Manufacturing Dissent since 1996
The Lost Interviews pt. 3 / Max Haiven
NOW IT CAN BE TOLD: we spin the never-before-aired-on-WNUR-because-it-was-the-start-of-covid interview from 3/25/20 with Max Haiven who had, at that time, just written the ROAR Magazine article, “No return to normal: for a post-pandemic liberation: Today, new forms of solidarity, mutual aid, and common struggle are emerging in the pandemic. How will they shape tomorrow’s struggles for a post-capitalist world?”
Also, from behind the paywall we retrieve Chuck's poignant recollection of his long-lived romantic partnership that requires no state sanction.
And the Question From Hell contest careens towards its dazzling fulfillment.
The Lost Interviews Pt. 2 / Eileen Applebaum
We revisit the strange times of the early 2020 Covid-19 pandemic social breakdown with interviews that never before graced the radiowaves of 89.3 WNUR, Northwestern University community radio across Evanston and North Chicago. At the time, we were locked down and out of the broadcasting studio. This interview was originally recorded on March 31st, 2020 with economist Eileen Applebaum about her article, "The U.S. Response to COVID-19: What’s in Federal Legislation and What’s Not, but Still Needed" written with Shawn Fremstad for CEPR. We consider it with 2023 hindsight and review the present week's Question from Hell!
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The Lost Interviews Pt. 1 / Vijay Koinjivadi
We play the first of three "lost" interview from the early days of the Pandemic that was never played on the radio. We also present this week's Question from Hell! as well as the Hangover Cure. And then producer Seb has a best-off repeat of a Past inside the Present from last summer, the last he will read live in studio before leaving for greener pastures.
Big Pharma Rigs the Game and Gouges Away / Julia Rock
Reporter, public records requester, researcher Julia Rock joins us to discuss her article at The Lever, "How Big Pharma Actually Spends Its Massive Profits: New research shows that pharmaceutical companies have spent more on enriching shareholders than drug research and development over the past decade."
Limbo: War Crime and Punishment / Rebecca Gordon 2016
Our host Chuck Mertz postpones his scheduled interview with philosopher Rebecca Gordon due to stomach flu. Lindsey Gorry fills in at the studio by playing back Gordon's interview with This is Hell! in 2016 about the case for prosecuting the Bush administration for post 9/11 war crimes. Also featuring an extra sticky week in Rotten History and new responses to the Question from Hell.
Rebecca Gordon teaches at the University of San Francisco. She is the author of Mainstreaming Torture, American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes and is now at work on a new book on the history of torture in the United States. Prior to teaching at USF, Rebecca spent many years as an activist in a variety of movements, including for women's and LGBTQ+ liberation, the Central America and South Africa solidarity movements and for racial justice in the United States.
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Brazil's fight against Fascism / Brian Mier
Chuck welcomes friend of the show Brian Mier to talk about Brazil's January 6 knockoff event and the differences in how Brazil fights fascism to how the US refuses to. We have this week's Question from Hell!, your weekly Hangover Cure, and producer Sebastian brings a new Past inside the Present segment. In honor of Martin Luther King Day Sebastian talks about slavery in America.
Explains capitalism’s drawbacks.
This show brings on various economists, journalists, scientists and other professionals. Regardless of the issue, this show sheds light on how rampant/unregulated neoliberal capitalism can be tied to many of the disparities experienced by anyone who isn’t benefiting from intergenerational wealth or benefiting off the backs of exploited workers. Whether you lean right or left, this podcast will give a much needed perspective.
I like the humor
Even the situations are sad and serious. I don’t know what it is, maybe his delivery, but Brian Mier the Brazilian reporter just cracks me up on the way he describes the President of Brazil.
Really Great Interviews
The show brings on a wide variety of guests and Chuck is a great interviewer in that he doesn’t make it about himself at all. He lets his guests speak at length and actually responds to the direction the conversation is going rather than work off a script. Rare these days!