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.





09/12/21 Neil Woods

Neil Woods

Former undercover police officer Neil Woods, who risked his life infiltrating some of the UK's most vicious gangs, pieces together the complex and terrifying reality of the drug war in Britain. Neil and DTN host Dean Becker discuss the failures and futility of the drug war.

Download: Audio icon FDBCB091321.mp3

Guest(s): Neil Woods Dir LEAP EU
Organization(s): Law Enforcement Action Partnership
Link(s): Anyones Child Video with Neil Woods

09/06/21 Joe Jaworski

Joe Jaworski

Joe Jaworski Atty., is the former Mayor of Galveston Texas and the Grandson of Leon Jaworski of Watergate fame. Joe is running for Attorney General of Texas against incumbent Ken Paxton who is under indictment for fraud. Joe is calling for legalization of cannabis and crippling the drug cartels. Joe and DTN host Dean Becker discuss voting rights, abortion and more.

Download: Audio icon FDBCB090621.mp3

Guest(s): Joe Jaworski
Organization(s): Jaworski For Texas

Link(s): Jaworski For Texas, Joe Jaworski Calls for Legal Weed Video

08/30/21 Dr. Joao Goulao Drug Czar of Portugal

Moral High Ground Reclamation: Congressman Beto O'Rourke (Ret), Neil Woods Dir LEAP UK, Roger Goodman Wash State Rep, Katherine Neil Harris of Baker Inst., Dr. Christoph Buerki designer Swiss Heroin program, Maj. Neill Franklin Dir LEAP USA, Dr. Joao Goulao Drug Czar of Portugal & Dr. Kahlid Tinasti Global Commission on Drugs.

Guest(s): Dr. Joao Goulao Drug Czar of Portugal
Organization(s): Law Enforcement Action Partnership

Link(s): Claiming the Moral High Ground

08/23/21 Moral High

Moral High Ground with Major Neill Franklin of LEAP, Dr. Carl Hart, Katharine Neill Harris of Baker Inst, Phil Smith of Stop the Drug War, Chris Conrad author, D.A. Kim Ogg, Washington Rep Roger Goodman & Howard Wooldridge of COPS

Guest(s): Dean Becker
Organization(s): Moral High Ground
Link(s): Moral High Ground

08/16/21 Expert Panel


DTN Editorial + Kevin Zeese of, Ethan Nadelmann founder DPA, Eric Sterling Founder Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, Sanho Tree of Institute for Policy Studies, Dr. Christoph Buerki Designer of Swiss Heroin Injection Program & Dr. Perry Kendall Dir. B.C. Centre for Substance Abuse & NYT Best Selling Author Maia Szalavitz.

Guest(s): Dr. Perry Kendall
Organization(s): LEAP
Link(s): LEAP

08/09/21 Matt Elrod

Matt Elrod

Matt Elrod has for decades been a backbone of online drug reform. Based in the Canadian wilderness he still manages to coordinate, update and design websites for many strong players in drug reform. Matt and DTN host Becker kick drug war logic in the teeth. Matt's description of himself: "Reclusive Canadian audiophile, poetic naturalist, drug policy reform activist, library cataloguer, programmer and webmaster. Born to be mild." Not to be missed.

Guest(s): Matt Elrod
Link(s): Media Awareness Project

08/02/21 Reverend Alexander Sharp

Matt SimonReverend Alexander Sharp

Reverend Alexander Sharp who heads up Clergy for a New Drug Policy joins DTN host Dean Becker to discuss the morals, the punishment and the advocates of eternal drug war + Matt Simon, long time policy man for the Marijuana Policy Project who now works within the cannabis industry shares his thoughts on progress, corruption and the road going forward.

Guest(s): Reverend Alexander Sharp
Organization(s): Clergy For New Drug Policy
Link(s): Clergy for a New Drug Policy

07/26/21 Beto O'Rourke

Beto O'Rourke & DTN host Dean Becker

Former Congressman Beto O'Rourke is helping to leadThe Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival & the Texas Poor People's Campaign. He and Willie Nelson are inviting folks to a Georgetown-to-Austin Moral March for Democracy culminating in a Rally at the Texas State Capitol on Saturday, July 31. Calling for an end to the filibuster, in favor of the For the People Act, restoration of 1965 Voting Rights, $15 Hr and more. Also on this weeks show, Dr. Rick Doblin Exec Dir of Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies in Houston to participate in a Congressional Healthcare Summit hosted by US Congressman Dan Crenshaw.

Guest(s): Beto O'Rourke
Organization(s): Call for Moral Revival
Link(s): A National Call for Moral Revival: March on Austin

07/19/21 Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann, founder of Drug Policy Alliance premiers new podcast: PSYCHOACTIVE on I Heart and other outlets. Ethan and DTN host Becker discuss the podcast, overdose deaths, new US Drug Czar and much more

Guest(s): Ethan Nadelmann
Organization(s): Drug Policy Alliance

Link(s): Drug Policy Alliance, Nadelmann PSYCHOACTIVE Video

07/12/21 Richard Van Wickler

Richard Van Wickler

Former Executive Director and now a board member of LEAP, Law Enforcement Action Partnership, Richard Van Wickler (Ret.) began his law enforcement career in 1987 and served as the Superintendent of the Cheshire County Department of Corrections in Keene, New Hampshire, from 1993 to 2019. Van Wickler is a former adjunct professor of American Corrections at Keene State College, where he taught for 14 years.

Guest(s): Richard Van Wickler
Organization(s): Law Enforcement Action Partnership
Link(s): LEAP