Episode #739: Podcast for May 4, 2013 Shows


Saturday’s live, four-hour This is Hell! beginning at 9AM (US Central) on Chicago’s Sound Experiment, WNUR 89.3FM, is hosted by your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz. This is Hell! also streams live here and is podcast shortly after our over-the-air broadcast at this page.

Our guests will be…

Sarah Birke co-wrote the article, “The Syrian Heartbreak,” which appeared at the Middle East Research Information Project website. Sarah is a Middle East correspondent currently writing for The Economist.

Charles Kernaghan will discuss the Bangladesh garment factory collapse that has cut short at least 400 lives. Charles is director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights. ‘The Instittue’ released a statement on the disaster titled, “Over 400 Garment Workers Killed in Bangladesh Factory Collapse Making This the Worst Disaster in the History of the Garment Industry.” As his bio at his group’s website explains, “He is perhaps best known as ‘the man who made Kathie Lee cry’ after exposing that 13-year-old children were working in a brutal Honduran sweatshop earning just pennies an hour sewing Kathie Lee Gifford’s clothing line for Wal-Mart.”

Robin Nagle is the author of, “Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Robin is the director of the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Masters Program at New York University. Her NYU bio says she is “an anthropologist whose research focuses on the category of material culture known variously as garbage, rubbish, refuse, trash, or waste. In 2006, Nagle was named anthropologist-in-residence with the Department of Sanitation in New York City (DSNY). She is working with colleagues in the DSNY and at NYU to organize the Department’s archives, to establish an on-going Oral History Project, to create a Wall of Honor for city Sanitation personnel killed on the job, and to found the city’s Sanitation Museum.”

Dr. Roland Weierstall explains “The peculiar psychology of war likely holds answers for avoiding future atrocities.” Dr. Weierstall is a member of the Group of Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology at Germany’s University of Konstanz. He’s on to discuss his Scientific American article, Psychology of War Helps to Explain Atrocities.

Our correspondents this weekend are:

live from New York City, we get a ‘Bulletin in the Head’ from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting‘s Jim Naureckas. Jim is the editor of FAIR’s monthly magazine “Extra!” His most recent writing at FAIR includes, An Invitation to a Live-Action Infomercial. You can follow him on Twitter @JNaureckas

also live from NYC, Susan Kang, ‘The Solidarity Bitch.’ Susan is author of “Human Rights and Labor Solidarity: Trade Unions in the Global Economy” (University of Pennsylvania Press). She is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the John Jay School of Criminal Justice in the City University of New York who was a member of the Occupy Wall Street Demands Working Group.

and, yet again, live from NYC, Elvis DeMorrow gives a special appearance to reveal what he’s found on the Boston Marathon in the Konspiracy Korner.

live from Kerala, India, Jeff Dorchen delivers a Moment of Truth while shooting his new movie, “Basmati Blues.”

Producing Saturday’s show will be Alexander Jerri and Spencer ‘Thunderball’ Thayer.