Episode #727: Podcast for February 9, 2013 Shows


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This Saturday, on a live four hour This is Hell! beginning at 9 AM (US central)on your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz will be interviewing …

  • Robert Parry is editor of Consortiumnews.com. Bob’s most recent book is, “America’s Stolen Narrative.” He recently wrote the piece “The Iraq War ‘Surge’ Myth Returns.”
  • Marcy Wheeler is a noted blogger on legal issues, writing at EmptyWheel.net. Marcy’s most recent writing includes, “The Timing of the White Paper” and the piece “This Isn’t the Memo You’re Looking For.”
  • Gray Brechin is founder and project scholar of the Living New Deal Project. Gray returns to tell us the truth behind the US Postal Service story.
  • David Cay Johnston covers fiscal and budget matters for Columbia Journalism Review’s United States Project. David is a former New York Times reporter who is currently a columnist for Tax Analysis. He also teaches tax and regulatory law at Syracuse University Law School and is president of Investigative Reporters & Editors. David’s most recent writing includes his CJR piece, “The true cost of national security: The Pentagon and the White House focus on the core Defense budget, but that’s not the half of it.”

Our irregular correspondents will be …

  • in-studio, John K. Wilson is co-editor of the Academe blog at Illinois Academe where he is an editor. John is the author of, “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Rush Limbaugh’s Assault on Reason.”
  • in-studio, producer and local cop activist Spencer ‘ThunderBall’ Thayer tells us what’s in his craw.
  • live from San Francisco, The Exploratorium’s Kate O’Donnell says, “Thank You, Science!
  • live from Los Angeles, Jeff Dorchen delivers a Moment of Truth.

Producing Saturday’s show will be Alex Jerri, Richard Norwood, John Serafin and the aforementioned ‘Thunderball.’




  • R

    I wish I could understand what the fuck Kate O’Donnell is saying. The content of her commentary may be cool, but her lousy enunciation makes her segments impossible to follow.