Cultural Baggage


Cultural Baggage is DTN's longest running broadcast program with 18 years as of October 2019. We are proud to have more than three dozen affiliate stations in the US and Canada broadcasting our 29 minutes of unvarnished truth about the failure and futility of this eternal prohibition of drugs. Produced by former cop Dean Becker at KPFT, Houston, one of the 5 Pacifica "sister" stations.





12/05/18 Naomi Burke-Shyne

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

Guest(s): Naomi Burke-Shyne
Organization(s): Harm Reduction Intl


11/28/18 Ray Hill

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.

Guest(s): Ray Hill


11/21/18 Michael Considine

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

Guest(s): Michael Considine


11/14/18 Paul Armentano

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

Guest(s): Paul Armentano
Organization(s): NORML

Link(s): NORML

11/07/18 Shannon Riley

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.

Guest(s): Shannon Riley
Organization(s): Harm Reduction Coalition

Link(s): Harm Reduction Coalition

10/31/18 Lawrence Pasternack

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

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

Guest(s): Monique Tula
Organization(s): Harm Reduction Coalition

Link(s): Harm Reduction Coalition

10/17/18 William Dolphin

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

Guest(s): William Dolphin, Michelle Newhart

Link(s): NewhartDolphin

10/10/18 Jay Hall

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.

Guest(s): Jay Hall, Matt Elrod
Organization(s): Law Enforcement Action Partnership

Link(s): LEAP, Chronicle Editorial

10/03/18 Beto Orourke

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

Guest(s): Beto O'Rourke
Organization(s): Drug Policy Alliance

Link(s): Drug Policy Alliance