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.





10/25/21 Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander author of the New Jim Crow - Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. a book that has spawned a whole generation of criminal justice reform activists and organizations who are motivated by Michelle Alexander's unforgettable argument that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." DTN Host Dean Becker and Michelle carve the drug war into bite size pieces, easy to digest and eliminate.

Guest(s): Michelle Alexander
Michelle AlexanderThe New Jim Crow
Download: Audio icon FDBCB102521.mp3

Link(s): The New Jim Crow

10/18/21 Phil Smith

Phil Smith is a reporter with the Drug Reform Coordination network and Stop the Drug For decades he has toured the nation and the world seeking the full truth about the mechanism of prohibition. He and DTN host Becker dissect the diseased innards of the drug war. + Remembering Texas' Vincent Lopez: "Canons of Truth" speech.

Guest(s): Phil Smith
Organization(s): Stop the Drug War
Phil Smith
Download: Audio icon FDBCB101821.mp3

Link(s): Stop The Drug War

10/11/21 Allan Clear

Allan Clear was for decades the Executive Director of the massive drug reform organization the Harm Reduction Coalition. Allan is now the Director of the New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute's Office of Drug User Health where he is responsible for program planning, design and implementation related to drug user health, including HIV and HCV prevention and access to care.

Guest(s): Allan Clear
Organization(s): Harm Reduction Coaltion
Allan Clear
Download: Audio icon FDBCB101121.mp3

Link(s): New York Drug Users Health

10/04/21 Michael Krawitz

20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY! Michael Krawitz is a US Air force veteran, Executive Director of the non-profit Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access and international advocate for Cannabis policy reform. Krawitz has been involved in the United States, researching the traditions and history of cannabis. As well as working to secure access and availability of medical cannabis for veterans, in particular with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and has extended its involvement at the international level since the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the world drug situation in 1998.

Guest(s): Michael Krawitz
Organization(s): Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access
Michael KrawitzDean Becker
Download: Audio icon FDBCB100421.mp3

Link(s): Veterans for Medical Cannabis Access

09/27/21 Dean Becker

Dean Becker, DTN reporter was invited to Lisbon to speak to the administration of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs & Drug Abuse (E.M.C.D.D.A.) + DTN Editorial."To End The War On Drugs"

Guest(s): Dean Becker
Organization(s): Drug Truth Network
Dean Becker & Lucas Wiessing at EMCDDA
Download: Audio icon FDBCB092721.mp3

Link(s): LEAP

09/20/21 Charles A. McClelland Jr

Drug War is Racist, Stupid & Evil: Charles A. McClelland Jr. former Chief of Police of Houston calls for legal cannabis and Superior Court Judge James P. Gray calls for the end of drug prohibition.

Guest(s): Charles A. McClelland Jr
Organization(s): LEAP
Judge James P. GrayChief McClelland & DTN Host Becker
Download: Audio icon FDBCB092021.mp3

Link(s): LEAP

09/12/21 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.

Guest(s): Neil Woods Dir LEAP EU
Organization(s): Law Enforcement Action Partnership
Neil Woods
Download: Audio icon FDBCB091321.mp3

Link(s): Anyones Child Video with Neil Woods

09/06/21 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.

Guest(s): Joe Jaworski
Organization(s): Jaworski For Texas
Joe Jaworski
Download: Audio icon FDBCB090621.mp3

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