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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 [...]

432: Origin Stories


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 [...]



When 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 [...]

431: The Illusions Win Out

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 [...]



KMO’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 [...]

430: Optimism in the Face of a Gathering Storm


KMO 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 [...]



The 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 [...]

429: Doomer Faeries


Reverends Glen and Yolanda

KMO is joined by podcaster, Glen Ganaway, and friend of the C-Realm, Doug, to talk about the lack of gay male perspectives in the peak oil scene and the lack of interest among urban gay men in looking seriously at [...]



The Chick

KMO talks with Joel Zoslofsky about a number of regular C-Realm themes, like divorcing the experience of abundance from the material consumption quantified by “standard of living” metrics. They also talk about some of the characters in the C-Realm comic strip. [...]

428: Futures Near and Far


The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata

KMO speaks with hard SF novelist and publisher, Linda Nagata. ¬†A listener sent KMO a copy of Linda’s first novel, The Bohr Maker, and in preparing for the interview he immersed himself in some of her more [...]



Olga hasn’t been on the mic much in recent months, but she’s front and center in this conversation with Michael G. They talk about the principles of Burning Man and the ways in which reality and those principles sometimes diverge. Michael has a geodesic [...]

427: Ice Cream in Rwanda


Rob Fruchtman

KMO interviewed Rob Fruchtman, the director of the film Sweet Dreams on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 . They spoke in front of a live audience in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn for the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. In this episode of [...]



Butterflies and zebras, moonbeams and fairy tales.

The conversation with John Micheal Greer from C-Realm Podcast episode 426 continues here with emphasis on teasing apart the conflated notions of hope as either the irrational belief that if you just wish hard enough things [...]

426: The Myth of Progress


JMG @ Age of Limits 2014

KMO welcomes John Michael Greer back to the C-Realm Podcast to talk about his book Not the Future We Ordered: Peak Oil, Psychology, and The Myth of Progress. The conversation begins with a trip back in time to [...]



Held indefinitely without charge

KMO and Olga went to see the new Planet of the Apes movie with their friends Justin and Caitlin and then recorded a conversation about it over drinks on Justin’s tug boat. The conversation starts out talking about the [...]