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KMO is in Arkansas with his children, and for this week’s Vault episode he connected with Portland-based animator, author and Friend of the C-Realm, Dermot O’Connor. The episode begins with some recovered conversational fragments about nuclear war and the “duck and cover” response that [...]

471: Writ in Water


Inscription on the headstone of John Keats

This episode features two conversations recorded at the kitchen table with people whom Erik Davis introduced to KMO and Olga. First up is stage magician Ferdinando Buscema who describes a memento mori ritual he has constructed for [...]



KMO, Olga and JoHio at Age of Limits 2014

KMO attended the 2014 Age of Limits gathering and recorded a number of interviews with fellow attendees. In this episode, KMO talks with Bill W., a lay minister in a Unitarian Universalist congregation about [...]

470: A Poker Player’s Point of View


KMO welcomes Pentamental co-host John Maguire to the C-Realm to talk explicitly about consciousness. The conversation ranges from quantum physics and its relationship with fuzzy New Age belief systems to poker and epistemological humility. A final homage to the late Joe Bageant leads into a [...]



In this final podcast to feature recordings from the Left Forum 2015, the topic is the full cooperation of the Democratic Party in the USA and the socialists and left parties in Europe to adopt neoliberalism, the financialization of the economy and policies of [...]

469: Left Communication


Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report

KMO attended the 2015 Left Forum, and while he found the presenters to be, on the whole, quite knowledgeable, he was, once again, struck by their flat presentations and lack of communicative polish. What’s up with that? In [...]

CRV 148


The discussion of energy geopolitics from C-Realm 468 concludes here. In the second half of the program, John McCullough describes Hollywood’s evolving relationship with the American middle class as exemplified by the movies Michael Clayton, Blue Jasmine, and Assault on Wall Street. You can [...]

468: Energy Geopolitics in a Contested World


KMO attended the 2015 Left Forum gathering and recorded a panel discussion about the geopolitics of energy by Michael Klare, Micheal Schwartz and Daniel Volman. Ever since the world became dependent on petroleum for industrial and military expansion, the major powers have struggled for access to [...]



This episode of the C-Realm Vault Podcast includes two conversations about leadership, authority, animating narratives and cultural change recorded with various friends of the C-Realm at the 2015 Left Forum.

467: World of Wounds


KMO and Olga talk to educator and novelist, Zack Lehtinen, about his novel, World of Wounds. The novel is akin to Ishmael by Daniel Quinn in that it is an attempt to convey ideas through narrative which many readers might otherwise reject or ignore. KMO [...]



KMO and Olga drove to Connecticut to stay with film-maker, novelist and educator, Zack Lehtinen. We started the conversation in the Vault, and Zack described the journey that brought him to the C-Realm and lead him to try to encapsulate the themes of overshoot, [...]

466: Plodding (into the) Future


Fifteen years after Asimo’s debut, we’re still waiting for a better humanoid robot.

Remember when you first saw videos of the humanoid robot, Asimo, walking on two legs, climbing stairs, hopping on one foot? Wasn’t it amazing? Asimo made “his” debut in the year [...]



KMO, Eric and Olga

KMO welomes Eric Boyd back to the C-Realm. Eric is visiting NYC and took time to travel out to provincial Brooklyn for a chat with KMO at the kitchen table and then a brief jaunt through Green-wood Cemetery, the [...]

465: Undead Labor


KMO welcomes Tom O’Brien, host of the From Alpha to Omega Podcast, to the C-Realm to talk about The Walking Dead, the unlikely visions of the techno-utopians, and how surprised he is to find that after three years of doing a podcast about economics he [...]



A horde of working class zombies storm the capitalist’s castle in Land of the Dead.

KMO welcomes Tom O’Brien, host of the From Alpha to Omega Podcast, to the C-Realm Vault to talk about The Walking Dead, Star Trek and Marxism. What do [...]