This is Hell!: The Lost Tapes, Literally, Tapes featuring Jake Tapper Shows


This is Hell! digs deep past the archives, uncovering lost recordings of shows that predate podcasting. Producer Richard Norwood has found and forensically reconstructed tapes… literally, tapes!… of programs dating back to 1999. This weekend, John Serafin airs a collection of This is Hell! interviews not heard since they were originally broadcast live.

This Saturday, it’s ‘This is Hell! The Lost Tapes, Literally, Tapes’ beginning at 9AM (US central on Chicago’s Sound Experiment, WNUR 89.3 FM, streaming live here and podcast shortly after at this page.

Go back to June 3, 2000, as bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz interviews former UN Humanitarian Aid Coordinator Dennis Halliday on Iraq.

Hear Chuck’s first-ever interview with economist Dean Baker from May 27, 2000. Dean predicted the housing bubble long before any pundit — and he did it on This is Hell!

From May 20, 2000, Robert Scott, an international trade economist with the Economic Policy Institute, describes the devastating effect normalized trade relations with China will have (and now does) on the US.

It’s July 17, 1999 and Jake Tapper is a writer at Jake had just broke a story on guns in US cities. This is before Jake started anchoring his current daily CNN show, “The Lead.” This is prior to being a White House correspondent at ABC World News Tonight and an earlier stint at CNN. Hell, this is before his book on the 2000 election, “Down & Dirty: The Plot to Steal to the Presidency.” This is even before Jake was “the official This is Hell! Florida correspondent,” a title we gave Jake during an interview in 2000. And this was long before Jake quit replying to our emails.

We’ll play our August 21, 2000, conversation on the drug war with Mike Gray, author of, “Drug Crazy: How We Got Into This Mess & How We Can Get Out.”

Corporate Crime Reporter’s Russell Mokhiber describes the power of corporations and their danger to democracy on July 9, 1999.

Writer Alex Heard makes fun of the Y2k apocalypse crowd on June 5, 1999.

We may even play an old Moment of Truth with Jeff Dorchen.




  • whatmoney

    Yeah I really can’t frikkin’ see anymore. I thought that said “Yak apocalypse.”

  • Bill Burdine

    Where is today’s podcast? I like your shit and I’m jonesing!

  • Kevin Dyer
  • Bill Burdine

    Thank you Mr. Dyer, sir!