Podcast for May 7, 2011 Shows


Today, Saturday, May 7, 2011, This is Hell! aired a live four hour broadcast over the air on WNUR 89.3 FM, Chicago’s Sound Experiment.

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

  • Richard Bulliet is Professor of Middle East History at Columbia University specializing in Middle Eastern history, the social and institutional history of Islamic countries, and the history of technology. Richard is the author of 2004’s “The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization” (Columbia University Press). He is also a columnist at agence global. His most recent writing there includes, “The Death of an Icon.”
  • Rick Perlstein is the author of, “Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America,” which was named a New York Times notable book for 2008 Rick’s first book, “Before The Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus,” won the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Award for history. He covered the 2004 presidential campaigns as chief national political correspondent for the Village Voice. Rick wrote the article, “Inside the GOP’s Fact-Free Nation: From Nixon’s plumbers to James O’Keefe’s video smears – How political lying became normal,” which is the cover story in the May/June 2011 issue of Mother Jones.
  • Marcy Wheeler blogs under the name “emptywheel” and live-blogged the Scooter Libby trial. Marcy is the author of “Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy”. She has a PhD from University of Michigan relating to politics and journalism. Her writing this week included, “Maybe We Fought the War Wrong?,” and “The Osama bin Laden Trail Shows Waterboarding Didn’t Work.”
  • Frederick Kaufman is a contributing editor at Harper’s and has written about American food culture and other subjects for the New Yorker, Gourmet, Gastronomica, and the New York Times Magazine, as well as Harper’s among others. Fred is the author of, “A Short History of the American Stomach.” He teaches at the City University of New York and CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. This week, he wrote the Foreign Policy piece, “How Goldman Sachs Created the Food Crisis.”

Our irregular correspondents will be:

  • live from Dublin, Will Lynchis our newest irregular correspondent. Will is a 30 year-old political comedian, writer and digital media consultant living in Dublin, Ireland. You may remember Will reporting for us live from the financial protests in Ireland last fall.
  • live from Los Angeles, Jeff Dorchen delivered a Moment of Truth
  • live in-studio, Michael Roper, proprietor of the Chicago drinking establishment, the Hopleaf, 5148 North Clark Street, talked beer.



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  • Rob B.

    Thank you. I have been waiting all day.

  • davidskalinder

    Haha, yeah, it takes a little bit since I have to manually upload it to my server every time. But I’m thinking I may upgrade to a dedicated IP for my site, which should let me just dump the stream straight to my web server. But that may make my site unavailable for 24 hours or so, so I’ll have to wait until later in the week when people won’t be trying to download the show…