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434: Ferguson Rorshach

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Mayhem or uprising?

Mayhem or uprising?

KMO talks with freelance writer and blogger Brian Kaller, who grew up in a town next to Ferguson, Missouri about how the news and images out of Ferguson seemed to provide confirmation for disparate and sometimes contradictory narratives about the forces at work in American culture. Everyone saw what they wanted or expected to see, and few voices showed any hint of doubt even while their reporting demonstrated near total ignorance of the story’s setting. You can read Brian’s article on the Ferguson coverage for The American Conservative here.

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Vault_Cover112KMO shares more interviews collected on location at the People’s Climate March and Flood Wall Street. The points of view range from that of a high school student from Vermont wearing a “Challenge Corporate Power” button to Communist revolutionaries who are waiting for revolution-friendly conditions to crystallize. The longest conversation is between KMO and another practitioner of citizen journalism. No sound bites here. Only tools for thinking and concepts to conjure with.

433: March Then Flood

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C-Realm_433_coverKMO attended the People’s Climate March on Sunday and Flood Wall Street the next day. The first event was a permitted march that respected authority and was timed not to disrupt business. The second was unauthorized and was deliberately disruptive to traffic around the icons of finance capital in lower Manhattan. There were zero arrests at the People’s Climate March. There were 102 arrests at Flood Wall Street. KMO shares interviews collected on location at both events.

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If you need an explanation, you don't want to know.

If you need an explanation, you don’t want to know.

KMO’s conversation with Mike Daisey closes in on the geeky goodness of murder hobos and inhabiting an alternate timeline in which JJ Abrams never made any Star Trek films and George Lucas never made his Star Wars prequel trilogy. Mike explains why the man who brought us TV’s first inter-racial kiss is a racist and why Singularitarians deserve to have large and irregularly-shaped objects inserted forcefully into their rectums. So NSFW.

432: Origin Stories

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Mike Daisey

Mike Daisey

KMO talks with monologist Mike Daisey about origin stories, the unconscious, will, ritual and the reality of mythology versus the idea of an objective universe. And yes, there’s a good long section on Mike’s adventure of being thrown under the bus by Ira Glass. Mike argues that the point of that exercise was to make sure that attention stayed focused squarely on the story-teller who committed a journalistic sin and away from a show that mixes story-telling with journalism.

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Vault_Cover110When KMO spoke with June Pulliam about zombies, sometimes the ¬†conversation drifted off topic. Those bits got trimmed and saved for this episode of the Vault. June lavishes the 2014 Godzilla re-boot with praise, and KMO explains how he enjoyed it but went into the theater with his expectations set unworkably high. After that, KMO shares the second half of a conversation with Alex Smith. The first half will appear on next week’s episode of the Radio Ecoshock program, but the Vault subscribers get the first taste. Both the C-Realm and Radio Ecoshock got started in 2006, and both podcasters have followed each other’s work since near the beginning, but they’d never actually spoken to one another before this conversation.

431: The Illusions Win Out

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One more for the fire

One more for the fire

KMO welcomes June Pulliam, lead editor for Encyclopedia of the Zombie: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth to the C-Realm to talk about how time and again, the characters in zombie apocalypse fantasies find more meaning and personal satisfaction in cooperating with other survivors to weather the storm of the undead than they did in the vacuous and routine existence of life in modern, industrial civilization. In the second half of the program they discuss the changing gender roles in zombie movies, games, and novels over the decades and how the most adaptable and resilient characters are those who can alternate between stereotypically male and female coping strategies.

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Vault_Cover109KMO’s conversation with Nafeez Ahmed, recorded in Central Park, concludes with a discussion of data-mining, the deliberate conflating of non-violent social critics and activists with violent extremists by intelligence agencies, and what goes into the selecting of targets for so-called “signature” drone strikes. In the second half of the program, animator and independent scholar, Dermot O’Connor, helps to flesh out the cartoon image of Islamic cultural and history that all too many Americans refer to when forming their opinions about Islam and the diverse cultural histories and identities that get lumped together under the catch-all umbrella of “the Islamic World.”

430: Optimism in the Face of a Gathering Storm

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C-Realm_430_coverKMO welcomes author, journalist and filmmaker, Dr. Nafeez Ahmed, to the C-Realm Podcast to talk about his new novel as well as the role that the US and British foreign policy and intelligence agencies played in empowering Sunni extremists and bringing the Islamic State to power. After discussing the depressing state of affairs in the Arab world as well as in Western countries who remain strong militarily but whose economies are floundering, Nafeez describes why the emerging solar energy sector and the open source revolution leave him essentially optimistic in the face of a storm of converging crises.

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Vault_Cover108The conversation from C-Realm Podcast 429 continues here in the Vault. KMO, Glen and Doug talk about the surveillance state, privacy, and internet porn. Doug is impatient with the idea that gay equals happy. He’d like to see some of his peers get off the happy train before it crashes and start acting like they understand the direction the world is headed in and not pretend like this golden moment will last forever. KMO talks about how straight guys, lacking the opportunities for regular sex with a variety of partners that urban gay men enjoy, instead bond over violence. The conversation returns to Doug’s search for a life partner, and KMO and Glen, half-jokingly suggest that he abandon all hope.