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.





05/06/20 Phil Smith

Phil Smith

Phillip Smith has been a drug policy journalist for the past two decades. He is the longtime author of the Drug War Chronicle, the online publication of the non-profit, and has been the editor of AlterNet’s Drug Reporter since 2015. 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

Link(s): Stop The Drug War

04/29/20 James Gray

Judge GrayDr, Sunil Aggerwal

James P. Gray announces his intention to run for President under the Libertarian banner + Dr. Suni Aggerwal discusses pandemic, advancing integrative medical care and research in oncology, psychiatry, neurology, rehabilitation, and palliative care

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Guest(s): James Gray
Organization(s): Libertarian Party

Link(s): Gray and Sharpe

04/22/20 Richard Van Wickler

Richard Van WicklerDavid Duffield

Richard Van Wickler Cheshire County jail Superintendent & David Duffield of Houston Harm Reduction Alliance + Remembering Dr. Albert Hoffman LSD explorer

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Guest(s): Richard Van Wickler
Organization(s): Houston Harm Reduction Alliance, Law Enforcement Action Partnership

Link(s): Houston Harm Reduction Alliance, LEAP

04/15/20 Natalia Cornelio

Natalia Cornelio

Natalia Cornelio is running for Judge in the 351st District in Harris County/Houston. We discuss bail, jail crowding during pandemic, voting rights & more. Plus song Eternal War & a snippet with Freeway Ricky Ross who talks of his ties with the CIA

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Guest(s): Natalia Cornelio
Organization(s): 351st District Judge

Link(s): Natalia Cornelio for Judge

04/08/20 Carl Hart

Dr. Carl Hart author of High Price - A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self Discover That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs & Socieity + Terry Nelson of LEAP & DTN Editorial

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Guest(s): Carl Hart
Organization(s): LEAP

Link(s): LEAP

04/01/20 Nicholas Eyle

Nicholas EyleSanho Tree

Nicholas Eyle a pioneering drug reformer has passed away, tribute segment from 2004 + Sanho Tree a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and Director of its Drug Policy Project since 1998

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Guest(s): Nicholas Eyle, Sanho Tree
Organization(s): Reconsider

Link(s): Institute for Policy Studies

03/25/20 Cliff Schaffer

Cliff SchafferTerry Nelson

ALL STAR RERUN: Cliff Schaffer, founder of and discusses how we steer the discussion on how to end the drug war & Terry Nelson of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition + the Abolitionists Moment

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Guest(s): Cliff Schaffer
Organization(s): Drug Library

Link(s): Drug Library

03/18/20 Katharine Neill Harris

Katherine Neill Harris

Katharine Neill Harris Alfred C. Glassell, III, Fellow in Drug Policy re "Vaping: Clearing the Air" + Paul Stanford, cannabis activist returns from speaking gig in Mexico

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Guest(s): Katherine Neill Harris, Paul Stanford
Organization(s): Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy


03/11/20 Ethan Russo

Norma SappDr. Ethan Russo

Dr. Ethan Russo, leading cannabis scientist just back from New Zealand discussion of studies including Migraine, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel, and Other Treatment-Resistant Syndromes + Norma Sapp cannabis reform pioneer in Oklahoma.

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Guest(s): Ethan Russo

Link(s): Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency Reconsidered

03/04/20 David Duffield

David Duffield

David Duffield President Houston Harm Reduction Alliance, Philly safe injection ups and downs, Doug McVay report: Oregon to decrim all drugs? + Bernie Vs Drug War & DTN Editorial

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Guest(s): David Duffield
Organization(s): Houston Harm Reduction Alliance

Link(s): Houston Harm Reduction Alliance