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.





07/12/21 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
Richard Van Wickler

Link(s): LEAP

07/05/21 St. John "SinJin" Barned Smith

St. John "SinJin" Barned Smith is a Houston Chronicle reporter with a focus on the criminal justice system. The Harding Street fiasco is a main topic + Abolitionists Moment for Houston

Guest(s): St. John "SinJin" Barned Smith
Organization(s): Houston Chronicle

Link(s): St. John Barned-Smith - Houston Chronicle Reporter

06/28/21 Kristina Davis

Stephanie "Riley" Burns & Kristina Davis PRS/ ICPR Peer Recovery Support Specialists, Houston Recovery Center & UTHealth - Project Integra + Winston Francis with the "Official Government Truth".

Guest(s): Kristina Davis
Kristina Davis

Link(s): Houston Recovery Center

06/21/21 Mathew Fogg

US Marshall Mathew Fogg (Ret) served our nation with 32 years service and now heads up "Bigots with Badges" + sound advice for drug users and their parents from Dr. Joel Hochman

Guest(s): Mathew Fogg
Organization(s): Bigots With Badges
Mathew Fogg

Link(s): Bigots with Badges

06/14/21 Jimi Devine

Jimi Devine, a reporter based at LA Weekly writes on every aspect of drug war policy and drug wars failures.

Guest(s): Jimi Devine

Link(s): Claiming the Moral High Ground

06/07/21 Beto O'Rourke

Congressman Beto O'Rourke (ret) discusses, voting rights, racism, environment and the drug war + James Gierach, former Illinois States Atty on Chicago violence and the drug war.

Guest(s): Beto O'Rourke
Organization(s): LEAP
Rep Beto O'Rourke & DTN Host Dean Becker

Link(s): Powered By People

05/31/21 Neill Franklin

Major Neill Franklin (Ret) discusses law enforcement, the Peelian Princiiples: The goal is preventing crime, not catching criminals. If the police stop crime before it happens, we don’t have to punish citizens or suppress their rights. Corruption and greed are stopping most departments.

Guest(s): Neill Franklin
Neill Franklin

Link(s): LEAP

05/26/21 Howard Wooldridge

Howard Wooldridge a former detective is a “long rider” who has crossed the US several times on his horse Misty and who just finished his second trip across the US on a bicycle wearing a shirt that states: “Cops say legalize Heroin... ask me why”. PLUS Could psychedelics help us heal from trauma and mental illnesses? Researcher Rick Doblin has spent the past three decades investigating this question, and the results are promising. In this fascinating dive into the science of psychedelics, he explains how drugs like LSD, psilocybin and MDMA affect your brain.

Guest(s): Howard Wooldridge
Organization(s): Citizens Opposing Prohibition
Howard Wooldridge
Download: Audio icon FDBCB052621.mp3

Link(s): Citizens Opposing Prohibition

05/19/21 Phil Smith

Phil Smith reports drug war news for Stop the Drug War and Drug War Chronicle. Phil and DTN host Dean Becker discuss the corruption and the progress of drug laws.

Guest(s): Phil Smith
Phil Smith
Download: Audio icon FDBCB051921.mp3

Link(s): Stop The Drug War

05/12/21 Dr. Frank Lucido

Doctor Frank Lucido is retiring from general practice but will maintain his medical cannabis practice + Ethan Nadelmann the founder of the DPA discusses prejudice and the drug war.

Guest(s): Ethan Nadelmann
Organization(s): Drug Policy Alliance
Doctor Frank LucidoEthan Nadelmann and DTN Host Dean Becker
Download: Audio icon FDBCB051221.mp3

Link(s): Drug Policy Alliance