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450: Hooked on Hormones

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KMO and Olga welcome Holly Grigg-Spall, author of Sweetening the Pill: How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control, to the C-Realm Podcast to talk about the psychopharmacology of the Pill. Guided by the mechanistic mentality of industrial culture, we imagine that drugs act on [...]

449: A Crisis of Listening

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KMO talks with yoga teacher and oral history archivist Susan Kraft about listening and mindfulness. KMO echos some skepticism articulated by Evgeny Morozov around the popularity of practices and applications designed to facilitate “mindfulness.” While Morozov isn’t even convinced that “mindfulness” means much of anything, [...]

448: Zero Cubed

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KMO welcomes Doug Lain, the new publisher ar Zero Books, back to the C-Realm Podcast. Doug talks about his transition from solo podcaster to his current role, and then Jasun Horsley joins the conversation. Zero Books will publish Jasun’s most recent book, Seen and Not [...]

447: Back At It

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KMO took last Wednesday off, but now he’s back at it. This first C-Realm Podcast of 2015 features no guest, but KMO borrows from various sources to give a rundown of the tensions in New York City between the police, the mayor and citizens of [...]

446: 2014 Wrap-up

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C-Realm comic characters: The Lion and The Chick

For this final C-Realm Podcast episode for the year 2014, KMO and Eric Boyd look back on the events of the year. From the personal to the geo-political, it has been an eventful and satisfying year [...]

445: Pocket Utopias

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Author and conference organizer, J. P. Harpignies, recently interviewed utopian SF author, Kim Stanley Robinson, on stage at a Bioneers gathering. KMO took a recorder over to JP’s place to continue the conversation. They look at the value of utopian thought and ambition as well [...]

444: Just Winging It

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The Tanzanian Life Project

KMO talks with hacktivist and organic chat client Willow Bl00. Willow has just returned from working on a variety of projects in Tanzania, Kenya and Peru where she focused on issues ranging from the use of technology to ameliorate the [...]

443: Troy! It’s the New Brooklyn

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On the way back from a visit to Southern Vermont, KMO and Olga stopped in Troy, NY, a small city that has seen good times and bad. They met fellow podcaster, Duncan Crary, at the Lucas Confectionary to talk about why Duncan believes that Troy [...]

442: When We Get There

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KMO attended the 2014 Digital Labor conference at the New School in NYC where Prof. Henry Warwick delivered a presentation called The Enclosure of the Internet. The next day, KMO sat down to talk with Henry about the themes of his presentation, and in the [...]

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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Bhava Yoga’s logo

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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A graph of US oil production

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 [...]