2 years ago
This is Hell! is a weekly radio interview show broadcast without the virtue of money or the vice of political agenda. Every Saturday morning, your bitter, blind, broke, gap-toothed host Chuck Mertz works off his hangover talking to the journalists, authors and activists working to make this world a slightly less hellish place. And we do it all live, uninterrupted and unedited, Saturdays at 9 AM Central on WNUR 89.3FM Chicago and podcast to the world shortly after.
What we try to do is give our listeners access to information and perspectives that are muted or overlooked by mainstream media here in the States. When we cover stories that are in the mainstream, we hope to bring you unique views and analysis, including those of eyewitnesses directly affected by the day’s events, instead of solely depending on the opinions of politicians, pundits and those puppets dancing on the stage of big business.
“You can have a guest on for a long period of time. There is no rule against it. Other shows just decided not to do it.”
Each broadcast features long-form interviews with writers, thinkers and workers from around the world and across the spectrum of experience. Our interviews are built on research and critical analysis, not preconceived opinions or political agendas. This is Hell! is not a soap box, or a pulpit, or an audition for a corporate job somewhere. It’s a bar stool, three beers into a conversation with a fascinating stranger. It’s the news-stand of your dreams that would go broke in the real world.
“I feel like the news should be bad news.”
Media criticism is build into everything we do at TiH! because we’re critics. How could we not be? The people with the expensive equipment are all too busy selling us wars and erection drugs to ask even basic questions about the political and economic structures that govern our lives. We don’t have millions of dollars, but we don’t need to earn millions of dollars. We know how to read, how to ask questions, and how to think.
And we don’t tell our audience what to think, but what to think about. At least, this is our goal … and we try to do this without boring you to death.
Awards and Praise:
“He is unabashedly partisan on matters of peace and justice, and gives his interviewees the opportunity to express themselves as boldly as they like. He upholds the best standards of independent media – honesty, courage, refusal to play the game.”
- Howard Zinn
“I applaud Chuck’s professionalism, his incisive wit, his keen sense of the moment. He is one of the most important social commentators on the American scene. I only wish I could remember appearing on his program.”
- Matt Taibbi
“Chuck is one of the best prepared hosts I’ve ever encountered and he asks extremely perceptive questions — not just one or two, but almost every single question. And I must say that having 30 to 40 minutes for an interview really makes a big difference. The guests can answer questions with some nuance. I’m extremely impressed.”
- Mohamad Bazzi
“Mertz’s hate is pure, and funny.”
- Alexander Cockburn
“A little paranoid.”
- The Daily Northwestern
This is Hell! is produced by Theron Humiston, Alexander Jerri, Spencer “Thunderball” Thayer, and Richard Norwood.