776: Loss Causes Shows


November 30th – Stories from wars we’re losing and wars we’ve lost. Radio winner Chuck Mertz interviews a line-up of  journalists, thinkers, former intelligence officers, and current rabble rousers that you won’t find anywhere but your sweet, left-wing media dreams. Guests: Journalist Matthieu Aikins finds evidence of American war crimes in an Afghan gravesite. Legal Read more

Episode #749: Podcast for June 29, 2013 Shows

Reporter Jonathan Landay on Obama’s ‘Insider Threat Program’
Gay Liberation Network’s Andy Thayer on the defeat of DOMA
Black Agenda Report’s Bruce Dixon on the Voting Rights Act
New correspondent Brian Mier live from Brazil.
Danny Muller gives a Wasted Energy Report
Jeff Dorchen delivers a Moment of Truth live from India

Episode #736: Podcast for April 13, 2013 Shows

George Zornick undoes the Obama Social Security myths, Michael Hudson on #OffshoreLeaks, Rami Khouri talks US media coverage of Iran, and Roger Cavazos decodes North Korea.

Correspondents will be Dan Litchfield who talks energy, Danny Muller on activism, and Jeff Dorchen delivers a Moment of Truth.

Episode #718: Podcast for December 8, 2012 Shows

John Vidal on climate change, Anne-christine d’Adesky describes the horrors in Haiti, Gray Brechin gets to the truth about post office problems, Ray McGovern talks Bradley Manning and Josh Holland on the nuttier aspects of the far right.

Irregular correspondents Susan Kang from New York City, Danny Muller’s in Gaza, and Jeff Dorchen delivers a Moment of Truth.

Episode #699: Podcast for June 30, 2012 Shows

Yesterday on This is Hell!, The Washington Post’s Rajiv Chandrasekaran on ‘The War Within the War for Afghanistan,’ the one and only Noam Chomsky, and the Atlantic’s James Fallows.

Michael Roper of The Hopleaf talked beer.

Jeff Dorchen gave us a Moment of Truth.

We also had live reports from Dublin and Gaza.

Episode #694: Podcast for May 19, 2012 Shows

On this episode of This is Hell!, Chuck Mertz interviewed Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly, who was just back from Afghanistan, and German peace activist Reiner Braun, both of whom would speak at Chicago’s Mass Rally and protest against NATO the following Sunday. We also spoke with Barbara Ehrenreich on ‘Preying on the Poor.’ Producer Spencer ‘Thunderball’ Thayer gave us a live report on his way to the Mental Health Movement’s March on Mayor Emanuel’s home. Irregular correspondent Danny Muller gave a ‘Wasted Energy Report,’ Kate O’Donnell said, ‘Thank You, Science!, and Jeff Dorchen delivered a Moment of Truth.

Podcast 685: Saturday, March 3, 2012 Shows

This week hsot Chuck Mertz interviewed Daniel Halperin who explained ‘How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How to Overcome it,’ Campbell Craig described ‘the nonproliferation complex,’ Suzanne Mettler told us ‘How Invisible Government Policies Undermine American Democracy,’ and Julia Whitty debunked the myth that the oceans are infinite and inexhaustible. We also heard from Dan ‘The Auto Man’ Litchfield, Danny Muller gave a Wasted Energy Report, and Jeff Dorchen returned with the Moment of Truth.

Episode 684: February 25th, 2012 Shows


This weekend, Chuck Mertz interviews education expert Diane Ravitch on ‘Schools We Can Envy,’ economist Mark Weisbrot on Greece, Haiti, the budget and America’s ‘Lost Decade,’ author John Nichols will tell us ‘How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest,’ and activist Omar Barghouti will discuss ‘The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights.’ Our irregular correspondents will be Danny Muller, who gives a Wasted Energy Report, and the Hopleaf’s Michael Roper talks beer.

Episode #677: 2011 This is Hell! Office Party! Shows

Saturday, December 17, we cordially invited all of our listeners to the first-ever broadcast of the annual This is Hell! Office Party live and completely uninterrupted for four hours from the thirteenth floor of the beautiful Paramutual Building on Chicago’s Sound Experiment, WNUR 89.3 FM, streaming live and podcast here. Hosting this year’s This is Read more

Podcast for Saturday, September 10 Shows

Your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz interviewed: journalist Stephen Glain author of, “Mullahs, Merchants, and Militants: The Economic Collapse of the Arab World” (St. Martin’s Press), which was named the best book of 2004 by online magazine The Globalist. Stephen’s latest book is, “State vs. Defense: The Battle to Define America’s Read more