Episode #717: Podcast for December 1, 2012 Shows


This is Hell! aired a live four hour show — kinda — Saturday, December 1, beginning at 9AM (US central time) live here and on WNUR-FM Chicago’s Sound Experiment. This is Hell! is also podcast here.

Here’s the deal:

Your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz participated in the ACLU:Engage conference.

Therefore, the first two hours of this week’s show was live. Then, we played a few ‘Best of’ interviews with Chuck.

Jeff Dorchen delivered a live Moment of Truth at the end of Saturday’s broadcast.

Our guests tomorrow were …

Charles Seife is a professor of journalism at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, and has been writing about physics and mathematics for a decade and a half. He is the author of several books including, “Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea” which won the 2000 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction, “Sun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful Thinking,” which won the 2009 Davis Prize from the History of Science Society; and “Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception.” We’ll be talking to Charles about his article at Scientific American, “How Drug Company Money Is Undermining Science: The pharmaceutical industry funnels money to prominent scientists who are doing research that affects its products–and nobody can stop it.” You can purchase all Charles’s book and find all his articles by going to his own website which you can get to by clicking on his name above.

Stephen Walt is a professor at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Stephen is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He co-authored, “The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy” (MacMillan), with past This is Hell! guest John Mearsheimer. Steve also regularly writes at Foreign Policy. His most recent writing there includes, “The mother of all worst-case assumptions about Iran,” and, “A new paradigm for international relations: Confusionism.”

live from Ramallah, The New York Review of Books’ Mark Danner. Mark is the author, most recently, of, “Stripping Bare the Body: Politics Violence War.” Mark is Chancellor’s Professor of English, Journalism and Politics at the University of California at Berkeley and James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs, Politics and the Humanities at Bard College and is currently teaching at Al Quds University in East Jerusalem. His book, “Torture and the Forever War,” will be published in the spring of 2013. Find all of his work by clicking on Mark’s name above. We’ll be talking with him about his most recent NYRB pieces, “How, and What, Obama Won,” and “The Politics of Fear.”

As we said earlier, Jeff Dorchen is delivering a Moment of Truth live from Los Angeles.

Richard Norwood and Spencer Thunderball Thayer are produced Saturday’s show.