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.





01/02/19 Neill Franklin

Major Neill Franklin, Exec Director of Law Enforcement Action Partnership joins host Dean Becker for the full half hour

Guest(s): Neill Franklin

Download: Audio icon FDBCB010219.mp3

Link(s): LEAP

12/26/18 Dean Becker

Cultural Baggage for New Years: Drug Truth Network producer Dean Becker for the half hour with music from Becker's band Shotgun Lobotomy

Guest(s): Dean Becker
Organization(s): Conscientious Objectors


12/19/18 Joseph Ganssle

Roman Catholic priest Joseph Ganssle & Commander Brian Paddick in the UK

Guest(s): Joseph Ganssle


12/12/18 JS Rafaeli

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

Guest(s): JS Rafaeli
Organization(s): LEAP UK

Link(s): UK LEAP

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.