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One of the big lessons we've learned in this negotiating process, and in general with the election of a progressive government in a globalized world, is that financial markets, and financial speculation, have this tremendous amount of invisible power in the ability of governments to change course.

Live from Mexico City, Laura Carlsen reports on the politics behind NAFTA's renegotiation - from the deep impact of international financial speculation on the sovereignty of participating states, to the 'mixed bag' of the new trade agreement - locking in the neoliberal model of privatization with a few surprising positives for workers, and plenty more, less surprising negatives for everyone.

Laura  wrote the commentary Trump and Mexico's Next President Are on Honeymoon. But It Won't Last for Fortune.

 


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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 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 2016
Posted by Alexander Jerri

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... read more

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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 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!

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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]

Episode 899

Liberatti

May 7 2016
Posted by Alexander Jerri

On This Day in Rotten History...

On this day in 1840 – (176 years ago) — the populated areas in and around Natchez, Mississippi, were struck by the second deadliest tornado in US history, a huge funnel cloud that formed southwest of Natchez and moved north along the Mississippi River. The twister flattened homes and businesses along the riverbanks, and destroyed hundreds of steamboats and flatboats. It was so powerful that a chunk of one riverboat was later found to have been blown thirty miles from the river. The tornado also devastated plantations for hundreds of miles in Mississippi and Louisiana. It ripped big trees out of the ground by their roots, and destroyed countless acres of crops. After the storm, the official death toll was given as 317. But the real number of people who died in the calamity was probably much higher, since it happened in a time and place when official death tolls issued by local governments normally did not count slaves.   

On this day in 1915 – (101 years ago) — as World War I raged in Europe, the British civilian luxury liner RMS Lusitania was sailing from New York to Liverpool with almost two thousand passengers and crew. New York newspapers had published German warnings about the state of war in the North Atlantic, but many of the Lusitania’s passengers had taken the risk lightly, and its captain had assured them that the ship was fast enough to evade any attacks. But, some twelve
miles off the coast of Ireland, the ship was hit by a torpedo from a German submarine. The torpedo was quickly followed by a second explosion that ripped open the Lusitania’s starboard side. The great ship sank beneath the waves in just eighteen minutes. It had forty-eight lifeboats, but in all the chaos and panic, the crew managed to lower only six of the boats successfully. Other lifeboats were ripped to pieces as they banged and scraped against the sides of the ship. Still others capsized as they hit the water, throwing their screaming occupants into the sea. Almost 1,200 people died, with 761 survivors. Most of the dead were either British or Canadian, while 114 were Americans. The German attack caused outrage not only internationally, but also among Germany’s own political left. And it was the first in a chain of events that led to the United States entry into World War I.

Rotten History is written by Renaldo Migaldi

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9:10 - Historian Steve Fraser explains how the limousine liberal came to drive American political discourse.

Steve is author of the new book The Limousine Liberal: How an Incendiary Image United the Right and Fractured America from Basic Books.

 

10:00 - Attorney Flint Taylor searches for evidence of Chicago police reform post-Homan Square.

Flint's latest writing is Homan Square is Chicago's new 'House of Screams for The Guardian.

 

10:35 - Writer Sarah Jaffe explores the unfinished work of Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising.

Sarah wrote the recent articles Getting Your Irish Up and Unexecuted Ideas of an Irish Republic for The Baffler.

 

11:05 - Author Rebecca Gordon makes the case for the prosecution of officials for post-9/11 war crimes.

Rebecca is author of American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes from Hot Books.

 

12:05 - Syrian journalist Rami Jarrah reports on the Syrian resistance movement and battle for Aleppo.

Rami has been in and out of Syria (and a Turkish jail) reporting on the Syrian civil war.

 

12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen puts the self-appointed lords of the future over his knee.

So much for the chill vibes of last week's segment.

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

The Limousine Liberal: How an Incendiary Image United the Right and Fractured America - Steve Fraser [Basic Books]

Getting Your Irish Up / Unexecuted Ideas of an Irish Republic - Sarah Jaffe [The Baffler]

American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes - Rebecca Gordon [Skyhorse Publishing]