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This is Hell!

Long-form interviews with writers, thinkers and workers from around the world and across the spectrum of experience.

Last Build Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:03:55 +0000

Copyright: Copyright © This Is Hell! 2012

The feminine critique: How feminism lost its promise.

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:02:05 +0000

Writer Jessa Crispin explains why feminism has lost its radical promise – and how to recapture it. Jessa wrote the book Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto from Melville House. PLUS: Question From Hell!

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Selling empowerment / Trump in a time of hate.

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:05:10 +0000

Development researcher Rebecca Reeve explains how the garment industry packages exploitation as empowerment. Rebecca wrote the article “PR, profit and ‘empowering women’ in the garment industry” for openDemocracy. Journalist Michelle Chen examines the rise of hate groups in the Obama and Trump terms. Michelle wrote the article “Donald Trump’s Rise Has Coincided With an Explosion Read more

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How torture became normal in American policy.

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:32:54 +0000

Security analyst Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault traces the roots of America’s new torture norms to pre-9/11 conservatism. Elizabeth is author of “How the Gloves Came Off: Lawyers, Policy Makers, and Norms in the Debate on Torture” from Columbia University Press. PLUS: Chuck vs hate / Rotten History

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A policy history of the US drone war in Afghanistan / A gutfull of meat

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:15:09 +0000

Kabul-based journalist Kate Clark examines the future of drone killings – in Afghanistan and beyond. Kate wrote the articles “Afghanistan, birthplace of the armed drone” and “Targeted Killings – a future model for Afghanistan?” for Afghanistan Analysts Network. / In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen spills his guts about meat eating.

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Wander woman: The flâneuse walks the city.

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 02:35:47 +0000

Writer Lauren Elkin explores the liberatory power of simply wandering around the city, on foot, as a woman. Lauren is author of the book “Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London” from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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Undocumented Filipinos against Trump / Where the left finds itself now.

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 03:20:39 +0000

Policy analyst Alyssa Aquino reports on the experience of undocumented Filipino immigrants in Trump’s America. Alyssa wrote the article “Undocumented Filipinos Are Living a Special Nightmare in Trump’s America” at Foreign Policy in Focus. / Writer Judith Levine discusses radicalism, liberalism and things worse than fear in the Trump era. Judith wrote the essay “Descent Read more

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A history (and present) of America’s feminist / conservative divide.

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:23:58 +0000

Historian Marjorie Spruill traces the ongoing, 40+ year battle between feminism and Christian conservatism. Marjorie is author of “Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics” from Bloomsbury. PLUS: Chuck vs discrimination / Rotten History

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Parenting after incarceration / All dystopia, all day.

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 02:05:52 +0000

Journalist Victoria Law examines the legal labyrinth facing parents post-incarceration. Victoria wrote the recent article “Double Punishment: After Prison, Moms Face Legal Battles to Reunite With Kids” for Truthout. In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen monitors our constant dystopia.

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How for-profit colleges create, and cash in on, inequality.

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 01:29:51 +0000

Sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom traces the for-profit college boom to our busted economy. Tressie is author of the book “Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy” from The New Press. / PLUS: Question From Hell!

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The wrong end of political polling / What’s inside Vault 7?

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 01:09:53 +0000

Political scientist Susan Kang pokes holes in the flawed gospel of political polling. Susan wrote the article What Nate Missed in the latest issue of Jacobin. / Journalist Marcy Wheeler unpacks the scope of the Vault7-Wikileaks-CIA-hacking dump. PLUS: Listener Mail

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The climate movement could remake the Democratic Party.

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 23:49:15 +0000

Journalist Kate Aronoff explains why the climate movement needs a new politics, beyond the Democratic establishment. Kate is author of the cover story The Climate Movement Goes to War with Trump at In These Times. PLUS: A Day Without Pedants / Rotten History

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Introducing the Communist Manifesto / Privatization In Public

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 03:05:38 +0000

Political theorist Jodi Dean explains why the Communist Manifesto is more relevant, and needed, than ever. Jodi wrote the introduction to a new edition of The Communist Manifesto from Pluto Press. / In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen goes public on privatization.

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A lesson in Buddhist economics.

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 03:35:06 +0000

Economist Clair Brown lays out the framework for a new compassion within economics. Clair is author of the book “Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the Dismal Science” from Bloomsbury Press. PLUS: Question From Hell!

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Trump vs neoliberalism? / The case for the Women’s Strike

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 03:18:26 +0000

Writer Nicole Aschoff looks from the start of Trump’s presidency to the end of neoliberalism. Nicole wrote the article “The Glory Days are Over” for Jacobin. / n+1 editor Dayna Tortorici makes the case for a Women’s Strike now. Well, March 8th. Dayna wrote the new piece “While the Iron Is Hot: The case for Read more

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What went wrong with Egypt’s revolution?

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 20:45:05 +0000

Journalist Rachel Aspden explains how the Arab Spring came to Egypt, and why it failed. Rachel is author of Generation Revolution: On the Front Line Between Tradition and Change in the Middle East from Other Press. PLUS: Chuck’s feminist gimmick? / Rotten History

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Trump on trade / Neuroscience on trial / Both sides now

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 03:59:05 +0000

Economist Dean Baker accounts for the economics of global trade in the Trump era. / Journalist Kevin Davis discusses the impact of neuroscience in the criminal justice system. / In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen awakens to reality, or something like it.

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Who determines what America sees when it looks at the Middle East?

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:00:50 +0000

Historian Osamah Khalil examines the illusions America sees when it looks to the Middle East. Osamah is author of “America’s Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State” from Harvard University Press. PLUS: Question From Hell!

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Deconstructing the ideology of public memorials.

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:14:43 +0000

Art historian Harriet Senie explores America’s maintenance of national myths through war memorials. Harriet is author of “Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11″ from Oxford University Press. PLUS: Rotten History

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On the possibility of freedom beyond liberalism.

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:31:11 +0000

Artist Raoul Martinez looks beyond the limits of freedom to a future of equality and liberation. PLUS: Question From Hell!

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The politics of climate change agreements / Understanding Romania’s mass protest movement.

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:31:57 +0000

Live from Stockholm, Mikael Mikaelsson outlines the government-industry path to green energy.  / Live from Bucharest, Florin Poenaru examines Romania’s massive, contradictory protest movement.

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