762: Podcast for August 24, 2013 Shows

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The part-timing of America…
An economy collapses and nothing changes…
The High Cost of Wal-Mart…
and the latest on the drone war.

Saturday on a live four-hour This is Hell! beginning at 9AM (US central) on Chicago’s Sound Experiment, WNUR 89.3 FM, live online here, and podcast shortly after at this site…

Your bitter blind broke gap toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz interviews…

Barbara Garson is the author of a series of books describing American working lives at historical turning points, including 2001′s “Money Makes the World Go Around.” Her new book is, “Down the Up Escalator: How the 99% Live in the Great Recession” (Doubleday). She also wrote the OBIE award-winning play, “The Dinosaur Door.” Her most famous work, “MacBird,” a 1966 counterculture drama and political parody of Macbeth, has been called “one of the most controversial plays produced in the 1960s.” This week, she posted the TomDispatch piece, “Abracadabra: You’re a Part-Timer: How Corporate America Used the Great Recession to Turn Good Jobs Into Bad Ones.”

Harper’s columnist Thomas Frank reminds us it’s been nearly five years since Lehman Brothers went under and since then, nothing’s change. Tom’s essay this month is entitled, “Easy Chair: If Memory Swerves.” Tom writes, “September 15 will mark five years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the official beginning of the slump that never ends. It was a moment that smashed the faith of millions of people. And so it’s time for a look back: What did the nation learn from that moment of complete disillusionment? Well, basically nothing. We came to the turning point and didn’t turn.” Tom’s latest book is “Pity the Billionaire: The Hard Times Swindle and the Unlikely Come Back of the Right” (Metropolitan Books) has been released in paperback. Tom was a founding editor at the Baffler, and a former columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He is also writing for the recent re-launched and not-to-be-missed The Baffler.

Stacy Mitchell is a senior researcher at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, where she directs an initiative on independent business. The Institute of Local Self-Reliance has, according to their website, “Since 1974, ILSR has championed local self-reliance, a strategy that underscores the need for humanly scaled institutions and economies and the widest possible distribution of ownership.” Stacy recently posted the Alternet columns, “Walmart’s Latest Scheme to Replace the Middle Class With an Underclass Forced to Buy its Shoddy Goods,” and “How Chains Like Walmart and Whole Foods Free Ride on Taxpayers at the Expense of Responsible Small Businesses.” “Catch her recent TED Talk, “Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy.”

live from London, Chris Woods is an award-winning London-based investigative journalist and documentary film maker. Chris set up and ran until recently the award-winning Drones Team at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He was awarded the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism 2013 and is currently writing a book on the US drone wars. He previously worked as a senior producer on BBC’s flagship programs ‘Newsnight’ and ‘Panorama’, He has also written and directed major documentaries for Channel 4′s Dispatches and for Al Jazeera. His last piece at the Bureau was headlined, “Bureau investigation finds fresh evidence of CIA drone strikes on rescuers.”

Our irregular correspondents will be Greg Palast who has found “The Confidential Memo at the Heart of the Global Financial Crisis,” and Michael Roper, proprietor of the Hopleaf, 5148 North Clark in Chicago, will talk beer.

Jeff Dorchen is back stateside after filming his new movie in India and will give a Moment of Truth from Los Angeles.

Alex Jerri and Spencer “Thunderball” Thayer produce Saturday’s show.

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