September 24, 2011 – Hour One – Stephen Walt Shows


This is Hell! aired a live and completely uninterrupted four hour show todaySaturdaySeptember 24, 2011, beginning at 9AM (US central) on Chicago’s Sound Experiment WNUR 89.3 FM, streaming live and podcast shortly after our over-the-air broadcast here.

In the first hour, your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz interviewed Stephen Walt is a professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Stephen is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He co-authored, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” (MacMillan), with last week’s guest John Mearsheimer. He also regularly writes at Foreign Policy.




  • Dan

    I think the one hour at a time is not very useful, especially if it means that it’s going to take all week to get the full show.  Me (and a few other people I know) listen to the show on the compute to work that sometimes lasts over an hour.  I hope this isn’t a permanent thing :(

  • DavidSkalinder

    Makes sense to me, but doesn’t that mean that you get through the full four-hour show before the week’s over?  I too find I usually listen to a little more than an hour of the podcast a day.  So with five one-hour podcasts, I’ll have ten or fifteen minutes a day with nothing to listen to; with one four-hour podcast, I have a whole day or two with nothing to listen to.

    I haven’t tried the new versions yet so I’m not sure which of those I’ll prefer, but I could see the new style actually fitting into my schedule better.  Also, I’ve had to jump through a lot of hoops over the years to figure out a good way to use the four-hour mp3, and I could see new listeners preferring the shorter segments.  (I can’t even get my own family to download the whole show when I’m on it!)

    I do think offering both options in some form is probably best, but even as an old dog/listener, I do see the possible upside of these new tricks…

  • DavidSkalinder

    Whoops, I mean four one-hour podcasts of course.  But the point is the same — it’s a trade-off between a little empty time every day or a lot of empty time late in the week.

  • Amy Goodman

    Here is my take.
    I have been trying to find a way to listen to the podcast in my car throughout the week. My preferred method would be to put the show on a CD, but with the 4 hour show it’s impossible. I have tried with my mp3 player and auxiliary jack, but I have a delivery job and I don’t like leaving the player in my car. I like the show being broken up into four separate segments so then I can put it on a disk (70 minutes). My problem is PLEASE put the podcasts in a completely seperate area of the site. This weeks show is mixed in with “the 9 circles” and I notice most postings are not in chronological order. I find find myself scrolling down for items which are new and should be posted at the top. My suggestion would be to scrap this middle of the page stuff and just have a separate posting for each feature. This “calendar” posting, middle of the page concept just doesn’t work. Also I think on option of separate segments or full show would be great. The podcast is a main feature of the site it should have it’s own area.