Friday, October 30, 2009

"This is Hell!" - WNUR Radio Chicago - Hangover Talk Radio

Tomorrow morning, Halloween Saturday, October 31st, This is
Hell! airs a new, live full-length, four-hour broadcast beginning at
9 AM (US central) on WNUR 89.3 FM Chicago, streaming live
around the world at, and podcast shortly
after at

Past This is Hell! guest Mickle Maher's play, "An Apology for the Course
and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor John Faustus on This
His Final Evening," has been extended. They've also added Sunday matinee

See Faustus on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 PM, or Sunday at 3 PM, in
the Chopin Theater, 1543 West Division.

For more information, visit

This weekend on the show, Elizabeth Gould will describe a 'history of
failed press coverage on Afghanistan'; Reverend William Alberts talks
'God's Favorite Team (and Nation and Religion)'; Dilip Hiro explains
'Why Obama's Iran Policy will Fail'; and Stephen Burd dissects the
'Subprime Student Loan Racket'.

We'll also have a report on health care from London with David
Skalinder; we'll hear from 'Our Man in San Juan' Dave Buchen; Drew
Colglazier debuts his new sports segment; and Jeff Dorchen delivers a
Moment of Truth.

If you have any questions for our guests, suggestions for future
guests or fundraisers, comments on our show, issues or stories
you would like to hear discussed, or events that you would like us
to list at our web site, and possibly mention on the air, send them to

You can email us at anytime but, if you'd like, you can also contact us
during our live broadcast Saturday mornings by calling 847-866-9687 or
instant messaging us via AOL at wnurdj.

Brave enough to be live, dumb enough to be goofy, stupid enough to
think that we can be a regular part of your Saturday morning hangover
- This is Hell!

This is Hell!
WNUR 89.3 FM Chicago
studio phone: 847-866-9687
(during broadcast)

Live Saturday mornings,
9 AM (central)/10 AM (eastern) -
1 PM (central)/2 PM (eastern)

web site:

"Really enjoyed it. Particularly
glad to hear that there is a voice
of sanity on talk radio. I don't hear
talk radio much, but when I do,
it's pretty appalling."
- Noam Chomsky

"I have always welcomed the
opportunity to be interviewed by
Chuck Mertz on his radio program.
He is unabashedly partisan on
matters of peace and justice, and
gives his interviewees the opportunity
to express themselves as boldly as
they like. He upholds the best
standards of independent media --
honesty, courage, refusal to play
"the game". I hope he will continue
to get the support he needs."
- Howard Zinn

"I really enjoyed this program.
The questions and comments were
exceptionally provocative and
stimulating, which made for an
unusually interesting interview."
- Dan Ellsberg

"Chuck Mertz is one of the very best
radio interviewers around. Among
other things, he does his homework."
- Vincent Bugliosi

"Chuck's a very smart interviewer."
- Tom Hayden

"Mertz's hate is pure, and funny."
- Alexander Cockburn

"Chuck should be syndicated. He
has the greatest guests. I do endless
interviews on C-SPAN, and it's so much
fun on Chuck's show. It's like a vacation.
But he also does heavy stuff, so I feel like
I'm getting more information than with the
other outlets."
- investigative journalist Greg Palast

"This is Hell is genius. The questions Chuck
'hates to ask' are the questions everyone
should be asking. But they aren't, its just
Chuck. Thank you for doing what you do,
in the insightful and courageous way
that you do it in."
- Fatima Bhutto, the late Benazir's niece

"Chuck Mertz's program supplies important
information to the public. Mertz cares about the
truth and is an alternative to the propaganda
ministries that masquerade as news
- Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the
Treasury during the Reagan administration

"I do a good bit of radio. Often it is a challenge
just to discern if the interviewer is up to speed on
what's important and what is worth exploring. No
such wasted time with Chuck Mertz. Don't know
how he keeps up, but he does. And his occasional
light touch is a big help in navigating so much of
what Dick Cheney calls the 'dark side.'"
- Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst

"Chuck's show is a great resource for those not
determined to remain ignorant all their lives."
- economist Dean Baker

"Rarely do programs inspire people to think and
critically analyze, which is so sorely needed in
today's society. However, Chuck Mertz of WNUR's
This is Hell radio show represent a serious breath
of much-needed fresh air of critical thinking and
analysis. The only thing that could be better than
Chuck's program is more of it."
- Larry Pinkney, veteran of the Black Panther Party

"WNUR is freedom of the press personified.
If Tom Paine has a radio in heaven, he listens
to "This is Hell"!
- John Perkins, author of "Confessions Of An
Economic Hitman"

"Great show. Great host."
- retired US Army Colonel Andrew Bacevich, author
of "New American Militarims and "The Limits of

"Hell yeah. Chuck does good radio."
- Christian Parenti, author of "The Freedom:
Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq"
and "Lockdown."

"Chuck is one of the more knowledgeable hosts I
know about the occupation of Iraq. Being a guest
on his show is always amusing and entertaining,
but most importantly, he always gets information
to people that they cannot get in the corporate
- Dahr Jamail, author of "Beyond The Green Zone:
Dispatches From An Unembedded Journalist In
Occupied Iraq."

"Chuck is one of the best prepared hosts I've ever
encountered and he asks extremely perceptive
questions -- not just one or two, but almost every
single question. And I must say that having 30 to
40 minutes for an interview really makes a big
difference. The guests can answer questions with
some nuance. I'm extremely impressed."
- Mohamad Bazzi,
Middle East Bureau Chief for Newsday

"This is Hell is the perfect radio environment for
those who want to make sense of the world. The
show is chock-a-block with intelligence, sincere
commitment and humor, a rare combination in a
dumbed-down media universe."
- Glen Ford,

"I applaud Chuck's professionalism, his incisive wit,
his keen sense of the moment. He is one of the
most important social commentators on the
American scene. I only wish I could remember
appearing on his program."
- Matt Taibbi, RollingStone

"I do a lot of talk-radio, and This is Hell is my
favorite gig. Usually, you either get dry depth, or
shallow fun. But Chuck's not only the best prepared
interviewer I've come across, he also manages to
have a good time while exploring complex issues
with the seriousness they deserve. I've always done
the show by phone, but never thought for a moment
that I could just 'phone it in.' You have to be on your
toes -- the Question from Hell is always aptly named."
-Joshua Holland, AlterNet

"... the marvellous Chicago-based radio show
This Is Hell with its intelligent political discussions
and perky factoids ..."
- The Sunday Times of London

"Irreverent, spontaneous"
- Chicago Reader

- Chicago Sun-Times

"Well-informed and wisecracking"
- Punk Planet

"Brilliant and witty"
- Jorn Barger,

"(Chuck has) tongue like bull: strong and
hard to control."
- Chuck's dental hygienist

"You have to have the Northwestern quote
on there at the end...a little paranoid...I
always look for it, it's so damn funny..."
- Richard from the Onion

"A little paranoid"
- Daily Northwestern

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