Podcast for July 10 Shows


This week, your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz interviewed …

  • Mike Marqusee writes Level Playing Field, a column on politics and culture for The Hindu Sunday magazine, one of India’s largest circulation English language publications, and Contending for the Living for Red Pepper. Mike’s most recent book is the paperback edition of “If I Am Not for Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew” (Verso). His recent columns include, “Come on you Ghana, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, Korea, Italy…
  • former humanitarian aid worker Ann Jones, author of “Kabul in Winter,” (Macmillan) will discuss her recent writing, “Counterinsurgency Down for the Count in Afghanistan… But the War Machine Grinds On and On and On.” Ann’s new book, “War Is Not Over When It’s Over: Women Speak Out from the Ruins of War,” will be released in September on Metropolitan Books.
  • Fred Kaufman is a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, and teaches at the City University of New York and CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. Frank the July issue’s cover story, “The food bubble: How Wall Street starved millions and got away with it.”
  • Chris Mooney is a visiting associate in the Center for Collaborative History at Princeton University and the author of three books, “The Republican War on Science,” “Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming” (Harcourt), and “Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future”. Chris is a contributing editor to Science Progress, senior correspondent for The American Prospect magazine. He also writes “The Intersection” blog with Sheril Kirshenbaum.
  • Our irregular correspondents were:

    Dan ‘The Auto Man’ Litchfield.

    Kate O’Donnell said, “Thank you, science!”

    Jeff Dorchen delivered a Moment of Truth.




  • tomg

    The interview with Fred Kaufman is exceptional! I had to run out to get the Harper's magazine to read his article — very eye opening, no doubt. This compelling piece of investigative journalism reveals a disturbing example of how disastrous to humanity can be the rampant deregulation of the financial sector of the economy due to its impact on certain commodities — i.e. food — a market which should not be subjected to modern, manipulative “creative financial instruments” designed by amoral, greedy speculators. This deregulation did NOT help with the production or distribution of the world's food supply but in fact caused disruption in the price and distribution of food staples creating hunger and social upheaval — all for the profit of a very few. I challenge any apologist for rampant free market capitalism to defend this absurd, distressing sequence of events.

    I've taken the liberty of extracting Chuck's interview from the podcast — I'm uploaded it to my DropBox and it is available to anyone at this URL:
    (42 min.; 38.7 MB)

    Please feel free to download and distribute this MP3 (I'm assuming that's okay with Chuck, yes?).

    Good job, Chuck. I can always tell how much your interviewees enjoy and appreciate the chance to answer such intelligent and incisive questions (and that's why I enjoy listening).

    – tomg