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C-Realm Radio 009

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C-Realm_346KMO and Dermot O'Connor made a video about lazy and irresponsible talk about Islam. The first hour of this week's C-Realm Radio program features the audio from that video and a lot of unscripted opining from KMO. The archive conversation in the second hour (which is included in this download) features a 2013 interview with Charles C. Mann which seems surprisingly germane to this discussion given that it doesn't once explicitly mention the topic of Islam.

C-Realm Radio 008

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CRR008KMO talks with animator and working class champion, Dermot O'Connor, about the on-going campaign to dehumanize working class people in Britain (Chavs) and the US (Rednecks) in order to justify throwing them under the bus economically.  Justifying austerity and immiseration for the working class will allow the upper middle class (what John Michael Greer calls the "salary class") to put off having to face the end of the great expansion of the 20th Century for a little while longer.

C-Realm Radio 007

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BrexitThis episode features a conversation with Tom O'Brien of the From Alpha to Omega podcast about the recent Brexit referendum. This is a companion piece to C-Realm Podcast 505: Parsing Brexit. The second hour (not included in the uploaded recording) was a repeat of C-Realm Podcast 397: We're the House with guest David J. Blacker.

505: Parsing Brexit

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COVER_ART_505By the time this podcast has finished uploading to the C-Realm server, the knock-on effects of Brexit, should they prove just half as devastating as the prophets of Remain foretell, will have taken down the internet and possibly the global electricity grid as well. On the off chance that the consequences turn out to be less dire than all that, you may have the chance to hear KMO discuss the Brexit vote with Ben McLeish, a smart chap with a British accent.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

503: Artificially Flavored Intelligence

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Q: Is this what computers dream? A: No. Stop anthropomorphizing.

Q: Is this what computers dream?
A: No. Stop anthropomorphizing.

KMO welcomes Misha Lepetic back to the program. Misha writes about technology and society for 3 Quarks Daily. Anyone who uses Facebook or listens to podcasts knows how the internet can connect us with the members of our tribe we would have never met or known about without technology, but Misha argues that AI and its embodied version, robotics, will allow people to never have to meet, interact with, care about or even consider those members of our shared society who we'd rather forget about. Old people, sick people, socially awkward people. The robots can see to their needs so we don't have to deal with them. Misha brings up past visions of the technological future like Colossus: The Forbin Project, Lawnmower Man, and I Robot to illustrate the evolution of our concerns about the effects of technology on human life and society.

420 Special

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WOOL420KMO took the host's chair for the Monsters and Hampsters show on WOOL FM, Community Radio in Bellows Falls, Vermont, for a special, marijuana-themed show. Guests include the Dopefiend, creator of the Dopecast, Vermont Senator David Zuckerman, author Adam Kotsko, and Marty, KMO's co-host on the Z-Realm Podcast.

502: The Neo-liberal Consensus

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COVER_ART_502KMO welcomes Gaius Publius to the C-Realm Podcast to discuss the history of neo-liberalism and the importance of the two protest candidates who represent the public's frustration with the decades-long project of advancing a billionaire-controlled, predatory, global system of corporate capitalism. The establishment candidates strive to manage expectations for an inevitable decline in living standards and political responsiveness, but the electorate are done with that, says Gaius. All that remains to be seen is whether the rejection of the neo-liberal consensus will come from the left, the right, or whether the Millennials, and others who refuse to have their expectations managed down to something the neo-liberal candidates consider "reasonable" or "realistic," abandon the frame of electoral politics all together and continue the struggle by other means.

 

The Guardian article by Thomas Frank mentioned in the episode can be found here: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/07/donald-trump-why-americans-support

501: Outward Focused

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COVER_ART_501KMO welcomes Bruce Damer back to the C-Realm to talk about the renaissance in space exploration driven primarily by private ventures known collectively as "New Space." Bruce has designed a mission to capture an asteroid with a vehicle he calls SHEPHERD. This technique could usher in the long-delayed era of large scale construction projects in space. Lifting all the components for large structures into orbit from the surface of the Earth is just too costly, so to realize a genuine human space age, we'll need to find a way to use what's already up there. Unlike David Graeber, Bruce does not believe that the shiny high tech future of the mid 20th Century was deliberately switched out for a high-tech surveillance state in which technologies meant to discipline labor and squash rebellion received all the funding. Bruce has a different vision of what's kept our space dreams on hold for so long and what could break the logjam.