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441: Ayahuasca and the Anthropocene

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Alexander Bogdanov

KMO and Olga welcome Joshua Wickerham of the Ethnobotanical Stewardship Council back to the C-Realm to talk about the state of drug policy reform and changing cultural narratives. The recent mid-term elections in the United States demonstrated that even with conservative politicians [...]

440: Voices of Hope

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Jonathan Santos provides the music on this week’s episode.

KMO attended the Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis gathering in NYC this past weekend and connected with people working to foster non-violent yet fundamental systems change. The first three speakers at the [...]

439: Fundamental Systems Change

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KMO’s conversation with Helena Norberg-Hodge of Local Futures, recorded at Cooper Union, continues in this episode. Helena explains why she does not like to advocate for “revolution” with it’s implicit call for violence. Instead, she advocates the need for fundamental systems [...]

438: The Great Grab

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If oil is the blood of the devil, then palm oil is his piss.

KMO attended the Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth teach-in at Cooper Union this past weekend where he met and recorded conversations with Anuradha Mittal of the Oakland Institute [...]

437: Hubris and Substitution

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New York Times columnist Paul Krugman published an opinion piece in which he lumped The Post Carbon Institute together with the Koch brothers as representatives of “climate despair,” claiming that anti-environmentalist right-wingers and anti-capitalist environmentalists are both wrong [...]

436: Just a Matter of Time

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KMO welcomes Robert J. Fairchild (AKA Solar Bob) to the C-Realm to discuss the dramatic increase in oil extraction from hydraulic fracturing, it’s effects on the US and global economies, and what it really represents in terms of energy returned on energy invested. They make [...]

435: No Matter What

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KMO talks to Global Catastrophic Risk Institute researcher, Dr. David Denkenberger. David’s forthcoming book, Feeding Everyone No Matter What: Solving the Food Crisis After Global Catastrophe, describes the technical feasibility of feeding everyone on Earth in aftermath of a calamity the wipes out conventional agriculture. [...]

434: Ferguson Rorshach

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Mayhem or uprising?

KMO talks with freelance writer and blogger Brian Kaller, who grew up in a town next to Ferguson, Missouri about how the news and images out of Ferguson seemed to provide confirmation for disparate and sometimes contradictory narratives about the forces [...]

433: March Then Flood

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KMO attended the People’s Climate March on Sunday and Flood Wall Street the next day. The first event was a permitted march that respected authority and was timed not to disrupt business. The second was unauthorized and was deliberately disruptive to traffic around the icons [...]

432: Origin Stories

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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 [...]

431: The Illusions Win Out

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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 [...]

430: Optimism in the Face of a Gathering Storm

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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 [...]

429: Doomer Faeries

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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 [...]

428: Futures Near and Far

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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 [...]

427: Ice Cream in Rwanda

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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 [...]