing, Edibles and Medicines + Eapen Thampy director of Forfeiture Reform & Stephanie Jones Night Life Mgr for Drug Policy Alliance


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

10/19/14 Eric Sterling

Eric Sterling, Pres of Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, Michael Krawitz of Veterans for Medical Cannabis, Eric Holder clip, Vanita Gupta clip


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)
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