Saturday, December 26th, 'This is Hell!' starts
the countdown of the Ten Best Interviews of 2009. Producer
Theron Humiston hosts Saturday's first chapter of the
two-part series. The following Saturday, January 2nd, bitter
blind broke gap-toothed Chuck Mertz hosts part two.
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The interviews played this Saturday - six through ten on
the Best of This is Hell!: 2009 list - are:
- #10: From September 26, Stephen
Glain is a weekly columnist for the Abu Dhabi English-language
paper The National and a regular contributor to the London-based
Al Majallah magazine. Stephen has been a business reporter
for the South China Morning Post and a foreign correspondent
for the Wall Street Journal. His book, "Mullahs, Merchants,
and Militants: The Economic Collapse of the Arab World,"
(St. Martin's Press) was named the best book of 2004 by
online magazine The Globalist. His most recent writing includes
The Nation article, "The
American Leviathan." He is currently working on
a book about the militarization of US foreign policy which
is the subject of his Nation story.
- #9: From June 6, American University assistant professor
of anthropology David
Vine, author of "Island of Shame: The Secret
History of the US Military Base on Diego Garcia" (Princeton
- #8: From December 5, Matthieu
Aikins is an international freelance journalist
and photographer who has reported from Afghanistan, Iran,
and Pakistan for Harper's Magazine, Canada's National Post
and the Toronto Globe & Mail. For his reporting in 2008,
Matthieu was the winner of the Canadian Association of Journalists
Award in the Community Newspaper category, and the Atlantic
Journalism Award for Enterprise Reporting. Matthieu's article
in this month's Harpers' is entitled, "The
master of Spin Boldak: Undercover with Afghanistan's
drug-trafficking border police."
- #7: From February 7th, Luke Bergmann is the author
of "Getting Ghost: Two Young Lives and the Struggle
for the Soul of an American City" (New
Press). Luke is a research director at the Detroit Department
of Health and Wellness Promotion and a faculty associate
at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He live's on
Detroit's east side.
- #6: From November 28, Alexander Cockburn is a syndicated
columnist, the 'Beat the Devil' columnist at The
Nation, and the co-editor of Counterpunch.
Alexander's recent writing at Counterpunch included, "The
Auld Triangle Goes Jingle Jangle," "Its
Show Trial Time!," "One
in a Hundred," "Too
Fat to Fight," "The
Long Gaze of the State" and "All
the Populism Money Can Buy."
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