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.

02/23/17 Doug McVay

Doug McVay editor Drug War Facts, host of Century of Lies, Steve Downing Dep Police Chief of LA (ret), Beto O'Rourke running for Ted Cruz Senate seat, Howard Wooldridge heads up Citizens Opposing Prohibition in Wash DC, Mary Kay Villaverde of Families for Sensible Drug Policy


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

02/16/18 Rick Steves

Benefits of Drug War? Travel Guru Rick Steves, Eric Sterling of Criminal Justice Policy Foundation & LEAP, Eugene Oscapella Canadian Barrister & Superior Court Judge James P Gray find no benefit whatsoever.


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

02/09/18 Laura Thomas

Diane Goldstein new Chair of LEAP, Laura Thomas of DPA, CNN examines Jeff Sessions, RCMP Drug Squad Rpt, Tony Papa re Louisiana travesty, Jimmy Kimmel & Sessions, Tessie Castillo of NC Harm Reduction, Kate Bell of Marijuana Policy Project, Philip Blanton busted in TX roasted for a year & CBS Dallas re 6 year old hemp patient


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

02/02/18 Dennis Peron

Dennis Peron, the God Father of Medical Cannabis dead at 72. Feat: Jeff Jones, Phil Smith, Philadelphia Fox Rpt on Safe Injection Facility, 70 busted for small bag of weed, Columbia Univ panel on drug reform


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

01/26/18 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann former Dir of DPA, Betty Aldworth at Hempfest, former Chicago prosecutor James Gierach, Dr. Joel Hochman's advice to drug victims + Trump, editorials, Safe Injection news & Willie Nelson. Hour show (58:00)


58:00 minutes (26.56 MB)

01/19/18 Lynn Paltrow

Lynn Paltrow Dir of Advocates for Pregnant Women, Katherine Neill Harris of James Baker Inst, Sen Cory Booker, Rep Barbara Lee & Rep Ro Khanna


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

01/12/18 Robert Melamede

Dr. Robert Melamede, KS Rep Steve Alford, Norma Sapp of OK NORML, Gavin Newsome Lt Gov of CA, Ron Paul retired US Rep, Atty Omar Figuroa, OR Gov Kate Brown, Steve DeAngelo of Harborside, Norm Stamper former Police Chief of Seattle, LEAP Speaker


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

01/05/18 Richard Lee

Legal Pot in CA: Steve DeAngelo of Harborside, Richard Lee of Oaksterdam U, Debby Goldsberry of Magnolia wellness, Diane Goldstein of LEAP, Atty Gen Jeff Sessions & Paul Armentano of NORML


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

12/29/17 Jeff Blackurn

Jeff Blackburn Tulia defense atty, recaps of 2017 and beyond with DA Ogg, Sheriff Gonzalez, Police Chiefs McClelland and Acevedo and DEA leader Stan Furce. + Commander Cody & Neil Young


58:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

12/22/17 Bill Martin

Professor William Martin Dir of James A Baker Drug Policy at Rice, Wash Rep Roger Goodman on failure of drug war + Tulia Defense Atty Jeff Blackburn


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

12/15/17 Nick Novello

Sheriff John Urqhart of Seattle, Nick Novello working Dallas patrolman, Mark Mauer of Sentencing Project & Heather Fazio Dir of Texans For Responsible Marijuana Policy


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

12/08/17 Richard Andrews

James P. Gray retired Superior Court Judge re failure of drug war, Elizabeth Brico journalist re Trump/opioid crisis, Dr. Richard Andrews first hand observations of Portuguese drug policy


58:00 minutes (26.56 MB)

12/01/17 Jeff Sessions

US AG Sessions & DEA Admin Patterson, Former Police Chiefs of Houston Clarence Bradford and Charles McClelland Jr, pot now legal in Mass, Doug McVay DTN reporter re Paradise Papers, Rick Steves re cannabis law, Shanty Owen NY drug counselor


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

11/24/17 Carrie Stefanson

Carrie Stefanson of Vancouver Health re safe consumption of drugs/(14:13)Andy Watson of B.C. Coroner Services/(23:34)Neill Franklin Dir of LEAP/(41:15)Paul Armentano Dep Dir of NORML/(50:13)Sam Chapman Dir of Safer Spaces in Portland


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

11/17/17 Matt Elrod

Fentanyl deaths in Canada per CBC, (7:15) B.C. reporter Matt Elrod, (19:10) NBC report on Safe Injection plan for Colo, (22:06) Donnie Varnell N. Carolina Harm Reduction, (27:30) Michael Krawitz Dir Veterans for Med Cannabis, (33:30) Tony Newman Dir Media Drug Policy Alliance, (49:25) Mark Linday Greenspring (hemp co), (53:00) Alexis Bortell, 12 Yr old suing AG for legal weed


58:00 minutes (26.56 MB)

11/10/17 Michael Beuhler

(0:45) Dr. Carl Hart on ignorance of drug war, (2:35) DPA Conf on "drug induced homicide" with Lindsey LaSalle, Peter Bruan & Lisa Wilkins, (28:40) Toxicologist Dr. Michael Beuhler re fentanyl fears, (35:20) DPA Conf "drugs + kids = prison" with Asha Bandele of DPA, Deborah Small of Johns Hopkins & author Liza Jess Peterson (43:55) Lynn Paltrow Dir Natl Advocates for Pregnant Women


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

11/03/17 Jeff Higgins

DPA Conf 4: Jeff Higgins former DEA Spec Agent, Suzanne Sharkey UK LEAP, Howard Wooldridge DC activist, Ethan Nadelmann retired head of DPA, Mitchel Gomez of Dance Safe, Holly from San Fran Drug Users Union + Abolitionist Moment


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

10/27/17 Diane Goldstein

DPA Conference IV: Donnie Wirtschafter Ohio Atty, David McKinney of FlaCan, Diane Goldstein winner of DPA's Spier Award, Jeff Malansky who served 23+ years for weed, Heather Fazio of Texas MPP & Neill Franklin Dir of Law Enforcement Action Partnership + Steve Rolles UK reformer & Dr. Sanjay Gupta courtesty CNN & Congressman Blumenaur re opiate crisis


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

10/20/17 Neal Woods

Drug Policy Alliance Conference: Neal Woods author of Good Cop Bad War and Dir of LEAP UK, Andre Hirsh & Maya Odarian of Caravan for Peace, Rick Steves of PBS fame,Sarah Gale of Zendo Project, Mike Margolis of Psymposia, Richard Van Wicker of LEAP US, Tony Poppa of DPA & Ira Glasser former head of ACLU


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

10/13/17 Troy Dayton

Cannabis Conference III: Dylan Wilkes of Orange Phototonics, Benjamin Landaverde of OG Cannabis Ins, Chris Farrel of Scientific Inhalations, Brian Whitaker of Axiom Designs, Troy Dayton Pres of Arcview Group +++ Doug McVay segments with Oregon State Senator Lew Frederick about racial profiling, criminal justice, drug policy reform, and Oregon's House Bill 2355 which passed earlier this year.


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

10/06/17 Swami Chaitanya

California Cannabis Conference: Nicole Webber of Nug Digital, Dana Cisnero Cannabis Atty, Johnathan Heiniemi of ShieldNSeal, Martin Kaufman of Grasshopper Vending, Jigness Padhiyar of Matchmaker420, John Huusfeldt of Sunbelt Realty, Fadi Yushruti of RootScience, Swami Chaitanya +++ In the second half Doug McVay focuses on human rights and the drug war. We hear from Zaved Mahmoud with the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and from Christine Brautigam with UN Women, plus John Fisher addresses the UN Human Rights Council about human rights abuses in the Philippines.


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

09/29/17 Andrew DeAngelo

California Cannabis Business Conference: Andrew DeAngelo of Harborside Health, Ellen Komp of CANORML, Mathew Vera Acct, Steve Brown Evio Labs,Robert Chavez Seed to Sale, Michael Tesoro Search, Yaro Cluber Lucerne Realty, Brian Herman 3 A Light, Michael Heron Amercanex, Thomas Dorsey MJ Pkg, Ketch & Andy Elias Quicksilver - From Anaheim


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

09/22/17 Marc Emery

Reports from Canada re July 2018 efforts to "legalize" cannabis featuring Kevin Sabet from Smart Approaches, Canadian activists Dana Larsen, Marc Emery & Jodie Emery + Doug McVay DTN reporter co-hosts Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use in the Department of Health and Human Services; Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.


58:00 minutes (26.56 MB)

09/15/17 Paul Butler

Paul Butler, former Fed prosecutor & author of Choke Hold (Policing Black Men), Jodie Emery Canada's Princess of Pot + Matt Elrod & Philippe Lucas on CA "legalization", Derrick Rosenfeld of DPA re deadly drug war games online & in Philippines


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

09/08/17 Maia Szalavitz

Maia Szalavitz, journalist/author/drug reformer, Corey Mendes busted during Harvey, Andrea Wimberly Tx cannabis patient, Julie Ann Genter NZ MP, Texas Atty Clay Conrad on jury nullification, loss of rights


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

09/01/17 George Karandinos

George Karandinos article on opiod crisis in Guardian, Deborah Small of Break the Chains, Neill Franklin Dir of LEAP, Josh Drayton re Anaheim Cannabis Conf Sept 21-22, Bill Piper Dep Dir of DPA, song Eternal War NOTE: For those airing half hour CB, 29:00 mark on this hour program designed to fit exactly. Next week, one hour only show.


58:00 minutes (26.55 MB)

08/25/17 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann former Dir of DPA, Betty Aldworth at Hempfest, former Chicago prosecutor James Gierach, Dr. Joel Hochman's advice to drug victims + Trump, editorials, Safe Injection news & Willie Nelson. Hour show (58:00)


58:00 minutes (26.56 MB)

08/18/17 Eric Sterling

Eric Sterling Dir of Criminal Justice Policy Foundation + Ray Hill reformer extraordinaire (1/2 Hr Edition)


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

08/18/17 Eric Sterling

(1 Hr show) Eric Sterling Dir of Criminal Justice Policy Foundation + Ray Hill reformer extraordinaire + Doug McVay report from Seattle Hempfest & Phil Smith reporter for Drug War Chronicle


58:12 minutes (26.65 MB)

08/11/17 John Kiriakou

John Kiriakou former CIA agent re government torture, lies, Karen O'Keefe of Marijuana Policy Project, report on Rastafarian shootout, Alexis' suit against Fed Govt, Trump drug war lies


29:00 minutes (13.28 MB)

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