How would you describe This Is Hell!? Questions From Hell!


The Question From Hell! for you, our listening audience is … How the Hell Would You Describe This is Hell!? Your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio host Chuck Mertz has been asked this question a lot lately and wants to know how you would respond. Either post your response here in the comment section below, on our Facebook fan page, Discussion Board or you can email it to




  • Mike C.

    I direct them to the website and the “about” section, but I always tell them they will laugh as well as learn from listening.

  • stan

    “This is hell” is a smart, funny and enlightening show. The show focuses on allowing a guest to explain a side of any particular story without being shouted down or belittled. I have learned that one man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist.

  • Julian Todd

    ThisIsHell is the audio equivalent of a magazine with hellishly serious feature articles between its lightweight editorials, cartoons, regular columnists, crossword puzzles and newsbites, all printed on rough and ragged down-the-phoneline paper. It's the perfect meal.

    About that other Question from Hell for an alternative name; I just recently learnt of a famous quote from Dag Hammarskjold: “The UN was created not in order to bring us to heaven but to save us from hell.”

  • rich

    “This is Hell” is the death chortle of the Enlightenment.

  • Socal_sek

    Important political discussion…without the screaming.

  • Marc M

    The bastard love child of Walter Cronkite and Hunter S. Thompson, Chuck Mertz makes it all sound as chaotic as he slides between goofy and insightful. The terrible secret is that the show is a masterpiece, the failing mikes, dropped calls and hangovers just add to to joy of hearing unexpected questions to incredible guests. Chuck asks wicked curve-ball questions, and is never sycophantic unless it is with his boy-crush, Simon Schama.

  • Rboyd773

    what NPR should have been.

  • John

    This is Hell is the Radio equivalent of stumbling into a modest diner. The waiter arrives, feeling his to the table and in an Alan Alda voice describes and presents a marvelolous array of dishes that you have never had before in any restaurant. The meal ends with the house specialty: a moment of truth dessert. The price? Pay something if you are able.

  • Spencer “Thunderball” Thayer

    A show almost as grumpy as I am.

  • Spencer "Thunderball" Thayer

    A show almost as grumpy as I am.

  • Tamara H

    The most informative show you will ever hate to love. Mertz digs out the grittiest bits of news and current events from around the globe, delivering them with insight and honesty. You may not like what you hear, but you need to hear it!

  • Angela V

    I describe This Is Hell! as a radio talk show hosted by one of the smartest guys I've ever met. Chuck Mertz is one of the best interviewers out there–he treats his guests with respect, but he doesn't pull punches. Some of the best interviews I've ever heard have been on This Is Hell!