Episode #733: Podcast for March 23, 2013 Shows


Is this where the Third Intifada Will start?
War with Iran?
Will we fall for Pentagon spin again?
What are the policy preferences of wealthy Americans and why?

On Saturday’s live four hour This is Hell! beginning at 9AM (US central) on Chicago’s Sound Experiment, WNUR 89.3FM, streaming live here and podcast shortly after our over-the-air broadcast at this page, your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz interviews …

freelance journalist Ben Ehrenreich who wrote the New York Times Magazine story, “Is This Where the Third Intifada Will Start?” Ben is the author of two novels, “Ether” (City Lights Books) and “The Suitors” (Skylight Books). He won the 2011 National Magazine Award in feature writing.

National Iranian American Council‘s Jamal Abdi posted, “The Senate’s 10-Year Iraq War Anniversary Gift: War With Iran,” at the Huffington Post this week. Jamal is NIAC’s Policy Director. NIAC is “the largest grassroots organization representing the Iranian-American community in the US.” He blogs at niacINsight.com. You can follow Jamal on Twitter @jabdi

Project On Government Oversight‘s Dr. Ben Freeman will discuss his Salon.com piece, “Don’t fall for Pentagon spin: Never mind what you heard about massive new cuts to the defense industry. Here’s how contractors avoided calamity.” Ben is a National Security Investigator at POGO, specializing in Pentagon “personnel issues, weapons procurement, and the impact of lobbying by foreign governments on US foreign policy.”

Northwestern University Professor Benjamin Page co-wrote, “Democracy and the Policy Preferences of Wealthy Americans,” with Larry Bartels and Jason Seawright. Benjamin is Gordon Scott Fulcher Professor of Decision Making at Northwestern University. His books about American politics include, “Class War?: What Americans Really Think about Economic Inequality” (University of Chicago Press).

Our correspondents will be …

live from South Korea, Marc Flury gives some ‘Saturday Morning Calm’ on what the hell is happening in the Koreas.

Brian Foley will discuss his book, “A New Financial You in 28 Days: A 37 Day Plan.” Brian is a Florida Coastal School of Law Professor and he disseminates his own version of ‘Lawpaganda’ on This is Hell!




  • ouchosparks

    If Buffett subscribes to the term “class war” to describe what US oligarchs are doing to the rest of us, then Dr. Page ought reconsider. Surveying the damage, “war” seems apt.

  • troubad0r

    Maybe I’m doing something wrong but the player, download link and rss update for this show are playing last week’s episode.

  • tbetz

    THIS IS HELL, INDEED! Spencer, you copy/pasted the link to the 3/16 show into the 3/23 podcast entry. your RSS is serving up the 3/16 show instead of the 3/23 show, and the new format doesn’t let us hunt down the archive directly any more.

  • tbetz

    Ah, I see you took down the bad link. Google helped me to find the new direct archive path at http://files.thisishell.net/mp3/20130323.mp3 — now I know where to look!

  • http://twitter.com/YYSyd YY

    Thanks for that

  • http://spencerthayer.tumblr.com Spencer “Thunderball” Thayer

    I’ll have to make that directory password protected soon. Sorry. We are changing our model so you wont be able to download it directly.