This Is Hell Archive

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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.


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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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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

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.


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  • 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.

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  • 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!


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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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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

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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.

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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.


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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!


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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.



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.








  • 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.




  • 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.


  • 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?





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.

Live in studio, John K. Wilson examines the flexible morality behind university codes of conduct.John writes at the Academe Blog and is organizing next week’s Evanston Literary Festival.

Middle East scholar Sheila Carapico explains Yemen’s descent into chaos and conflict.Sheila’s latest writing is Two Resolutions, a Draft Constitution and Late Developments for the Middle East Research and Information Project.

Live from Mexico City, Laura Carlsen follows corruption to the head, and heart, of the DEA.Laura wrote the at Center for International Policy commentary Continuing the Crackdown on Kids.

Anthropologist Ruben Andersson explores clandestine migration in the age of Europe’s anti-mobility regime.Ruben is author of 2014′s highly and often recommended Illegality, Inc. – Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe.

Live from Mumbai, Jeff Dorchen perpwalks Salman Khan down the crowded footpaths of justice. Jeff is in India filming a movie. Not about the Khan story. It’s about rice. And love probably. And singing definitely.



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 #OpDeathEaters.

We've been waiting months for this segment, it's probably going to be a memorable one.  


---------------------- need to catch up here, excuse our mess, se for the shows we are lacking - as well as audio


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.


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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