Episode #694: Podcast for May 19, 2012 Shows


Saturday, May 19, 2012, This is Hell! aired a live, completely unedited and uninterrupted four hour broadcast beginning at 9 AM (US central) on Chicago’s Sound Experiment WNUR 89.3 FM, streaming live here and podcast shortly after our over-the-air broadcast.

Your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz interviewed …

  • Kathy Kelly co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence and co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness. Kathy’s a contributor to the forthcoming, “Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion” (AK Press). Kathy recently returned from Afghanistan. She is a three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and author of, “Other Lands Have Dreams: from Baghdad to Pekin Prison” (Counterpunch Press).
    Here’s the video of Kathy addressing the police at Whiteman Air Force Base.
    Kathy was one of the speakers at the following day’s Mass Rally and March in Chicago protesting NATO.



  • Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America,” which is now in a 10th anniversary edition with a new afterword. Barbara is the founder of the just-launched Economic Hardship Reporting Project, which supports innovative journalism on poverty and economic hardship. This week, Barbara wrote the TomDispatch piece, “Preying on the Poor: How Government and Corporations Use the Poor as Piggy Banks.”



  • Reiner Braun is a founding member and Board Member of the German Natural Scientists’ Initiative as well as of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility. Since 2006, Reiner has served as the director of the German Branch of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms and the Federation of German Scientists. Since 2007, he has been one of the spokespersons for the Cooperation for Peace, Germany.
    Like Kathy, Reiner spoke at Chicago’s Mass March and Rally against NATO Sunday.


Our irregular correspondents were …



  • live in-studio, Danny Muller gave us a ‘Wasted Energy Report’
  • live from San Francisco, Kate O’Donnell said, ‘Thank You, Science!’
  • live from Los Angeles, Jeff Dorchen delivered a Moment of Truth.

Spencer ‘Thunderball’ Thayer also gave us a live report from the Mental Health Movement march on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home.