Cultural Baggage


Cultural Baggage is DTN's longest running broadcast program with 17 years as of October 2018. 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.





01/22/17 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 re US Feds release the results of the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Senator Orrin Hatch introduces a bill for pharmaceutical research on marijuana, and the Justice Department digs in its heels in opposing marijuana law reform.

Guest(s): Marc Emery
Organization(s): Cannabis Culture

Link(s): Drug War Facts

01/20/17 Beto O'Rourke

Texas Rep Beto O'Rourke, Texas medical cannabis patients Erica Tucker busted for cannabis & breast feeding in Johnson Co where the DA under investigation for corruption, Makayla Farley & her grandpa Phillip Blanton busted for trying to bring MMJ from California to her hospital bed

Guest(s): Beto O'Rourke
Organization(s): US Congress


01/13/17 Phil Smith

Phil Smith of Alternet, Drug War Chronicle re Trump, Appts., drug war + Dr. Robert Melamede re hypocrisy, failure of drug laws

Guest(s): Phil Smith
Organization(s): Alternet

Link(s): DRCNet

01/06/17 Steve DeAngelo

Steven DeAngelo, CEO of Harborside Health Center, author of Cannabis Manifesto, Mike Hilliard, retired Baltimore Police Major + Adam Eidenger & effort to smoke out the Trump inauguration

Guest(s): Steve DeAngelo
Organization(s): Harborside Health Center

Link(s): LEAP, Harborside Health Center

12/30/16 Art Acevedo

Art Acevedo, Houston's new Police Chief joins us for the full half hour to discuss forthcoming changes on Jan 1 to drug law enforcement in our nations 4th largest city

Guest(s): Art Acevedo
Organization(s): Police Chief

Link(s): HPD - Chief Acevedo

12/23/16 Dean Becker

420 Christmas Show: With Willie Nelson, DTN Editorial, Professor William Martin, Major Neill Franklin, Dr. Carl Hart, Dean Bortell, DA Kim Ogg, US Rep Beto O'Rourke, Deborah Small, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Cheech Martin and Tommy Chong

Guest(s): Dean Becker
Organization(s): Drug Truth Network


12/16/16 Robert Hoban

The Good, Bad & Ugly drug war with Atty Robert Hoban on DEA's CBD ruling, Eric Sterling of CJPF in DC, Nurse Mary Lynn Mathre re petition to Obama, Jodie Emery re Canada's legalization, Israeli cannabis scientist Lumir Hanus speaks to Texas Medical Center

Guest(s): Robert Hoban
Organization(s): Attorney

Link(s): Patients Out Of TIme, Hoban Law Firm

12/09/16 Nishi Whiteley

Texas Senator Jose Menendez submits medical cannabis bill, Anon Texas mother of 2 year old describes powerful benefit of cannabis + Nishi Whiteley author of Chronic Relief - A Guide to Cannabis for the Terminally and Chronically Ill & Data on Tex Med Ctr Conf on Cannabis in Hou 12/13/16

Guest(s): Nishi Whiteley
Organization(s): Author

Link(s): Chronic Relief, TX Med Ctr Conf 12/09/16

12/02/16 Clay Conrad

Clay Conrad a Houston attorney discusses drug policy at national, state and local levels, Jodie Emery of Cannabis Culture on Canadian cannabis policy + Phil Smith of Stop the Drug War & Alternet re US cannabis laws

Guest(s): Clay Conrad
Organization(s): Attorney

Link(s): DRCNet, Looney & Conrad PC

11/25/16 John Urquhart

Seattle Sheriff John Urquhart eviscerates drug war logic + Dr. Robert Melameade on forward/backward people

Guest(s): John Urquhart
Organization(s): Sheriff