This Is Hell!
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This is Hell! is a weekly radio interview show broadcast without the virtue of money or the vice of political agenda. Every Saturday morning, your bitter, blind, broke, gap-toothed host Chuck Mertz works off his hangover talking to the journalists, authors and activists working to make this world a slightly less hellish place. And we do it all live, uninterrupted and unedited, Saturdays at 9 AM Central on WNUR 89.3FM Chicago and podcast to the world shortly after.
||CleanThe future of Cuban socialism / Blame capitalism, not humanity.||Organizer Tom Hansen explores the future of socialism and the state under Cuba's new constitution. Tom wrote the article "Challenges for Cuba's New Constitution" for the Mexico Solidarity Network's website. / Researcher Anna Pigott exposes the engine po||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA deep look into the Greek economic crisis.||Writer Pavlos Roufos reviews eight years of disaster for Greece under Europe's austerity regime. Pavlos is author of the book "A Happy Future is a Thing of the Past: The Greek Crisis and Other Disasters" from Reaktion Books [UK] / University of Chicago||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVoting for Democrats is still bad.||Activist Andrew Dobbs explains why workers and the poor lose every election - including this one. Andrew wrote the article "No, Voting Democrat is Not 'Harm Reduction'” at Medium.||11/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1028: Purge Pricing (Broadcast November 3 2018)||Glen Ford explores the politics of race and class under a corporate duopoloy. / Greg Palast explains how Georgia's election was stolen before anyone voted. / In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen does the Tarantella all by himself.||11/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSPECIAL REPORT: Neofascism wins in Brazil.||Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier reports on the election of neofascist president Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, complicity of the Global North, and what he fears happens next for the country. A special live report from This Is Hell!'s new studio - made poss||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1027: HELL NÃO (Broadcast - October 27 2018)||Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier reports on Brazil's election at the edge of fascism. [3:42] / Journalist Tina Vasquez reports on the work of making #AbolishICE a reality. [27:27]||10/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHELLRIDE: We are living in Philip K. Dick's worlds.||Writer Henry Farrell on the fake realities of Philip K. Dick's worlds, and ours.||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1026: Minions [Broadcast - October 20 2018]||Writer Brendan O'Connor profiles the Proud, White face of ruling class violence in America [7:39] / Writer Malaika Jabali explores politics in a Black, Midwestern city abandoned by the Democratic Party. [35:50]||10/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1025: City Limits (Broadcast - October 13 2018)||Live from Mexico City, correspondent Laura Carlsen reports on Trump, AMLO and the ends of NAFTA. / Journalist Rachel M. Cohen examines a 50 year shift - in people and politics - between cities and suburbs.||10/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSPECIAL REPORT: Sunday's elections and the fascist advance in Brazil.||Correspondent Brian Mier reports on the state of fascism in Brazil, before and after Sunday's elections. This interview from our new studio was made possible by listener support: https://thisishell.com/pages/support||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
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.
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.
the BEST in depth survey of news
I've been listening to This Is Hell for about 10 years. While I'm always looking for great podcasts, this remains by far the best in terms of tone and content. . . and it's only getting better.