This is Hell!
By This Is Hell!
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||CleanOn the possibility of freedom beyond liberalism.||Artist Raoul Martinez looks beyond the limits of freedom to a future of equality and liberation. PLUS: Question From Hell!||2/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe politics of climate change agreements / Understanding Romania’s mass protest movement.||Live from Stockholm, Mikael Mikaelsson outlines the government-industry path to green energy.Â / Live from Bucharest, Florin Poenaru examines Romania's massive, contradictory protest movement.||2/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow neoliberals and social conservatives found common ground in the family.||Sociologist Melinda Cooper explains how neoliberalism transformed the politics of the family. PLUS: Rotten History||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe political-economy of Hezbollah / Trade roughage||Writer Joseph Daher explores the contemporary political-economy of Hezbollah. / In a Moment of Truth, The current international trade situation pushes Jeff Dorchen over the borderline.||2/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe are not smarter than how we feel: Art, influence and power.||Author Nato Thompson explains how art became a weapon aimed at the public. Nato is author of "Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life" from Melville House.||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy anger rules the modern world.||Author Pankaj Mishra examines the hidden history of anger across the modern world. Pankaj is author of "Age of Anger: A History of the Present" from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. PLUS: Chuck on violence||2/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe psychometric campaign / A Thermodynamic Information Theory of History||Mathematician Paul-Olivier Dehaye profiles the use of psychometrics in political campaigns. Paul posted the recent Medium article "The (dis)information mercenaries now controlling Trumpâs databases." /Â In a Moment of Truth,||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMake SCOTUS reactionary again / Borderwall political theater||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.||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStanding Rock resistance under Trump / Obama’s labor and trade legacy||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. / Journalist Michelle Chen examines Obama's mostly symbolic legacy on labor an...||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKeynesianism, political crisis and the future that never comes.||Economist Geoff Mann outlines the history of Keynesianism's attempts to save capital from capitalism. PLUS: Chuck on values, Rotten History||2/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStrategies for advertising resistance / The schlock doctrine||Editor Vyvian Raoul outlines strategies for reclaiming the public space from advertising's visual pollution. / In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen defines the Schlock Doctrine. PLUS: Question from Hell!||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe CPD’s brutal example / Testing a legal framework for resisting Trump||Civil rights lawyer Flint Taylor explains why the Chicago Police Department is reform-proof. / Attorney Brian Foley draws the blueprints for a legal resistance to the Trump administration.||1/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA deep look into the politics of Afghanistan’s peace process.||May wrote the article The Patient War: What awaits Trump in Afghanistan in the February issue of Harper's. PLUS: Chuck on Trumpism, Rotten History||1/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA path beyond statues and hashtags / On disposable people||Black Agenda Report's Bruce Dixon lays out a new direction for the left, beyond hashtags. / In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen discusses disposable people.||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrump, China and the global politics of authoritarian capitalism.||Writer Rebecca Liao surveys the space between Trump, China and capitalism's global elite. PLUS: Question From Hell!||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat “American First” means for Mexico / The neofascist style in American politics||CIP Americas Director Laura Carlsen views Trump's US-Mexico policy from the other side of a wall. / Cultural critic Henry Giroux calls for militant hope and radical action in a time of collapse.||1/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn Chelsea Manning’s new freedom and old enemies||Journalist Kevin Gosztola reports on the politics of Chelsea Manning's newly won freedom. PLUS: Trump Denialism, Rotten History and Listener Mail||1/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBuilding the neoliberal wall / Lousy fascists||Writer Elliot Sperber discusses the concept of the wall in an age of neoliberalism and mass migration. / In a Moment of Truth Jeff Dorchen reveals his dissatisfaction with our incoming president.||1/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRex Tillerson’s past and the foreign policy of ExxonMobil.||Journalist Antonia Juhasz explains why Rex Tillerson could be America's most dangerous Secretary of State. PLUS: Question From Hell!||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSouth Korea’s impeachment, explained / Between the US, Haiti and Guy Philippe||Live from Seoul, Marc Flury catches us up on South Korea's shaman / fairy / cult / horse dancing / impeachment story. / Researcher Jake Johnston explains what Guy Philippe's extradition reveals about US influence in Haiti.||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Good but can get a bit dry.
I realize that they are trying to fill up several hours so the occasional lull in interesting conversation is expected. For the most part I think it is one of the best political podcasts out there. It takes on issues others are afraid to, has guests that most people avoid, and covers news items from a point of view your are not used to. I listen every week now and hope you keep doing what you are good at... rocking the boat.
Awesome progressive radio with humor
There's nothing on radio (or podcast) like this show. Chuck combines silly, relaxed humor and chit-chat with some of the most interesting and provocative interviews on radio. He obviously takes effort to read his guests' work in detail, and he comes up with great questions (if a bit long at times). Well worth the download.
My weekly intellectual fix.
In an age of 10 second soundbites, gibbering cable-news pundits and mindless sloganeering, Chuck Mertz brings back the real by conducting in-depth interviews with knowledgable guests that you don't get to hear in the corporate mainstream media, glued together with a quick wit and dark humor. A willingness to do the research, ask the tough questions, and most importantly, let his guests provide the nuance and depth that critical issues require -- all set Chuck apart from a wide field of other current events shows. If you've outgrown Wolf Blitzer's beard and are ready for something more substantial, This is Hell should be required listening.