Podcast for Saturday, April 19, 2008 Shows

  • Loretta Napoleoni, author of “Rogue Economics” (Seven Stories) returns to This is Hell! Loretta was on our show back in 2003 when we talked with her about her book, “Terror, Inc.: Tracing the Money Behind Global Terrorism.” Loretta, an economist herself, is one of the world’s leading experts on money laundering and terror financing.
  • Michael Hudson is a former Wall Street economist whose specialization was in the balance of payments and real estate at Chase Manhattan Bank, Arthur Anderson, and later at the Hudson Institute. In 1990 he helped establish the world’s first sovereign debt fund for Scudder Stevens & Clark. Michael was Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s chief economic advisor in the recent Democratic primary presidential campaign. He has also advised the US, Canadian, Mexican and Latvian governments, as well as the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. A Distinguished Research Professor at University of Missouri-Kansas City, he is the author of, most recently, “Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of American Empire” (Pluto Press). This week, Michael wrote the article, “Hillary Joins the Vast, Rightwing Financial Conspiracy.”
  • Michael Grunwald is a reporter at The Washington Post and a senior writer at TIME magazine. Michael is a winner of the George Polk Award for national reporting, and the Worth Bingham Prize for investigative reporting. He is the author of “The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida and the Politics of Paradise.” Michael has done a significant amount of writing on the Army Corps of Engineers including his recent article, “How the Army Corps is Swindling Americans.”
  • live from Rome, Anuradha Mittal returns to This is Hell! for the first time since 2005. Anuradha is the executive director of the Oakland Institute a progressive policy think tank she founded in 2004. Anuradha is expertise is in trade, development, human rights and agriculture issues. After working as the codirector of Food First, the Institute for Food and Development Policy. This week, she released two reports: “Food Price Crisis: A Wake Up Call for New Policies to Eradicate Hunger” and “The Status of International Food Aid Negotiations.”

And our irregular correspondents were:

  • Kevan Harris, ‘The Radical Pessimist,’ pissed off a lot of people over what he said about Tibet and Zimbabwe …
  • LaddieO.com gave a web and technology report from the hermetically sealed clean rooms at URL Labs …
  • and Jeff Dorchen delivered a Moment of Truth from Chicago’s south side.