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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:

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.


10/03/18 Beto Orourke

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Eunessis Hernandez of Drug Policy Alliance, CA Gov Brown vetoes Safe Injection, Charles Hawthorne of Harm Reduction Coalition re forthcoming conference in New Orleans Oct 18, Texas Governor Debate on Cannabis, Abbott Vs. Valdez, US Congressman Beto O'Rourke in Wash DC and in Austin + Willie Nelson's new song Vote 'Em Out


09/26/18 Monique Tula

Tuesday 25th September 2018

Monique Tula, the Executive Director of the Harm Reduction Coalition re forthcoming conference Oct 18-21 & need to refocus US efforts on drug addiction + Hannah Hetzer of Drug Policy Alliance re Trumps "taking charge" of drug problem at UN + UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, Donald Trump & Dallas Pastor George Mason re shooting of Botham Shem Jean.


09/20/18 Jacob Sullum

Thursday 20th September 2018

Jacob Sullum, Editor of Reason magazine re failure and futility of drug war + Kinky Friedman "Governor of the heart of Texas"


09/13/18 Paul Armentano

Thursday 13th September 2018

Paul Armentano, Deputy Dir of NORML re marijuana research, Big Marijuana, pricing, guns & weed, CBD & more + Willie Nelson & Beto O'Rourke Gig & Republican protests


09/06/18 Shaleen Title

Wednesday 5th September 2018

Shaleen Title, Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commissioner, Dominic Holden reporter for Buzzfeed re White House propaganda, US Rep Beto O'Rourke speaks at prayer breakfast & advice from beyond the grave from George Carlin


08/30/18 Beto O'Rourke

Thursday 30th August 2018

Congressman Beto O'Rourke, running for US Senate in Texas wants to end the drug war, Boston Globe reporter Felice Freyer re fentanyl crisis & Debby Goldsberry owner of Magnolia Wellness in Oakland on the advance of Big Marijuana


08/23/18 Alexander Sharp

Thursday 23rd August 2018

Reverend Alexander Sharp, Director of Clergy for a New Drug Policy + Bill Fried of LEAP re OpEd in Balt Sun & Howard Wooldridge of LEAP re heroin "cure" in Switzerland


08/16/18 Geoffrey Guy

Thursday 16th August 2018

Geoffrey Guy, Chairman of GW Pharmaceuticals discusses Epideliex their cannabis medicine soon to be sold in the US, Irv Rosenfeld a man supplied with 300 cannabis cigarettes every 28 days by the FDA & Tony Papa of the DPA whose art will be included in a Houston Museum art show


08/09/18 Inge Fryklund

Thursday 9th August 2018

Inge Fryklund, LEAP board member re reason for migration, Mary Jane Borden re Ohio medical cannabis situ, Jag Davies of Drug Policy Alliance re success of decriminalization in US