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CRV202

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CRV202_coverOn a recent road trip, KMO stayed with friends of the C-Realm in northeast Kansas who took him to a meeting of a local discussion group. The event hostess intended to talk about the papal encyclical on the environment, but the conversation turned immediately to gun control and proceeded from there. Thomas Frank asked, "What's the matter with Kansas?" Certainly not this group of thoughtful folks, which included permaculture teacher, Michael Almon and author, Margaret Del Debbio.

CRV201

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Cassy and Uncle Tom

Cassy and Uncle Tom

KMO grouses about the cynical opportunism that floods the commercial media and social media in the wake of every mass shooting before getting down to reporting on, reading from, and reflecting upon the second half of Uncle Tom's Cabin.

C-Realm Radio 006

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Kesha Ram in the WOOL.FM studio.

Kesha Ram in the WOOL.FM studio.

KMO asks Vermont legislator and candidate for Lt. Governor, Kesha Ram, about how the 2016 attempt to legalize recreational marijuana went off the rails and ended in no change at all to the law. Vermont does not allow citizen-lead ballot initiatives, and Governor Peter Shumlin was hoping to make Vermont the first state in which lawmakers rather than citizens lead the push to end the prohibition of marijuana at the state level. KMO and Kesha also talk about farming and the opioid "epidemic" in Vermont. The second hour features a conversation with Lex Pelger and Dimitri Mugianis about iboga from C-Realm Podcast #359: Mobengo!

CRV200

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CRV200_coverNo guest this week, just KMO reflecting on Uncle Tom's cabin, the "successor society" envisioned by Kevin Carson, and the notion that life as we know it may well be a simulation of some kind and why it would be pretty terrible news if we were to learn that the life and world we know is really real.

CRV199

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CRV199_coverAnother episode about H. P. Lovecraft with flashbacks to conversations with John Michael Greer and S. T. Joshi about HPL's fear of "the Other." KMO and Marty riff on the topic in a Z-Realm Podcast outtake. Finally, P. H. Lovecraft has the last word on why it's not fair to try to whitewash our beloved Howie.

C-Realm Radio 005

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C-Realm Radio cover artOn the Sunday before Memorial Day 2016, KMO shares conversations with Robert W. McChesney and Jacob George. Robert McChesney is the co-author of People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy. He and KMO consider the various issues which have, by bi-partisan consensus, been taken off the table. Later, KMO shares most of a 2011 recording he made with Veteran activist and musician, Jacob George. Jacob did three tours in Afghanistan and then suffered the transition back into civilian life. Keep drawing breath.

504: Stripmining Idealism

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COVER_ART_504KMO and John Michael Greer continue the conversation which began on C-Realm Radio 004. JMG explains the rules of The Rescue Game, in which elites anoint groups of victims to console and perpetrators to punish. The game requires willing participants, and now that the previous occupants of the perpetrator role have refused to play, the game has entered the circular firing-squad phase in which the rescuers turn on each other for want of willing participants to play the role of perpetrator. Later, the conversation turns to H.P. Lovecraft. JMG has written a trilogy of novels which play with the places, characters and institutions from Lovecraft's stories but which turn Lovecraft's racism and xenophobia on its head.

CRV198

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Every face is black in a coal mine.

Every face is black in a coal mine.

KMO talks with long-time friend of the C-Realm, Paula C, who describes herself as "an only-somewhat-cis-female, graduate-degreed, queer, socialist, green who also likes offroading, knows how to shoot a gun, and has lots of friends who have served in the military." Paula is a child of Appalachia, and she has a very different take on the mentality of the "white working class" we've been hearing about in the media recently. Those people and their dissatisfactions are becoming a real nuisance. Shouldn't they have dropped out by now?

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CRV197_coverKMO talks with Doug Lain about class divisions vs. race divisions, culture as an expression of racial genetics, capitalist imperialism, police brutality and the curious characters who haunt the idea space known as the "alt right," a place where silicon valley techies wax rhapsodic about monarchy and embrace the moniker of neo-reactionary. Some alt right types make a virtue of human biodiversity, a hybrid of green eco-jargon and scientific racism. Do all people have a right to exist as "a people," or is that strictly for the victims of colonialism? There's also a passing reference or two to the presidential election contest in the United States.

C-Realm Radio 004

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CRC004_coverThe Archdruid, John Michael Greer, joins KMO in the C-Realm for a discussion of the presidential election contest and the unspoken motives of salary class Democrats who hurl words like "fascist" around with little regard for their actual meaning. In the second hour, we revisit a 2012 Psychonautica conversation with death doula, Mariavittoria Mangini. C-Realm Radio airs noon to 2 pm on Sundays on WOOL.FM.

C-Realm Radio 003

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C-Realm Radio cover artThe first guest on this week's episode of C-Realm Radio is a local sheep farmer who is passionate about natural dyes. Her name is Nancy Zeller, and her work with pre-industrial methods of creating vibrant, lasting color in fabric has lead her to do a very personal sort of outreach and aid work in Rwanda. Later, KMO talks with Doug Lain about life extension and his new book, Advancing Conversations: Aubrey de Grey: Advocate for an Indefinite Human Lifespan. That conversation will continue in C-Realm Vault Podcast #197. In the second hour of the radio program, KMO re-visited the conversation with Michel Bauwens, Dmytri Kleiner and John Restakis in C-Realm Podcast #392: Manifesting a Material Commons.

CRV196

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This is the cup mentioned in the podcast.

This is the cup mentioned in the podcast.

KMO and Olga drove from Bellows Falls, Vermont over to Westmoreland, New Hampshire to visit Long Ridge Farm, where they spoke with Nancy Zeller about caring for her CVM/Romeldales, the rarest breed of sheep in North America. Olga had visited the farm a week earlier for the sheep sheering shindig. Nancy is passionate about her animals and about teaching people the joys of dyeing clothe using natural dyes made from ingredients gathered from around the world. These passions eventually lead her to connect with a family in Rwanda whom she is helping to earn a sustainable living dyeing fabrics. KMO lurks in the background of this episode as Olga takes the wheel.

C-Realm Radio 002

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Mushrooms growing from KMO's garden bales.

Mushrooms growing from KMO's garden bales.

On this Mother's Day edition of C-Realm Radio, KMO talks with Straw Bale Garden guru, Joel Karsten. Later, Root Simple's Erik Knutzen weighs in on straw bale gardening and long-time friend of the C-Realm, Lauren Blair, talks gardening, art and psychedelics. In the second hour, KMO pays homage to Terence McKenna and fellow podcaster, Lorenzo Hagerty of the Psychedelic Salon podcast. By the end, the sun was shining and the clouds had given way to blue skies.

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CRV195_coverKMO and Erik Knutzen, AKA Mr. Homegrown of the Root Simple blog and podcast, talk about the recent C-Realm Vault themes. Thereafter KMO offers up a run-on, off the cuff riff incorporating ideas from some of John Michael Greer's recent Archdruid Report blog posts. It's all one big stew of ideas that took a while to reach your bowl, but now it's here, so dig in and enjoy.

C-Realm Radio 001

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C-Realm Radio cover artHere's the first episode of the official C-Realm Radio show on Black Sheep Radio, 91.5 FM, Bellows Falls, Vermont. The episode features an interview with Adam Kotsko, author of Why We Love Sociopaths: A Guide to Late Capitalist Television. Thereafter, we re-visit a 2013 interview with Robert W. McChesney about his book Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy. Finally, we hear a recent talk by Bob McChesney about his new book, People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy. If you'd like to hear the accompanying talk by his co-author, John Nichols, it is available on YouTube.