Podcast for April 30, 2011 Shows


This is Hell! aired a live four hour broadcast Saturday, April 30, 2011, on Chicago’s WNUR 89.3 FM..

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

  • Moshe Adler is author of “Economics for the Rest of Us: Debunking the Science that Makes Life Dismal” (The New Press). Moshe teaches economics at Columbia University and at the Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies at Empire State College.
  • Mark Ames is a writer for eXiledonline. Mark is the author of 2005′s “Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion: From Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine and Beyond” (Soft Skull). He is also co-author of “The eXile: Sex, Drugs and Libel in the New Russia” (Grove). Mark’s recent writing includes the Alternet piece, “Did You Fall for It? America’s Outrage Over TSA Naked Body Scanners Was Right-Wing PR to Prevent Workers from Unionizing,” and The Nation story, “Big Brothers: Thought Control at Koch.”
  • Jo Comerford is the Executive Director of the National Priorities Project which “makes complex federal budget information transparent and accessible so people can prioritize and influence how their tax dollars are spent.” Jo has two decades of experience in community organizing Prior to the NPP, she served as Director of Programs at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and worked to meet the complex and immediate demands of hunger in the region, as well as for systemic community food security. She is an adjunct faculty member of Smith College School of Social Work.

Our irregular correspondents were:

  • live from Portland, Maine, Danny Muller gave a ‘Wasted Energy Report’
  • live from Puerto Rico, ‘Our Man in San Juan’ Dave Buchen
  • live from Santa Cruz, Kate O’Donnell said, ‘Thank You, Science!’
  • live from Los Angeles, Jeff Dorchen delivered a Moment of Truth.



  • Anonymous

    Hopefully DavidSkalinder can make his good deed of the week and post the podcast.

  • davidskalinder

    Hah, yep, looks like I’m back in the backup business…: http://davidskalinder.com/hell/thisishell20110430.mp3 should do the trick until the official one goes up.

  • Amy Goodman

    Please put Mr. Skalinder on the payroll. The “official” podcast is bunk.

  • Harkin

    Skalinder fever, catch it! Thanks Mr Skalinder.

  • Jimmi

    May 30?! No wonder the podcast doesn’t work… It hasn’t been recorded yet!

    Thank you Mr. Skalinder!

  • Davidskalinder

    Hah! I am already receiving just as generous a salary and benefits package as anybody on the This Is Hell team. In fact, if you count debt incurred as a result of the show as a negative payment, I believe my $0 p.a. salary is way ahead of Chuck’s annual comp.

    Glad I could help though — it can never hurt to have an extra backup.

  • Alistener

    I thank you too, Mr. Skalinder, and hope you’ll post every podcast. The 56 kbs file downloads in about half the time of the one linked here, and a sampling rate over 64 kbs for talk radio is worthless anyway.