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18feb17 This Is Hell
- 9:15 - Sociologist Melinda Cooper explains how neoliberalism transformed the politics of the family.Melinda is author of Family Values: Between Neoliberalism and the new Social Conservatism from Zone Books.
- 10:00 - Live from Stockholm, Mikael Mikaelsson outlines the government-industry path to green energy.Mikael is a government adviser on science and innovation policy and international collaboration across Europe.
- 10:35 - Live from Bucharest, Florin Poenaru examines Romania's massive, contradictory protest movement.Florin wrote the recent article What is at Stake in the Romanian Protests? for LeftEast.
- 11:10 - Artist Raoul Martinez looks beyond the limits of freedom to a future of equality and liberation.Raoul is author of Creating Freedom: The Lottery of Birth, the Illusion of Consent, and the Fight for Our Future from Pantheon.
- 12:05 - Writer Joseph Daher explores the contemporary political-economy of Hezbollah.Joseph is author of Hezbollah: The Political Economy of Lebanon's Party of God from Pluto Press.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, The current international trade situation pushes Jeff Dorchen over the borderline.Did not have "international trade" in the pool for what would do that but OK.
11feb17 This Is Hell
- 9:15 - Economist Geoff Mann outlines the history of Keynesianism's attempts to save capital from capitalism.Geoff is author of the new book In the Long Run We're All Dead: Keynesianism, Political Economy, and Revolution from Verso Books.
- 10:00 - Live from Standing Rock, Dr. Sarah Jumping Eagle reports on DAPL resistance in the Trump era.Sarah is a pediatrician and water protector, we've spoken to her twice in 2016.
- 10:35 - Journalist Michelle Chen examines Obama's mostly symbolic legacy on labor and trade.Michelle wrote the Labor and Trade section of Jacobin's feature Assessing Obama.
- 11:00 - Legal scholar Marjorie Cohn reviews the dangerous record of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.Marjorie wrote the article Trump's Choice of Gorsuch Endangers Civil, Human and Environmental Rights for Truthout.
- 11:35 - Immigration researcher Karina Moreno finds a neoliberal consensus behind the border wall.Karina wrote the article The Private Deportation Machine for Jacobin.
- 12:10 - Mathematician Paul-Olivier Dehaye profiles the use of psychometrics in political campaigns.Paul posted the recent Medium article The (dis)information mercenaries now controlling Trump’s databases.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen mangles a thermodynamic theory of evolution.Jeff previously got thermodynamic in Decmeber of last year.
04feb17 This Is Hell
- 9:15 - Economist Geoff Mann outlines the history of Keynesianism's attempts to save capital from capitalism. Geoff is author of the new book In the Long Run We're All Dead: Keynesianism, Political Economy, and Revolution from Verso Books.
- 10:00 - Live from Standing Rock, Dr. Sarah Jumping Eagle reports on DAPL resistance in the Trump era. Sarah is a pediatrician and water protector, we've spoken to her twice in 2016.
- 10:35 - Journalist Michelle Chen examines Obama's mostly symbolic legacy on labor and trade.Michelle wrote the Labor and Trade section of Jacobin's feature Assessing Obama.
- 11:00 - Legal scholar Marjorie Cohn reviews the dangerous record of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
- Marjorie wrote the article Trump's Choice of Gorsuch Endangers Civil, Human and Environmental Rights for Truthout.
- 11:35 - Immigration researcher Karina Moreno finds a neoliberal consensus behind the border wall.Karina wrote the article The Private Deportation Machine for Jacobin.
- 12:10 - Mathematician Paul-Olivier Dehaye profiles the use of psychometrics in political campaigns.Paul posted the recent Medium article The (dis)information mercenaries now controlling Trump’s databases.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen mangles a thermodynamic theory of evolution.Jeff previously got thermodynamic in Decmeber of last year.
28jan17 This Is Hell
9:15 - Live from Kabul, journalist May Jeong reports Afghanistan's homegrown peace process.
May wrote the article The Patient War: What awaits Trump in Afghanistan in the February issue of Harper's.
10:00 - Civil rights lawyer Flint Taylor explains why the Chicago Police Department is reform-proof.Flint's latest writing is Chicago's Brutal Example for Jacobin.
10:35 - Attorney Brian Foley draws the blueprints for a legal resistance to the Trump administration.Brian is a lawyer practicing in Philadelphia, we'll also talk about his piece I Have A Scream for Counterpunch.
11:05 - Journalist Natasha Lennard makes the case for confrontation and disruption against the fascist threat.Natasha wrote the recent pieces Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer Got Punched—You Can Thank the Black Bloc and Anti-Fascists Will Fight Trump’s Fascism in the Streets for The Nation.
12:05 - Editor Vyvian Raoul outlines strategies for reclaiming the public space from advertising's visual pollution.Dog Section Press is releasing the book Advertising Shits In Your Head: Strategies for Resistance in February. You can read the first chapter here.12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen defines the Schlock Doctrine.
21jan17 This Is Hell
9:15 - Journalist Kevin Gosztola reports on the politics of Chelsea Manning's new freedom.Kevin wrote the recent article On Chelsea Manning's Freedom at Shadowproof. He has covered the Manning case since the very begining.
10:05 - CIP Americas Director Laura Carlsen views Trump's US-Mexico policy from the other side of a wall.Laura just posted the article Bringing Mexico to Its Knees Will Not “Make America Great Again” at Counterpunch.
10:35 - Cultural critic Henry Giroux calls for militant hope and radical action in a time of collapse.Henry is author of the essay Militant Hope in the Age of the Politics of the Disconnect for Counterpunch and War Culture, Militarism and Racist Violence Under Trump for Truthout.
11:10 - Writer Rebecca Liao surveys the space between Trump, China and capitalism's global elite.
Rebecca wrote the article Trumpism and the Davos Man for n+1.
12:05 - Black Agenda Report's Bruce Dixon lays out a new direction for the left, beyond hashtags.
Bruce Dixon wrote the recent articles Mocking, Marching, Stopping the Hate and Dumping Trump Are Not Enough and Is It Time To Revoke John Lewis’s Lifetime Civil Rights Hero Pass? for Black Agenda Report.
14jan17 This Is Hell
9:10 - Former CIA analyst John Nixon explains what he learned about US intelligence from the interrogation of Saddam Hussein.John is author of Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein from Blue Rider Press.
10:00 - Live from Seoul, Marc Flury catches us up on South Korea's shaman / fairy / cult / horse dancing / impeachment story.Marc also dropped the hottest, best-reviewed videogame of 2016, THUMPER, we'll hear about that too.
10:35 - Researcher Jake Johnston explains what Guy Philippe's extradition reveals about US influence in Haiti.Jake wrote the article Senator-Elect and Former Paramilitary Leader Guy Philippe Arrested on Drug Charges for CEPR.
11:05 - Journalist Antonia Juhasz investigates Rex Tillerson's past and the foreign policy of Exxon Mobil.Antonia wrote the article Rex Tillerson Could Be America's Most Dangerous Secretary of State for In These Times.
12:05 - Writer Elliot Sperber discusses the concept of the wall in an age of neoliberalism and mass migration.Elliot is author of the essay The Concept of the Wall for ROAR Magazine.
12:45 - In a Moment of Truth Jeff Dorchen reveals his dissatisfaction with our incoming president.
07jan17 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Author Mark Danner looks through Trump's song and dance routine, and sees nothing.Mark wrote the piece The Real Trump for New York Review of Books.
- 10:05 - Writer Alexandra Chassin explores the pathologies of America's drug war architect, Harry Anslinger.Alexandra is author of Assassin of Youth: A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger's War on Drugs from University of Chicago Press.
- 11:00 - Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier looks for signs of US involvement in Brazil's 2016 coup. Brian wrote The US & Brasil's Coup of 2016, and translated Luciana Itikawa's piece The Golpista Everyman & the “Clean” City for Brasil Wire.
- 11:35 - Journalist Julianne Tveten explains why the Net isn't neutral for poor customers.Julianne wrote the article Digital Redlining: How Internet Service Providers Promote Poverty for Truthout.
- 12:10 - Journalist Stefania Maurizi talks about losing her Julian Assange interview to the fake news cycle.Stefania's interview with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was distorted by the Guardian's Ben Jacobs last month.
- 12:35 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen examines toxic masculinity and capitalism, like a boss. Jeff is starting off 2017 on a high T note.
17dec16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Writer Andrew Cockburn explains who profits from inflating the Russian threat.Andrew wrote the article The New Red Scare in the December issue of Harper's.
- 10:05 - Live from Switzerland, Ed Sutton talks about coming home in an age of migration.Ed will cover new modes of living, collaborative solidarity and insurgent media but I couldn't fit that in the above headline.
- 10:35 - Reporter Dan Denvir explains how establishment centrists moved immigration policy to the right.Dan wrote the recent article How Centrists Failed Immigrants for Jacobin.
- 11:05 - Writer Viet Thanh Nguyen examines the limitations of memory and the persistence of war.Viet is author of the book Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War from Harvard University Press.
- 12:05 - The Hopleaf's Michael Roper reports from what might be peak craft beer in America.Michael will take us through the highs and lows of the year in craft beer.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen fights his way back to the origins of conflict.A radical turn from his hammock-bound MOT last week.
10dec16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 Historian James Livingston explains why work isn't working for anyone but the rich.James is the author of the new book No More Work: Why Full Employment Is a Bad Idea from UNC Press and the Aeon essay Fuck Work.
- 10:00 Activist Azzurra Crispino updates us on repression and resistance during the US prison labor strike.Azzurra last spoke to This Is Hell! on day two of the nation-wide prison work stoppage.
- 10:35 - Naked Capitalism's Yves Smith calls in from the wrong side of the fake news scare.This week Yves wrote the blog post We Demand That The Washington Post Retract Its Propaganda Story Defaming Naked Capitalism and Other Sites and Issue an Apology.
- 11:00 Journalist Sarah Jaffe looks to the radicalizing possibilities of protest in the Trump era.Sarah wrote the article Why Anti-Trump Protests Matter for Rolling Stone.
- 11:35 Live from Germany, Manuel Carrasco Molina reports on anti-coal actions deep in the Hambach Forest.Maneuel is a Green Party politician in Kerpen, Germany
- 12:05 Author Ashley Dawson previews the Trump administration's environmental horror show.Ashley recently wrote Trump Eats the Planet for the Verso blog.
- 12:45 In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen drops a few more good reasons to be a bad citizen.Jeff Dorchen, classic bad boy.
03dec16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Historian Heather Ann Thompson revisits the Attica prison uprising of 1971.Heather is author of the book Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy from Pantheon.
- 10:00 - Kate Shea Baird and Steve Hughes tour the radical politics of Spain's rebel cities.Kate and Steve wrote the article America needs a network of rebel cities to stand up to Trump at Medium.
- 10:35 - Sarah Jumping Eagle reports from the frontlines of the #NoDAPL fight at Standing Rock.Sarah will be updating us on the struggle for water and land she last talked about with us in September.
- 11:05 - Author Annie McClanahan explores debt's influence on 21st century American culture.Annie is author of Dead Pledges Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First-Century Culture from Stanford University Press.
- 12:05 - Jacobin editor Seth Ackerman sketches the blueprints for a working class political party.Seth wrote the article A Blueprint for a New Party in the latest issue of Jacobin.
- 12:45 - Jeff Dorchen hearkens back to the days when dressing a pig up as the Kaiser was a big deal.I don't know enough about pigs or German history to understand what this means, sorry reader.
26nov16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Writer Ruth Whippman surveys America's maddening happiness-industrial complex.Ruth is author of America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creaing a Nation of Nervous Wrecks from St. Martin's Press.
- 9:55 - Doug Henwood and Liza Featherstone explain what went wrong with Candidate Hillary.Liza contributed to and edited False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton from Verso Books. Doug wrote My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency from OR Books.
19nov16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Writer Richard Seymour surveys the wrecked landscape of American politics after Trump.Richard and his fellow editors at Salvage wrote the essay Saturn devours his young: President Trump.
- 10:00 - Journalist Michelle Chen profiles the millions of Americans who never had a vote.Michelle wrote the article For Millions, the Election was Always Lost for Dissent.
- 10:35 - Doctor Zaher Sahloul reports on providing medical care to Syrians under fire in Aleppo.Dr. Sahloul wrote about his experiences in the op-ed I'm a doctor in Chicago. Here's what I saw when I went to help in Aleppo for the Guardian.
- 11:05 - Journalist Trevor Timm explores the possibilities of President Trump's inherited surveillance state.Trevor's most recent Guardian op-eds are Obama has handed a surveillance state and war machine to a maniac and If Donald Trump gets his way, his administration will be disastrous.
- 12:05 - Occupy Wall Street co-founder Micah White explains why political power will not be captured in the streets.Micah wrote the essay Two Paths Forward at his website, and the op-ed Protests won't stop Trump. We need a movement that transforms into a party for the Guardian.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen considers the election as failed hangover cure.Jeff assured me that this piece killed the other night at his LA-based literary competition thing he does.
05nov16 This Is Hell
Today's one hour show features the former CIA agent who blew the whistle on waterboarding and paid with 2 years in prison. Replays start tomorrow (06nov16) at Noon PDT on http://rd0.org
- 9:10 - Former CIA officer John Kiriakou analyzes the government's (ongoing war on whistleblowers. John wrote the recent article The FBI Isn’t Done With Me for Reader Supported News.
15oct16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Sociologist Peter Frase examines the future beyond climate change, capitalism and other disasters.Peter is author of the new book Four Futures: Life After Capitalism, part of the Jacobin series from Verso Books.
- 10:00 - CIP Americas director Laura Carlsen finds anger and organization two years after the crime of Ayotzinapa.Laura wrote the article Ayotzinapa’s Message to the World: Organize! for NACLA.
- 10:30 - Political scientist Gustavo Setrini profiles the rising Primavera Estudiantil social movement in Paraguay.Gustavo wrote Paraguay's Student Spring for NACLA.
- 11:05 - Writer George Ciccariello-Maher explores the past and future of radical democracy in Venezuela.George's new book Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela is part of the Jacobin series from Verso Books.
- 12:05 - Invisible Institute's Jamie Kalven details the mechanisms of silence within the Chicago Police Department.Jamie wrote the 4-part series Code of Silence for The Intercept.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen talks about his one unconscious non-racist reflex. Hoping he doesn't have time to touch on the others then.
08oct16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Author Jennifer Rutledge examines the global social policies behind school lunch programs.Jennifer is author of the new book Feeding the Future: School Lunch Programs as Global Social Policy from Rutgers University Press.
- 10:05 - Media scholar Mara Einstein decodes the corporate hand behind news content on the internet.Mara is authorf the new book Black Ops Advertising: Native Ads, Content Marketing and the Covert World of the Digital Sell from OR Books.
- 11:00 - Journalist Steve Horn reports on the Obama administration's opening of public lands for oil and gas drilling.Steve wrote the article Obama Admin Quietly Enables Oil and Gas Drilling on Public Lands and Waters, Weakens Endangered Species Act for DeSmog Blog.
- 11:35 - Our Man in Budapest, Todd Williams explains what the Hungarian migrant vote means and doesn't mean.Todd is a migrant himself, but he'll be in Sacramento for his segment, for the first time in seven years. He'll be talking about that too.
- 12:10 - Live from Mexico City, Laura Carlsen profiles the movement emerging from the crimes of Ayotzinapa.Laura wrote the article Ayotzinapa’s Message to the World: Organize! for NACLA.
24sep16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Historian Alan Taylor traces faultlines in the modern US to the limits of the American revolution.Alan is author of the book American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 from W.W. Norton.
- 10:00 - Valerie Bergeron explores the case of missing and murdered indigenous women across Canada.Valérie is a public defender working the North of Quebec.
- 10:35 - Sarah Jumping Eagle reports from the front lines of the No Dakota Access Pipeline protest.Sarah is a pediatrician, and one of the first pipeline resisters arrested in August.
- 11:05 - Sociologist Peter Ikeler discusses the politics of work and resistance in 21st century retail chains.Peter is author of Hard Sell: Work and Resistance in Retail Chains from ILR Press.
- 12:05 - Attorney Thomas Durkin examines the national security secrecy creeping into the judiciary system.Thomas wrote "Permanent States of Exception: A Two-Tiered System of Criminal Justice Courtesy of the Double Government Wars on Crime, Drugs, & Terror" in Valparaiso University Law Review.
- 12:40 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen compares the One Percent Doctrine and the Skittles Analogy.Not sure if he means the Ron Suskind book, or just a general doctrine of the One Percent. Probably the later. Understand the Skittles thing though.
10sep16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Author David Daley surveys the Republican redistricting scheme that reshaped American politics.David is author of the book Ratfucked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy from W.W. Norton.
- 10:00 - Activist Azzurra Crispino reports on Friday's national prison labor work stoppage.Azzurra is an organizer with the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, who planned a Nationally Coordinated Prisoner Workstoppage occurred in prisons across the US.
- 10:30 - Journalist Sarah Kendzior looks to Uzbekistan's uncertain future after the death of Islam Karimov.Sarah wrote the op-ed Secrets and Suspicion in Uzbekistan at the New York Times, and posted a collection of academic and press writing on the country at her website.
- 11:05 - Journalist Andrew Cockburn follows Saudi bombs from Washington to the ruins of Yemen.Andrew wrote the Letter from Washington Acceptable Losses: Aiding and abetting the Saudi slaughter in Yemen for Harper's magazine.
- 12:05 - Historian Martha Biondi examines the insistent radicalism of the Black Lives Matter movement.Martha wrote the feature The Radicalism of Black Lives Matter for In These Times.
06aug16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Investigative reporter David Cay Johnston dives deep into the business history of Donald Trump.David is author of the new book The Making of Donald Trump from Melville House Books.
- 10:05 - Jacobin's Nicole Aschoff explores the long, managed decline of American auto worker unions.Nicole wrote the article The Long Road to Crisis in the latest issue of Jacobin.
- 10:35 - Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier reports on the state of dissent and democracy in Brazil.Brian has been writing about Rio and the Olympics for Brasilwire for months now.
- 11:05 - Political economist Amr Adly examines the authoritarian Catch-22 facing Egypt's regime.Amr is author of the paper Egypt’s Regime Faces an Authoritarian Catch-22 for the Carnegie Middle East Center.
- 12:05 - The Hopleaf's Michael Roper explains how investor turmoil is dethroning craft beer founders.Michael will also be exploring the SAB/Miller/Coors/AB/Inbev consolidation that will soon cover 71% of the beer market.
- 12:40 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen examines the jobs available in Hollywood, large and small.You may remember Jeff from painting Ozzy Osbourne's house, or maybe writing the soon to be released, Brie Larson-starring Basmati Blues.
30jul16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Sociologist Kristen Hopewell explains how Brazil, China and India pushed back against the World Trade Organization.Kristen is author of Breaking the WTO: How Emerging Powers Disrupted the Neoliberal Project from Stanford University Press.
- 10:00 - Our Man in San Juan, Dave Buchen considers Zika and the inevitability of conspiracies.Dave's already had Zika, but the conspiracy interest is new.
- 10:30 - Writer Nazmul Sultan explores a new dimension of Islamic State terror in Bangladesh.Nazmul wrote the Jacobin article Terror and Politics in Bangladesh.
- 11:05 - Journalist Matt Kennard tours the parallel world of work and protest in Special Economic Zones.Matt is co-author of the investigation Inside the Corporate Utopias Where Capitalism Rules and Labor Laws Don’t Apply for In These Times.
- 12:10 - Journalist Anjali Kamat profiles the Baltimore Uprising, and all that happened (and didn't) after.Anjali wrote the chapter "The Baltimore Uprising" in the Verso Books collection Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter.
23jul16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Live from Turkey, journalist Max Zirngast explains why the coup attempt happened, and why it failed.Max is co-author of the Jacobin article What Happened in Turkey.
- 10:05 - Latin America specialist Julia Buxton examines Venezuelan politics and the fate of Chavismo after Chávez.Julia is suject of the interview Venezuela After Chávez at New Left Review.
- 10:35 - Writer Jacquelin Kataneksza profiles #ThisFlag and the emergence of protest movements across Zimbabwe.Jacquelin wrote the article Fed up and not afraid! for Africa is a Country.
- 11:05 - Journalist Douglas Gillison uncovers America's global network of foreign police and military training.Douglas is co-author of the 100 Reporters investigation Training the Planet: America’s Vast Global Network to Instruct Foreign Security Forces Gets Scant Oversight.
- 12:05 - Alex S. Vitale and Brian Jordan Jefferson outline the rise of 'command and control' policing in New York City.Alex and Brian wrote the chapter "The Emergence of Command and Control Policing in Neoliberal New York" for the Verso collection Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter.
- 12:40 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen parses a popular political podcast.He won't tell me whether it's Chapo Trap House but I think it's probably not.
16jul16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Cultural critic Henry Giroux examines the endstage politics of Donald Trump.Henry is author of the essay Anti-Politics and the Plague of Disorientation: Welcome to the Age of Trump for Truthout.
- 10:05 - Economist Dean Baker rethinks the financial sector in post-Brexit Europe.
- Dean wrote the article Right-Sizing the Financial Sector in Post-Brexit Europe for Truthout.
- 10:35 - Peace activist Kathy Kelly connects America's violence abroad to the police war at home.Kathy wrote the Consortiumnews article Of Lethal Drones and Police Shootings.
- 11:05 - Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford explores the state of Black resistance after Dallas.Glen posted the article Rulers Shocked by Dallas Attack: Black Folks Keep on Stepping at Black Agenda Report.
- 11:35 - Civil rights attorney Flint Taylor surveys the municipal mechanisms of police impunity.Flint is representing the family of Derek Williams, who died in the backseat of a Milwuakee police squad car in 2011.
- 12:05 - Historian Nicole Longpré traces six decades of far-right, anti-immigrant British politics.Nicole wrote the article How the British Far Right Went Mainstream for Dissent.
- 12:40 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen finds a free lunch, and you'll never guess where!Jeff will be in studio, hopefully not eating that lunch, for the whole show.
09jul16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Writer Richard Seymour explains how Jeremy Corbyn reclaimed the Labour Party for the left. Richard is author of Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics from Verso Books.
- 10:05 - Writer Sarah Kendzior points out the media's blindspot when covering young people.Sarah wrote the article The myth of millennial entitlement was created to hide their parents’ mistakes for Quartz.
- 10:35 - Journalist Marcy Wheeler finds power and secrecy at play in Hillary's email scandal.Marcy's most recent writing on the Clinton email hearings is Jim Comey, Poker Face, and the Scope of the Clinton Investigation(s) at her blog emptywheel.
- 11:05 - Writer Mark Danner explains how America lost its identity in the pursuit of endless war.Mark is author of Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War from Simon & Schuster.
- 12:05 - Jordan Camp and Christina Heatherton explore the violent new dimension of policing in America.Jordan and Christina edited the collection Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter from Verso Books.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen taps the bottomless keg of situational paradox.Oh hey speaking of kegs, Jeff will be in town for TIH!'s 20th anniversary party - see him IRL.
02jul16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Historian Ibram X. Kendi traces racist thought in America back to the birth of the nation.Ibram is author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America from PublicAffairs.
- 10:05 - Live from Mexico City, Laura Carlsen reports on a teacher's strike that left nine dead in Oaxaca.Laura spoke to the Real News Network for their segment Nine Killed in Police Crackdown on Oaxaca Teacher's Strike.
- 10:35 - Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier surveys land rights rollbacks in post-coup, pre-Olymics Brazil.Brian has been covering the Brazilian coup a year before it even happened.
- 11:05 - Historian Andrew Bacevich explores four decades of American intervention, and failure, in the Middle East.Andrew is author of America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History from Penguin Random House.
- 12:05 - Historian Judith Stein explains how liberals turned their backs on New Deal politics.Judith was interview by Connor Kilpatrick for the Jacobin piece Why Did White Workers Leave the Democratic Party?
- 12:40 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen criticizes smugness, or is smug, or both.
25jun16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Historian Carol Anderson surveys a long history of White rage in the face of Black progress. Carol is author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide from Bloomsbury.
- 10:00 - Live from Yangon, Sean Gleeson explores Myanmar's first months under Aung San Suu Kyi.Sean will be making his first Irregular Correspondent report from Yangon, talking about his Frontier Myanmar article The Sanctions Saga.
- 10:25 - Our Man in London, David Skalinder files one last report from the UK, fittingly on the Brexit vote.David will be on the phone with us while movers are hauling away his stuff, which adds an appropriate vibe to the whole report.
- 10:40 - Access Now's Peter Micek explains the stakes in the battle against internet shutdowns.Pete's organization, Access Now just launched the #KeepItOn campaign.
- 11:05 - Writer Sally Denton surveys the complex military and industrial history of the Bechtel corporation.Sally is author of the Simon & Schuster book The Profiteers: Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World.
- 12:05 - The Undercommoning collective make the case for a radical rethinking of the university talking about their ROAR Magazine article Undercommoning within, against and beyond the university-as-such.
- 12:40 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen tells us what it's like to drink blood from a skull.Sounds like Jeff's newfound Hillary support must have ended its begrudging phase.
18jun16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Historian David Broder explains how the radical left lost Italy's anti-establishment vote.David wrote the recent Jacobin piece on Italian politics and the Five Star Movement, Losing Ground.
- 10:05 - Live from Budapest, Todd Williams reports on the power of right wing populism, in Hungary and the US.
- Todd will also cover round two of Hungarian PM Viktor Orban's widely mocked billboard campaign. Todd explained round one last year.
- 10:35 - Writer Yasmin Nair examines the cost and consequence of Hillary Clinton's carceral feminism.Yasmin's essay "Marry the State, Kill the People: Hillary Clinton and Carceral Feminism" appears in the Verso collection False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
- 11:05 - Historian Andrés Reséndez chronicles the long, hidden history of Indian enslavement in America.Andrés is author of The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America from Houghton Mifflin.
- 12:05 - Sociologist Alexes Harris outlines the criminal justice system's financial punishment of poor Americans.Alexes is author of A Pound of Flesh: Monetary Sanctions as Punishment for the Poor from the Russell Sage Foundation.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen continues his hostile plea for an end to hostilities.As we learned last week, it involves you voting for Hillary Clinton if that helps your hostility at all.
11jun16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Sociologist Lori Leonard examines the collapse of a corporate pipeline project in Chad.Lori is author of the new book Life in the Time of Oil: A Pipeline and Poverty in Chad from Indiana University Press.
- 10:05 - Journalist Alison Flowers explores the uncertain life beyond bars faced by exonerated prisoners.Alison wrote Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity, available now from Haymarket Books.
- 11:00 - Anuradha Mittal exposes a Western corporate takeover plan aimed at agriculture across Africa.The Oakland Institute released the report The Unholy Alliance: Five Western Donors Shape a Pro-Corporate Agenda for African Agriculture.
- 11:35 - Investigative journalist Greg Palast presents your guide to not being able to vote in the year 2016.Earlier this week Greg posted the article How California is being stolen from Sanders right now.
- 12:05 - Social historian Eva Swindel makes the case for reclaiming time, not money, from the demands of capitalism.Eva is author of the Monthly Review article Radical Leisure.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen tries to talk us out of shooting our hostage before we have the ransom.Is the Bernie the hostage or the ransom in this scenario?
04jun16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Writer Chris Lehmann explores the long business partnership between Christianity and capitalism.Chris is author of the new book The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream from Melville House.
- 10:05 - David Skalinder says goodbye to the cultural quirks and social geography of London after 12 years.David will be moving somewhere with just as distinctive an accent, he'll reveal that on his segment.
- 10:35 - Journalist Elizabeth Grossman reports on the underreported health costs of meat processing work.Elizabeth wrote the In These Times story New Study Reveals Just How Brutal Meat and Poultry Work Is for Workers.
- 11:05 - Public interest advocate Wenonah Hauter traces the causes and consequences of America's fracking boom.Wenonah is author of Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment from The New Press.
- 12:05 - Public policy researcher Kathleen Geier deflates Hillary Clinton's newfound economic populism.Kathleen is one of the contributors to the collection False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton from Verso Books.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen mulls over humanity's long-range goals.Jeff got his subject to me a day early this week, so he's already up on planning for the future.
28may16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Democracy advocate Kate Shea Baird explores the radical disobedience of Barcelona's BComú movement.Kate wrote the essay The Disobedient City and the Stateless Nation for ROAR Magazine.
- 10:05 - Investigative journalist Steve Horn reports on the Clinton State Department's global fracking push.Steve wrote the Intercept article Hillary Clinton’s Energy Initiative Pressed Countries to Embrace Fracking, New Emails Reveal with Lee Fang.
- 10:35 - Lawpagandist Brian Foley explains how the American middle class got priced out of legal representation.Brian will talk about what happens when legal advice becomes more necessary to everyday life, and more expensive than ever.
- 11:05 - Sociologist Robert Vargas connects gang violence in Chicago to a turf war between local politicians.Robert is author of the new book Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio from University of Oxford Press.
- 12:05 - Journalist Matthieu Aikins explains how a hospital bombing reveals America's contradictory role in Afghanistan.Matthieu's latest writing is Doctors With Enemies: Did Afghan Forces Target the M.S.F. Hospital? for New York Times Magazine.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen agrees: the best laid plans, et cetera!We're still planning on calling him at 12:45PM Central though.
21may16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Historian Elizabeth Hinton traces the origins of mass incarceration back to the Civil Rights Era.
- Elizabeth is author of the new book From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America from Harvard University Press.
- 10:05 - Activist Marisa Holmes examines Nuit Debout's model of direct democracy as the movement goes global.Marisa reported on Nuit Debout from Paris in her Truthout piece The Spirit of Occupy Lives on in France's Emerging Direct Democracy Movement.
- 10:35 - Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier reports on the hostile, rightwing takeover of Brazil's government.Brian has been predicting and then covering the coup for over a year on This is Hell!
- 11:05 - Cultural critic Andi Zeisler explores the bankrupt feminism that capitalism sells back to women.Andi is author of We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement from PublicAffairs.
- 12:05 - Writer Amber A'Lee Frost examines the role of children in Hillary Clinton's political theatre.Amber has a chapter in False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton and wrote the Baffler article My Kind of Misogyny: I Don’t Care If They Call a Warhawk “Cankles.”
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen commiserates with our powerless President.Save your complaints about this title until after you hear the actual segment please.
14may16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Historian Ansley Erickson explains how racial inequality has survived decades of school desegregation.Ansley is author of the new book Making the Unequal Metropolis: School Desegregation and Its Limits from University of Chicago Press.
- 10:05 - Historian Andrew Bacevich reframes an American century of perpetual warfare across the globe.Andrew wrote the Harper's article American Imperium: Untangling truth and fiction in an age of perpetual war and the book America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History from Penguin Random House.
- 11:05 - Historian Donna Murch recalls how the Clintons built their political power over the top of Black lives.
- Donna contributed to the Verso Books collection False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton, extracted as the piece The Clintons’ War on Drugs: When Black Lives Didn’t Matter for The New Republic.
- 11:35 - The Radical Pessimist, Kevan Harris examines the factors behind Iran's involvement in the Syrian civil war.Kevan's forthcoming, first book A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran has a release date now. Pumped for this!
- 12:05 - Investigative journalist Michael Hudson finds American criminals well represented in the Panama Papers.Mike Hudson's latest writing on the story is Panama Papers Include Dozens of Americans Tied to Fraud and Financial Misconduct for ICIJ.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen pits himself against the pendulum.At least he escaped the flood of rats!
07may16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Historian Steve Fraser explains how the limousine liberal came to drive American political discourse.Steve is author of the new book The Limousine Liberal: How an Incendiary Image United the Right and Fractured America from Basic Books.
- 10:00 - Attorney Flint Taylor searches for evidence of Chicago police reform post-Homan Square.Flint's latest writing is Homan Square is Chicago's new 'House of Screams for The Guardian.
- 10:35 - Writer Sarah Jaffe explores the unfinished work of Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising.Sarah wrote the recent articles Getting Your Irish Up and Unexecuted Ideas of an Irish Republic for The Baffler.
- 11:05 - Author Rebecca Gordon makes the case for the prosecution of officials for post-9/11 war crimes.Rebecca is author of American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes from Hot Books.
- 12:05 - Syrian journalist Rami Jarrah reports on the Syrian resistance movement and battle for Aleppo.Rami has been in and out of Syria (and a Turkish jail) reporting on the Syrian civil war.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen puts the self-appointed lords of the future over his knee.So much for the chill vibes of last week's segment.
30apr16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 Journalist Seymour Hersh investigates the truth and lies around Osama bin Laden's death.Seymour is author of the new book The Killing of Osama Bin Laden from Verso.
- 10:00 Writer Simone Weichselbaum explains what stalled the Chicago model of police reform.Simone wrote the Marshall Project feature The ‘Chicago Model’ of Policing Hasn’t Saved Chicago
- 10:35 Policy analyst Laura Carlsen follows a call to end the drug war across Latin America.Laura covered the protest in her piece The Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice Demands End to Drug War in New York City.
- 11:05 Occupy Wall Street co-founder Micah White looks beyond protest, to the future of activism.Micah is author of The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution from Penguin Random House.
- 12:05 Writer Marina Sitrin explores the new democracy blooming on the streets of Paris.Marina wrote the ROAR Magazine essay ‘Soon we will be millions’: from Paris with love and lessons.
- 12:45 Jeff Dorchen grasps at the meaning of life, and comes up empty-handed. Again.One of these 8 minute monologues, he's gonna get it though. Just not this one.
23apr16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Social justice scholar Monique Morris examines the injustices pushing Black girls out of school.Monique is author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools from The New Press.
- 10:00 - Our Man in San Juan, Dave Buchen reports on the debt crisis pulling Puerto Rico underwater.Dave previously reported on the story for This is Hell! back in June 2015.
- 10:35 - Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier exposes the forces behind the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff.Brian recommends reading the Intercept article After Vote to Remove Brazil’s President, Key Opposition Figure Holds Meetings in Washington.
- 11:05 - Political scientist Kathy Cramer explores the ways resentment is driving American politics.Kathy wrote the new book The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker.
- 12:05 - Economist Yanis Varoufakis challenges the bankrupt ideology of Europe's debt/austerity regime.Yanis is author of And the Weak Suffer What They Must? Europe's Crisis and America's Economic Future from PublicAffairs.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen disgorges a political philosophy like a mother pelican.
16apr16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Sociologist David Frayne explores the revolutionary potential of simply resisting work.David is author of Refusal of Work: Post-Work Theory & Practice from Zed Books.
- 10:00 - Writer Sarah Kendzior visits a dying Midwestern town with big hopes for Donald Trump.Sarah recent wrote Metropolis, the hometown of Superman, has a new hero: Donald Trump for The Guardian. We'll also dig into her report on freedoms in Uzbekistan for Freedom House's Nations in Transit series.
- 10:35 - Correspondent Mikael Mikaelsson translates the Panama Papers leak into an Icelandic political scandal.Iceland's Prime Minister recently resigned after a document leak exposed his hidden off-shore finances.
- 11:05 - Author Ashley Dawson explains how capitalism is the engine driving climate change and mass extinction.Ashley is author of Extinction: A Radical History from OR Books.
- 12:05 - Environmental health researcher Laura Orlando finds poisoned drinking water way beyond Flint.Laura wrote the In These Times piece Why Your Water Could Be Worse Than Flint’s.
- 12:45 - In a noncommittally previewed Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen does his usual schtick.It will be a good segment, but that's all we know about it, if you couldn't tell from the above description.
09apr16 This Is Hell
(no show this week)
02apr16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Author Chloe Taft examines Bethlehem, PA's post-industrial bet on casino gambling.Chloe is author of From Steel to Slots: Casino Capitalism in the Postindustrial City from Harvard University Press.
- 10:05 - BYP100's Janaé Bonsu presents a plan and a path to economic justice for Black America.Janaé is one of the authors of the BYP100 report Agenda to Build Black Futures.
- 10:35 - Journalist Michelle Chen reports on the hidden work and low wages of Miami's hotel housekeepers.Michelle wrote the article Spring Break’s Cleanup Crew for Slate.
- 11:05 - Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami explore the political and social landscape of revolutionary Syria.Robin and Leila are authors of Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War from Pluto Press.
- 12:05 - The Hopleaf's Michael Roper follows the corporate takeover of craft beer to neighborhood bars.Michael will explain how distrubutors and franchises are capitalizing on the cache of craft beer's limited supply.
- 12:45 - In an omni-lingual Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen says, 'Je Suis Pissed Off.'Found this phrase in a tweet by Hollywood creep Chuck Woolery, hopefully just a coincidence!
26mar16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor explores the revolutionary potential of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.Keeanga is author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation from Haymarket Books.
- 10:05 - Writer Sarah Kendzior reports on the tabloid spectacle of Trump's campaign through the Midwest.Sarah wrote the recent articles Who won the Midwest? Not the people who live in it for the Globe and Mail and Trumpmenbashi: What Central Asia’s spectacular states can tell us about authoritarianism in America for The Diplomat.
- 10:35 - Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier sees a coup emerging from Brazil's current political crisis.Brian will be talking about the Brasilwire piece Overthrowing Dilma Rousseff: It’s Class War, and Their Class is Winning and his own most recent writing Rio Olympics: A City within a City.
- 11:05 - Mark and Paul Engler explain why strategic nonviolence is the future of political protest.Mark and Paul wrote the new book This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century from Nation Books.
- 12:05 - Writer Shiyam Galyon highlights the revolutionary work Syrians are doing in between bombs.Shiyam is author of the article Syrian Protests Bloom During Lull in Bombings posted at Warscapes.
- 12:45 - Jeff Dorchen laughs in the face of Death, or rather in the faces of other people's Deaths.This is maybe about Garry Shandling. Or maybe about Rob Ford. Hopefully not about Phife Dawg.
19mar16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Policy researcher Paul Pillar explains why Americans misunderstand the rest of the world.Paul is author of Why America Misunderstands the World: National Experience and Roots of Misperception from Columbia University Press.
- 10:05 - EPA whistleblower Marsha Coleman-Adebayo exposes regulatory failures in Flint and beyond.Marsha is an EPA whistleblower, and wrote the recent pieces Water crises like Flint's will continue until the EPA is held accountable for the Guardian and McCarthy and Snyder to Testify before House Oversight Committee on the Poisoning of Flint’s Children for Black Agenda Report.
- 10:35 - Organizer Beverly Bell profiles the life and legacy of assassinated environmental activist Berta Cáceres.Beverly wrote Why Was Berta Cáceres Assassinated? for Other Worlds.
- 11:05 - Writer Thomas Frank explores the continuing failures of liberal politics and the Democratic party.Thomas is author of the new book Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? from Metropolitan Books.
- 12:05 - Journalist Andrew Cockburn dives into America's profitable/ineffectual election-industrial complex.Andrew wrote Down the Tube: Television, turnout, and the election-industrial complex for Harper's magazine.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen punctures the bubble of middle-class self-satisfaction.Fleece vest futures are falling fast!
12mar16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Economist Mary Mellor explains how to reclaim power from banks and redemocratize the economy.Mary is author of the book Debt or Democracy: Public Money for Sustainability and Social Justice from Pluto Press.
- 10:05 - Civic educator Tom Tresser shows why the city of Chicago is not broke, just poor in leadership.Tom is raising funds to publish the book We Are Not Broke: Funding the City We Deserve.
- 10:35 - Laddie O examines personal cybersecurity in the wake of the Apple / FBI court case.Laddie will be talking about the RSA Conference covered in this Fortune piece.
- 11:05 - Activist Ashley Williams talks about a new generation of Black protest and confronting Hillary with her own words.Ashley recently disrupted a Clinton fundraiser in probably the most inspiring event of this campaign process.
- 11:35 - Geography scholar Meleiza Figueroa surveys NAFTA's damage to lives and livelihoods across Latin America.Meleiza wrote the recent article Hillary Clinton Cries Crocodile Tears for Latin American Immigrants for Truthdig.
- 12:05 - Investigative reporter Greg Palast explores finance vulture Paul Singer's big bet on the Republican party.Greg wrote about Singer's influence in the piece Who hatched Rubio? at his own site.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen produces noises regarding anti-productivity.
05mar16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Sociologist Matthew Desmond examines the mass eviction crisis gutting an American city.Matthew is author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City from Penguin Random House.
- 10:05 - Our Man in Budapest, Todd Williams sees the refugee crisis splitting Europe along old lines.Todd will explain why it's a good time to be a fence builder in the EU.
- 10:35 - Journalist Matthieu Aikins explains how to make millions under US military occupation.Matthieu wrote the New Yorker piece The Bidding War: How a young Afghan military contractor became spectacularly rich.
- 11:05 - Educator Andrew Hacker makes the case for less math for less students in American schools.Andrew is author of The Math Myth And Other STEM Delusions from The New Press.
- 12:05 - Journalist Liza Featherstone explains why the only woman Hillary Clinton is helping is Hillary Clinton.Liza wrote Why This Socialist Feminist Is Not Voting for Hillary for The Nation.
- 12:45 - Jeff Dorchen tries to answer the question - Is responding to racism a racist act? I hope not for Jeff's sake. Or I hope so. I don't know much about this segment yet.
27feb16 This Is Hell
Listen live from 9AM - 1PM Central on WNUR 89.3FM or stream at www.thisishell.com
- 9:10 - Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman present a plan to separate personal wealth from political influence.Wendell and Nick are authors of the new book Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It from Bloomsbury.
- 10:05 - Criminal justice scholar Erica Meiners makes the case for sex offender registry reform.Erica wrote the In These Times article We’re Rethinking Prisons. Is It Time to Rethink Sex Offender Registries?
- 10:35 - Intercept journalist Jenna McLaughlin reports on the surveillance stakes of the Apple / FBI privacy battle.Jenna's most recent story on the Apple / FBI legal battle is FBI Director Admits Apple Case Could Be a Game Changer at The Intercept.
- 11:05 - Sarah Leonard and Bhaskar Sunkara chart out the path for reclaiming a radical future.Sarah and Bhaskar both edited and contributed to the Metropolitan books essay collection The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for the New Century.
- 12:05 - Dierdre Reber explains how feeling replaced reason as the driving force of global culture.Dierdre is author of the book Coming to Our Senses: Affect and an Order of Things for Global Culture from Columbia University Press
20feb16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Writer Janet Biehl reports back from an attempt to speak with imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan.Janet was part of a delegation to Turkey attempting to speak with Öcalan. She also spoke with ROAR Magazine for the piece Thoughts on Rojava: an interview with Janet Biehl.
- 10:05 - Municipal finance analyst Saqib Bhatti explores the origins of Illinois's toxic debt crisis.Saqib studied the state's interest rate swap disaster in the ReFund America report Turned Around.
- 10:35 - Lawpagandist Brian Foley cross-examines Scalia's suddenly glowing posthumous reputation.Thankfully This is Hell! correspondents are immune for whatever causes establishment media types to forgive evil once a person has died.
- 11:05 - Veteran Joseph Hickman investigates the poisoning of soldiers and civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq.Joseph is author of the new book The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America's Soldiers from Skyhorse Publishing.
- 12:00 - Investigative journalist Chuck Lewis explains how our next president has already been bought and sold.Chuck wrote the Cairo Review of Global Affairs commentary The Buying of the President.
- 12:30 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen ponders the faith of a dead Supreme Court justice.Jeff tried to act like this isn't going to be about Scalia, like he has material about Wiley Blount Rutledge just ready to go.
13feb16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 Pension expert Nancy Altman explains why the problem with Social Security isn't Social Security.Nancy is author of Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All from the New Press.
- 10:05 - Our Man in London, David Skalinder views the alien US election from his spot on Mars.David counts the focus on inequality as a victory for the left "though it remains to be seen how far that victory will take us..."
- 10:35 Live from Sao Paulo, Brian Mier reports on the sudden intersection of abortion rights and the Zika virus.Brian just returned from Recife where he covered the story with a major European TV network we can't name yet. NDA!
- 11:05 Writer Tom Slee explores the harsh new frontiers on the edges of the sharing economy.Tom wrote the book What's Mine is Yours: Against the Sharing Economy from OR Books.
- 12:05 Historian Lily Geismer explains how the upper-middle class seized control of the Democratic Party.Lily is author of the article Atari Democrats in the newest Jacobin.
- 12:45 In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen's head can't figure out why we need figureheads.One week after sort of endorsing Bernie Sanders too!
06feb16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 Historian Premilla Nadasen reviews Bill Clinton's racialized attack on welfare. Premilla wrote the new Jacobin article How a Democrat Killed Welfare.
- 10:05 John K. Wilson examines the identity politics behind the Democratic primaries.John was recently referenced in Clarence Page's column What this politically (in)correct campaign tells us.
- 10:35 Anthropologist Andrea Muehlebach finds water and democracy at odds in Italy. Andrea wrote the ROAR Mag article How to kill the demos: the water struggle in Italy.
- 11:05 Political theorist Nick Srnicek makes the case for a world without work. Nick is co-author of Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work from Verso Books.
- 12:05 Attorney Nicole Phillips reports on Haiti's election that never happened. Nicole just returned from Haiti, where an election was cancelled two days before voting.
- 12:45 Old Socialist Jeff Dorchen tells Hillary's whippersnappers to get off his lawn. Don't know how socialist it is to for Jeff to claim it's "his lawn" but I guess it's his segment.
30jan16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 Anthropologist David Vine explains why more military bases make the world less safe.David is author of Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World from Metropolitan Books.
- 10:05 Our Man in Dublin, Will Lynch reports back from an almost deadly, Guinness-less rainforest trip.The story involves venomous spiders and a botched terror attempt, but I think the Guinness thing was the hardest for Will to handle.
- 10:35 Journalist Curt Guyette investigates both the Flint water crisis and its coverup.Curt posted the article Gov. Snyder Tainted by Flint Water Crisis for the Michigan ACLU's Democracy Watch blog.
- 11:05 Historian Kathryn Olmsted traces the roots of conservatism to the farmlands of Depression-era California.Kathryn wrote the book Right Out of California: The 1930s and the Big Business Roots of Modern Conservatism.
- 12:05 Writer Salma Hussein reflects on five years of activism, revolution and repression in Egypt.Salma recently posted The Egyptian revolution #Jan25: Important Readings and What you must know about the Egyptian military industrial complex at her blog In Quest For Justice.
- 12:45 Jeff Dorchen is relieved to learn that the state has no obligation to provide quality.I think you might find he actually isn't relieved to find that out. Might be an ironic statement. Jeff's a real trickster.
23jan16 This Is Hell
Only one hour and fourty-five minutes this week! Audio coming soon.
- 9:10 Political scholar Jodi Dean explains how the left can turn protest crowds into political power.Jodi is author of Crowds and Party from Verso Books.
- 10:00 Historian Lisa McGirr explores the Prohibition-era roots of contemporary systems of state violence.Lisa's new book is The War on Alcohol Prohibition and the Rise of the American State from Norton.
16jan16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 Biologist Guy McPherson explains why near-term human extinction is guaranteed.Guy is author of the giant, ongoing, terrifying Monster Climate Change Essay on his website Nature Bats Last.
- 10:05 Marc Flury explores what we know / don't know about what happened / didn't happen in North Korea.We'll also talk with Marc about THUMPER, his upcoming video game that everyone is looking forward to in 2016.
- 10:35 Ed Sutton reports back from the trails and tribulations facing refugees along the Balkanroute.Ed just published the essay O Balkan Pioneers: Anatomy of an Escape Route at his website Antidote Zine.
- 11:05 Journalist Michael Massing examines the media's role in selling the One Percent to Americans.Michael wrote the recent New York Review of Books article How to Cover the One Percent.
- 12:05 Economist Mark Weisbrot reveals the intellectual poverty of the economic expert industry.Mark is author of Failed: What the "Experts" Got Wrong about the Global Economy from Oxford University Press.
- 12:45 Jeff Dorchen ponders the price and perqs of other people's fame.People spell it that way. I cleared it with Jeff.
09jan16 This Is Hell
- 9:10 Sociologist Linsey McGoey explains how capitalism profits from corporate philanthropy.Linsey is author of No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy from Verso Books.
- 10:05 Journalist Steve Horn reports on the details of a joint Obama-Exxon pipeline bill.Steve posted the DeSmog Blog article During Paris Climate Summit, Obama Signed Exxon-, Koch-Backed Bill Expediting Pipeline Permits.
- 10:35 The Radical Pessimist, Kevan Harris examines the domestic politics behind the Iran-Saudi Arabia feud.Kevin will be working from his own research, plus that of several Middle East scholars he's boozed with.
- 11:05 Cultural critic Henry Giroux explores the fear and violence at the heart of current American politics.Henry is author of the new book America’s Addiction to Terrorism from Monthly Review.
- 12:05 Journalist Shubhanga Pandey profiles the conflicts and contradictions facing Nepal's left.Shubhanga wrote the Jacobin article The Next Nepali Revolution.
- 12:45 Jeff Dorchen visits the Oregon militia standoff and finds something much dumber than white privilege.Jeff will actually be responding to the lack of response, which we've all responded about enough already.
19dec15 This Is Hell
- 9:10 Ecologist Andreas Malm explores the links between fossil fuels and capitalism's 19th century explosion. Andreas is author of Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming from Verso Books.
- 10:05 Writer Ayesha Siddiqi explains why the West wants a Malala without the war.Ayesha wrote the VICE essay Does America Deserve Malala?
- 10:35 Attorney Vanessa Lucas reports on US complicity and profit from violence in the Philippines.Vanessa co-wrote the Foreign Policy in Focus article The Philippine People Are Under Attack from Washington - and Their Own Government
- 11:05 Journalist Michael Griffin rewrites a long history of Islamic State's short rise to power.Michael is author of Islamic State: Rewriting History from Pluto Press.
- 12:05 The Hopleaf's Michael Roper explain why industry mergers could mean less shelf space for craft beer.Michael's 2015 Beer in Review will focus takeovers, fake breweries, craft bubbles and private equity.
- 12:45 - In 2015's last Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen torments the soul of a dead atheist.Jeff's been mining the spirit world to end the year. Spooooky!
12dec15 This Is Hell
- 9:10 Writer Roy Scranton looks ahead to a future of mass global death, and what is left behind.Roy is author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization from City Lights.
- 10:05 Dan Litchfield apologizes for his tiny part in the whole Volkswagon / diesel thing.His part was pretty tiny, don't be too mad at him.
- 10:35 CEPR's Mark Weisbrot explains what's behind rightward gains in the Venezuelan and Argentine elections.Mark wrote the Hill post What next for Venezuela? and the new book Failed What the "Experts" Got Wrong about the Global Economy.
- 11:05 Law professor Mehrsa Baradaran explores the rise of predatory finance and the unbanked class.Mehrsa is author of How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy from Harvard University Press.
- 12:05 Journalist Doug Henwood explains how American politics are 'Ready for Hillary' - and why that's the problem.Doug is author of My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency from OR Books.
- 12:45 - In a live, undead Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen is awakened by the ghosts of the living.
05dec15 This Is Hell
- 9:10 Journalist Anthony Lowenstein explores the merger between disaster capitalism and endless global war.Anthony is author of Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe from Verso Books.
- 10:05 Live from Sao Paulo, Brian Mier reports on a massive student protest movement against school closings in Brazil.Brian covered the protest movement in the Brasil Wire article We Rule the School.
- 10:35 Writer Barbara Ehernreich links a rise in low-income white deaths to the GOP's deathwish politics.Barbara wrote the article Dead, White, and Blue The Great Die-Off of America's Blue Collar Whites for TomDispatch.
- 11:05 Authors Anna Bernasek and D.T. Mongan explain how personal data is being turned against consumers.Anna and Dan are authors of All You Can Pay: How Companies Use Our Data to Empty Our Wallets from PublicAffairs.
- 12:05 Brandon Smith and Jamie Kalven talk about fighting the City of Chicago to break the Laquan McDonald story.Brandon and Jamie's story is covered in the Columbia Journalism Review story How a little-known, Uber-driving freelancer brought the lawsuit that forced Chicago to release a police shooting video. Follw Brandon's writing at brandonsmith.com and Jamie's work at Invisible Institute.
- 12:45 Jeff Dorchen exercises his Baffler-approved right to be an anti-Hillary misogynist.No clue how The Baffler got involved in this one, send the hate mail Jeff's way, we still want to book guests from the magazine!
28nov15 This Is Hell
- 9:10 Anthropologist Scott Atran warns that the West is giving ISIS exactly what it wants.Scott is co-author of the New York Review of Books essay Paris: The War ISIS Wants.10:05 - Lawpagandist Brian Foley presents a guide to making lots of money for your lawyer.Brian just started his own law practice in Philadelphia.
- 10:35 Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford explains how Democratic money is cashing out #BlackLivesMatter.Glen has been writing about #BlackLivesMatter for Black Agenda Report, including the recent pieces “Black Lives Matter” Groups Hoping for a Big Payday and This Ain’t Your Grandfather’s Civil Rights Movement.
- 11:05 Journalists Valerie Brown and Elizabeth Grossman examine bad science and worse politics at the EPA.Valerie and Elizabeth are authors of the In These Times investigation Why the US Leaves Deadly Chemicals on the Market.
- 12:05 Historian Suzanna Reiss traces the history of American empire though the travels of its drugs.Suzanna is author of We Sell Drugs: The Alchemy of US Empire from University of California Press.
- 12:45 Jeff Dorchen reports live from South Carolina on the surreal self-image of the USA.
21nov15 This Is Hell
- 9:10 Writer Curtis White sees new (and old) problems when he looks ahead to our futuristic robot economy.Curtis is author of We, Robots: Staying Human in the Age of Big Data from Melville House.
- 10:05 Anurdaha Mittal profiles the dangerous lives of land rights activists in Ethiopia and Cameroon.The Oakland Institute just posted the release International Civil Society Alarmed by Conviction of Cameroonian Environmental Human Rights Defender.
- 10:35 Laura Carlsen explains how marijuana legalization trends are shifting US-Mexico drug war policies.Laura was just on CCTV talking about legalization trends in Mexico and the United States..
- 11:05 Sociologist Brooke Harrington opens the door to the hidden world of elite wealth management.Brooke is author of the Atlantic article Inside the Secretive World of Tax-Avoidance Experts.
- 11:35 Kyle Lydell Canty talks about why racism and police violence have him seeking political asylum in Canada.Kyle wrote the Guardian opinion piece It's so dangerous to be a black American, I've sought asylum in Canada. To help with Kyle's legal fees, contribute to his GoFundMe here.
- 12:05 Live from Beirut, Rania Masri calls out Western complicity, and silence, in the wake of Middle East violence. Rania was quoted in the Intitute for Public Accuracy's news release From Beirut After Bombing: 'We are Not Numbers'.
- 12:45 Jeff Dorchen apologizes to fiscal conservatives for not telling them what he thinks of them sooner.Not sure if this program is the most effective forum for that, but we're with you Jeffy.
14nov15 This Is Hell
On this one-hour episode of This is Hell!, author Roslyn Fuller explains why democracy lost its way, and how to restore its promise. Listen
07nov15 This Is Hell
Law professor Erin Murphy examines the blind spots in DNA forensic evidence.
Erin is the author of the Inside the Cell: The Dark Side of Forensic DNA from Nation Books.
31oct15 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Anthropologist Flagg Miller examines al-Qaeda's psychology via Osama bin Laden's cassette collection.Flagg is author of The Audacious Ascetic: What the Bin Laden Tapes Reveal About Al-Qa'ida from Oxford University Press.
- 10:05 - Live from Mumbai, Valérie Bergeron reports on repression in Egypt and the first days of the Knife Intifada.Valérie is in the middle of a trip across the Middle East and Asia.
- 10:35 - Antidote Zine's Ed Sutton explores the effects of refugees and right-wingers on direct democracy in Switzerland.Ed will be doing the reporting himself, but Antidote has been transcribing and publishing stories on Switzerland and the refugee crisis all year.
- 11:05 - Anthropologist Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing finds a matsutake mushroom growing beyond endstage capitalism.Anna is author of The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins from Princeton University Press
- 12:05 - Sociologist Margee Kerr explores the science and psychology behind fear itself.Margee's new book is Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear from PublicAffairs Books.
- 12:45 - Jeff Dorchen turns off his phone and focuses just long enough to write about distraction.OK now he just wrote me on Facebook, he must be done writing his new Moment of Truth.
THIS IS HELL 24oct15
9:05AM - Civil rights attorney Flint Taylor challenges police torture and state secrecy at Chicago's Homan Square.
Flint's law firm, the People's Law Office, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Chicago and six Chicago police officers.
9:30AM - Writer Sarah Kendzior explores the ties and tensions between Ferguson's Jewish and Palestinian activists.
Sarah wrote The Jewish and Palestinian Activists of the Ferguson Movement for Medium.
THIS IS HELL 10oct15
9:10 - Economist Morten Jerven explains why the West misunderstands economic growth in Africa.Morten's latest book is Africa: Why Economists Get it Wrong from Zed Books.
10:05 - Live from Sao Paulo, Brian Mier reports on anti-austerity marches across Brazil.Brian wrote the Brasil Wire article Against Austerity: World Habitat Day.
10:35 - Our Man in London, David Skalinder translates Jeremy Corbyn to American ears.According to Dave, "UK politics has just become properly interesting for the first time in maybe fifteen years."
11:05 - Historian Greg Grandin explores Henry Kissinger's imperial architecture.Greg is author of the new book Kissinger's Shadow: The Long Reach of America's Most Controversial Statesman from Macmillan.
12:05 - Writer Rick Perlstein checks out of Obama Presidential Library politics.Rick wrote the There Goes the Neighborhood:The Obama Library Lands on Chicago for The Baffler.
12:45 - Jeff Dorchen admits that we are in denial about our situation and cannot put a toupee on it.Jeff will be delivering his first Moment of Truth via an actual microphone we just bought him. No more audio fudge!
THIS IS HELL 19sep15
Only 90 minutes was broadcast, thanks to the Northwestern Wildcats pre game warmup. Says Chuck:
We'll reveal the real US revolution that your textbooks didn't -- and go frighteningly deep into India's rape epidemic... Our guests are historian Ray Raphael, author of "The Spirit of '74," and Leslee Udwin, director and producer of "India's Daughter."
9:10 - Historian Ray Raphael explores the politics behind America's revolutionary moment.Ray is author of the book The Spirit of 74 How the American Revolution Began from the New Press.
9:50 - Filmmaker Leslee Udwin follows a rape, a backlash, and a political movement in India.Leslee is the director of the documentary India's Daughter. She'll be screening and talking about the film on Wednesday night at the Siskel Film Center.
THIS IS HELL 12SEP15
- 9:15 - Economist Michael Hudson explains how finance became capitalism's driving force.Michael is author of the new book Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy
- 10:05 - Jacobin editor Megan Erickson explores childhood in an age of austerity and division.Megan's new book is Class War: The Privatization of Childhood from Verso Books.
- 11:05 - Sociologist Javier Auyero profiles daily life in Argentina's most dangerous neighborhoodJavier is co-author (along with María Fernanda Berti) of In Harm's Way: The Dynamics of Urban Violence from Princeton University Press.
- 12:05 - Writer Michelle Chen looks to the present and future of digital labor organizing.Michelle wrote the article The Unionization of Digital Media for The Nation.
- 12:45 - Jeff Dorchen bashes (from the left) a left-basher bashing from the left.We're worried that many left turns puts Jeff on the right.
THIS IS HELL 05SEP15
Heather Exner-Pirot explains how a melting Arctic and international politics threaten indigenous land and political autonomy.Heather wrote the chapter Whose Arctic Is it? in the Worldwatch Institute's report State of the World 2015: Confronting Hidden Threats to Sustainability.
THIS IS HELL 29AUG15
- 9:10AM - Historian Joyce Mao explores China's role in shaping modern American conservatism.Joyce is author of Asia First: China and the Making of Modern American Conservatism from University of Chicago Press.
- 10:05AM - Lawpagandist Brian Foley explains the importance of narrative and storytelling in the courtroom.Brian will be talking about the Legal Writing Institute.
- 10:35AM - Writer Eve Ewing remembers the ghosts of closed public schools in Bronzeville and beyond.Eve wrote the letter Phantoms Playing Double-Dutch: Why the Fight for Dyett is Bigger than One Chicago School Closing at Seven Scribes.
- 11:05AM - Author William Deresiewicz surveys the cost of a neoliberal university education.William is author of the September Harper's cover story The Neoliberal Arts: How college sold its soul to the market.
- 12:05PM - Activist Alberto Roque Guerra contrasts LGBT life in Cuba and the United States.Dr. Roque Guerra will be speaking at the LGBTs in Cuba event on September 1st.
- 12:45PM - Jeff Dorchen pokes the turd of nationalist paranoia.Don't worry, Jeff will be using a stick in this metaphorical situation.
THIS IS HELL 22AUG15
- 9:10AM - Journalist Gary Rivlin revisits the first days and bad decisions of the Katrina disaster.Gary is author of the new book Katrina: After the Flood from Simon & Schuster.
- 10:05AM - Live from Kabul, Matthieu Aikins profiles the gangster-politicians of Karachi.Matthieu's latest writing is The Gangs of Karachi for Harper's and Yemen's Hidden War for Rolling Stone.
- 10:35AM - The Radical Pessimist, Kevan Harris examines China's influence in South Africa.Kevan just returned from South Africa and will be in-studio tomorrow.
- 11:05AM - Writer Alyssa Katz explores the US Chamber of Commerce's influence on American politics.Alyssa is author of the Spiegel & Grau book The Influence Machine: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Capture of American Life.
- 12:05PM - Psychology researcher Rael Dawtry points out the blind spots in the minds of wealthy people.Rael is co-author of the study Why wealthier people think people are wealthier, and why it matters.
- 12:35PM - The Hopleaf's Michael Roper looks ahead to the inevitable craft brew bubble pop.Michael will be in-studio with a couple beer choices and the chance to support a local public school by getting day drunk.
THIS IS HELL 01AUG15
- 9:15 – Writer Patrick Lawrence sees disaster and betrayal in the new US-Turkey military deal.Patrick wrote the article Our monumental Turkey blunder: Who put the American exceptionalists back in charge? for Salon.
- 10:05 – N+1 editor Richard Beck examines the mass hysteria of 80s era child sex abuse scares.Richard is author of the new book We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s from PublicAffairs.
- 11:05 – Journalist Steve Horn covers the cynical politics behind Milwaukee’s new stadium deal.Steve posted the Truthdig report Gov. Walker and the Democrats’ Dance: Shady Politics Behind the Milwaukee Bucks Arena.
- 11:35 – Writer Sarah Jaffe reminds everybody that politicians are politicians, not our friends.Sarah wrote the article Politicians Are Not Our Friends for Dame Magazine.
- 12:05 – Cultural critic Henry Giroux explores violence and desire at the heart of neoliberalism.Henry is author of the new City Lights Press book Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle.
- 12:45 – Jeff Dorchen waxes gassy on the subject of vaporware.Jeff delivers an all new Moment of Truth.
THIS IS HELL 25JUL15
- 9:10 – Writer Chase Madar investigates America’s civic theology of arms-bearing.Chase wrote the article Have Guns, Will Liberate in the latest issue of The Baffler.
- 10:05 – Our Man in Budapest, Todd Williams peeks over Hungary’s new border fence.Todd will be talking about this fence along the Hungary / Serbia border.
- 10:35 – Journalist Sarah Kendzior explains how Uzbeks turned a hashtag against a dictatorship.Sarah is author of the Foreign Policy article ‘We Are Not Afraid’ Inside an Uzbek Internet rebellion.
- 11:05 – Occupy co-founder Micah White examines social change beyond the end of protest.Micah’s book The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution will be released in Spring 2016.
- 12:05 – Writer Brian Hioe reports on China’s growing environmental protest movement.Brian wrote the New Bloom article How Could A Demonstration of 50,000 in Shanghai Not Be Reported in International Media?
- 12:45 – Jeff Dorchen sets down his menu of satirical approaches and orders ‘the usual.’Look Jeff is a super busy person, you can’t expect him to get back to me with a topic every single week.
THIS IS HELL 18JUL15
- 9:10 – Journalist John Pilger condemns Syriza’s historic betrayal of Greek voters.John posted the article The problem of Greece is not only a tragedy. It is a lie. at his website.
- 10:05 – Journalist Delphine Schrank profiles Burma’s underground resistance fighters.Delphine is author of the new book The Rebel of Rangoon: A Tale of Defiance and Deliverance in Burma from Public Affairs Books.
- 11:05 – Neuroscientist Marc Lewis explores a new scientific understanding of addiction.Marc is author of the new Public Affairs Books release The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease.
- 12:05 – Writer Heather Havrilesky downloads an app for the end of the world.Heather wrote the article Apocalypse Soon in the latest issue of The Baffler.
- 12:45 – Jeff Dorchen explores the deceptively unsubtle non-nuances of entrepreneurial diplomacy.Jeff reports from the Tel Aviv / LA IDEAS conference.
THIS IS HELL 11JUL15
- 9:15 Investigative journalist Gareth Porter breaks down the latest developments in the Iran nuclear talks.Gareth’s latest writing is the Middle East Eye article Iranian nuclear deal edges closer as main obstacles overcome: Sources.
- 10:05 Historian Andrew Highsmith explains how Flint’s demolition built up structural inequality.Andrew is author of the new book Demolition Means Progress from University of Chicago Press.
- 11:05 Live from Switzerland, Ed Sutton makes the case for quitting this world and building the next.Ed just published the AntiDote essay Strike Forever.
- 11:35 Writer Miranda Campbell talks about making art and money in our neoliberal showroom.Miranda write the article Culture Isn’t Free for Jacobin.
- 12:05 History scholar Hristo Voynov examines the past and future of ISIS in the Balkans.Hristo published the first installment in a two-part series for Vostokian – ISIS and the Balkans.
THIS IS HELL 04JUL15
- 9:05 Live from Seoul, Marc Flury reports on land conflicts happening across Asia’s oceans.In addition to disputed Asian islands, we’ll be talking with Marc about his upcoming video game THUMPER.
- 9:35 CEPR’s Dan Beeton exposes the hidden side of US involvement in Latin America.Dan Beeton is a contributor to The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to US Empire from Verso Books.
- 10:05 Writers Carmen Boullosa and Mike Wallace chronicle a century of drug war violence.Carmen and Mike are the authors of the new OR Books release A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico jointly created the “Mexican Drug War.”
- 11:05 Historian David Sehat explains why Americans should declare independence from the founding fathers.David is author of The Jefferson Rule: How the Founding Fathers Became Infallible and Our Politics Inflexible from Simon & Schuster.
- 12:05 Activist Fanny Malinen examines the “illegitimate, illegal and odious” nature of Greek debt.Fanny wrote the Red Pepper article Breaking with creditors’ power: the importance of the Greek debt audit.
- 12:45 Jeff Dorchen comes clean about his severe addiction to independence.Jeff has been feeling too alone to talk about it.
THIS IS HELL 27JUN15
- 9:15 Writer and activist Arundhati Roy tells a ghost story about capitalism, justice and democracy.Arundhati will be doing a reading during the Socialism 2015 conference next week in Chicago.
- 10:05 Journalist Trudy Lieberman examines the failed promise of the Affordable Care Act.Trudy wrote the Harper’s report on Obamacare, Wrong Prescription? [Subscription required.]
- 11:05 Municipal finance analyst Saqib Bhatti debunks the Detroit austerity playbook.Saqib wrote the feature Why Chicago Won’t Go Bankrupt—And Detroit Didn’t Have To for In These Times.
- 11:35 Policy analyst Sarah Anderson previews a post-TPP global economic landscape.Sarah recently posted the Institute for Policy Studies articles Six Ways TPP Opponents Have Won—Even as Fast Track Advances and Why JFK Wouldn’t Recognize Today’s Free Trade Deals.
- 12:05 Youth labor activist Rhiannon Colvin looks to the future of work and wage.Rhiannon’s writing Crisis as opportunity: re-imagining the future of work appears as a chapter in the book Resist! Against a Precarious Future.
- 12:45 Jeff Dorchen infiltrates Tel Aviv University’s IDEAS entertainment/tech conference. Jeff is there searching for the bee is Israel’s bonnet.
THIS IS HELL 20JUN15
- 9:15 Technology researcher Jamie Bartlett explains what the darkest parts of the internet reveal about freedom.Jamie is author of the book The Dark Net:Inside the Digital Underworld.
- 10:05 Journalist Michael Massing surveys the present and future of digital journalism.Michael has been working on a series of articles on digital journalism for the New York Review of Books. The first two pieces are Digital Journalism: How Good is it? and Digital Journalism: The Next Generation.
- 11:05 Civil liberties advocate Sue Udry looks beyond the Patriot Act to the end of the American surveillance state.Sue wrote the article Next Step After USA Freedom: Repeal the Surveillance State for the Defending Dissent Foundation.
- 11:35 Our Man in San Juan, Dave Buchen endures crisis, tourism and other hardships of tropical life.Dave is recovering from both Chikungunya and Tropical Sadness.
- 12:05 Activist Dianne Feeley reports on a foreclosure crisis that could displace a tenth of Detroit.Dianne wrote the Black Agenda Report post A Hurricane without Water: Detroit’s Foreclosure Disaster.
- 12:45 Jeff Dorchen wonders where all this “free to be you and me” stuff is going.This maybe has something to do with that White woman who pretended to be Black.
THIS IS HELL LIVE 13JUN15
- 9:15 Policy expert Yash Tandon explains how free trade is a weapon aimed at the Global South.Yash’s latest book is Trade Is War: The West’s War Against the World from OR Books.
- 10:05 Journalist Sam Quinones profiles the pills and people fueling America’s opiate boom.Sam is author of the new book Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.
- 11:05 Policy analyst Karen Dolan surveys the effects of America’s war on its poorest citizens.Karen authored the report The Poor Get Prison: The Alarming Spread of the Criminalization of Poverty for the Institute for Policy Studies.
- 11:35 Lawyer Peter Micek delivers an outsider’s view from inside the United Nations NGO Committee.Peter is a former TIH! producer and current Senior Policy Counsel for the digital freedom nonprofit group Access.
- 12:05 – Activist Christos Giovanopoulos reports from the rising solidarity movement powering Greek politics.
A brief breakfast with Alan Watts before this morning's conflagration. Did you wash your bowl?
THIS IS HELL LIVE 06JUN15
- 9:15 - Historian Erik Loomis explains how corporations offshore environmental disasters and labor abuse.Erik is author of the book Out of Sight: The Long and Disturbing Story of Corporations Outsourcing Catastrophe available now from The New Press.
- 10:05 - Reporter Dahr Jamail explores the melting, militarized future of the globe's polar regions.Dahr posted the recent Truthout articles ''Imminent'' Collapse of the Antarctic Ice Shelf and a ''New Era'' in the Arctic and Destroying What Remains: How the US Navy Plans to War Game the Arctic.
- 11:05 - Journalist Justin Elliott exposes staggering Red Cross failures and falsehoods in post-quake Haiti.Justin co-authored the ProPublica report How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti and Built Six Homes.
- 11:35 - Lawpagandist Brian Foley briefs us on the legality of bullying, power and abuse in the workplace.Brian will be talking about the bullying, power and abuse that occur outside the normal bounds of bullying, power and abuse under capitalism I believe.
- 12:05 - Political economist Patrick Bond links FIFA corruption to illicit financial flows and elite complicity.Patrick wrote the TeleSur article FIFA Fraud, Africa’s Corruption and Elite Silence.
- 12:45 - Just back from India, Jeff Dorchen picks up his Moment of Truth from the baggage carousel.Do you think he brought us a present from India? I mean besides himself and a new Moment of Truth.Read More...
THIS IS HELL 30MAY15
- 9:15 – Historian Kevin Kruse explores the corporate roots of modern American Christianity.Kevin is author of the new book One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America.
- 10:00 – Writer Lupe Andrade explains her journey from whistleblowing mayor of La Paz to political prisoner. Lupe wrote about her experience in the book Jailhouse Blues: 192 Days in a Bolivian Women’s Prison.
- 11:00 – The Oakland Institute’s Anuradha Mittal exposes the Sri Lankan military’s grab of Tamil land.Anuradha lead The Oakland Institute’s report I Speak Without Fear: Where Are Our Loved Ones Who Have Been Abducted, Arrested, and Disappeared?
- 11:35 – The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper checks in from the Hopleaf. Not the Andersonville Hopleaf, the UK Hopleaf.Michael is on vacation in Reading, and will be calling in from the other Hopleaf. It’s not as confusing as I made it seem.
- 12:00 – Legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw reports from the fight to expose police violence against Black women.Kimberlé co-authored the #SayHerName report for the African American Policy Forum.
- 12:45 – Live from Hyderabad, Jeff Dorchen calls in from Lakshmi Manchu’s couch.Jeff reports from India, where he’s filming scenes for the movie Basmati Blues.
THIS IS HELL 23MAY15
- Writer Michael Gould-Wartofsky examines the politics of riots and repression in 21st century America.We’re talking with Michael about his pieces When Rioting Is Rational at Jacobin and The Wars Come Home: A Five-Step Guide to the Police Repression of Protest from Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond for TomDispatch.
- Researcher Alex de Waal explains what Western activists get wrong about the rest of the world. Alex edited and wrote for the essay collection Advocacy in Conflict: Critical Perspectives on Transnational Activism from Zed Books.
- Author Nomi Prins surveys the long history of close relationships between banks and American presidents.Nomi will be talking about her book All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power, which was just released in paperback.
- Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier explores the revolutionary potential of Brazilian social movements. Brian just wrote the post A Brief Look at Brazilian Social Movements at CEPR’s The Americas blog.
- Historian Ian Morris links the advance of open, democratic societies to the rise of fossil fuels.Ian is author of the new book Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve from Princeton University Press.
THIS IS HELL 9MAY15
Sociologist Scott Jacques explores the codes and characters of the suburban drug market.Scott is co-author of the new book Code of the Suburb: Inside the World of Young Middle-Class Drug Dealers.
THIS IS HELL 2MAY15
9:15 - Journalist Chris Woods explains how the sudden rise of drones reshaped the realities of global warfare.
Chris is author of the new book Sudden Justice: America's Secret Drone Wars.
9:55 - Live from Baltimore, writer Stacia L. Brown reports on a week of rage and resistance following Freddie Gray's killing.
Stacia's latest writing is Dispatch from Baltimore: Praying for Peace and Living Another Reality for The Nation and Looking While Black for The New Republic.
10:30 - Sociologist Jennifer Carlson explores American gun culture in the age of economic and social instability.
Jennifer's new book is Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline.
11:25 - Elvis DeMorrow surveys the modern history of elite child abuse rings, from Franklin to
We've been waiting months for this segment, it's probably going to be a memorable one.
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This Is Hell January 17, 2015
9:15 Journalist Scott Horton explains how America’s foreign policy moved into the shadows.Scott is author of the new book Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Warfare.
10:00 Attorney Flint Taylor delivers a history lesson in racism, brutality and law enforcement.Flint wrote the piece Blood On Their Hands: The Racist History of Modern Police Unions for In These Times.
10:30 Economist Yanis Varoufakis campaigns for Syriza’s anti-austerity vision of Greek society. Yanis is a Greek economist running for office, which he explains in his blog post Why I am running for a parliamentary seat on SYRIZA’s ticket.
11:15 The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper examines the vanishing footprint of a craft beer giant. Michael Roper is owner of The Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark Street. Go to it.
11:45 Writer Johann Hari uncovers hidden stories from all sides of the century long drug war. Johann’s new book is Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs.
12:45 Jeff Dorchen catalogues the goods raffled by the Vatican.The Vatican raffle was a real thing. Find out if Jeff won a Fiat or a silly hat.
This Is Hell January 10, 2015
9:15 The prosecution of CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling is more about retaliation and ass covering than security or justice. Marcy Wheeler has been covering the political fallout of the Sterling case at her blog emptywheel.
You don’t need to read Tristes Tropiques by Claude Lévi-Strauss to feel the ocean breeze, dodge rich people and drink the world’s greatest rum. Dave Buchen has it all figured out.
Writer Rena Pederson covers the story of Suu Kyi and Burma’s resistence movement in the new book The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi and the New Struggle for the Soul of a Nation.
12:15 The NYPD slowdown raises questions about public sector labor actions and inactions. Journalist Michelle Chen covers the story in her Nation blog piece Police Unions Don’t Serve the People. Can the Labor Movement Force Them To?
“We drove in with $10,000 cash, a lot of rum and whiskey and tranquilizers for our staff members in Haiti who were really in bad shape.” Brian Mier recalls his trip to the aftermath of post-quake, pre-aid Haiti.
We can’t just wait for neoliberal economics to tear apart society and then build from scratch. Cultural critic Henry Giroux published his thoughts in the Truthout analysis article Authoritarianism, Class Warfare and the Advance of Neoliberal Austerity Policies.
THIS IS THE END: Jeff Dorchen ignores the rules of space and time to reheat coffee and write a poem about the end of the universe.
THIS IS HELL DECEMBER 20, 2014
9:15 Historian Edward Baptist finds slavery deeply embedded in the roots of American capitalism.Edward is author of the new book The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism.
10:00 Journalist Steve Horn explains how the fracking bought its way onto public lands.Steve has been digging through a new DC spending bill for his DeSmog Blog articles Revealed: How Big Oil Got Expedited Permitting for Fracking on Public Lands Into the Defense Bill and Not Just Public Lands: Defense Bill Also Incentivizes Fracked Gas Vehicles
10:30 Legal scholar Richard Falk profiles Palestinian resistance, under occupation and around the world.Richard wrote about his experience as UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine in his new book Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope.
11:15 Activist Rory Fanning talks about his path from Afghanistan to conscientious objector.Rory is author of the book Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger’s Journey Out of the Military and Across America.
12:10 Lagunitas founder / microbrew giant Tony McGee takes a macro-level look at beer industry ethics.Tony returns to talk about the publication of his new book So You Want to Start a Brewery?: The Lagunitas Story.
12:40 Jeff Dorchen tortures further the already tortured logic of torture.But what is torture anymore anyway? Seriously, what is it? We’ve changed what that word means so many times.
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