Episode #729: Podcast for February 23, 2013 Shows


Saturday on an abbreviated two-hour and forty minute This is Hell! airing at 9AM (US central time) on Chicago’s WNUR 89.3FM, streaming live at thisishell.com/live and podcast shortly after at this page, host Chuck Mertz interviews Mother Jones Food and Ag blogger Tom Philpott on King Corn, GMO crops, the meat industry, superweeds, pesticides, and Big Beer, and activist Ian Pounds talks about ‘One Man’s Journey to Afghanistan.’

Tom’s recent writing includes, “King Corn Mowed Down 2 Million Acres of Grassland in 5 Years Flat.” “Do GMO Crops Really Have Higher Yields?,” “The Meat Industry Now Consumes Four-Fifths of All Antibiotics,” “Nearly Half of All US Farms Now Have Superweeds,” “Study: Common Pesticides Kill Frogs on Contact,” “DOJ to Big Beer: We’re Cutting You Off,” “The Surprising Connection Between Food and Fracking,”and “Saving the Ocean, One McBite at a Time?”

Yeah, it’s a long list. But, damn, Tom’s been doing some amazing work.

Ian is a volunteer for the Afghan Children Education and Care Organization. He sold his home in Vermont and moved to Kabul to dedicate his life to helping Afghan children. There he acts as their English teacher and mentor.

Ian will be performing, “Undestroyed: One Man’s Journey to Afghanistan,” the story of his four-year journey as the only westerner working in a Kabul orphanage, at Uri-Eichen art gallery, 2101 South Halsted Street Tuesday, February 26, at 7 PM.

Our irregular correspondents will be Dan ‘The Auto Man’ Litchfield who will join us live in studio, and ‘Our Man in San Juan’ Dave Buchen.

You can purchase Dave’s book, “Why Is A Tiger A Tiger,” at Evanston’s Squeezebox Books, Chicago’s 57th St Books and City Lit Books, Madison’s A Room of One’s Own, Seattle’s Elliot Bay Books and Mockingbird Books, and Eight Cousins in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

Richard Norwood and John Serafin will be producing this weekend’s This is Hell!