Podcast for July 16, 2011 Shows


Saturday, July 16, 2011, This is Hell! aired a live, completely unedited and uninterrupted, four hour radio show on Chicago’s Sound Experiment, WNUR 89.3FM, streaming live and podcast here.

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

  • science writer and editor John Carey recently wrote a three-part series on our planet’s extreme weather at Scientific American. John is a former senior correspondent for Business Week magazine, covering a range of topics including energy and global warming and cholesterol-lowering drugs and the human genome. Previously, he was an editor at The Scientist and a reporter at Newsweek. His stories have won awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Wistar Institute and a number of other organizations. He was also a National Magazine Award finalist.
  • James K. Galbraith, is the author of, “The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too” (Free Press). James holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr. Chair of Government/Business Relations at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Austin. He is a senior scholar at the Levy Economics Institute. He is Chair of the Board of Economists for Peace and Security, an international association of professional economists. An archive of his writings as well as his current research can be found at the University of Texas Inequality Project web site. He served on the staff of the US Congress, including as Executive Director of the Joint Economic Committee. He was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2003. His most recent writing includes, “Deficit Predators: Everything You Need to Know About the Twisted, Dangerous Debt Ceiling Fight.”
  • Paul Rogers is professor of peace studies at Bradford University, northern England. Paul is a weekly columnist on global security at openDemocracy.net, the most recent column being, “America and Afghanistan: politics in charge.” He also writes an international security monthly briefing for the Oxford Research Group. His latest book is “Why We’re Losing the War on Terror” (Polity) which focuses on the post-9/11 era and explains why a new security paradigm is needed. Paul has been called, “one of the world’s leading security experts.” Also, look for the third edition of his 2002, “Losing Control: Global Security in the 21st Century” (Pluto Press).
  • Christian Parenti is a contributing editor at The Nation magazine, a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute, and a visiting scholar at the City University of New York. Christian’s new book is entitled, “Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence” (Nation Books).

Our irregular correspondents will be:

  • live from WNUR’s palatial studios, Spencer ‘Thunderball’ Thayer went after long-time This is Hell! supporter Vincent Bugliosi …
  • live from the Tour de Fat, Dan ‘The Auto Man’ Litchfield talked transportation and wind power …
  • live from Los Angeles, Jeff Dorchen delivered a Moment of Truth.



  • Anonymous

    Listen to ‎Chuck interview James K. Galbraith about the debt ceiling debate, among other issues: