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Other than these few historic or magical exceptions, though, the President really can't do much. I'm not even sure why everyone's in a lather about who's going to be President. It's like getting all bothered about who's going to be the next ghost to haunt a faraway castle. Who cares? I don't believe in ghosts anyway. But ghosts are magic, so maybe it does matter who haunts the faraway castle. It also matters that I pay my car insurance. I have to choose my battle. My one battle. I can't care about everything.

Jeff Dorchen commiserates with perhaps the least powerful American of all - Barack Obama, bound by the natural laws of incrementalism and retrograde progress, and missing that magic wand that allowed past presidents to bomb and negotiate their will across history, now limited to sitting in a fogbank and making small tweaks to a machine that may or may not be plugged in.

 


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902lineup

Listen live from 9AM - 1PM Central on WNUR 89.3FM / stream at www.thisishell.com / subscribe to the podcast

 

9:10 - Democracy advocate Kate Shea Baird explores the radical disobedience of Barcelona's BComú movement.

Kate wrote the essay The Disobedient City and the Stateless Nation for ROAR Magazine.

 

10:05 - Investigative journalist Steve Horn reports on the Clinton State Department's global fracking push.

Steve wrote the Intercept article Hillary Clinton’s Energy Initiative Pressed Countries to Embrace Fracking, New Emails Reveal with Lee Fang.

 

10:35 - Lawpagandist Brian Foley explains how the American middle class got priced out of legal representation.

Brian will talk about what happens when legal advice becomes more necessary to everyday life, and more expensive than ever.

 

11:05 - Sociologist Robert Vargas connects gang violence in Chicago to a turf war between local politicians.

Robert is author of the new book Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio from University of Oxford Press.

 

12:05 - Journalist Matthieu Aikins explains how a hospital bombing reveals America's contradictory role in Afghanistan.

Matthieu's latest writing is Doctors With Enemies: Did Afghan Forces Target the M.S.F. Hospital? for New York Times Magazine.

 

12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen agrees: the best laid plans, et cetera!

We're still planning on calling him at 12:45PM Central though.

 

 

Posted by Alexander Jerri

Here is what Chuck is reading to prepare for Saturday's show:

The Disobedient City and the Stateless Nation - Kate Shea Baird [ROAR Magazine]

Hillary Clinton’s Energy Initiative Pressed Countries to Embrace Fracking, New Emails Reveal - Steve Horn [The Intercept]

Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio - Robert Vargas [Oxford University Press]

Doctors With Enemies: Did Afghan Forces Target the M.S.F. Hospital? - Matthieu Aikins [New York Times Magazine]

Episode 901

The Feminine Critique

May 21
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On This Day in Rotten History...

On this day in 1924 – (92 years ago) — Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, two wealthy students at the University of Chicago who had read too much Nietzsche at too young an age, set out to demonstrate their own superiority to the herd of humanity by committing what they thought would be the perfect crime. They kidnapped a teenage boy named Bobby Franks, beat and strangled him to death in the back of a rented car, and drove his body to Hammond, Indiana, where they dumped it in a culvert. Though Leopold and Loeb had spent months carefully planning the murder, they were soon found out and arrested — partly thanks to a lost pair of eyeglasses that police found near the body and traced back to Leopold. The famous Chicago defense lawyer Clarence Darrow persuaded the judge to spare Leopold and Loeb the death penalty. They instead received life sentences, and Loeb was later stabbed to death by a fellow inmate at Stateville Prison. Leopold’s glasses are now at the Chicago History Museum.

On this day in 1936 – (80 years ago) — Tokyo police arrested Sada Abe, a former maid, geisha, and prostitute, for the murder of a married restaurant owner named Kichizo Ichida, with whom she had disappeared for two weeks of sex in various inns and teahouses. Abe told the police that she and Ichida had consensually engaged in kinky practices including partial asphyxiation. In the heat of lovemaking mixed with jealousy, she had strangled him to death, and then cut off his genitals — which she was still carrying in her purse at the time of her arrest. The case made lurid headlines across Japan, and Abe served five years in prison. After her release she became something of a celebrity, and even published a bestselling memoir, but the public fascination finally drove her to take refuge in a cloistered nunnery, where she probably died sometime after 1971.

On this day in 1946 – (70 years ago) — during atomic weapons research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, and in the presence of seven colleagues, a thirty-five-year-old Canadian physicist named Louis Slotin was performing a delicate experiment that involved holding a hemisphere of beryllium very close above a plutonium core in order to tease and measure the beginning of a nuclear reaction without actually allowing it to take place. Slotin was using a screwdriver to prop up the beryllium and keep it from touching the plutonium — but the screwdriver slipped, resulting in a burst of hard radiation in the room. Slotin quickly knocked the beryllium to the floor, but it was too late. After nine days of physical agony, he died of radiation poisoning. His colleagues in the room, who had been standing at various distances from the plutonium core, soon recovered from their acute radiation injury, but some would later die young of leukemia and other illnesses. At Los Alamos, it was the end of such hands-on experiments with fissile materials, which afterwards were conducted only using sealed compartments and remotely controlled robotic machines.

On this day in 1972 – (44 years ago) — in Saint Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican in Rome, a thirty-three-year-old Hungarian-Australian geologist named Laszlo Toth burst into the group of tourists admiring Michelangelo’s famous sculpture, the Pietà, which depicts the Virgin Mary holding the dead body of her son, Jesus. Toth announced to the surprised onlookers that he himself was none other than Jesus Christ, risen from the dead. Then, he pulled out a geologist’s hammer and began smashing at Michelangelo’s masterpiece. He managed to chop off Mary’s arm at the elbow and smash chunks out of her eyes and nose before he was pulled off the statue and subdued. The Italians had Toth committed to a psychiatric ward, and later deported him back to Australia, where he was never arrested for the crime. Art experts would eventually restore the statue, but their job was made more difficult by tourists who had grabbed small broken pieces from the floor and disappeared with them as souvenirs. Today the Pietà can be seen by tourists only from a distance, and through bulletproof glass.

Rotten History is written by Renaldo Migaldi

Posted by Alexander Jerri
901lineup

Listen live from 9AM - 1PM Central on WNUR 89.3FM / stream at www.thisishell.com / subscribe to the podcast

 

9:10 - Historian Elizabeth Hinton traces the origins of mass incarceration back to the Civil Rights Era.

Elizabeth is author of the new book From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America from Harvard University Press.

 

10:05 - Activist Marisa Holmes examines Nuit Debout's model of direct democracy as the movement goes global.

Marisa reported on Nuit Debout from Paris in her Truthout piece The Spirit of Occupy Lives on in France's Emerging Direct Democracy Movement.

 

10:35 - Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier reports on the hostile, rightwing takeover of Brazil's government.

Brian has been predicting and then covering the coup for over a year on This is Hell!

 

11:05 - Cultural critic Andi Zeisler explores the bankrupt feminism that capitalism sells back to women.

Andi is author of We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement from PublicAffairs.

 

12:05 - Writer Amber A'Lee Frost examines the role of children in Hillary Clinton's political theatre.

Amber has a chapter in False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton and wrote the Baffler article My Kind of Misogyny: I Don’t Care If They Call a Warhawk “Cankles.”

 

12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen commiserates with our powerless President.

Save your complaints about this title until after you hear the actual segment please.

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Here is what Chuck is reading to prepare for Saturday's show:

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America - Elizabeth Hinton [Harvard University Press]

The Spirit of Occupy Lives on in France's Emerging Direct Democracy Movement - Marisa Holmes [Truthout]

We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement - Andi Zeisler [PublicAffairs]

False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton - Amber A'Lee Frost [Verso Books]

Episode 900

Color Lines

May 14
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On This Day in Rotten History...

On this day in 1610 – (406 years ago) — King Henry IV of France — credited with promoting religious tolerance, improving infrastructure and public works, and bringing relative peace and prosperity to his country — was assassinated by a Catholic religious fanatic named François Ravaillac. Though Henry had become a popular king, he had also alienated some Catholic zealots by promulgating the Edict of Nantes, which guaranteed religious liberty to Protestants and effectively brought an end to the religious wars that had ravaged France for thirty-six years. Ravaillac, having learned of the route Henry’s open carriage would take through the crowded streets of Paris, was lying in wait when it became caught in a traffic jam. He jumped onto the carriage, fatally stabbed the king in the chest, and was immediately arrested by police. Two weeks later — after several days of interrogation, torture, and a quick trial — he was executed by being drawn and quartered.    

On this day in 1931 – (85 years ago) — in Ådalen, Sweden, five people were shot and killed by military troops called in to reinforce local police during a demonstration by thousands of workers on strike against the local timber and pulp industry. The strike had begun as a nonviolent response to pay cuts at one pulp factory in a nearby town, and had quickly spurred solidarity walkouts at other factories across the area. The rallies and marches were peaceful at first, but when the owner of one company hired sixty scabs to come in and break the strike, rising tensions led to fistfights and rock throwing, and the local police were soon overwhelmed. Mounted army troops arrived, and as the situation grew chaotic, they opened fire. Though the soldiers supposedly aimed at the ground to warn and scatter the demonstrators, their bullets hit ten people, five of whom died. Investigators later concluded that none of the demonstrators had been armed. Unfortunately, no one on the scene had yet learned that, earlier the same day, a local government council had already voted to prohibit the strikebreakers from working. In the criminal trials that followed, all but one of the military officers were acquitted, while several strikers received prison sentences. The incident ignited a fierce political debate in Sweden, and led to the formation of a national police force in that country.

Rotten History is written by Renaldo Migaldi

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900lineup

Listen live from 9AM - 1PM Central on WNUR 89.3FM / stream at www.thisishell.com / subscribe to the podcast

 

9:10 - Historian Ansley Erickson explains how racial inequality has survived decades of school desegregation.

Ansley is author of the new book Making the Unequal Metropolis: School Desegregation and Its Limits from University of Chicago Press.

 

10:05 - Historian Andrew Bacevich reframes an American century of perpetual warfare across the globe.

Andrew wrote the Harper's article American Imperium: Untangling truth and fiction in an age of perpetual war and the book America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History from Penguin Random House.

 

11:05 - Historian Donna Murch recalls how the Clintons built their political power over the top of Black lives.

Donna contributed to the Verso Books collection False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton, extracted as the piece The Clintons’ War on Drugs: When Black Lives Didn’t Matter for The New Republic.

 

11:35 - The Radical Pessimist, Kevan Harris examines the factors behind Iran's involvement in the Syrian civil war.

Kevan's forthcoming, first book A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran has a release date now. Pumped for this!

 

12:05 - Investigative journalist Michael Hudson finds American criminals well represented in the Panama Papers.

Mike Hudson's latest writing on the story is Panama Papers Include Dozens of Americans Tied to Fraud and Financial Misconduct for ICIJ.

 

12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen pits himself against the pendulum.

At least he escaped the flood of rats!

Posted by Alexander Jerri

Here is what Chuck is reading to prepare for Saturday's show:

Making the Unequal Metropolis: School Desegregation and Its Limits - Ansley Erickson [University of Chicago Press]

American Imperium: Untangling truth and fiction in an age of perpetual war - Andrew Bacevich [Harper's]

False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton - Donna Murch [Verso Books]

Panama Papers Include Dozens of Americans Tied to Fraud and Financial Misconduct - Mike Hudon [ICIJ]