Episode #724: Podcast for January 19, 2013 Shows


A live report from the war in Mali. Revealing the ‘American system of suffering.’ The ‘tragic early death’ of Aaron Swartz. First Nations are ‘Idle No More.’ ‘The Radical Pesssimist,’ a ‘Moment of Truth,’ and a brand new member of the crew … all this Saturday, January 19, 2013, during four hours of This is Hell! beginning at 9 AM (central) on Chicago’s Sound Experiment, WNUR 89.3FM, streaming live here and podcast shortly after the show at this page.

Joining your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz and producer Spencer ‘Thunderball’ Thayer this weekend will be …

live from Bamako, Mali, freelance journalist, writer and analyst Peter Tinti on the war. Peter’s most recent writing is today’s story at The Christian Science Monitor, “France gets deeper in Mali war: Are they ready?”

Nick Turse is the associate editor of TomDispatch.com and the winner of a 2009 Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction as well as a James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Nick’s most recent writing at TomDispatch is last week’s, “‘So Many People Died’: The American System of Suffering, 1965-2014.” He is currently a fellow at New York University’s Center for the United States and the Cold War. Nick is the author of, “The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives” (Metropolitan Books). His new book is, “Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam” (Metropolitan Books).

Dean Baker is co-chair at The Center for Economic Policy and Research with past This is Hell! guest Mark Weisbrot. Dean’s recent writing includes this week’s, “Aaron Swartz: A Tragic Early Death.”

Pamela Palmater is a Mi’kmaq lawyer whose family originates from the Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick. Pam is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University. She is Chair in Indigenous Governance, and Academic Director of the newly-created Centre for Indigenous Governance. She will talk to us about the new First Nations’ movement, ‘Idle No More.’


Our irregular correspondents will be …

  • Kevan Harris, ‘The Radical Pessmist,’ is a postdoctoral research fellow in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton. Kevan’s article on Iran’s currency wars, “A Fistful of Tomans,” has been posted by The London Review of Books.
  • and we introduce our newest irregular correspondent, investigative journalist and forensic economist Greg Palast. Greg published the story, “Big Oil, Big Ketchup and The Assassination of Hugo Chavez.” You can now download Greg’s new documentary, “The Assassination of Hugo Chavez,” FOR FREE at gregpalast.com

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