Schedule for This Is Hell on IndyRadio March 11-17, 2012

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Hopefully you set your clocks ahead one hour. At 4pm Central Time GMT -6 the new schedule takes effect.


We also have new shows from Rustbelt Radio and Shortwave Report.

3 weeks of Hell continuously stream from - that's the playlist - you can see exactly what's playing at Just scroll down the list to /HELL - The play button marked m3u is the same as the link above. Times given are CST, GMT -6 since the show comes is broadcast from WNUR in Evanston IL, just North of Chicago.

The schedule is simple - These are 4 hour shows, the most recent starts at approximately 3:00 Central Time every 12 hours -

  4:00    This Is Hell March 10, 2012

  8:00    This Is Hell March 03, 2012

12:00    This Is Hell February 18, 2012


Program listings are from


This Is Hell March 10, 2012

Please forgive the glitches during the first minutes of this show. The rest of the 4 hours is worth it! Real history!

On March 17, Chuck Metrz will return with 4 hours of live interviews. this week,  we feature selected interviews from the past few months:

  • Andy Thayer, co-founder of the Gay Liberation Network and organizer for a group protesting the May G-8 and NATO meetings that will be taking place in Chicago will sit in during our interviews with … Lisa Keller is an Associate Professor of History in the School of Humanities at the State University of New York’s Purchase College. Lisa is also an adjunct Research Scholar in the history department at Columbia University, where she serves as Chair of the Seminar on the City, University Seminars. She is executive editor of the Encyclopedia of New York City: 2nd Edition. Lisa is the author of, “Triumph of Order: Democracy and Public Space in New York & London (Columbia University Press).
  • Jo Guldi is author of, “Roads to Power: Britain Invents the Infrastructure State” (Harvard University Press). Jo is Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital History at the University of Chicago and and a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. She also runs the Landscape Studies Podcast.
  • Peter van Buren, author of “We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People” (Metropolitan Books). Peter has served overseas as a State Department Foreign Service Officer for more than two decades in places such as Thailand, Japan and Iraq.
  • Carroll Smith-Rosenberg is the Mary Frances Berry Collegiate Professor, Emeritus, at the University of Michigan and author of numerous books including, “Disorderly Conduct: Visions of Gender in Victorian America”. We’ll be speaking with Carroll about her more recent book, “This Violent Empire: The Birth of an American National Identity” (University of North Carolina Press).
  • Emmy-nominated economics editor at BBC’s Newsnight, Paul Mason. Paul has twice been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. He is the author of, “Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed” (Verso). Paul’s new book is, “Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions” (Verso). Follow him on Twitter @paulmasonnews
  • Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education. Diane is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Last year, she won the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences in 2011 for her “careful use of social science research for the public good.” From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. From 1997 to 2004, she was a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the federal testing program. She was appointed by the Clinton administration’s Secretary of Education Richard Riley in 1997 and reappointed by him in 2001. She is the author of the 2010 book, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education” (Basic Books). Her most recent writing includes the New York Review of Books article, “Schools We Can Envy.”
  • Rachel Herz is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Rachel has been conducting research on olfaction, emotion and cognition since 1990. She has worked as a consultant valued for her expertise in olfactory psychology, emotion, learning and experimental design. She is the author of, “That’s Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion” (W.W. Norton & Company)



This Is Hell March 03, 2012

Your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz  interviewed …

  • Daniel Halperin is co-author with The Washington Post’s Craig Timberg of, “Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome it,” (Penguin) to be released Monday, March 5. Daniel an epidemiologist and medical anthropologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and has taught at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. He was a top technical adviser in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program to combat AIDS.
  • Campbell Craig teaches international politics at Aberystwyth University in Wales. Craig is co-author with Fredrik Logevall of the 2010 book, “America’s Cold War: The Politics of Insecurity” (Harvard University Press). His most recent writing is the London Review of Books piece, “Who’s in, who’s out?,” on the nonproliferation complex, which he wrote with Jan Ruzicka.
  • Suzanne Mettler is author of “The Submerged State: How Invisible Government Policies Undermine American Democracy” (The University of Chicago Press). Suzanne is the Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions at Cornell University. Her earlier book, “Soldiers to Citizens: The G.I. Bill and the Making of the Greatest Generation,” (Oxford University Press) won both the 2006 Greenstone Prize and the Kammerer Award of the American Political Science Association.
  • Julia Whitty is the author of, “Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean,” (Mariner Books) which was named ­’Best Nonfiction of 2010′ by the Washington Post. She is also author of, “Fragile Edge: Diving and Other Adventures in the South Pacific,” (Mariner Books) which was a winner of the John Burroughs Medal and Pen-USA Literary Award. She is Mother Jones’ environmental correspondent. Link to her blog here. Her most recent article is, “The End of a Myth: We thought the sea was infinite and inexhaustible. It is not. Exploring a new vision for Earth’s greatest wilderness.” Follow Julia on Twitter @juliawhitty

Our irregular correspondents this week will be:

  • live in-studio, Dan ‘The Auto Man’ Litchfield
  • live from Portland, Maine, Danny Muller gives a ‘Wasted Energy Report’
  • live from Los Angeles, Jeff Dorchen returns with a brand new Moment of Truth.



This Is Hell February 18, 2012

On Episode 683: February 18th, 2012

Your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz interviewed:

  • Emmy-nominated economics editor at BBC’s Newsnight, Paul Mason. Paul has twice been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. He is the author of, “Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed” (Verso). Paul’s new book is, “Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions” (Verso). Follow him on Twitter @paulmasonnews
  • Charles Mann is the author of, “1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created” (Knopf). Charles is the recipient of writing awards from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. His 2006 book, “1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus “(Vintage) won the National Academies Communications Award for best book of the year.
  • Marwan Bishara is Al Jazeera English’s senior political analyst and the editor and host of “Empire”, a program on the channel that examines global powers and their agendas. Marwan was previously a professor of International Relations at the American University of Paris and a fellow at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes et Sciences Sociales. He is also the chairman of The Galilee Foundation, a UK based charity that provides over one hundred students annually with university scholarships. he is the author of the new book, “Invisible Arab: The Promise and Peril of the Arab Revolutions” (Nation Books).
  • Ian Morris is the Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor in Classics and History at Stanford University. Ian is the author of, “Why the West Rules – For Now: The Patterns of History and What They Reveal About the Future” (Farrar, Strauss, Giroux).

Our irregular correspondents were…

  • live from Dublin, Will Lynch
  • live from Baltimore, ‘The Radical Pessimist’ Kevan Harris who will describe, “NIMBY Nationalism: Then and Now




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