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Looking back historically, moments of social upheaval, especially when the moment is one of throwing off a persecuting power, seem to be taken by both the populace and the higher-ups as an opportunity for violence and destruction. But then again, it's kind of a chicken-or-the-egg thing – the violence already in the system, but unacknowledged by its nutritional content label, is as likely to be a contributing cause to the upheaval's violence as the nature of an upheaval itself.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen pours himself a big bowl of cereal and reads all about different types of milk, the half a century of anti-colonial resistance in Vietnam, the violence within social upheaval, the complications of Rich White Christian Men, and the promise of universal rights for everybody else at the table.

Read the transcript here

 


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This is Hell! is celebrating 20 years of journalistic excellence by getting drunk at a bar after the show. Join us.

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

 

9:10 - Cultural critic Henry Giroux examines the endstage politics of Donald Trump.

Henry is author of the essay Anti-Politics and the Plague of Disorientation: Welcome to the Age of Trump for Truthout.

 

10:05 - Economist Dean Baker rethinks the financial sector in post-Brexit Europe.

Dean wrote the article Right-Sizing the Financial Sector in Post-Brexit Europe for Truthout.

 

10:35 - Peace activist Kathy Kelly connects America's violence abroad to the police war at home.

Kathy wrote the Consortiumnews article Of Lethal Drones and Police Shootings.

11:05 - Black Agenda Report's Glen Ford explores the state of Black resistance after Dallas.

Glen posted the article Rulers Shocked by Dallas Attack: Black Folks Keep on Stepping at Black Agenda Report.

 

11:35 - Civil rights attorney Flint Taylor surveys the municipal mechanisms of police impunity.

Flint is representing the family of Derek Williams, who died in the backseat of a Milwaukee police squad car in 2011.

 

12:05 - Historian Nicole Longpré traces six decades of far-right, anti-immigrant British politics.

Nicole wrote the article How the British Far Right Went Mainstream for Dissent.

 

12:40 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen finds a free lunch, and you'll never guess where!

Jeff will be in studio, hopefully not eating that lunch, for the whole show.

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

Anti-Politics and the Plague of Disorientation: Welcome to the Age of Trump - Henry Giroux [truthout]

Right-Sizing the Financial Sector in Post-Brexit Europe  - Dean Baker [truthout]

Of Lethal Drones and Police Shootings - Kathy Kelly [Consortium News]

Sanders Supporters Need to Split or Get Off the Pot - Glen Ford [Black Agenda Report]

How the British Far Right Went Mainstream - Nicole Longpré [Dissent Magazine]

Episode 908

Labour Rattling

Jul 9 2016
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Listen live from 9AM - 1PM Central on WNUR 89.3FM / stream at www.thisishell.com / subscribe to the podcast

 

9:10 - Writer Richard Seymour explains how Jeremy Corbyn reclaimed the Labour Party for the left.

Richard is author of Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics from Verso Books.

 

10:05 - Writer Sarah Kendzior points out the media's blindspot when covering young people.

Sarah wrote the article The myth of millennial entitlement was created to hide their parents’ mistakes for Quartz.

 

10:35 - Journalist Marcy Wheeler finds power and secrecy at play in Hillary's email scandal.

Marcy's most recent writing on the Clinton email hearings is Jim Comey, Poker Face, and the Scope of the Clinton Investigation(s) at her blog emptywheel.

 

11:05 - Writer Mark Danner explains how America lost its identity in the pursuit of endless war.

Mark is author of Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War from Simon & Schuster.

 

12:05 - Jordan Camp and Christina Heatherton explore the violent new dimension of policing in America.

Jordan and Christina edited the collection Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter from Verso Books.

 

12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen taps the bottomless keg of situational paradox.

Oh hey speaking of kegs, Jeff will be in town for TIH!'s 20th anniversary party - see him IRL.

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

Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics - Richard Seymour [Verso Books]

The myth of millennial entitlement was created to hide their parents’ mistakes - Sarah Kendzior [Quartz]

Some Legislative Responses to Clinton’s Email Scandal - Marcy Wheeler [empywheel]

Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War - Mark Danner [Simon & Schuster]

Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter - Collected Authors [Verso Books]

 

Episode 907

Gulf Course

Jul 2 2016
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On This Day in Rotten History...

On this day in 626 – (1,390 years ago) — in the midst of a complicated palace intrigue, Prince Li Shimin, second son of the Chinese Emperor Gaozu, set up an ambush to kill both his brothers in what became known to historians as the Xuanwu Gate Incident. Li Shimin’s father was a warlord who had spent his younger years subjugating various nomadic and agricultural peoples and bringing them together as founder of the Tang dynasty. By killing his brothers in cold blood, his son not only established himself as sole heir to the dynasty, but also terrified his now elderly father into abdicating and passing the empire over to him. In this way, Li Shimin became Emperor Taizong, regarded today as one of the greatest and most powerful emperors in Chinese history.

On this day in 1822 – (194 years ago) – in Charleston, South Carolina, Denmark Vesey was executed by hanging, along with thirty-five slaves, after being accused and convicted of the crime of organizing a slave rebellion. Vesey, also known as Telemaque, was himself a former slave who had won a city lottery and purchased his own freedom some two decades earlier. As a slave he had secretly learned to read and write, and he was fluent in French and Spanish as well as English. After buying his way out of slavery, he had built a successful carpentry business and co-founded a local African Methodist church, which had grown to become the second largest of that denomination in the United States. But after he was executed, the church was demolished and its minister was chased out of town.

On this day in 1962 – (54 years ago) – in Rogers, Arkansas, the first Wal-Mart store opened for business. Owned and operated by a former employee of J. C. Penney’s named Sam Walton, it was an unassuming five-and- dime that showed no sign of growing into a retail juggernaut that would one day spread across five continents, forcing small-town independents out of business and subjecting employees to its draconian labor practices.

Rotten History is written by Renaldo Migaldi

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America's longformest, politicalist interview show is turning 20 years old this month, and we're celebrating two decades of respectable journalism by getting trashed at a bar.

Join us at Cary's Lounge on Saturday, July 16th, 3PM - whenever Chuck passes out.

Here is the Facebook event.

You don't need to RSVP or anything, just show up.

 

There will be:

  • Beer specials from Lagunitas Brewing!
  • Raffles for actually cool, exciting crap!
  • Food you don't have to pay for!
  • Bands playing music, probably loud!
  • Correspondents from around the world!
  • Past guests dropping by!
  • One wasted radio host!

 

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

 

9:10 - Historian Ibram X. Kendi traces racist thought in America back to the birth of the nation.

Ibram is author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America from PublicAffairs.

 

10:05 - Live from Mexico City, Laura Carlsen reports on a teacher's strike that left nine dead in Oaxaca.

Laura spoke to the Real News Network for their segment Nine Killed in Police Crackdown on Oaxaca Teacher's Strike.

 

10:35 - Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier surveys land rights rollbacks in post-coup, pre-Olymics Brazil.

Brian has been covering the Brazilian coup a year before it even happened.

 

11:05 - Historian Andrew Bacevich explores four decades of American intervention, and failure, in the Middle East.

Andrew is author of America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History from Penguin Random House.

 

12:05 - Historian Judith Stein explains how liberals turned their backs on New Deal politics.

Judith was interview by Connor Kilpatrick for the Jacobin piece Why Did White Workers Leave the Democratic Party?

 

12:40 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen criticizes smugness, or is smug, or both.

 

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Here's what Chuck is reading (and watching) to prepare for Saturday's show:

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America - Ibram X. Kendi [PublicAffairs]

Nine Killed in Police Crackdown on Oaxaca Teacher's Strike - Real News Network

America’s War for the Greater Middle East A Military History - Andrew Bacevich [Penguin Random House]

Why Did White Workers Leave the Democratic Party? - Judith Stein [Jacobin]