Friday, March 29, 2013

Before Radio Free Kansas, there was This Is Hell! Burn, baby, burn!

Why is President Obama cracking down on whistleblowers?
How will the TransPacific Partnership hurt democracy?
Who is Obama's Israeli heckler and what did he really say?

What is Iraq's ongoing "intentional state terror"?

Find out during Saturday's live four hour This is Hell! beginning at 9AM (US central) on Chicago's Sound Experiment, WNUR 89.3FM, with your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz. This is Hell! also streams live here and is podcast shortly after our over-the-air broadcast at this page.

The Nation contributor Tim Shorrock discusses his article, "Obama's Crackdown on Whistleblowers." Tim's work has been appearing at The Nation since 1983. He is the author of, "Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing." You can purchase his book by clicking on Tim's name.

Dr. Margaret Flowers, MD, co-wrote the truthout piece, "TransPacific Partnership Will Undermine Democracy, Empower Transnational Corporations." Margaret co-directs It's Our Economy. Margaret is on the coordinating committee of the Health Care is a Human Right campaign. She is also on the board of Healthcare-Now and was a lead organizer of the October 2011 Occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC. She co-hosts "Clearing the FOG" with past This is Hell! guest Kevin Zeese on DC's We Act Radio 1480 AM and on Economic Democracy Media. You can follow her on Twitter @MFlowers8.

Rabeea Eid heckled President Obama during the president's recent visit to Israel. The Media reported that Rabeea was upset about over the imprisonment of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. IN fact, he never mentioned Pollard. Rabeea, a student from the village of Eilaboun, Israel, will tell us what he actually said.

Sociology professor Lisa Hajjar describes 'intentional state terror.' Lisa is at the University of California-Santa Barbara. She is the author of, "Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights" (Routledge).

Our irregular correspondents will be ...

Kevan Harris, 'The Radical Pessimist,' tells it like it is... at least, to him.

live in-studio, David Skalinder gives 'A View From The Agile Left.'

Producing tomorrow's show will be Alex Jerri andRichard Norwood.

Right Now! at in The Nine Circles of Hell! … US B-2s raise tension in Koreas, South Sudan fighting kills over 150, suicide bombers strike Pakistan, car bombs hit Iraq, America's Afghan and Iraq wars are most expensive ever, UN's unprecedented offensive force heading to DRC, Buddhist monks attack Sri Lankan Muslims, UN critical of Turkey sending Syrian refugees home, and be-killing disease spreading.

Your bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz also tweets @thisishellradio during the nightly news, Monday through Friday.

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- Noam Chomsky

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No such wasted time with Chuck Mertz. Don't
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