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.





07/12/18 Maia Szalavitz

Maia Szalavitz author of Unbroken Brain, Brad Burge of Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies & Paul Armentano Dep. Dir of National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws

Guest(s): Maia Szalavitz
Organization(s): VICE


07/04/18 Eric Sterling

Special Edition: Eric Sterling Director of Criminal Justice Policy Foundation in Washington DC re drug war fiasco + DTN Editorial "When will drug war failure bring focus to bear?"

Guest(s): Eric Sterling
Organization(s): Criminal Justice Policy Foundation

Link(s): Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, Law Enforcement Action Partnership

06/28/18 James Gierach

Former Chicago prosecutor James Gierach, Lisa Raville Exec Dir Harm Reduction Action Center Denver, Norma Sapp re Okla legal Cannabis & Rep Beto O'Rourke re failure of drug war

Guest(s): James Gierach, Norma Sapp
Organization(s): LEAP

Link(s): LEAP

06/21/18 Art Acevedo

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, Sanho Tree of Institute for Policy Studies in Wash DC & Amy Povah re Presidential pardons

Guest(s): Art Acevedo
Organization(s): Houston Police Department
DTN Host & Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo


6/14/18 Diane Goldstein

Lt. Diane Goldstein, Law Enforcement Action Partnership Chairman of the Board, Michael Krawitz report on UN proceeding in Geneva

Guest(s): Diane Goldstein, Michael Krawitz
Organization(s): LEAP
Diane Goldstein, LEAP Chairman of BoardMichael Krawitz,

Link(s): LEAP, For Alternative Approaches to Addiction

06/07/18 Jodie James

Jodie James of Florida Cannabis Action Network, Shaleen Title Commissioner on the Massachusetts Cannabis Commission & Matt Elrod re Canada's forthcoming legalization of cannabis + DTN Editorial

Guest(s): Jodie James, Shaleen Title
Organization(s): Florida Cannabis Action Network, Patients Out of Time

Link(s): Florida Cannabis Action Network, Patients Out of Time

05/31/18 Jason Reed

Jason Reed, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Action Partnership - UK re British Medical Journal recent embrace of ending the drug war, preventable diseases and overdose deaths & much more.

Guest(s): Jason Reed
Organization(s): LEAP UK

Link(s): British Med Journal: Legalize Drugs, Law Enforcement Action Partnership UK

05/24/18 Mason Tvert

Mason Tvert goes back to work for Marijuana Policy Project, Matt Elrod Canadian drug reformer, Dr. Melanie Dreher re long term use of cannabis

Guest(s): Mason Tvert, Matt Elrod
Organization(s): Marijuana Policy Project, Patients Out of Time
Mason TvertMatt Elrod

Link(s): Marijuana Policy Project, Patients Out of Time, DrugSense

05/17/18 Deborah Small

Deborah Peterson Small speaks at Patients Out of Time Conf, Paul Armentano of NORML re drug war hypocrisy and lies, Jasmine Budnella of Vocal NY, Melissa Moore of Drug Policy Alliance in NY

Guest(s): Deborah Small, Paul Armentano
Organization(s): Patients Out Of Time

Link(s): NORML, Patients Out of Time

05/10/18 Phil Smith

Phil Smith of Stop the Drug War, Rachel Luba re Cannabis use for end of life, Jodie Emery re Canada cannabis situation

Guest(s): Phil Smith, Jodie Emery

Link(s): Stop The Drug War