This Is Hell (radio program)

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This is Hell!
Genre News, interview
Running time 240 min
Country of origin USA
Language(s) English
Home station WNUR-FM
Hosted by Chuck Mertz
Original release 1996 – present
Podcast podcast feed

This is Hell! is a weekly Saturday morning four hour radio show hosted by Chuck Mertz on WNUR-FM in Evanston, Illinois. It has been broadcasting regularly since 1998. In addition to the live broadcast the show provides a podcast with archives going back to 2001.


Each show consists of four or five long interviews with academics, authors, or activists. Each interview ends with the question from hell; "a question we hate to ask, you may hate to answer, or our audience may hate the response".

Other features include pieces by a range of irregular correspondents from around the world, the most frequent being playwright and screenwriter Jeff Dorchen, whose Moment of Truth[1] closes the show, and less frequently Kevan Harris The Radical Pessimist, and Elvis deMorrow from the Konspiracy Korner. URL Labs' regularly delivers a Website of the Week. The guests and irregular correspondents are interspersed with local, national and international information and news stories, as well as informed commentary on a range of subjects.

The show also typically includes a segment about hangover cures, both dubious and credible, and an ad for National Beer which culminates in the host deciphering a rebus puzzle.


Notable guests have included Dan Ellsberg, Sami Al-Arian, Scott Ritter, Noam Chomsky, Greg Palast, Juan Cole, Naomi Klein, Christopher Hitchens, Ray McGovern, Alexander Cockburn, Thomas Frank, Dean Baker, Glenn Greenwald, Bill McKibben, Stephen Walt, Rami Khouri, James Galbraith, Barbara Ehrenreich, Immanuel Wallerstein, Dahr Jamail, Paul Craig Roberts, Andrew Bacevich, Chris Hedges, John Mearsheimer, Deepak Tripathi and Seymour Hersh, many of whom have been on the show multiple times.


  1. ^ Dorchen, Jeff. "Moments of Truth". Jeff Dorchen's acerbic essays and enchanting almanac. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 

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