This Is Hell!
By 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.
||CleanFollowing transient senior labor at the end of retirement.||Journalist Jess Bruder explores the low-wage labor of senior nomads working at the end of retirement. PLUS: Chuck's White Christmas Patriachy party, and Rotten History.||12/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn NFL ownership rot / Label Master.||Writer David Roth explores the imperial rot deep in the heart of the NFL's ownership class. / In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen reveals the truth behind food labels and the Vietnam War.||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNarcopolitics and election chaos in Honduras / Understanding big science words||Journalist Jake Johnston reports on a drug running scheme in the Honduran coup-government / Writer Amanda Baker examines the gap between scientific terminology and popular understanding. PLUS: Question From Hell!||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA left immigration policy / Remembering the death of Fred Hampton||Writer Brianna Rennix outlines a left approach to building a humane immigration policy. / Attorney Flint Taylor surveys the state's threat to Black radicals, 48 years after Fred Hampton's murder.||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMillennials and the making of human capital.||Writer Malcolm Harris examines the short history and dark future of Millennials under capitalism. PLUS: Chuck vs predator, Favorite books of 2017, Rotten History||12/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnecting anti-imperialism to Black radicalism / Listen, minority!||Historian Paul Ortiz connects the politics of anti-imperialism to the tradition of Black radicalism. / In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen logs on and dissects the daily Twitter atrocity.||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn the history and future of tear gas.||Writer Anna Feigenbaum explores a century of tear gas, in wars foreign and domestic.||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWith the Black Snake Killaz / Understanding the Republican tax bill.||Journalist Niko Georgiades profiles the water protectors on the front lines of the #NoDAPL fight. / Economist Dean Baker previews life in our new, broker country under the Republican tax plan.||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe criminalization of poverty in America.||Law professor Peter Edelman explains how poverty became a crime in America. PLUS: Chuck cures PTSD in veterans, Rotten History.||12/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlack radicalism and the future / Deformed economy.||Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin explore the possibilities of Black radical thought. / In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen uncrumples our deformed economy.||11/29/2017||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.