Cultural Baggage

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Cultural BaggageCultural 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.

Launched in early 2001, Cultural Baggage, hosted by Dean Becker, is the only U.S. 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 Show Archive:

12/12/18 JS Rafaeli

Wednesday 12th December 2018

JS Rafaeli, Co-Author "DRUG WARS - The terrifying inside story of Britain's drug trade."


12/05/18 Naomi Burke-Shyne

Wednesday 5th December 2018

Naomi Burke-Shyne Pres of Harm Reduction Intl, Maya Groos & Charles Haywood of Women W/ Vision, Melissa Broudo of SOAR Inst, Erica Ernst of Chicago Drug User Union & DTN Editorial


11/28/18 Ray Hill

Wednesday 28th November 2018

Tribute to Ray Hill, KPFT founder, programmer, icon has died. Amy Morales Rays' Death Dula joins us for the half hour. Ray Hill had been a teen evangelist, a quarterback at his High School, a cat burglar, a radio host, a gay ex-con who somehow managed to crusade for both LGBT causes and prisoners' rights. Ray swayed a couple of supreme court decisions and made his way into history.


11/21/18 Michael Considine

Tuesday 20th November 2018

Michael Considine of N American Syringe Exchange, Iqbal Sunderani Pres of BTNX, Nora Hannah of Until There Is A Cure & Sarah Hashmall of AidsUnited.org


11/14/18 Paul Armentano

Wednesday 14th November 2018

Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of NORML joins guest co host Doug McVay and host Dean Becker for the full half hour to discuss election results for marijuana around the US


11/07/18 Shannon Riley

Wednesday 7th November 2018

Shannon Riley of Vancouver Coastal Health, Shiloh Murphy of Natl Drug Users Union, Lynell Clancy of Harm Reduction Svc, Elizabeth Macintosh of HIPS, Greg May of Indiana & Jasmine Budnella of Vocal NY. Recorded at Harm Reduction Conference New Orleans.


10/31/18 Lawrence Pasternack

Tuesday 30th October 2018

Lawrence Pasternack, Prof at Okla State University re new medical marijuana laws, from Harm Reduction Conference Cory Escovedo of St Jamees Infirmary & Colin Dwyer of Opiate Crisis Response Fund.


10/24/18 Monique Tula

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

From New Orleans, Harm Reduction Conference with HRC Exec Dir Monique Tula, Gary Langis, John Koch & Denise Cullen from GRASP


10/17/18 William Dolphin

Wednesday 17th October 2018

William Dolphin and Michelle Newhart, co authors of "The Medicalization of Marijuana - Legitimacy, stigma and the Patient Experience" , join us live for the full half hour


10/10/18 Jay Hall

Wednesday 10th October 2018

Jay Hall, Houston Police Lt. (retired after 24 years) author of OpEd in Houston Chronicle: Texas’ two U.S. senators are undermining the state’s role as a leader in revamping overly harsh sentencing laws and reducing mass incarceration. + Matt Elrod Canadian Drug Reformer re US propaganda role in perpetuating eternal war.