Podcast for February 26 Shows


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

  • Stanley Kutler is Emeritus Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Stanley is the author of “The Wars of Watergate: The Last Crisis of Richard Nixon” (Norton), “Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Tapes” (Free Press), and “The American Inquisition: Cold War Political Trials” (Hill & Wang). He is also a contributor at truthdig where his most recent columns include, “What Gov. Walker Won’t Tell You,” and “Activist Judges Strike Again.”
  • Robert Pollin is a professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts. Bob is the author of “A Measure of Fairness: The Economics of Living Wages and Minimum Wages in the United States.” He recently posted The Nation story, “The Betrayal of Public Workers.”
  • Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian History and Director of International Studies at Trinity College. Vijay’s most recent book, “The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World,” (New Press) won the 2009′s Muzaffar Ahmad Memorial Prize. His most recent columns at Counterpunch include, “The Libyan Labyrinth: The Bang That Ends Qaddafi’s Revolution?,” and “The Long Arab Revolution: Two Types of Revolt.”
  • Gideon Levy is a columnist at Haaretz and a member of their editorial board. Gideon posts the weekly Twilight Zone feature, which covers the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza over the last 25 years, as well as the writer of political editorials for the newspaper. He was the recipient of the Euro-Med Journalist Prize for 2008; the Leipzig Freedom Prize in 2001; the Israeli Journalists’ Union Prize in 1997; and The Association of Human Rights in Israel Award for 1996. His latest book is, “The Punishment of Gaza” (Verso). His latest writing at Haaretz is, “With settlement resolution veto, Obama has joined Likud.”

Our irregular correspondents were:

  • live from Portland, Maine, Danny Muller gave a ‘Wasted Energy Report’ …
  • live from Puerto Rico, we heard from ‘Our Man in San Juan’ Dave Buchen
  • live from Los Angeles, Jeff Dorchen delivered a Moment of Truth.



  • davidskalinder
  • Chuck

    This web stuff is really becoming a problem when it comes to getting the show more listeners, I agree. As I am broke, I’m not so big a stoner that I shouldn’t have had this addressed sooner. Because I work on the show about 65 hours a week, it’s certainly not laziness.

    The server problem with our website is due to, as I have been told, a cache plugin problem related to the CMS we are using. I am not a computer person and have no idea what that means. We are currently seeking help from anyone who can help us in this matter.

    More than for anyone, this is frustrating to me. These technical problems are interfering with more than just my ability to download a show in a timely fashion, they’re interfering with my life.

    I would ask that you just have some patience, but my own is wearing thin.

  • andreas


    Thanks for all your efforts… We know this is not the BBC… (not that they always have their web stuff in order)

    I think nobody has a problem if the new show mp3s are stored somewhere else and you guys post links (like on davidskalinder.com or even a free service like dropbox public folders…) for now… (at least in addition)

    This would take some of the traffic off thisishell but you still could keep track of downloads….

    I know – knowitall tips from the sidelines – insult to injury ;-)

  • b

    Vijay Prashad’s opening statement “I did not drink the bong water”, referring to Chuck’s previous segment on George Clooney, still makes me laugh.

  • http://thisishell.net Chuck Mertz

    Andreas – I know not of what you speak, but I appreciate the suggestion. I clearly need to find a volunteer to take control of all of this type of distribution.