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445: Pocket Utopias

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C-Realm_445_coverAuthor and conference organizer, J. P. Harpignies, recently interviewed utopian SF author, Kim Stanley Robinson, on stage at a Bioneers gathering. KMO took a recorder over to JP’s place to continue the conversation. They look at the value of utopian thought and ambition as well as the dangers. KMO and JP agree that the idea that Earth is just the cradle of humanity and that we are meant to leave it to establish an interstellar civilization is a dangerous conceit. KMO ends with a reading from JP’s new book, Animal Encounters.

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Scott Chaskey

Scott Chaskey

KMO reflects back on the themes he encountered in the Voices of Hope in a Time Crisis conference with specific reference to presentations  by Elizabeth Yeampierre, Scott Chaskey, and Catherine Ingram. Also, KMO describes the experience of following the blogs and online videos of people who tried to bring some hope and renewal to Detroit’s devastated neighborhoods and experienced setbacks and heartache.

444: Just Winging It

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The Tanzanian Life Project

The Tanzanian Life Project

KMO talks with hacktivist and organic chat client Willow Bl00. Willow has just returned from working on a variety of projects in Tanzania, Kenya and Peru where she focused on issues ranging from the use of technology to ameliorate the suffering caused by heat waves and providing for the needs of climate and conflict refugees to keeping the emerging practice of participatory mapping from degenerating into yet another means of extracting wealth from poor nations. The episode ends with a description of The History Manifesto, a project co-authored by Willow’s roommate, Jo Guldi.

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KMO and Duncan on the streets of Troy, NY.

KMO and Duncan on the streets of Troy, NY.

Ready for more vioces from Troy, New York? Let’s hope so, because this episode of the C-Realm Vault Podcast continues the conversation between Duncan Crary, KMO, Olga and an assortment of colorful characters they encountered on the streets of Troy, New York. KMO and Duncan return to the question of whether it’s possible to be a successful business owner without acting like a dick. They assume that it is but wonder when greed, dishonesty and abusive behavior became the accepted norm in the business community.

443: Troy! It’s the New Brooklyn

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C-Realm_443_coverOn the way back from a visit to Southern Vermont, KMO and Olga stopped in Troy, NY, a small city that has seen good times and bad. They met fellow podcaster, Duncan Crary, at the Lucas Confectionary to talk about why Duncan believes that Troy is staging a real deal comeback. Vic Christopher, co-owner of a suite of businesses housed in a cluster of historic buildings he rescued from demolition, describes what drives him to help re-create Troy’s vibrant downtown scene. Later, Duncan leads KMO and Olga on a walking tour of the streets. Duncan also details the controversy over the original authorship of the poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” which was first published anonymously in The Troy Sentinel and begins with the famous line, “‘Twas the night before Christmas…” You can watch the Trial live here.

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The Turk

The Turk

KMO attended the 2014 Digital Labor conference at the New School in Manhattan. He shared some of the better material he collected there on the publicly-accessible C-Realm Podcast, but he also had some frustrations at the opacity of many of the presentations and their, at best, tenuous relationship to the supposed theme of the conference. In this episode of the Vault, Henry Warwick speaks up for the usefulness of academic discourse and the aid it provides to activists. Later, David J. Blacker checks in to commiserate with KMO about the accrued prejudices of the contemporary academic left.

442: When We Get There

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C-Realm_442_coverKMO attended the 2014 Digital Labor conference at the New School in NYC where Prof. Henry Warwick delivered a presentation called The Enclosure of the Internet. The next day, KMO sat down to talk with Henry about the themes of his presentation, and in the process they cover a variety of topics including Henry’s rejection of the idea that the Internet can be re-formed along communist, socialist or otherwise emancipatory lines. He also takes aim at techno-utopian leftists who seem oblivious to how current capitalist elites are preparing to reproduce the unjust social relationships of the present in a post-industrial future. This episode also features a short interview with Orpheus Reed of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA about getting the timing right on the coming revolution recorded at the Climate March in Manhattan in September.

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Buffalo Bill Cody

Buffalo Bill Cody

At the #DL14 conference, returning C-Realm guest, Henry Warwick, gave a presentation in which he described the development, growth and eventual enclosure of the internet using the narrative frame of the American frontier. Later, KMO sat down with Henry to discuss their experience of the conference. KMO was put off by the seeming disconnect between the academic jargon that many conference presenters and attendees use to try to come to terms with the predicament of people struggling to make a living online and the actual challenges that digital laborers face. Henry talks about the contradiction between the lip service that academics pay to the role of artists and the actual level of support and respect their actions imply.

441: Ayahuasca and the Anthropocene

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Alexander Bogdanov

Alexander Bogdanov

KMO and Olga welcome Joshua Wickerham of the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council back to the C-Realm to talk about the state of drug policy reform and changing cultural narratives. The recent mid-term elections in the United States demonstrated that even with conservative politicians emerging victorious, drug policy reform is still moving forward, though it would seem that London Mayor, Boris Johnson, didn’t get the memo. The program ends with a recording of McKenzie Wark presenting his paper Digital Labor and the Anthropocene at the #DL14 conference.

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A maloka is a typical setting for an ayahuasca ritual in Peru.

A maloka is a typical setting for an ayahuasca ritual in Peru.

This episode of the C-Realm Vault Podcast features a talk by Joshua Wickerham, Executive Director of the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council, with Opening Remarks from Jag Davies and Ethan Nadelmann. This lecture was recorded at 6pm onTuesday, November 11 to a standing-room-only audience at Drug Policy Alliance Headquarters in Manhattan.