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.





01/11/23 Phil Smith

Phil Smith has been a drug policy journalist for more than two decades. He is the longtime writer and editor of the Drug War Chronicle, the online publication of the nonprofit Stop the Drug War, and was the editor of AlterNet’s coverage of drug policy from 2015 to 2018. He was awarded the Drug Policy Alliance’s Edwin M. Brecher Award for Excellence in Media in 2013.

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Guest(s): Phil Smith
Organization(s): Stop the Drug War
Link(s): Stop the Drug War

01/03/23 Roger Goodman

Roger Goodman

Roger Goodman is a Washington State Representative, who chairs the criminal justice committee with a particular focus on drug policy. Topics range from legal cannabis to legal Heroin, from overdose deaths to international madness. Roger is an American lawyer and politician serving as a Democratic member of the Washington House of Representatives, representing the 45th district since 2007.

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Guest(s): Roger Goodman
Organization(s): Washington State Representative
Link(s): Roger Goodman

12/27/22 Maia Szalavitz

Maia Szalavitz

Maia Szalavitz latest opinion in the NY Times: It's Not Just About Pot.  Our Entire Drug Policy Needs an Overhaul. Ms. Szalavitz has once again exposed the failings of our nations eternal war on drugs.  She stands with the Global Commission on Drug Policy, with presidents, scientists and major media from around the world in exposing the inner workings and horrible ramifications of believing in drug prohibition. 

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Guest(s): Maia Szalavitz
Link(s): Law Enforcement Action Partnership

12/20/22 Will Foster

Will FosterNorma SappDr. Richard Andrews

Will Foster was busted for weed and sentenced to 93 years in an Oklahoma prison. Will is now the number one grower of legal cannabis in Oklahoma. Norma Sapp is an Okla activist, law writer and mover. Dr. RIchard Andrews is DTN host Becker's doctor..

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Guest(s): Will Foster
Organization(s): Drug Truth Network, Drug Truth Network, Drug Truth Network

12/13/22 Rick Ross

Rick Ross & Dean BeckerDr. Richard WatkinsClay Conrad

Dr. Richard Watkins, former Texas warden joins prominent Houston attorney Clay Conrad, the author of Jury Nullification to discuss jail overcrowding around the US. PLUS we have an interview with Freeway Rick Ross, the LA entrepreneur the CIA chose to sell a billion dollars worth of cocaine for them, to finance the Iran Contra affair.

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Guest(s): Rick Ross
Organization(s): LEAP
Link(s): LEAP

12/07/22 Dr. Julian Buchanan

Dr. Julian Buchanan

Julian Buchanan a New Zealand Doctor is author of dozens of essays outlining the horrendous failures of drug war policy,

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Guest(s): Dr. Julian Buchanan
Organization(s): Julian Buchanan WordPress
Link(s): Julian Buchanan WordPress

11/30/22 Howard Wooldridge

Howard Wooldridge

Howard Wooldridge wore the badge of law enforcement for more than 18 years. He was a co founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Howard is a long rider, world traveler and visits the offices of the US Congress on a regualar basis. He just returned from a 6 week tour of Europe.

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Guest(s): Howard Wooldridge
Organization(s): Citizens Opposing Prohibition
Link(s): Citizens Opposing Prohibition

11/22/22 Timothy King

Addiction Nation: What the Opioid Crisis Reveals About Us

Timothy McMahan King is a writer, nonprofit professional, Senior Fellow for Clergy for a New Drug Policy and the owner of Vagabond Strategies. He has worked as a community organizer in Chicago, a chief strategy officer with Sojourners, and has served as a consultant for national non-profits, advocacy campaigns and political candidates.
The author of Addiction Nation: What the Opioid Crisis Reveals About Us, King is an active advocate for those in recovery and to reform United States drug policy. PLUS one minute of the new drug czar Dr. Rahul Gupta making some sense.

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Guest(s): Timothy King
Organization(s): Clergy for a New Drug Policy
Link(s): Addiction Nation: What the Opioid Crisis Reveals About Us, CLERGY FOR A NEW DRUG POLICY

11/15/22 President Ruth Dreifuss

President Ruth Dreifuss

President Ruth Dreifuss , first woman to hold the Swiss presidency, is the founder and president of the Global Commission on Drug Policy. The commission wants “responsible state control, from production to consumption of drugs” but that the opposite is now the case. “It’s an unregulated market in the hands of criminal groups.”

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Guest(s): President Ruth Dreifuss
Organization(s): President

Link(s): Global Commission on Drug Policy


Rick StevesKen Wolski

Rick Steves the travel writer and PBS star joins us to talk about cannabis laws, drug reform and progress around the world + Nurse Ken Wolski Exec Director: Coalition for Medical Marijuana--New Jersey, Inc, discusses medical cannabis laws, need for home grow

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Guest(s): Rick Steves
Organization(s): NORML
Link(s): NORML