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508: Gabfest

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Peter Weller as the 11th Doctor.

Peter Weller as the 11th Doctor.

What, is it the last Wednesday of the month already? Must be time for the main C-Realm Podcast. In this month's episode, KMO welcomes Douglas Lain, publisher of Zero Books, back the C-Realm. They talk about The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension and Richard Linklater's animated film adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel, A Scanner Darkly. Other topics include personal development and whether it is a good unto itself, the rise of the extreme Right, the failure of the Left to offer a coherent response to the Neoliberal orthodoxy, and whether Millenials are really hooking up as often and easily as Gen Xers and Boomers like to imagine.

C-Realm Radio 016

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Bring the HONK!

Bring the HONK!

In the first part of the hour, KMO talks with Sara Valentine by phone. Sara is one of the organizers of the HONK NYC festival which brings activist street musicians from around the world to NYC for four days of music and connection-building. Later KMO talks with Zero Books publisher, Doug Lain.

CRV215

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One of the rams from Bob's flock.

One of the rams from Bob's flock.

In this members-only episode, KMO concludes the conversation with Bob Johnson about how to transition to a post-carbon civilization. Later, KMO reads and responds to feedback from listeners and talks a bit about Consider Phlebas, as space opera novel by Ian M. Banks.

CRR015

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KMO talks to Omega Optical founder, Bob Johnson, about the technical side of adapting to energy decent. Change is not optional. Adaptive change is.crr015_cover

CRV214

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James Leonard

James Leonard

KMO and Olga drove down to Brattleboro, Vermont to experience artist James Leonard's Tent of Casually observed Phenologies. If people don't listen to climate scientists but they do listen to fortune-tellers, what's a concerned artist to do?

C-Realm Radio 014

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crr014_coverOn this 15th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, 2001, KMO welcomes Mark Robinowitz of OilEmpire.us back to the C-Realm to separate the evidence from the disinformation and make sense of the changes that have come in the wake of that historic day.

CRV213

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crv213_coverMore musings on the topic of conspiracy theories. No guest. Just KMO chasing the bb rattling around in his skull.

C-Realm Radio 013

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CRR013_CoverLarry Lowe joins KMO to talk about the origin and use of the phrase "conspiracy theory."

CRV212

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Did we dodge a bullet with this guy?

Did we dodge a bullet with this guy?

Part 2 of KMO's conversation with Doug about the 2016 election. Why do liberals seem so much more susceptible to the narcissism of small differences than conservatives? Did we really dodge a bullet when Al Gore won the popular vote in November of 2000 but then lost the election? Doug explains why we might never have had the smartphone revolution had Gore gotten his way on the Clipper chip and heavy-handed limitations on the use of cryptography.

507: Anthropogenic Ecosystems

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Cows and trees go together like chocolate and peanut butter.

Cows and trees go together like chocolate and peanut butter.

KMO welcomes Eric Toensmeier back to the C-Realm Podcast to talk about various ways of sequestering carbon. Eric comments on the controversy in response to Allan Savory's infamous TED talk on the benefits of holistic grazing practices. There are much better ways to sequester carbon and improve landscapes via wise grazing practices. Eric describes some of the edible perennial trees and shrubs that he has growing in his zone 5 home garden in Holyoke, Massachusettes. The conversation ends with a much-needed reminder (in some environmentalist circles) that humans are not a scourge upon the living Earth. Industrial capitalism is, but we're learning to make wise use of the land in spite of the economic imperatives that rule our lives.

CRV211

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CRV211_coverKMO and fellow Bellows Falls resident and ardent Bernie Sanders supporter, Doug, recorded a long discussion about issues surrounding the 2016 Presidential contest. They both basically tuned out after the Democratic convention. For die-hard Sanders supporters, the election is over. The hullabaloo over the final leg of the race in November is a distant, abstract concern.

CRV210

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The internet is made of cats.

The internet is made of cats.

KMO went out to shoot a tiny house video, and when the tour was over, he sat down with the owner of the house to talk about big picture themes. Hear Holly's take on Bellows Falls, the police, the government's seeming obliviousness to Peak Oil, and cats. Have you heard? The internet is made of cats.

C-Realm Radio 012

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Gabriel Land

KMO talks science fiction and actual technological trends with SF writer, actor, and urban explorer, Gabriel Land. Gabriel is skeptical about the potential for artificial intelligence. KMO tries to make the case that it's only the moving goal post that makes genuine machine intelligence seem like a far off target. The second hour features an archive interview with David Brin.

CRV 209

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CRV209_coverKMO enlists the aid of a former co-worker from Amazon.com to revive long dormant memories about working at the tech giant back when it was a scrappy start-up with an uncertain future. They also talk about the music they associate with living in post-grunge Seattle in the mid to late 90s.

C-Realm Radio 011

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Doug Fine

Doug Fine

KMO welcomes journalist, author, off-grid farmer, and hemp activist, Doug Fine back to the C-Realm. From a historical perspective, the war on weed is basically over, but when we're this close to the end, when we can practically smell the Drug Peace, the violence and abuses by police conducted in the name of the Drug War become absolutely intolerable. Doug talks about all that's going right, and KMO grumbles about all that's still going heinously wrong. One thing they can both agree on, the folks at Law Enforcement Against Prohibition are doing great work. God bless 'em.