Episode #701: Podcast for July 14, 2012 Shows


Saturday, July 14, 2012, This is Hell! aired a live, completely unedited and uninterrupted four hour show at 9 AM (US central) on Chicago’s Sound Experiment WNUR 89.3 FM, streaming live and podcast shortly after our over-the-air broadcast here.

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

  • Thomas Frank, author of the book, “Pity the Billionaire: The Hard Times Swindle and the Unlikely Come Back of the Right” (Metropolitan Books) which is to be released in paperback this September. Tom was a founding editor at the Baffler, and a former columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He currently writes a monthly essay for Harper’s. This month’s is entitled, “Letter from Brownbackistan.” He has also has a new piece in the just-off-the-presses issue of the Baffler, “Dead End on Shakin’ Street.”


  • investigative journalist Greg Palast. Greg is best known as the reporter who uncovered how Katherine Harris purged thousands of African-Americans from Florida voters rolls in the 2000 Presidential Election. He is the author of the New York Times and international bestsellers, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy,” “Armed Madhouse,” and “Vulture’s Picnic.” He is Patron of the Trinity College Philosophical Society, an honor previously held by Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde. He has also been a recipient of the George Orwell Courage in Journalism Prize for his BBC television documentary, “Bush Family Fortunes.” His most recent writing includes, “Robert Mundell, evil genius of the euro.” You can get all Greg’s books, article and videos by clicking on his name above. Greg has a new book coming out in September called, “Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Ways” (Seven Stories). “


Our irregular correspondents were …


  • live from the hermetically sealed clean room at URL Labs, LaddieO.com reports on web, tech and science stuff.


  • making his first appearance as an irregular correspondent, Florida Coastal School of Law Professor Brian Foley. Brian has practiced civil and criminal litigation and clerked for a federal trial court judge. His work focuses on criminal and civil procedure, criminal law, and evidence. He has published scholarship in criminal law and procedure, evidence, sentencing, anti-terrorism law, and the law of war. He is the co-creator and co-organizer of conferences on Applied Legal Storytelling (2011, 2009, and 2007) and has pioneered teaching law students and lawyers how to use storytelling techniques as a method of persuasion in brief writing. He is co-counsel in pro bono litigation seeking to have life-without-possibility-of-parole sentences declared unconstitutional when applied to juveniles.


  • live from Los Angeles, Jeff Dorchen delivers a Moment of Truth


Theron Hummiston and Richard Norwood produced Saturday’s show.




  • http://dougsmiley.yelp.com/ doug

    Looking forward to future interviews with Brian Foley. Highly intelligent guest.

  • http://thisishell.net Chuck Mertz

    I can’t believe Brian is posting under the name Doug.