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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.

As always, This is Hell! runs four hours beginning at 9 AM (central) on WNUR 89.3 FM Chicago, streams live at and is podcast in our Archives.

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 University Press).
  • #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," "It’s 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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