Podcast for Saturday, November 28, 2009 Shows

  • Ivan Eland is Director of the Center on Peace & Liberty at The Independent Institute. Ivan has spent 15 years working for Congress on national security issues, including as an investigator for the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Principal Defense Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office. His books include “The Empire Has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed,” and “Putting ‘Defense’ Back into US Defense Policy” which have received endorsements from past This is Hell! guests Andrew Bacevich and Chalmers Johnson. Ivan’s recent articles include, “ KSM Trial Helps Restore US Principles,” “History’s Bitter Guerrilla War Lessons,” and “Will a ‘Surge’ Work in Afghanistan?” all of which are posted at Constoriumnews.com.
    Ivan was on the August 23rd, 2008 broadcast of This is Hell! You can hear that week’s show by clicking here.
  • Culture and media critic David Rosen is the author of the new book, “Sex Scandal America: Politics and the Ritual of Public Shaming” (Key Publishing).
    David appeared on the July 21st, 2007 (listen) and November 4th, 2006 (listen) broadcasts of This is Hell!
  • Christian Parenti is a contributing editor at The Nation and visiting scholar at the the City University of New York Graduate Center. Christian is the author of the 2005 book, “The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq” (New Press), which is now available in paperback. He is currently at work on a book about climate change and war. His article, “Zombie Nuke Plants,” is online at The Nation’s web site and will be published in the December 7th print edition. The story’s subheadline reads, “thirty years after the Three Mile Island partial meltdown, the real nuclear power threat is the relicensing of old plants.”
    Christian has been on This is Hell! a couple of times including August 2nd, 2008 (listen) and January 8th, 2005 (listen). He also appeared way back on January 8th, 2000, to talk about his now classic book, “Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis.” That interview is currently unavailable but will be after the upcoming relaunch of this web site.
    Christian was quoted saying this about This is Hell!: “Hell yeah, Chuck Mertz does good radio.”
  • Alexander Cockburn is a syndicated columnist, the ‘Beat the Devil’ columnist at The Nation, and the co-editor of Counterpunch. Alexander’s recent writing at Counterpunch includes, “The Auld Triangle Goes Jingle Jangle,” “It’s Show Trial Time!,” “One in a Hundred,” “Too Fat to Fight,” “The Long Gaze of the State” and “All the Populism Money Can Buy.”
    Alexander has been on This is Hell! several times including, September 6th, 2008 (listen), October 14th, 2006 (listen) – an interview that was chosen as one of the ‘Best of 2006′ by our listeners – and August 27th, 2005 (listen). He was also on back in 2004. That podcast is currently unavailable but will be after the upcoming relaunch of this web site.
    Alexander says this of your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host: “Chuck Mertz‘s hate is pure, and funny.”

Our irregular correspondents were LaddieO.com, live from URL Labs, and Jeff Dorchen delivered a Moment of Truth.