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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.

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.

506: Scale and Reflexivity

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Whoa!

Whoa!

In this monthly episode of the C-Realm Podcast, KMO concludes a conversation with Nicole Foss that began on the C-Realm Radio episode for 31 July 2016. Nicole explains how societies that grow beyond their appropriate scale develop a power elite who are insulated from feedback from below and so they are unable to self-correct and can persist in folly. KMO concludes with a rant about letting the presidential election assume too high a position in one's hierarchy of concerns. Music by Khali Haat.

C-Realm Radio 010

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Nicole Foss

Nicole Foss

KMO welcomes Nicole Foss back to the C-Realm to talk about why fewer people are interested in talking about peak oil now than they were a few years ago. She also explains why she plays the role of the contrarian, warning of the inevitable return of bad times when things are good and disrupting despair when times get tough. We need a mental state between complacency and panic, but humans tend to vacillate between those two extremes with very little capacity for a calm sense of informed urgency.

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.