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I wouldn't call it a protest. It's against a lot of things - it's against really too many things - but it's an affirmation of people coming together. And not just in Paris. It's unclear how many towns and cities and villages across France have people coming together in the plazas to talk to one another, to work in separate groups, to not just envision a future, but to work together concretely on what it could look like.

Writer Marina Sitrin profiles Nuit Debout, a French social movement that began as a reaction to police violence and the rollback of labor protections, but has blossomed outward, to a series of expansive, nightly workshops in face-to-face democracy, and places the movement in the larger context of political demonstrations this century, from 15-M to Occupy Wall Street.

Marina wrote the ROAR Magazine essay ‘Soon we will be millions’: from Paris with love and lessons.

 


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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 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]

Episode 898

Mob Connections

Apr 30
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On This Day in Rotten History...

On this day in 1881 – (135 years ago) — the area in and around Moradabad, in northern India, experienced a terrifying storm that battered houses and farms with highly destructive winds and pelted the countryside with hailstones reportedly the size of oranges. Since no severe weather warning systems existed at the time, many farmers were working in their fields when the storm struck, and were instantly killed by the huge hailstones. Once the storm died down, the hail was piled two feet high on the ground in some places. Two hundred forty-six people were killed, along with thousands of farm animals.  

On this day in 1900 – (116 years ago) — Casey Jones, an engineer for the Illinois Central Railroad, was killed when his passenger train, the Cannonball Express, plowed into the rear end of a stalled freight train near Vaughan, Mississippi. It was a foggy night and Jones had been running his train at top speed, trying to make up for lost time, when he rounded a curve and saw the stalled freight ahead of him on the main line. Shouting to his fireman to jump from the train, Jones blew his whistle, reversed the throttle, and slammed on his air brake. It was just enough to slow the Cannonball Express from seventy-five to thirty-five miles an hour before it slammed into the freight train’s caboose. Both trains were heavily damaged, the fireman who jumped from the train was knocked unconscious, and a few other people were slightly injured. But most passengers on the Cannonball Express felt only a sudden bump that awoke them in their sleeping cars. The only person killed in the accident was Casey Jones himself. Folk singers would go on to celebrate him as a hero for having given his life to save his passengers. The IWW activist Joe Hill, however, would write and sing a very different tune that denounced Jones as a scab for having refused to join a strike against the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Rotten History is written by Renaldo Migaldi

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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 - Journalist Seymour Hersh investigates the truth and lies around Osama bin Laden's death.

Seymour is author of the new book The Killing of Osama Bin Laden from Verso.

 

10:00 - Writer Simone Weichselbaum explains what stalled the Chicago model of police reform.

Simone wrote the Marshall Project feature The ‘Chicago Model’ of Policing Hasn’t Saved Chicago

 

10:35 - Policy analyst Laura Carlsen follows a call to end the drug war across Latin America.

Laura covered the protest in her piece The Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice Demands End to Drug War in New York City.

 

11:05 - Occupy Wall Street co-founder Micah White looks beyond protest, to the future of activism.

Micah is author of The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution from Penguin Random House.

 

12:05 - Writer Marina Sitrin explores the new democracy blooming on the streets of Paris.

Marina wrote the ROAR Magazine essay ‘Soon we will be millions’: from Paris with love and lessons.

 

12:45 - Jeff Dorchen grasps at the meaning of life, and comes up empty-handed. Again.

One of these 8 minute monologues, he's gonna get it though. Just not this one.

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

The Killing of Osama Bin Laden - Seymour Hersh [Verso]

The ‘Chicago Model’ of Policing Hasn’t Saved Chicago - Simone Weichselbaum [The Marshall Project]

The Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice Demands End to Drug War in New York City - Laura Carlsen [CIP Americas]

The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution - Micah White [Penguin Random House]

‘Soon we will be millions’: from Paris with love and lessons - Marina Sitrin [ROAR Magazine]

Episode 897

Lender's Game

Apr 23
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On This Day in Rotten History...

On this day in the year 599 – (1417 years ago) — in what is now Chiapas, Mexico, near the Guatemalan border, Uneh Chan, also known as “Scroll Serpent” — the king of Calakmul, one of the largest and most powerful city-states of ancient Mayan civilization — led his troops across the Usumacinta River to attack the rival city-state of Palenque, which at the time was ruled by queen Yohl Ik’nal, the first female ruler recorded in Mayan history. In the ensuing battle, Palenque suffered a massive and probably bloody defeat. Though the city-state retained its political identity and its queen survived for five more years, historians believe that for at least the next decade Palenque was a client state of Calakmul, which in turn was locked in a long-term power struggle with the rival city-state of Tikal, in what is now Guatemala. Calakmul and Tikal are often described as the two major superpowers of the classic Mayan era, and historians liken their political maneuvering to a modern cold war. 

On this day in 1940 – (76 years ago) — Walter Barnes and his Royal Creolians, a highly regarded swing orchestra from Chicago, were in the middle of their set at the Rhythm Club dance hall in Natchez, Mississippi, when a fire started near the building entrance. The flames moved through the club quickly because the rafters were heavily festooned with Spanish moss that had been sprayed with a petroleum-based insecticide to prevent bugs. A few people managed to escape through the building’s front entrance, but the other doors and windows were boarded shut, trapping most of the patrons inside. As flames spread and smoke grew thick,  Walter Barnes directed his band to keep playing, in an attempt to calm the increasingly hysterical crowd. In the end, 209 people were killed and many more were seriously burned. Among the dead were Barnes and most of his band. The town’s morticians were so overwhelmed that they had to bury the dead in mass graves. The Rhythm Club fire was later the subject of songs by Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker. 

On this day in 1967 – (49 years ago) — Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov was launched into orbit aboard Soyuz 1, a brand-new spacecraft that — as he and his colleagues knew very well — was not ready for spaceflight. Members of the Soviet Politburo, anxious to score political propaganda points in the ongoing space race with the Americans, had insisted that the launch go forward despite the warnings of their space engineers that the Soyuz was still full of serious unresolved problems. Though Komarov knew his spaceship was a potential death trap, he refused to back out — knowing that if he did, his close friend Yuri Gagarin would be sent in his place as backup pilot. Soon after Komarov reached orbit, the Soyuz lost power and became almost impossible to control, though Komarov struggled with it for hours. As the situation grew  desperate, Soviet Premier Alexei Kosgygin was brought onto the radio link to tearfully tell Komarov that he was a great Soviet hero, only to be cursed out by the angry cosmonaut for sending him on a pointless suicide mission. Komarov was then allowed a few minutes to talk to his wife, after which he was ordered to attempt re-entry. He raged and swore as the Soyuz went into a uncontrolled spin that caused his parachutes to tangle and become useless. A few minutes later, the spacecraft slammed into the ground near the Russian Ural Mountains and exploded. Komarov was killed instantly.

Rotten History is written by Renaldo Migaldi

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Listen live from 9AM - 1PM Central on WNUR 89.3FM or stream at www.thisishell.com

 

9:10 - Social justice scholar Monique Morris examines the injustices pushing Black girls out of school.

Monique is author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools from The New Press.

 

10:00 - Our Man in San Juan, Dave Buchen reports on the debt crisis pulling Puerto Rico underwater.

Dave previously reported on the story for This is Hell! back in June 2015.

 

10:35 - Live from São Paulo, Brian Mier exposes the forces behind the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff.

Brian recommends reading the Intercept article After Vote to Remove Brazil’s President, Key Opposition Figure Holds Meetings in Washington.

 

11:05 - Political scientist Kathy Cramer explores the ways resentment is driving American politics.

Kathy wrote the new book The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker.

 

12:05 - Economist Yanis Varoufakis challenges the bankrupt ideology of Europe's debt/austerity regime.

Yanis is author of And the Weak Suffer What They Must? Europe's Crisis and America's Economic Future from PublicAffairs.

 

12:45 - In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen disgorges a political philosophy like a mother pelican.

I guess you the radio listener play the role of the pelican chick in this scenario, eating regurgitated fish.

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

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools - Monique W. Morris [The New Press]

After Vote to Remove Brazil’s President, Key Opposition Figure Holds Meetings in Washington - [The Intercept]

The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker - Kathy Cramer [University of Chicago Press]

And the Weak Suffer What They Must? Europe's Crisis and America's Economic Future - Yanis Varoufakis [PublicAffairs Books]