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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, 19 Oct 2016 23:08:29 +0000

Copyright: Copyright © This Is Hell! 2012

Chicago police cover up a drug protection racket / Racial reflexology

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:08:29 +0000

Invisible Institute’s Jamie Kalven details the mechanisms of silence within the Chicago Police Department. / In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen talks about his one unconscious non-racist reflex.

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The history and future of the Venezuelan commune.

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:45:47 +0000

Writer George Ciccariello-Maher explores the past and future of radical politics in Venezuela. PLUS: Question from Hell!

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Revisiting the crime scene of Ayotzinapa / Paraguay’s Student Spring

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 01:51:03 +0000

CIP Americas director Laura Carlsen finds anger and organization two years after the crime of Ayotzinapa. / Political scientist Gustavo Setrini profiles the rising Primavera Estudiantil social movement in Paraguay.

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Doom and boom: On climate change, automation, and a future beyond capitalism.

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 20:30:02 +0000

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. PLUS: Rotten History

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Drill, Obama, Drill / Hungary’s anti-migrant vote, via Sacramento

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 03:15:08 +0000

Journalist Steve Horn reports on the Obama administration’s opening of public lands for oil and gas drilling. / Our Man in Budapest, Todd Williams explains what the Hungarian migrant vote means and doesn’t mean.

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When advertisers are publishers and publishers are advertisers.

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:02:35 +0000

Media scholar Mara Einstein decodes the corporate hand behind news content on the internet. Mara is author of the new book “Black Ops Advertising: Native Ads, Content Marketing and the Covert World of the Digital Sell” from OR Books. PLUS: Rotten History

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The political and economic dimension of school lunch programs.

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 00:28:20 +0000

Jennifer Rutledge examines the global social policies behind school lunch programs. PLUS: Listener Mailbag.

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Episode 920: Untopia (Full Broadcast – October 1 2016)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 20:00:28 +0000

Walter Mosley discusses his polemic “Folding The Red Into The Black: Or, Developing A Viable Untopia For Human Survival In The 21st Century” from OR Books.

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The double government’s reach into courtrooms across the US.

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:09:21 +0000

Attorney Thomas Durkin examines the national security secrecy creeping into the judiciary system.

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The politics of work and resistance in 21st century retail chains.

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:33:30 +0000

Sociologist Peter Ikeler discusses his book “Hard Sell: Work and Resistance in Retail Chains” from ILR Press.

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Canada’s missing indigenous women / The frontlines of the #NoDAPL fight.

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:23:39 +0000

Valerie Bergeron explores the case of missing and murdered indigenous women across Canada. Valérie is a public defender working the North of Quebec. / 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.

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A cynic’s guide to America’s revolutionary period.

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 02:17:55 +0000

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. PLUS: Listener Mailbag

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Episode 918: Between the Islamic State and Syria (Clip Show – September 17 2016)

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 02:43:24 +0000

Interviews exploring the Islamic State, Syrian civil war and politics of the Middle East

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Black Lives Matter, radicalism and the left / Trump in the turd degree

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:24:31 +0000

Historian Martha Biondi examines the insistent radicalism of the Black Lives Matter movement. Martha wrote the feature “The Radicalism of Black Lives Matter” for In These Times. / In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen thinks up the only Trump thinkpiece you’ll ever need.

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Understanding the role of US weapons and politics in Saudi Arabia’s war against Yemen.

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:43:39 +0000

Journalist Andrew Cockburn follows Saudi bombs from Washington to the ruins of Yemen. Andrew wrote the Letter from Washington “Acceptable Losses: Aiding and abetting the Saudi slaughter in Yemen” for Harper’s magazine.

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#PrisonStrike goes national / Fear and possibility in Uzbekistan post-Karimov

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 02:27:32 +0000

Activist Azzurra Crispino reports on Friday’s national prison labor work stoppage. / Journalist Sarah Kendzior looks to Uzbekistan’s uncertain future after the death of Islam Karimov.

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How Republicans stole the electoral map for a decade of legislative power.

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 00:00:58 +0000

Author David Daley surveys the Republican redistricting scheme that reshaped American politics.

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Democracy has ended: Understanding Brazil’s coup.

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 23:50:12 +0000

Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier conducts a post-mortem on democracy in Brazil.

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Understanding the meaning of Trump’s political performance.

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 13:41:18 +0000

Author John K. Wilson looks for meaning from the mouth of Donald Trump. John is author of the new book “Trump Unveiled: Exposing the Bigoted Billionaire” from OR Books.

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Authoritarianism, 21st century American style / Bye Bye Miss Reactionary Pie

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:11:54 +0000

Cultural critic Henry Giroux examines the new authoritarianism permeating everyday life in America. Henry’s new book is “America at War with Itself” from City Lights Books. / In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen rehashes some leftover hash from the 1960s. Jeff told me this won’t be like that episode where Dan and Roseanne smoke Read more

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