Episode #736: Podcast for April 13, 2013 Shows


Dispelling the myths behind Obama’s Social Security cuts.
#OffshoreLeaks reveals tax secrets of the world’s wealthiest.
Painfully watching the US media cover Iran.
Discerning signals from noise in North Korea.

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

Our guests will be…

Reporter George Zornick reveals, “Top 5 Myths About Chained-CPI, Debunked.” George is Washington reporter for The Nation. He was Senior Reporter/Blogger for ThinkProgress.org and he worked as a researcher for Michael Moore’s “SiCKO” and as an Associate Producer on “The Media Project” on the Independent Film Channel.

Journalist Michael Hudson has the #OffshoreLeaks that reveal the tax haven secrets of the world’s ultra-wealthy. Michael is senior editor at The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists which this week released, “Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze.” He previously worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and as an investigator for the Center for Responsible Lending. He has won a George Polk Award for magazine reporting and a John Hancock Award for business journalism. His latest book, “The Monster: How a Gang of Predatory Lenders and Wall Street Bankers Fleeced America—and Spawned a Global Crisis,” (St. Martin’s Griffin) was named 2010 Book of the Year by Baltimore City Paper and called “essential reading for anyone concerned with the mortgage crisis” by Library Journal. He last appeared on This is Hell! to discuss his series for the Center for Public Integrity, “The Great Mortgage Cover-Up,” has been selected to appear in Columbia University Press’s Best Business Writing, 2012.

Live from Beirut, Rami Khouri most recent writing includes, “Painfully Following Iran in the U.S. Media.” Rami is the Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, an internationally syndicated columnist at the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper, and a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Dubai School of Government. In November 2006 he was the co-recipient of the Pax Christi International Peace Award for his efforts to bring peace and reconciliation to the Middle East. He recently served for four years on the international advisory board of the International Committee of the Red Cross. He can be followed on Twitter @ramikhouri

Roger Cavazos deciphers “North Korean and US Nuclear Threats: Discerning Signals from Noise.” Roger is an Associate of the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability. Natuilus is a public policy think-tank focused on nuclear war, urban and energy insecurity, and climate change in the Asia Pacific region. He is retired from the United States Army after 22 years of service at the tactical, operational and strategic levels of war. His assignments included in the then Federal Republic of Germany, Republic of Korea and China. He co-wrote this piece with Peter Hayes, director of Nautilus, Professor of International Relations at RMIT University in Melbourne and an Asia-Pacific Journal Associate.

Our irregular corespondents will be…

Dan ‘The Energy Man” Litchfield will talk energy and transportation. Dan’s segment is evolving into a more energy- and less auto-centric focus.

Danny Muller gives a Wasted Energy Report. However, Danny always reports on the good and bad in activism, so he’s not crazy about the title of his segment. Especially with Dan changing his name form ‘The Auto Man’ to ‘The Energy Man.’ It’s really quite a soap opera.

Producing this Saturday’s show will be Alex Jerri and Richard Norwood.




  • http://www.facebook.com/clambeard Jeffrey Yosephus Dorchen

    I miss you too, Chucky. I’m in India for at least two more months. We start shooting on Monday! At his hotel for two more weeks.