Podcast for Saturday, May 27, 2006 Shows

  • journalist Patrick Cockburn Middle East correspondent since 1978 for the Independent. Patrick is the author of this October’s "’The Occupation: War, Resistance and Daily Life in Iraq" (Verso Books). He was awarded the 2005 Martha Gellhorn prize for war reporting in recognition of his writing on Iraq. Patrick was one of the few journalists to remain in Baghdad during the first Gulf War. His work regularly appears at Counterpunch, including this week’s "Why the US May Have to Quit Iraq Sooner Than It Planned," "Which is the Real Iraq?" and "Iraq is Disintegrating."
  • Michael Meltsner, author of "The Making of a Civil Rights Lawyer" (University of Virginia Press). Michael has been a Professor of Law at Columbia and Harvard and Dean at Northeastern’s School of Law where he is currently the Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law. He is also author of "Cruel and Unusual," the authoritative history of the Legal Defense Fund’s campaign to abolish the death penalty.
  • David Sirota, author of "Hostile Takeover: How Big Money & Corruption Conquered Our Government – and How We Take It Back." David is a senior editor at In These Times, he writes for The Nation, blogs at Working Assets, and was the press secretary for Independent US Senator Bernie Sanders. David is also co-chairperson of the Progressive Legislative Action Network.
  • Greg Palast, author of the new book, "Armed Madhouse: Who’s Afraid of Osama Wolf? China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme to Steal ’08, No Child’s Behind Left and Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Class War."
    On Sunday, June 11th, Greg will hold a booksigning/discussion for "Madhouse," at 3 PM in the Barbara’s Bookstore at 1218 South Halsted. This is Hell is the media sponsor for this event, whatever the hell that means.
  • Stephen Goetz, co-author of "Wal-Mart and County-Wide Poverty," which appears in the June issue of Social Science Quarterly. The study shows how, during the so-called economic boom of the 1990′s, counties that had Wal-Mart experienced more poverty.

Todd from Budapest,’ the second listener to take part in our ‘guest correspondent’ series, talked about life in Hungary, live from Budapest. And Seattle’s Dr. Krys Bigosinski, MD, and This is Hell producer-at-large, gave us another of his travelogues. This time, Krys visits Costa Rica.