Steve Nolin - Tech. Producer 

Dean Becker, Rob Kampia of the Marijuana Policy Project  MPP and Steve Nolin (R)

Deep in the Bush Voodoo 

     Cultural Baggage 

 Read: "The Unvarnished Truth" on Drug Prohibition

Pacifica Radio: KPFT, Houston, 90.1 FM

"4:20 Drug War News"   on KPFT (Mon-Sat) 

Drug Truth Network :  KPFT Houston, KPFT Galveston, The "X" in Kamloops B.C, WZRD in Chicago, KZFR in Chico California, WVJW in Benwood WV, KDUR Durango CO, KFAR Knoxville TN, KPOO in San Francisco! KAOS in Olympia Wa, & Now on Access Houston TV, CHLY, Nanaimo B.C.

NEW   RFB Brattleboro Vt. & CKLN Toronto

NOTE: MP3's Available for all Shows on Request (Transcripts by Philip Guffy)

"Unvarnished Truth"

Half Hour Specials  featuring multiple voices of reform. 

UNVARNISHED TRUTH #3   Features Bruce Merkin, Noelle Davis of Tx for MMJ, Dr. Bob Melamede and Brian Epis.  MP3  RAM (8/24/04)

UNVARNISHED TRUTH #2   Features Gary Bledsoe of Tx NAACP, Judge James P. Gray, Eugene Oscapella and Dr. Tom OConnel.  MP3  RAM (8/24/04)

UNVARNISHED TRUTH #1   Features Marc Emery, Judge Eleanor Schockett, Warden Richard Watkins and Dr. David Duncan.  MP3  RAM (8/24/04)

 Medical Marijuana

A 2 Hour Special

  MP3  RAM

 Tuesday May 4, 2004 
US and Canada marijuana experts.
 Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, Chairman of the Canadian senate committee that called for legalized marijuana for adults.
Philippe Lucas, Director of the Vancouver Island Compassion Club
Angel Raich, medical marijuana user whose case, Angel Vs. Ashcroft is now headed to the US Supreme Court  Angels attorney David Michael will call us from Viet Nam as well.
Mary Lynn Mathre, RN.  President and Co-founder of Patients Out of Time and Al Byrne, Co-founder of Patients Out of Time
Ed Rosenthal, noted author and expert on marijuana, the "Guru of Ganja".
Steph Sherrer, Director of ASA, Americans for Safe Access which calls for grass roots support of marijuana users arrested and tried on federal charges.
Listen live, on KPFT Radio in Houston at 90.1 FM or online at




Special Panel "Racial Bias in the Drug War"  Tuesday, 03/09/04 at 11 AM to 1 PM EDT, 10 AM to Noon CDT and 8 AM to 10 AM PDT.   

Guests will include Michael Blain of the drug policy alliance, Tulia Defense Attorney, Jeff Blackburn and the Reverend Edwin Sanders.  We are also contacting several US congressmen who may join our discussion.



Special Panel "Racial Bias in the Drug War"  Tuesday, 03/02/04 at 11 AM to 1 PM EDT, 10 AM to Noon CDT and 8 AM to 10 AM PDT.   

6 members of LEAP, (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), will join host Dean Becker to discuss racial profiling, law enforcement tactics in the drug war and the forthcoming "Breaking the Chains" conference on racial bias scheduled for April 1, 2 and 3 at TSU in Houston.
 Participants: in the panel will include: former undercover cop Jack Cole, Mike Smithson, Bob Owens, Howard Wooldridge and Officer George Bradley a working Louisiana cop along with former Judge Eleanor Schockett.




(MP3 Av. on Request)

Special Panel "Racial Bias in the Drug War"  Tuesday, 01/13/04 at 11 AM to 1 PM EDT, 10 AM to Noon CDT and 8 AM to 10 AM PDT.    

 Participants  include: 

1.  Eric Sterling of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation.
2.  Roger Goodman of the King County Bar Association.
3.  Sanho Tree is a Fellow and Director of the Drug Policy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies
4.  Deborah Small of the Drug Policy Alliance, the coordinator of the forthcoming "Breaking the Chains" conference on racial bias, scheduled in Houston, Tx. for April 1 to April 3, 2004.




 The Drug and Terror wars are both designed to last forever.

 Joining us to discuss the true medical properties of marijuana will be Dr. Mitch Earleywine.  To discuss the true harms of the hard drugs, we’ll bring on Dr. David Duncan of Brown Univ.  Helping to bridge the gap between the war on drugs and the war on Terror will be author Mike Gray.  To point out the failings of the US drug war in Colombia, Sanho Tree of the Institute for Policy Studies will join us.  To discuss his presentation to the Canadian Senate about the war on drugs and the war on terror will be Canadian Barrister Eugene Oscapella.

 (Special thanks to Ataji Aziz, “Peacemaker” of Earth 101 for giving us this timeslot!)

Earth 101

Racial Bias in the Drug War! Listen



We did it again on 8/12/03 at 10AM to Noon, CDT.  Guests to include Tulia Defense Atty. Jeff Blackburn; from Drug Policy Alliance, Sharda Sekaran; Dorothy Roberts, author of "Killing the Black Body"; Wendi Anderson of National Advocates for Pregnant Women and once again, Cliff Thornton of


On August 5th, Join Dean Becker and Earth 101's host Hitaji Aziz as they discuss the 88 year old drug war and it's impact on the black community.  Guests include Texas' Pres. of NAACP Gary Bledsoe, Cliff Thornton of Efficacy and Clay Conrad of the Fully Informed Jury Association. 

(We will do it again on 8/12/03 at 10AM to Noon, CDT.  Guests to include Tulia Defense Atty. Jeff Blackburn; from Drug Policy Alliance, Sharda Sekaran; Dorothy Roberts, author of "Killing the Black Body"; Wendi Anderson of National Advocates for Pregnant Women and once again, Cliff Thornton of


Dan Burton almost says "legalize"

  Listen:9/13/02 Midnite Legalize or Terrorize?

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The Canadian Senate REPORT calls for legal cannabis, freeing the prisoners and leaving the single convention treaty.

Sen. Pierre Nolin

Eugene Oscapella

Drug War Murders @ Rainbow Farm

Listen from 8/30/02

Atty. Greg Schmid

 Doug Leinbach

Drug Treatment Abuse - Straight Inc.

Wes Fager

Hit Counter

Whatever Happened


Cultural Baggage

Tuesdays 6:30 PM CDT  29:00

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09/21/04 MP3  RAM

 Stanton Peele Ph.D., J.D.

Author of "7 Ways to Beat Addiction" which outlines the failures of most drug treatment regimens.


 Joseph McNamara MP3  RAM

Dr. Joseph McNamra, 35 year veteran of law enforcement.   Author of "Gangster Cops."  Transcript 

09/07/04  MP3  RAM

War of Terror/ War on Drugs

Respecting the third anniversary of 9/11 we analyze the symbiotic relationship of the war on drugs to the war of terror.  Guests include, Nick Gillespie of Reason Mag., Eugene Oscapella of Canada, Former DEA agent Cele Castillo and Eric Sterling of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation. Transcript

08/31/04  MP3  RAM

Howard Wooldridge

18 years a police officer, Howard Wooldridge quickly determined that alcohol killed more people than all illegal drugs combined.  Howard is a very active member of LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.  Transcript

8/24/04  MP3  RAM

Dr. Claudia Jensen

Dr. Jensen is a professor at USC and a pediatrician who recommends medical marijuana for children with ADD, bipolar or other medical disorders. Transcript.

08/17/04 MP3  RAM 

The "Roast" of John Walters

Drug Czar of the Americas' visits Houston and asks for tolerance.  (Email summary between Becker and Drug Czars office.)  TRANSCRIPT of the "Roast".

08/10/04 MP3  RAM 

Internationally Known Pain Specialists:  Dr. Joel Hochman & Dr. Stratton Hill

Citing evidence that shows zero deaths for patients properly using opioid medicines last year and 17,000 deaths from  Tylenol, these doctors proclaim the drug war to be "mythology".  Transcript by Philip Guffy.

08/03/04 MP3  RAM 

Santa Cruz Councilwoman Emily Reilly

Emily Reilly, Santa Cruz City Council member.  She is coming to Houston in support of "Project Housterdam" and will speak to our city council about the need for medical marijuana.

07/27/04 MP3  RAM 

Dr. Mitch Earleywine & Bruce Merkin

Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., is associate professor of psychology at the
University of Southern California and author of "Understanding
Mariijuana" (Oxford University Press); Bruce Mirken is
communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project, based in
Washington, D.C. Transcript by Philip Guffy.

07/20/04 MP3  RAM 

Frank Levine -Managing Editor XTRA Newspaper in San Antonio & Dr. Rick Doblin of MAPS 

Frank Levine a journalist reports on experiences in Central America and Mexico on the drug war. Dr. Rick Doblin reports on a suit filed to allow for testing of medical marijuana.

7/13/04 MP3  RAM 

MMJ, Votes and 2nd Chances

Tommy Chong, Denele Campbell, Goodwille Pierre, Dr. Claudia Jensen of USC, Karen Heikkala, Terry Hogg and a Drug Truth Editorial.

07/06/04 MP3  RAM 

Sr. Warden Richard Watkins

Currently employed as warden of Texas' Holliday Prison Unit, Richard Watkins has called for an end of drug prohibition.  We will discuss racial bias, the need for drug education and other aspects of this 89 year old drug war.

06/29/04 MP3  RAM 

Mary Lynn Mathre & Al Byrne

Guests include Mary Lynn Mathre RN and Al Byrne of Patients Out Of Time who discuss the recent Cannabis Conference.  Charles Thomas of the Unitarian Church discusses the recent Wash Post article on medical marijuana acceptance by many religions.

06/22/04 MP3  RAM 

Dr. Robert Melamede

Dr. Robert J. Melamede Ph.D. Chairman of the Biology Department of the University of Colorado.   Comment: "The federal government is out of touch with modern, peer-reviewed science. The professional literature clearly shows that marijuana is a miracle drug and not the devil's weed. It is frightening to see the government's incompetence coupled with their disregard for liberty and a complete lack of basic human compassion."

Steph Sherrer of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) will join us in studio as well. 

06/15/04 MP3  RAM 

Harris Co. DA Chuck Rosenthal

The district attorney of the "Gulag Filling Station" will join us for the bulk of the half hour to discuss the drug war.  Topics to include racial bias, knowledge of the genesis of this war, medical marijuana and the fact that he sends more people to prison than anyone in Red China, Russia or N. Korea.

06/08/04 MP3  RAM 

1 D.A., 1 Tx. Rep & Ralph Garcia

Our guests are the DA of Harris County, (Chuck Rosenthal) who sends more people to the death chamber and perhaps more people to prison than any person on earth.  We'll have in studio, Tex. Rep. Harold Dutton and from, Ralph Garcia to talk of restorative justice.

06/01/04 MP3  RAM 

Hou. Councilwoman Edwards

Ada Edwards, Houston City Council Woman, our first locally elected official will join us to discuss the "not credible" Houston Crime Lab.  Also Joining us Al Byrne of Patients out of time and Chris Krane of NORML and Aaron Houston of the Marijuana Policy Project.

05/25/04 MP3  RAM 

Congressman Conyers

The Drug Truth Network Program features in-depth interviews with US Congressman John Conyers comparing the Iraq abuses with US drug war prisoner abuses.  We visit with Bob Newland and Jeremy Briggs, co-publishers of Hemphasis Magazine and we talk with Bill Piper of the Drug Policy Alliance regarding the June 4 vote by the US Congress to "defund" the DEA's attack on medical marijuana patients.

05/18/04  MP3  RAM 

Intl. Marijuana Panel

International NEWS and an extract of the Bill Good Show, featuring a  panel of marijuana experts.  Panelists include Keith Stroup of NORML, Eugene Oscapella from Canada, Kirk Tousaw of the Canadian Civil Liberties Assoc. and Peter Cohen from Amsterdam. 

05/11/04   MP3  RAM  

Congressman Conyers

Congressman John Conyers  will join us today for the Cultural Baggage show.  We will be discussing the comparison of the treatment of Iraqi prisoners with that inflicted on US drug prisoners.
We will also hear from Eric Sterling of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation and Noelle Davis of Texans for Medical Marijuana.

05/04/04   MP3  RAM

Josh Gilbert

Josh is writing, directing and producing a
documentary film about the incarceration of Tommy  Chong of Cheech and Chong fame.
With over sixty hours of footage of  Tommy
preparing to go into prison and an in-prison interview wherein he speaks openly about
prisoners needing a voice. 

Tommy is in prison for conspiracy to distribute and manufacture drug paraphernalia.

04/27/04   MP3  RAM

Valerie & Mike Coral

Eighteen months after a brutal DEA raid on a medical marijuana collective in Santa Cruz , California , the seriously ill collective members finally got the protection from future raids and harassment they have sought since filing suit against the federal government one year ago.   Today’s ruling will protect the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) while the lawsuit is pending, and allow the collective to resume cultivation.

04/20/04   MP3  RAM

Steven Dudley

A reporter in Colombia for five years for Pacifica, the BBC, NPR and the Washington Post, among others.
Routledge recently published his first book, "Walking Ghosts: Murder and Guerrilla Politics in Colombia", about a small leftist political party that was systematically destroyed by its right-wing enemies in Colombia. 

04/13/04   MP3  RAM

Chris Conrad

Chris Conrad is an internationally respected authority on cannabis, industrial hemp, medical marijuana, cultivation, yields and cannabis culture.

04/06/04   MP3  RAM

Breaking the Chains 

(Full Conference ONLINE)

This event took place on April 1, 2 and 3 at Texas Southern University.  We take a strong look at the fragmented and horribly flawed war of drugs and the racial implications of this 89 year old war on our own people.

03/30/04   MP3  RAM

Cliff Thornton

As a member of, Cliff has been requested to speak to hundreds of organizations about the harms of the drug war.  Last month, Cliff returned from a several weeks journey to New Zealand, where he spoke before their Parliament and elected officials.  We'll be sure to discuss the forthcoming Breaking the Chains Conference, scheduled for April 1, 2 and 4 in Houston, Texas.

03/23/04   MP3  RAM

Mary Jane Borden

Mary Jane is a stalwart of the and is co-founder and treasurer of the Ohio Patient Network and fundraiser/strategic planner/grantwriter for DrugSense. She's an MBA and former president of the Columbus Chapter of Women in Communications and holds a professional Accreditation in Public Relations from the Public Relations Society of America.  She spent nine years in the pharmaceutical industry as a market research analyst. 

The link to Mary Janes' "Chemical Bigotry".

03/16/04   MP3  RAM

"Mea Culpa"

Join host Dean Becker and guests from 4 of Houston's top musical groups as they share war stories, drug war stories.  Prohibition is a fiasco, destroying exponentially more lives than drugs ever could.  Join us as we discuss the front lines of drug use, abuse and addiction.  (We might even play a bit of music, but "Be careful or you just might learn something".)

03/09/04   MP3  RAM

Al Anders

We will discuss the forthcoming vote in Alaska.  This August, voters will decide whether or not to make possession of marijuana legal for adults.  We will try to debate this issue with Alaskan law enforcement officers and medical doctors as well. 

03/02/04   MP3  RAM

3 Texas Medical MJ Patients

Three anonymous medical marijuana patients tell us what it is like in the Gulag City of Planet Earth.  To find medical support and medical marijuana in the "hometown" of George Bush Sr.

02/24/04   MP3  RAM

Nicholas Eyle

Executive director of ReconsiDer, an organization dedicated to studying drug policy and looking at alternatives to the current U.S. drug policy. In this capacity he has spoken frequently at international conferences and written extensively for newspapers and periodicals.

(Cliff Thornton Canceled)

02/17/04   MP3  RAM

George Monterano

Federal # 12973-004

With help from the asst. warden at Coleman prison in Florida, we interview George about the fact that he is the longest serving, non-violent criminal in the United States.  George was sentenced to life without parole after pleading guilty to possession of 2,600 pounds of marijuana.  Please visit his website, appeal to the President for a pardon for George.

02/10/04   MP3  RAM

Those Crazy Canadians!

During the last week of KPFT's pledge drive, we offer some current and past "best of" the Canadian look at the drug war and the war on marijuana consumers.

02/03/04   MP3  RAM

Al Giordano

Publisher of  We will discuss the everchanging, ever astounding events of South and Central America in regards to the drug war, the war of terror, and the war for democratic freedoms.

Al will give us the latest, the real scoop on what's happening down there.

01/27/04   MP3  RAM

Steve Bloom

Editor in Chief of the brand new magazine, "Grow America" and Sr. Editor of High Times Magazine.  Grow America will hit the news stands for this first time on this date as well.

 Be sure to join us as we talk about the history of High Times, the governments attempt to thwart the counter culture with their Operation Pipedream last year and the release of Todd McCormick and the imprisonment of Tommy Chong. 

01/20/04 MMP3  RAM

Reverend Edwin Sanders II

Senior Servant and Founder, Metropolitan Interdenominational Church. Reverend Sanders’ church in Nashville, TN has outreach ministries in the areas of substance abuse, advocacy for children, sexual violence, and harm reduction, in addition to providing services to persons infected with, and affected by, HIV/AIDS through Metropolitan’s First Response Center, which Sanders founded in 1992. 

He is a pastoral counselor and a member of the Nashville branch of the NAACP, the Alcohol and Drug Council of Middle Tennessee, and the Ryan White Community AIDS Partnership. In 2002 Sanders was appointed by President Bush to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

01/13/04 MMP3  RAM

Valerie Coral of WAMM

 (Todd McCormick Postponed) 

Val has  published several scholarly articles on the application of marijuana to medical problems.

Presently, Val and Mike are involved in two lawsuits against the federal government resulting from their arrests, including an unprecedented case in which the city and county of Santa Cruz have signed on as co-plaintiffs, acknowledging WAMM as an integral part of the Santa Cruz Health Care system

01/06/04 MP3   RAM

Judge James P. Gray

Running for US senate seat in the state of California.  Author of "Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed, and What We Can Do About It - A Judicial Indictment of the War on Drugs."

12/30/03 MP3   RAM

"Triple Felon" Ed Rosenthal

Ed Rosenthal, the guru of ganja, the poster boy for medical marijuana and now "a triple felon, thanks to the Federal Government will be our guest.  We will discuss his case as well as that of Angel Raich and Diane Monson that just declared the controlled substances act to be unconstitutional in regard to marijuana growers and users.

12/23/03 MP3   RAM

Commander Brian Paddick

UK Police Officer Who Introduced 'Softly Softly' Policy on Cannabis 

"The legalisation of drugs is a matter for politicians, not police officers. The issue for police officers is deciding what policing priorities should be, taking particular account of local views and resources. There is a need for reliable, credible and non-judgmental information to be more widely available, particularly to young people."

Christmas Greeting from Big Brother

12/16/03 MP3   RAM

Larry W. Campbell

Mayor Larry Campbell


Mayor Campbell has implemented  "The Four Pillars Drug Strategy" as the City of Vancouver's policy and plan for reducing drug-related harms.

The Pillars are:  Harm Reduction, Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement.  He has opened N. Americas first legal "shooting galleries" where addicts can avoid AIDS and learn to protect their health, from licensed medical personnel.

12/09/03 MP3   RAM

Deborah Small

Deborah Small of the Drug Policy Alliance will be our guest.  She is the coordinator of the "Breaking the Chains" conference on racial bias to be held in Houston Texas on April 1 to April 3 of 2004.

12/02/03 MP3   RAM

Doctor Mitch Earleywine

Dr. Earleywine is the author of "Understanding Marijuana, a New Look at the Scientific Evidence."  With his in-depth, yet common sense approach to marijuana, Dr. Earleywine  will enlighten us all.

11/25/03 MP3   RAM

Ret. Police Officer Jack Cole

Jack spent many years as an undercover cop, busting nice folks like you and me.  He now sees the utter futility of drug prohibition and tours the USA as director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.  This is one show you don't want to miss.

11/18/03 MP3   RAM

Ret. Judge Eleanor Schockett

She became interested in Drug Policy when she wrote her senior paper on the administration of US drug laws and knew something was terribly wrong. She maintained her interest on the issues first in the '60's as the wife of a owner/pharmacist and then in the '70's as a guest talkmaster on WKAT's Talk of Miami.  She is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition,

Tuesday Evening 6:30 PM CDT

11/11/03 MP3     RAM

We will report on the Drug Policy Alliance conference in New Jersey.  We'll be sure to have lots of great interviews with reformers from around the world.

Tuesday Evening 6:30 PM CDT

11/04/03 MP3     RAM

Bruce Merkin

Dir. of Communications for Marijuana Policy Project

Our guest Bruce Merkin will provide us with his analysis of the war on pot smokers.  We'll discuss where we've been and where we're going in this decades long battle over the rights of sacramental, medical and recreational cannabis consumers. 

10/28/03 MP3     RAM

David Borden

 Exec. Dir. DRCNET

Our guest will be David Borden of  We will hit the air live again on the Drug Truth Network, Tuesday, 10/28/03 at 7:30 to 8 PM, EDT, 6:30 to 7PM CDT and 4:30 to 5PM PDT.  Likely topics will include government hypocrisy and shamanistic scientific practices.  We will also hear a prerecorded clip from Michael Moore's Oct. 20th speech at San Francisco State regarding Rush Limbaugh's use of Oxycontin. 

Drug Truth Network Feed, 10/20-10/26/03  REAL    MP3 

Marijuana Everywhere!  We look at the war on medical marijuana with guests:  Rob Kampia, Ed Rosenthal, DA Terance Halinan and more.

Next Broadcast:    10/21/03

KPFT Fund Raiser 3


Cultural Baggage and the Drug Truth Network depend on KPFT and Pacifica Radio.  KPFT depends on you and your pledges of support.  Please listen to our shows and call in your pledge at that time to support our efforts.

Drug Truth Network Feed, 10/13-10/19/03  REAL    MP3 

Cultural Baggage takes an in depth look at the insanity of the drug war, featuring the voices of several guests from around the world.

Next Broadcast:    10/14/03

KPFT Fund Raiser 2

Head Marijuana Cheerleader  aka Medical Marijuana Barbie

Dr. Traci Blevins


Cultural Baggage and the Drug Truth Network depend on KPFT and Pacifica Radio.  KPFT depends on you and your pledges of support.  Please listen to our shows and call in your pledge at that time to support our efforts.

For 10/14, we will visit with Dr. Blevins and discuss her exploits in ending the war on marijuana patients.


KPFT Fund Raiser 1

Director of "Releaf" Michael Daleo


For 10/7, we will get the chance to visit with the producer, writer and director of "Releaf", a movie short that examines the war on medical marijuana patients.

Drug Truth Network Feed, 10/6-10/12/03  REAL    MP3    

Features the comedy of Woody Harrelson and Bill Maher discussing marijuana.

9/30/03 MP3     RAM

Dr. Rick Doblin

 President of MAPS

Rick Doblin, PhD, is president of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies and Publisher of their quarterly magazine.   MAPS is a membership based organization working to assist psychedelic researchers around the world design, obtain governmental approval, fund, conduct and report on psychedelic research in humans.   Is "X" good medicine for the bereaved... is peyote God's medicine?   We'll ask the doctor.

9/23/03 Listen:  RAM    MP3

Marc Emery

 Publisher Cannabis Culture Magazine

Marc just finished a tour of the 10 major cities of Canada, smoking pot in front of each police station.  He was arrested 5 or 6 times even though judges have declared cannabis legal in Ontario and BC.  As a pot seed seller, publisher, creator of and as a drug reform advocate, Marc is in a class of his own.  Tune in to play this weeks, "Name that drug... by it's side effects."

9/16/03 Listen:  RAM    MP3

Dr. Geoffrey Guy

 Exec. Chairman of G.W. Pharmaceuticals

G.W. Pharmaceuticals has invented a new medicine, "Sativex", which uses the extract of whole cannabis plants.  Dr. Guy is responsible for the rapid growth of this company.  He estimates they have now grown more than 300,000 cannabis plants in making their medicines at up to 97% THC content.

9/9/03 LISTEN:  RAM   MP3  

Al Giordano, publisher of

We'll follow up on the decades old "silent war" in Central and S. America that claims thousands of peasant farmers lives each year.  Sure to excite the listener when Al outlines the policies used by the US government to perpetuate this other "war of terror."

  9/2/03 Listen:  RAM    MP3  

 Matt Elrod and Philippe Lucas of DRUGSENSE

We'll kick the tires of the drug war with two veteran reform advocates.  Matt is the long time computer guru of the Media Awareness Project.  We'll discuss the impact of the internet on progress by the reform community, provide examples of ways we all can help to end prohibition and he and Philippe, (another guru,) will discuss the Vancouver Compassion Society, the Canadian marijuana laws and the heroin injection rooms in Vancouver.  Sure to bring some amazing insights to the superstitious American listener.

  Aug 26, 2003 RAM MP3 

 Sanho Tree of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington D.C.

With his extensive experience in South and Central America, we will discuss with Sanho the decades long "silent war" that kills thousands of innocents each year in the seemingly eternal war on drugs.

Tuesday Aug 19 RAM  MP3

 Al Byrne and Mary Lynn Mathre, RVN; Co-founders of Patients Out of Time

The Co-Founder of "Patients Out of Time" will discuss the use of cannabis by the 7 surviving patients who receive 300 joints each month from the US government and the fact that the American Nurses Association has now called for legitimizing the use of medical cannabis.  

Tuesday Aug 12 RAM  MP3

U.S. Representative Ron Paul

One of the few US Representatives that stand for justice and individual rights, Ron Paul has shown himself to be a patriot of the highest order.  We are sure to discuss medical marijuana, the appointment of the new drug czaress Karen Tandy and the mechanisms of Bush's war of terror.

Tuesday MP3  Real Media

Cliff Shaffer - Creator

The man who first inundated the internet with the facts about the drug war.  Cliff has a long term and unique perspective on this drug war.  Join us as we discuss the history, the hysteria and the lies that gave us the first eternal war, the war on drugs.

Tuesday July 29 Real   MP3

Ethan Nadelmann Executive Director, Drug Policy Alliance

As head of America's preeminent drug reform organization, Ethan brings us a complete picture of the harms of this drug war and what solutions lie in store.  This is certain to be a severe damning of the principles of the drug warriors and their hopelessly failed, $1 trillion dollar jihad on the peoples of these United States.

Tuesday July 22 Listen 


Our guest was to have been US Congressman Ron Paul, but he was called to debate the medical marijuana bill before congress at the same hour.  The bill was lost to a mostly Republican majority, but in a breath taking show of support, 152 US Congressmen voted this date to end the war on medical marijuana.  Host Dean Becker took listener questions re medical use, the police jihad and more.

Tuesday July 15 Real Media     MP3


We will discuss the federal governments mandatory minimum sentencing, the travails at the US border and the ongoing efforts to pass a federal medical marijuana bill.

Tuesday July 08 Real Media  MP3

Jeff Blackburn

As the defense attorney for the bulk of the Tulia residents arrested by the word of the now discredited narcotics task force officer Tom Coleman, Jeff Blackburn nobly defended and eventually freed the 39 black residents that were imprisoned by this sting.

We'll also hear an Indepndence day message from Steve Kubby who now resides in Canada, a UN certified refugee from the US drug prohibition laws.

Thur July 03 Listen

Eric Sterling

President of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation.   A criminal justice system that is honest, fair and effective is one of America's most important institutions. The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation is a private, non-profit educational organization that promotes solutions to the problems facing the criminal justice system.

Thur June 26 Listen  

KPFT FUND RAISER Guests:  Ed Rosenthal Us And Them!

Ed Rosenthal the Guru of Ganja will co-host, to pitch for the KPFT, Houston Pacifica station Pledge Drive.  

Us and Them will sing anti-war songs by Pink Floyd.  We will work together to bring down the walls of drug prohibition.


Dean Becker on Ed Rosenthal's 4:20 Report


Flashpoints Excerpt 6/20/03

Dennis Bernstein, Ed Rosenthal and Dean Becker Discuss Tulia Texas.

Thur June 19 Listen  

Judge James P. Gray - Author:  "Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed, and what We can Do About It - A Judicial Indictment of the War on Drugs"

Judge Gray is also considering a run for the Presidency under the Libertarian Banner.  He has also stated that the US Attorney General, John Ashcroft is the most dangerous man in America.

Fri June 13  -Listen

Jacob Sullum - Author:  "Saying Yes in Defense of Drug Use", Senior Editor Reason Magazine

Sullum writes about a wide range of issues, including drug policy, gun control, censorship, privacy, education, and religious freedom. 

He has recently appeared on CSPAN  and will also guest on the New York Times Drug Policy Forum on Fri, June 13 at 2 PM EDT.

Friday, May 30, Listen

Chris Red - Public Promotions Director @ NARCONON 


We will discuss the need for drug treatment, what is use, abuse and addiction.  We will discuss what would happen in a world where drugs are legal.

Friday, May 23, LISTEN

Debbie Jefferies - Author of Jefferey's Journey 

We discuss her 8 year-old sons use of medical marijuana for treatment of his mental illness.  Also includes interviews with Dr. Joe McNamara and Eric Sterling. We explore the question, "Is the US drug war a continuing criminal enterprise?"

Friday, May 9, LISTEN

SPECIAL II  NORML - Conference in San Francisco 

More interviews from the NORML conference in San Francisco & our special guests San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan and Dr. Thomas J. O'Connell..

Friday, April 25, Listen

SPECIAL!  NORML - Conference in San Francisco 

Dozens of reformers from around the world will discuss marijuana and overall drug reform methods.  Guests include:  

Jack Herrer, Ed Rosenthal, Dr. Tom Oconnel, Mike Gray, Chris Conrad, Mikki Norris, Elvy Musika, Shawn Heller, Valerie Corral, Keith Stroup, Ron Crickenberger, Richard Lake, Allen St. Pierre, Dr. Ethan Russo, Richard Cowan, Senator Nolin, Richard Ostander, Jackie Rickert, Steff Sherrer, Cliff Shaffer, Jay Bergstrom, Ben Mazel, Lynn & Judy Osborne.

This weeks guest will be Terry or Debbie Jefferies. Debbie is the lady whose son was a demon without pot brownies and has a new book out on the subject. She says that when WHAM got busted her sons supply ran out and for a short while, she had the demon return. The Corrals found a way to supply the boy and now all is well once again.

Friday, April 11, Listen

Roger Goodman 

Exec. Director of the Voluntary Committee of Lawyers in King County Bar Association in Washington State. We will discuss the drug war and the lack of morals on the side  of the drug warrriors.  Nora Callahan will also join us for a brief visit.  Learn more about the Easter Music and Cannabis Odyssey.

Friday, March 25, Listen

Mike Gray 

Author of Drug Crazy - How We Got into This Mess & How We Can Get Out; editor of Busted: Stone Cowboys, Narco-Lords and Washington's War on Drugs; Chairman, Common Sense for Drug Policy ;script writer; producer and director.

Friday, March 14, Listen

Officer Howard Wooldridge 

Retired police officer with 15 years experience.  Now a lobbyist in Austin for Texas Drug Laws.  President of Texas NORML and a member of LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.  Howard just returned from the first International Drug Conference in Merida Mexico.  Tune in, it should be a great show!

Friday, Feb 28, Listen 

DEA Agent Cele Castillo 

12 year DEA Agent, now retired, Cele Castillo will discuss human rights violations, corruption and his experiences in S. America, C. America, Mexico and New York.  He is author of the great book "Powderburns."

Friday, Jan 24, LISTEN


Host Dean Becker and Buford Terrell, Professor of law at South Texas College of Law interview Noted Author and Activist Ed Rosenthal about his ongoing federal trial for growing medical marijuana.

Friday, Jan 10

Boris St. Maurice Listen

Recently acquitted of growing cannabis for medical marijuana patients in Canada, head of the Canadian Marijuana Party.

Friday, Dec. 27, Midnite

Mark Stepnoski Listen

Former Dallas Cowboy center and perennial  Pro Bowl winner is now the President of Texas' National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML.)

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Friday, Dec. 13, Listen

Atty. Greg Gladden

ACLU attorney will be our guest to discuss the drug laws, the "Fatherland" bill and many other aspects that impact our freedoms. 

Friday, Nov. 22, Listen

Nora Callahan

Director of November Coalition, publisher "Razorwire", leader of ongoing "Journey For Justice" that seeks the end of the drug war and the freeing of thousands of prisoners sentenced to mandatory minimums.

Friday, Nov. 15, Listen

Al Giordano

Noted Journalist and publisher of  The politics of Colombia, the investigative reporting that alerts us all to the real truth in Mexico, Central and South America.

Friday, Oct. 25, Listen

Rev. Alan Bean

We will discuss the news from Tulia, Texas, where 39 black people were arrested in one night. Local newspaper headlines said: "Taking out the Garbage."  These people were tried by all-white juries and given prison sentences ranging to the hundreds of years.

Friday, Oct. 11, 2002

"Best of Cultural Baggage"

Guy Schwartz New Hit:  "Grow Your Own", its the patriotic thing to do!

"War of Terror" Comedy Playhouse

  9/27 Listen

Kevin Zeese

Host Dean Becker  (L) with Kevin Zeese

Kevin Zeese is President of Common Sense for Drug Policy.  Contact

Prof. David Duncan

School of Medicine
Brown University

Tom Crosslin & Rollie Rohm  Murdered at Rainbow Farm!


Cultural Baggage Host, Dean Becker (R) with Ethan Nadlemann, Pres. Drug Policy Alliance

We provide our listeners with updated, modern data that can help them better understand the draconian and primitive methods of this ancient and superstitious drug war.

Steve Nolin, producer and reporter for Cultural Baggage and I will bring you interviews, Q&A sessions, International and National news, updates and activist alerts.

Our show airs for one hour, every two weeks on Friday night at Midnight.

Join us in the coming weeks when our guests will include others from the list of guests from the NY TIMES DRUG TRUTH series including Governors, Judges and others whose story is currently making waves on the troubled waters of drug prohibition.

The drug war, is based on ancient superstition, greed and lies.  During the last century, we have slighted our children's education, our roads and infrastructure so that we could arrest, house, guard and feed millions of our own citizens… for non-violent drug use.  The violence of drug prohibition comes predominantly from cartels, gangs, dealers and cops. 

 During this same hundred years, we paid Trillions of dollars to every stripe of criminal, from grower to seller, from corrupt cops to street corner vendors, from politicians to customs officials.  

 The drug lords of this world are not just in South America, some have exclusive addresses in Washington D.C.  This drug war is a giant, oinking, 50 billion dollars per year, pork barrel that rolls on, carrying the masses forward with outrageous lies and moral posturing.  Milton Friedman, the Nobel prize winner summed it up:  "Take a well intended public policy, see where it's adherents want to take society, then look 180 degrees in the opposite direction for your eventual results."

 …Asa Hutchinson, the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency is left now with very little to fall back on.  He can only say that marijuana is harmful and that if we legalize it for adults, more children will somehow have access. 

 In the 4,000 year, known history of it's use, marijuana has never been directly responsible for the death of even one person and yet Asa is never challenged when he calls it “harmful”.


Future Guests: Judges Doctors Authors, MP's  MEP's, Lawyers, Scientists, Cops, Prisoners, Providers and Patients

NY Times:Drug Truth Abrahamson to Zeese

Are Texans Being Denied Access to a Vital Medicine?

Declaration of Evident Truth

Contact us at

Pink Floyd recording   Pigs on the Wing

LINK to TV, Commercials & More

"Coke is the Drink of the Death Squads"

By David Robicks W/ Allie Rosenblats


Listen  Fri 8/16/02

Dr. G. Alan Robison,  

Distinguished Professor of  Pharmacology at  UT Health Science Center

G. Alan Robinson, PhD

George McMahon,  

Federally Supplied  

Medical Marijuana Patient

Listen:  Friday 8/2, Midnite:

Charles Thomas

Charles Thomas

MEP Chris Davies


 Member of the European Parliament

He spoke of drug reform occurring in Great Britain and throughout Europe.

Listen: Fri 7/19 

Judge James Gray

Author:  "Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It"

Fri 7/5  @ Midnight CDT

 Sanho Tree

We discussed his recent trip to Colombia.


LISTEN 6/21/02 w/ Daniel Forbes 


Photo by Preston Peet

Daniel Forbes, investigative reporter.  241.html#danforbes or email

LISTEN 6/7/02 w/ Kevin Zeese

Host Dean Becker  (L) with Kevin Zeese

Kevin Zeese is President of Common Sense for Drug Policy.  Contact

The BECKER's, a Cultural Baggage Family

DEAN BECKER on "FM Houston" on Rock Station KLOL regarding the 420 Washington Music Fest

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