Episode 684: February 25th, 2012 Shows


This is Hell! aired a live and completely uninterrupted and unedited four hour show, Saturday, February 25, 2012, beginning at 9 AM (US central) on Chicago’s Sound Experiment WNUR 89.3 FM.

During the show your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz interviewed:

  • Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education. Diane is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Last year, she won the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences in 2011 for her “careful use of social science research for the public good.” From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. From 1997 to 2004, she was a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the federal testing program. She was appointed by the Clinton administration’s Secretary of Education Richard Riley in 1997 and reappointed by him in 2001. She is the author of the 2010 book, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education” (Basic Books). Her most recent writing includes the New York Review of Books article, “Schools We Can Envy.”
  • Mark Weisbrot is co-founder of the Center for Economic Policy and Research with past This is Hell! guest Dean Baker. CEPR was formed in 1999 to “promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people’s lives.” Mark writes a column on economic and policy issues that is distributed to over 550 newspapers by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. He is co-author with Dean of, “Social Security: The Phony Crisis” (University of Chicago Press). His most recent writing includes, “More Pain, No Gain for Greece,” “Haiti: Two Years After the Earthquake,” “President Obama’s Budget is Disappointing,” and “Economists May Contribute to a ‘Lost Decade’ for America.”
  • John Nichols is The Nation’s Washington correspondent and the associate editor of the Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin. John’s new book is entitled, “Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street” (Nation Books).
  • Omar Barghouti is an independent Palestinian commentator and human rights activist. Omar is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and the Palestinian Civil Society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. He is author of the book, “BDS: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights” (Haymarket Books).

Today, Saturday, February 25, at 4 PM, Omar will take part in “Art Under Oppression” at Columbia College Chicago, 623 South Wabash, in the Quincy Wong Center. There will also be performances by Kevin Coval and Louder Than a Bomb All-Star Samuel Carroll. There will also be a Q & A and book signing with Omar.

Then on Sunday, February 26, at 2 PM, Omar will discuss ‘BDS vs. Israeli Apartheid: The Legacy of Mandela and King’ at the Experimental Station,
6100 South Blackstone Avenue, in Chicago.

Our irregular correspondents were:

  • live from Portland, Maine, Danny Muller gives a Wasted Energy Report.
  • live in studio, Michael Roper, proprietor of the Hopleaf, 5148 North Clark Street in Chicago, who will talk beer.



  • http://twitter.com/Christups Chris Tupman

    We can get American craft beers here in Liverpool, UK   http://theshipinabottle.co.uk/beers/american    Rogue, Anchor, Brooklyn, Odell (but strangely not National Beer or Duff). Handy when I start to salivate listening to you and Michael Roper