(12jan18) Broadcasts of This Is Hell retrun with a full 4 hour show, including A Moment of Truth from @jdorchen Check thisishell.com at 9am CST Saturday, or tune in here later for the rebroadcast schedule. Previous shows at the mirror sites will open a new window and play.
13jan18 This Is Hell
some people take long vacations. Well anyway....
9:15 - Anthropologist James C. Scott explores the politics of accumulation in the earliest agrarian states.James is author of Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States from Yale University Press.
10:05 - Journalist Sarah Kinosian reports on state violence and US silence after Honduras's disputed election.Sarah wrote the articles Families fear no justice for victims as 31 die in Honduras post-election violence and US recognizes re-election of Honduras president despite fraud allegations for The Guardian.
10:35 - Correspondent Ed Sutton watches the left run out the clock fighting itself while the world runs out of time.Ex-expat Ed has been back in the US for a year now, running the highly recommended site Antidote Zine.
11:05 - Law scholar Anne Fleming examines the shifting intersection of lenders, debtors and the welfare state.Anne is author of City of Debtors: A Century of Fringe Finance from Harvard University Press.
12:05 - Investigative reporter Rebecca Burns surveys the toxic legacy of lead pollution in East Chicago.Rebecca wrote the article On Poisoned Ground: East Chicago’s legacy of lead pollution for The Baffler.
23dec17 This Is Hell
- 9:15 - Philosopher Tim Crane explains what atheists miss when they view religion from the outside. Tim is author of The Meaning of Belief: Religion from an Atheist’s Point of View from Harvard University Press.
- 10:05 - Historian Keri Leigh Merritt examines the labor of poor whites living outside slavery in the Antebellum South.Keri Leigh is author of Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South from Cambridge University Press.
- 11:05 - Historian Judith Flanders explores the populist, adaptive, multi-purpose, meaning of Christmas.Judith is author of Christmas: A Biography from MacMillan.
- 12:05 - The Hopleaf's Michael Roper reviews the year in craft beer capitalism, and the year to come.Michael is owner of Chicago's The Hopleaf Bar, in its 25th year. Try the Bitterballen.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen discusses The Socialist Leisure Work Ethic and the Spirit of Falafel.He's talked about Socialist leisure before, but this falafel thing is definitely a new development in his ideology.
16dec17 This Is Hell
- 9:15 - Journalist Jess Bruder explores the low-wage labor of senior nomads working at the end of retirement.Jess is author of Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century from W.W. Norton.
- 10:05 - Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier profiles the resistance movements working and fighting in post-coup Brazil.Brian's book of interviews, Voices From the Brazilian Left, is available to order now from Brasil Wire.
- 10:35 - Anthropologist Aaron Neiman connects worker pain to the pre-existing conditions of labor under capitalism.Aaron wrote the essay A Pain in the Back for The New Inquiry.
- 11:05 - Writer Sara Wachter-Boettcher finds social inequality coded deep within the devices of Silicon Valley.Sara is author of Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech fom W.W. Norton.
- 12:05 - Historian Robin D.G. Kelley finds the future of Black radicalism laid out in the paths of ancestors. Robin wrote the essay "Winston Whiteside and the Politics of the Possible" for the Verso collection Futures of Black Radicalism.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen's imagination is sparked by a Nick Cave song.Jeff keeping it light for the holidays.
09dec17 This Is Hell
- 9:15 - Writer Malcolm Harris examines the short history and dark future of Millennials under capitalism.Malcolm is author of Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials from Little, Brown and Company.
- 10:05 - Writer Brianna Rennix outlines a left approach to building a humane immigration policy.Brianna wrote the article What Would Humane Immigration Policy Look Like? for Current Affairs.
- 10:35 - Attorney Flint Taylor surveys the state's threat to Black radicals, 48 years after Fred Hampton's murder.Flint wrote the op-ed On 48th Anniversary of Fred Hampton's Murder, Rampant Surveillance of Black Liberation Movements Continues for Truthout.
- 11:05 - Journalist Jake Johnston reports on a drug running scheme in the Honduran coup-government.Jake wrote the article Top U.S.-Backed Honduran Security Minister Is Running Drugs, According to Court Testimony for The Intercept.
- 11:35 - Writer Amanda Baker examines the gap between scientific terminology and popular understanding.Amanda wrote the article Hiding Clear Ideas behind Unclear Words for Scientific American.
- 12:05 - Writer David Roth explores the imperial rot deep in the heart of the NFL's ownership class.David wrote the article Downward Spiral: A fan’s notes on the decline of the NFL for The Baffler.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen reveals the truth behind food labels and the Vietnam War.Not sure if it's the same truth there, or like different truths for each discrete entity. I'll find out the same time you do.
02dec17 This Is Hell
- 9:15 - Law professor Peter Edelman explains how poverty became a crime in America.Peter is author of Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America from The New Press.
- 10:05 - Journalist Niko Georgiades profiles the water protectors on the front lines of the #NoDAPL fight.Unicorn Riot released a documentary on the Stand Rock / Dakota Access Pilpeline protoests, Black Snake Killaz: A #NoDAPL Story.
- 10:35 - Economist Dean Baker previews life in our new, broker country under the Republican tax plan.Dean wrote the op-ed #RichPeopleNeedTaxCuts: The Republican Tax Plan for Truthout.
- 11:05 - Writer Anna Feigenbaum explores a century of tear gas, in wars foreign and domestic.Anna is author of Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of WWI to the Streets of Today from Verso Books.
- 12:05 - Historian Paul Ortiz connects the politics of anti-imperialism to the tradition of Black radicalism. Paul wrote the essay "Anti-Imperialism as a Way of Life: Emancipatory Internationalism and the Black Radical Tradition in the Americas" in the collection Futures of Black Radicalism from Verso.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen logs on and dissects the daily Twitter atrocity. If you have to @ someone about this, please @jdorchen. LOL!
25nov17 This Is Hell
- 9:15 - Writer Andrea Flynn explores the persistence of racialized barriers to economic equality.Andrea is author of the book The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy from Cambridge University Press.
- 10:05 - Journalist Silvio Carillo reports on new evidence around the assassination of Berta Cáceres.Silvio is Berta's nephew, and the director of bertacaceres.org.
- 10:35 - Journalist Jennifer C. Berkshire explains how Democrats bought into school privatization.Jennifer wrote the Baffler article How Education Reform Ate the Democratic Party.
- 11:05 - Journalist Suzy Hansen examines America's era of decline, from outside its borders.Suzy is author of Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
- 12:05 - Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin explore the possibilities of Black radical thought.Gaye and Alex edited and contributed to the essay collection Futures of Black Radicalism from Verso.
18nov17 This Is Hell
- 9:15 - Yanis Varoufakis explains how the Western establishment's crushing of the Greek debt rebellion led to a rise of the far right.Yanis is author of Adults in the Room: My Battle with the European and American Deep Establishment from MacMillan.
- 9:50 - Live fom São Paulo, Brian Mier does something The New York Times won't - talk to the Brazilian left.Brian recently wrote the article The State of the Brazilian Left: Analysis from an American in Brazil for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.
21oct17 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Historian Bradley Simpson examines US complicity in the murder of 500,000 Indonesian leftists.Bradley wrote the brief U.S. Embassy Tracked Indonesia Mass Murder 1965 for the National Security Archive.
- 9:45 - Writer Max Haiven finds financialization at the heart of capitalism's authoritarian logic.Max wrote the article Financialization, precarity and reactionary authoritarianism for ROAR Magazine.
05aug17 This Is Hell
- 9:15 - Sociologist Charles Derber makes the case for building universalized resistance to global capitalism.Charles is author of the book Welcome to the Revolution: Universalizing Resistance for Social Justice and Democracy in Perilous Times for Routledge.
- 10:05 - Writer Laurie Penny examines the power, and necessity, of being a bitch in these dark times.Laurie's collection of essays, Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults is out now from Bloomsbury.
- 11:00 - Sociologist Kevan Harris explores the rise of social welfare policy in post-revolution Iran.Kevan is author of the book A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran from University of California Press.
- 12:00 - Political analyst Lucas Koerner reports on violence and misinformation in Venezuela.Lucas co-wrote the recent articles 7 Dead as Venezuela Violence Escalates and Is Venezuela’s Attorney General Biased Towards the Opposition? for Venezuelanaysis.
- 12:35 - The Hopleaf's Michael Roper discusses the vertical integration of craft beer, and maybe the end of bars.Michael will be talking about Sapporo's acquisition of Anchor Brewing, and why bars need to adapt to a new brew-pub paradigm.
29jul17 This Is Hell
- 9:15 - Historian Talitha LaFlouria explains how the convict labor of Black women built the new South.Talitha is author of the book Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South from UNC Press.
- 10:00 - Live from Budapest, Todd Williams reflects on Viktor Orbán's manipulation of Hungarian society.Todd will also be talking about Soros, NGO influence, Hungary's upcoming elections and the World Swimming Championship. A busy time in Budapest.
- 10:35 - Our Man in San Juan, Dave Buchen reports on debt and dependence in Puerto Rico.Dave is in town for next week's CLOSED CASKET: The Complete, Final And Absolutely Last Baudelaire In A Box at Theater Oobleck.
- 11:05 - Organizer Jane McAlevey charts out a course for claiming power in the Trump era.Jane is author of No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age from Oxford University Press.
- 12:05 - Historian Aaron Fountain explains how the Black Lives Matter movement is shaping Latino activism.Aaron wrote the article How African American Activists are Influencing Latinos for Black Perspectives.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen assesses the risk involved in risk avoidance.
22jul17 This Is Hell
- 9:15 - Behavioral scientist Samuel Bowles charts out the path towards a moral economics.Samuel is author of The Moral Economy: Why Good Incentives Are No Substitute for Good Citizens from Yale University Press.
- 10:00 - Historian Elizabeth Catte explores the Appalachia-sized gap in the liberal worldview.Elizabeth wrote the piece Liberal shaming of Appalachia: Inside the media elite’s obsession with the “hillbilly problem” for Salon.
- 10:35 - Columnist Adele Stan examines the dark money fortunes of the Trump White House.Adele wrote the article What We Do Is Secret: Trumpism as a private-capital scam for The Baffler.
- 11:05 - Middle East scholar Wendy Pearlman talks about why it's so hard to talk about Syria.Wendy returns to discuss her interview earlier this month, and her book We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria.
- 11:35 - Investigative journalist Greg Palast digs through the GOP's vote suppression files.Greg's latest report is Sanders and Jackson join hands to take on Trump’s Vote Thief-in-Chief at his website.
- 12:10 - Historian Sean Guillory looks at Vladimir Putin's politics, from Russian eyes.Sean produces the very valuable and recommended Seans' Russia Blog podcast.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen gives reality a strip search and pat down.Is that the order you do those two things?
15jul17 This Is Hell
- 9:15 - Journalist Jesse Eisinger examines the political consequences of business executive impunity.Jesse is author of the new book The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives from Simon & Schuster.
- 10:05 - Valerie Vande Panne explores the time banks and informal economies of post-crash Detroit.Valerie wrote the article Detroit’s Underground Economy:Where Capitalism Fails, Alternatives Take Root? for In These Times.
- 10:35 - Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier reports on the trial of former Brazil president Lula da Silva.Brian will also report on squatting and striking in São Paulo, and the short doc he made covering organizing there this Spring.
- 11:05 - Writer Michael Deibert examines the quakes in Haiti's political and economic history.Michael is author of the new book Haiti Will Not Perish: A Recent History from Zed Books
- 12:05 - Julianne Tveten and Paul Blest explore the dark side of Silicon Valley's libertarian UBI business plan.Julianne and Paul wrote the article Silicon Valley Will Not Save You for Current Affairs.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen gets inapropriate about cultural appropriation.Part of his ongoing series getting us yelled at online, I guess.
08jul17 This Is Hell
- 9:15 - Journalist David Daley explores the GOP plan to ratfuck the vote and rule from the minority, forever.David returns to This Is Hell! to talk about his book Ratfucked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count, now in paperback with a new afterward, from Norton.
- 10:00 - Live from San Salvador, Hilary Goodfriend follows USAID money to corporate ends in El Salvador.Hilary wrote the article USAID's Trojan Horse that appeared originally at Solidarity, and now at Jacobin.
- 10:35 - Journalist Michelle Chen examines neoliberalism's assault on public housing, at Grenfell and beyond.Michelle wrote the The Economic System That Made the Grenfell Tragedy Possible and No, Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Is Not Hurting Workers for The Nation.
- 11:05 - Middle East scholar Wendy Pearlman discusses the Syrian war, from the testimonies of Syrian refugees.Wendy is author of the new book We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria from HarperCollins.
- 12:05 - Writer Julian Brave NoiseCat explains how pipeline politics threaten not only native lands, but indigenous sovereignty.Julian wrote the commentary Law Enforcement is Still Used as a Colonial Tool In Indian Country for the Marshall Project and the Guardian opinion piece Indigenous sovereignty is on the rise. Can it shape the course of history?
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen post-mortems last week's Dykes [HIS WORDS] v Kikes [HIS WORDS] piece.Two of those words are HIS WORDS just to repeat. Not Alex's words. Not Chuck's words. Jeff's words.
01jul17 This Is Hell
- 9:15 - Writer Angela Nagle explores the intersection of online extremism and IRL politics.Angela is author of Kill All Normies: Online culture wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the alt-right from Zero Books.
- 10:00 - Azeezah Kanji and S. K. Hussan explain why liberal opposition to Islamophobia backfires.Azeezah and S.K. wrote the article The Problem with Liberal Opposition to Islamophobia for ROAR Magazine.
- 10:35 - Journalist Steve Horn reports on carbon's political footprint in the Trump era.Steve wrote the recent articles Fracked Gas LNG Exports Were Centerpiece In Promotion of Panama Canal Expansion, Documents Reveal and Tillerson Present as Exxon Signed Major Deal with Saudi Arabia During Trump Visit for DeSmog Blog.
- 11:05 - Laura Erickson-Schroth and Laura A. Jacobs explore the origin and persistence of gender myths.Laura and Laura wrote the book “You're in the Wrong Bathroom!” And 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions About Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People for Beacon Press.
- 12:05 - Journalist Will Parrish reports on government-corporate surveillance of pipeline protests.Will co-wrote the giant, 5-part series on DAPL surveillance and policing, TigerSwan Tactics for The Intercept.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen Jewsplains the Dyke March fiasco in a radically inclusive way.Almost all of those words in that tease are Jeffy's and I just copy/pasted them, please don't @ me.
24jun17 This Is Helll
- 9:15 - Political economist Massimo de Angelis maps out the common course for a post-capitalist society.Massimo is author of Omnia Sunt Communia: On the Commons and the Transformation to Postcapitalism from Zed Books.
- 10:00 - McMansion Hell's Kate Wagner explores the nightmare architecture of the upwardly mobile.Kate is the mastermind behind the indispensable website McMansion Hell.
- 10:35 - Black Lives Matter Chicago's Aislinn Pulley and Kofi Ademola discuss fighting the CPD in court.Black Lives Matter Chicago is part of a class action lawsuit against the City of Chicago and the CPD over police violence.
- 11:05 - Law professor James Forman examines Black involvement throughout the mass incarceration machine.James is author of Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America from Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
- 12:05 - Live from Paris, Jacob Hamburger surveys the French political landscape, post-Macron victory.Jacob writes about American politics for Charlie Hebdo.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen laments the end of an ancient Chinese tradition.
20may17 This Is Hell
- 9:05 - Writer China Miéville explains what Russia, 1917 can teach the post-Soviet, pre-revolutionary world.China is author of October: The Story of the Russian Revolution from Verso.
- 10:00 - Military whistleblower Lisa Ling reports on life and death inside the secret US drone war.Lisa, a former technical sergeant on drone surveillance systems, was profiled in the documentary National Bird.
- 11:00 - Journalist Duff McDonald tours the school at the golden heart of global capitalism.Duff is author of the new book The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite from Harper Collins.
- 12:00 - Organizer Mariame Kaba looks beyond reform, to the destruction of the prison industrial complex.Mariame wrote the article Free Us All: Participatory defense campaigns as abolitionist organizing for The New Inquiry.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen yanks your physical and mental chains.
13may17 This Is Hell
- 9:10 - Attorney Nnennaya Amuchie explains how activists bailed out Black mothers in time for Mother's Day.Nnennaya worked with BYP100 DC on a local fundraising effort, part of a larger national campaign by the group Southerners On New Ground.
- 9:30 - Historian Julia Ott details the ways a century of American tax policies valued wealth over work.Julia wrote the article How Tax Policy Created the 1% for Dissent.
- 10:05 - Economist Mark Weisbrot explains why Marine Le Pen's electoral defeat is not a victory for the French left.Mark wrote the articles Curb Your Enthusiasm: Macron Is Just The Beginning Of A New Fight For France And Europe for Huffington Post and How the Eurozone Damaged French Politics—and This Year’s Presidential Election for The Nation.
- 10:35 - Immigration researcher Karina Moreno profiles Muslim/Latino solidarity in the Trump era.Karina wrote the artilce A Politics of Solidarity for Jacobin.
- 11:05 - Zoologist Bill Schutt examines our long, bloody, somewhat recent history of cannibalism.Bill wrote the book Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History from Algonquin Books.
- 12:00 - Journalist Sharon Lerner reports on the large-scale poisoning of a small, poor town in Louisiana.Sharon wrote the article The Plant Next Door for The Intercept.
- 12:30 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen gets his money back from Adam Smith.Jeff is hosting the "What Is Capitalism" Contest at Seattle's Red May on Sunday.
06may17 This Is Hell
- 9:15 - Economist Kate Raworth outlines the ideas re-shaping our understanding of 21st century economics.Kate is author of Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist from Chelsea Green.
- 10:00 - Consumer advocate Ralph Nader discusses ways of challenging power in the 21st century.Ralph is author of Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think from City Lights.
- 10:35 - Our Man in San Juan, Dave Buchen reports back from the May Day general strike in Puerto Rico.Dave got teargassed twice, if you were wondering about his credentials.
- 11:05 - Mathematician Eugenia Cheng explores the beautiful dream of infinity.Eugenia is author of Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics from Basic Books.
- 12:05 - Christine Ahn explains why everyone on the Korean Peninsula wants peace but the United States.Christine wrote the article The High Costs of US Warmongering Against North Korea for Truthout.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen just mostly babbles about sanity. Jeffy is hosting the "What Is Capitalism" Contest at Seattle's Red May next weekend. Go to it.
29apr17 This Is Hell
- 9:15 - Historian Timothy Snyder examines our present for signs of tyranny in our future.Timothy is author of the new book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century from Tim Duggan Books.
- 10:05 - Live from St. Petersberg, writer Yasha Levine reports on hacking hysteria and myth of cyber security.Yasha wrote the article From Russia, With Panic for The Baffler.
- 11:05 - Peace activist Kathy Kelly reports on the US-supplied slaughter of innocents in Yemen.Kathy wrote the piece The Shame of Killing Innocent People for Common Dreams.
- 11:35 - The Oakland Institute's Anuradha Mittal explores the military occupation of land in post-war Sri Lanka.The Oakland Institute just published the report Justice Denied: A Reality Check on Resettlement, Demilitarization and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka.
- 12:10 - Julia Buxton examines the persistently dysfunctional nature of Venezuela's anti-Chavista opposition.Julia wrote the article Situation Normal in Venezuela: All Fouled Up for NACLA Report on the Americas.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen eulogizes one of his organs. Organ TBD, BTW.
22apr17 This Is Hell
- 9:15 - Live from Ankara, Max Zirngast explains what Turkey lost in Erdoğan's referendum victory.Max is co-author of the recent articles Voting on Dictatorship and Ten Thoughts on the Turkish Referendum for Jacobin.
- 10:05 - CIP Americas Director Laura Carlsen reports from the moving migrant-rights protest, Caravan Against Fear.Laura will be reporting somewhere from Texas, follow her and the Caravan Against Fear on their Facebook page.
- 10:35 - Live from Paris, Philippe Marlière examines Mélenchon's shift from leftist to populist in the French elections.Phillippe wrote the article French tragedy or farce: the 2017 presidential election for openDemocracy.
- 11:05 - Psychologist Renee Engeln discusses beauty sickness in the media and minds of girls and women.Renee is author of Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women from Harper Collins.
- 12:05 - Journalists Jessica Bruder and Dale Maharidge explain how they became Snowden's (unknowing) data smugglers.Jessica and Dale wrote the Harper's cover story Snowden’s Box: The human network behind the biggest leak of all.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen whitewashes Ijeoma Oluo's article on Rachel Dolezal in The Stranger.
08apr17 This Is Hell
- 9:15 - Writer Laurie Penny traces the Brexit shock to a long, drab decade of austerity culture in the UK.Laurie wrote the article Brexit, Pursued by Despair for The Baffler.
- 10:00 - Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier reports on the wave of strikes against neoliberal cuts in Brazil.Brian published the piece “There is no negotiation whatsoever”: Union leader Douglas Izzo talks about labor rights in post-coup Brazil for Brasil Wire.
- 10:35 - The Radical Pessimist, Kevan Harris explores the myth of the bootstrapping European immigrant.Kevan's first book A Social Find contentRevolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran is out this August. Proud of our boy.
- 11:05 - Sociologist Thomas Shapiro explains how racial wealth inequality threatens democracy in America.Thomas is author of Toxic Inequality: How America's Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future from Basic Books.
- 12:05 - Writer Thomas Frank explains how the Democratic Party stopped working for American workers.Thomas will be talking about the new, post-election edition of his still right book Listen Liberal: Or, Whatever Happened to the Party of the People? from Picador.
- 12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen wonders if he's actually a Randian at heart.Objectively.
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