771: Pre-Boom, Post-Bust Shows


On October 19th, your bitter, blind, broke, gap-toothed radio show Chuck Mertz sweetens his coffee with cough syrup and talks his way through a football-abbreviated hour-long edition of This is Hell!


Gordon Young: “Maybe this was sort of a mid-life crisis, maybe this is what happens when you’re in your 40s, but I started to have these great memories of Flint and my childhood there, and I wanted to somehow reconnect with the city.”

Writer and Flint-expat Gordon Young returns home to find hope amidst the ruins, but also lots and lots of ruins. Gordon is a journalist and publisher of the blog Flint Expatriates. His book Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City tells the story of his relationship with Flint, from home to memory, to home again. He talks with Chuck about his book, their shared Michigan youth, Michael Moore’s shadow, letting go of the glory years and walking into an unknown future.

Laddie O: “He’s also apparently a cypher punk, based on what he’s written, and a fan of the Austrian school of economics. And Ron Paul. And beer pong.”

Irregular Correspondent Laddie O follows the Silk Road, from undercover marketplace to overturned crime scene. Since the site’s bust and founder’s arrest, all kinds of information on the secretive site has hit sunlight. Laddie and Chuck talk punks, bitcoins, the Princess Bride, the Austrian school, dark webs, deep webs, sloppy op-sec, and military secrets coming full circle.

Job seeking producer Alexander Jerri breaks a sacred bond in post-production.