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454: Broken Windows

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C-Realm_454_coverNew York mayor, Bill DeBlasio, and his police commissioner, Bill Bratton, both hold fast in their support for a community policing strategy called “Broken Windows.” Critics charge that the policy amounts to targeting black neighborhoods for absurdly stringent enforcement which sends people of color to jail for the most trivial of infractions; things for almost nobody living in more privileged neighborhoods would ever imagine they could be arrested. Is this an obviously failed policy, or has “Broken Windows” come to serve as a catch-all term for a wide variety of bad policing practices. Can relations between the black community and the police be repaired? Is it even coherent to talk of “repairing” something that has never been right? This episode of the C-Realm Podcast features excerpts from a panel discussion that takes on these questions.

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453: Yay or Nay?

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C-Realm_453_coverAn extreme position in the environmental movement is that activists should be engaged in deliberately trying to hasten the collapse of the global economic system. Nothing short of complete collapse, they argue, can save the rest of life on Earth from human rapaciousness and stupidity. In a debate recorded at the 16th annual Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne, Australia, six thought leaders (including two C-Realm guests) weighed in on whether there is any sensible reason to advocate the collapse of the global economy. No one said yes, but only one person answered with a simple no. Hear some of the nuances that cannot be contained within a simple yay or nay in this episode of the C-Realm Podcast.

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A Velocipede.

A Velocipede.

Ivan Illich rejected the notion that the industrialized nations face an “energy crisis.” He argued that a society and landscape shaped by high-energy and high-speed transport distorted the human experience of time and space in unhelpful ways and exacerbated social inequalities. The capitalist and the socialist agree that abundant, non-polluting energy devoted to move more people over longer distances in a shorter time will improve people’s live. Illich thought that the more energy spent on velocity the more people trade true initiative and mobility for frustration and impotence.

452: The Most Effective Change

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C-Realm_452_coverKMO and Olga’s winter road trip is drawing to an end. This episode features two conversation recorded at their second to last stop, Bunnygoat Farm in Brewton, Alabama. The first conversation with Olga’s long-time friend, Chris “Bunny” Fields, focuses on his decision to leave NYC after 10 years to return to the small southern town where he grew up. In the second half of the program, the conversation moves to Brewton’s city hall and the office of the director of program management, Connie Baggett. Connie spent 20 years working as an investigative reporter before returning to Brewton and teaming up with Chris to bring some art and community vitality to her home town.

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Street art in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Street art in St. Petersburg, Florida.

KMO and Olga are on the road. This episode of the C-Realm Vault was recorded at the home of James Chris Fields (AKA Chris Bunny of Bunnygoat Farm). The episode starts with a conversation between KMO and John Michael Greer that focuses on the coming economic disruption that JMG forcasts as a result of the collapse of the fracking bubble before moving into the current state of racial prejudice in the United States. Thereafter, Olga and Chris Bunny join the conversation to talk about issues of race and class in the context of the contemporary Deep South.

451: Twilight’s Reach

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C-Realm_451_coverKMO welcomes the Archdruid, John Michael Greer, back to the C-Realm to talk about the two novels he published last year. The first is Twilight’s Last Gleaming, a geo-political thriller with a twist. That novel grow out of a 5-part series of blog posts. After the break, the conversation turns to JMG’s other 2014 novel, Star’s Reach: A Novel of the Deindustrial Future. The novel is set in a world shaped by that the exhaustion of fossil fuels, and JMG describes the social forms that have replaced our familiar institutions and ways of inhabiting the North American continent after centuries of climate change.

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Holly Grigg-Spall

Holly Grigg-Spall

KMO and Olga continue the conversation from the previous C-Realm podcast with Holly Grigg-Spall, author of Sweetening the Pill: Or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control. A more detailed episode description to follow.

450: Hooked on Hormones

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C-Realm_450_coverKMO and Olga welcome Holly Grigg-Spall, author of Sweetening the Pill: How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control, to the C-Realm Podcast to talk about the psychopharmacology of the Pill. Guided by the mechanistic mentality of industrial culture, we imagine that drugs act on discrete components of our minds or bodies. We imagine that a pill can turn off our reproductive system without affecting our thoughts, our behaviors, our preferences or our understanding of who we are. Many feminists see the Pill as an icon of female liberation and cannot accept that a pro-choice feminist like Holly has good reason to scrutinize the pill and to ask whose needs it serves.

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There's a storm coming.

There’s a storm coming.

Winter storm Juno bears down on NYC, the Mayor has closed the streets, bridges and tunnels, and KMO hunkers down to produce a solo episode of the C-Realm that summarizes and explores some of Jaron Lanier’s ideas about how the architecture of our information technology infrastructure devalues humans and exacerbates inequality like nothing that has come before. Laughter and puppy dog frolicking ensue.