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471: Writ in Water


Inscription on the headstone of John Keats

This episode features two conversations recorded at the kitchen table with people whom Erik Davis introduced to KMO and Olga. First up is stage magician Ferdinando Buscema who describes a memento mori ritual he has constructed for [...]

470: A Poker Player’s Point of View


KMO welcomes Pentamental co-host John Maguire to the C-Realm to talk explicitly about consciousness. The conversation ranges from quantum physics and its relationship with fuzzy New Age belief systems to poker and epistemological humility. A final homage to the late Joe Bageant leads into a [...]

469: Left Communication


Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report

KMO attended the 2015 Left Forum, and while he found the presenters to be, on the whole, quite knowledgeable, he was, once again, struck by their flat presentations and lack of communicative polish. What’s up with that? In [...]

468: Energy Geopolitics in a Contested World


KMO attended the 2015 Left Forum gathering and recorded a panel discussion about the geopolitics of energy by Michael Klare, Micheal Schwartz and Daniel Volman. Ever since the world became dependent on petroleum for industrial and military expansion, the major powers have struggled for access to [...]

467: World of Wounds


KMO and Olga talk to educator and novelist, Zack Lehtinen, about his novel, World of Wounds. The novel is akin to Ishmael by Daniel Quinn in that it is an attempt to convey ideas through narrative which many readers might otherwise reject or ignore. KMO [...]

466: Plodding (into the) Future


Fifteen years after Asimo’s debut, we’re still waiting for a better humanoid robot.

Remember when you first saw videos of the humanoid robot, Asimo, walking on two legs, climbing stairs, hopping on one foot? Wasn’t it amazing? Asimo made “his” debut in the year [...]

465: Undead Labor


KMO welcomes Tom O’Brien, host of the From Alpha to Omega Podcast, to the C-Realm to talk about The Walking Dead, the unlikely visions of the techno-utopians, and how surprised he is to find that after three years of doing a podcast about economics he [...]

464: Healing Heartbreak


If you’re human, you’ve probably had your heart broken. If you live in a post-industrial society, the loss of a long-term relationship may have been the most intense emotional trauma you’ve ever experienced. It sucks, but there is an upside. This week’s guest, Emily Hursh, [...]

463: Peak Plus Ten


Trees near Brian’s house in Ireland.

Recently, Brian Kaller posted a reflection to his blog, Restoring Mayberry, on the fact that ten years after the peak of conventional petroleum production, the world isn’t nearly as broken as the most alarmist Peak Oil personalities warned [...]

462 Fluid Binaries


Ahnika Delirium

KMO and Olga visited House of Collection to speak with Ahnika Delirium about intentional communities, gender identities & presentation, privilege, and whether a conservative Christian cakemaker should be required by law to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Links and [...]

461: I Don’t Speak My Language


Dr. Bayo Akomolafe

KMO talks with Dr. Bayo Akomolafe about cultural hegemony and getting out from under imposed colonial value systems. Bayo, who flauted the expectations of training as clinical psychologist, embarked on a shamanic quest to re-connect with his own heritage. He say [...]

460: Not That Guy


Techgnosis, by Erik Davis, was first published back in 1998, before the dot com crash, the presidential election fiasco of the year 2000, 9/11, the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, the financial crisis of 2008 and the protracted recession and jobless recovery. Erik joins [...]

459: Mobengo!


Dimitri Mobengo Mugianis

KMO welcomes Lex Pelger back to the C-Realm, and Lex brought along his friend, Dimitri Mobengo Mugianis. Dimitiri, who is the subject of the film I Am Dangerous With Love, is a former heroin addict who beat his addiction with the [...]

458: Wrangling Futures


William Butler Yeats

KMO welcomes futurist, Eric Garland, to the C-Realm to explain why it’s still important to look to the future. Eric is well aware of the bad rap that “futurism” has gotten in recent years, but he wears the futurist mantle with [...]

457: Techno Extortion


KMO talks with Marshall Brain, founder¬†of HowStuffWorks, about the path that the United States is on with regard to jobs, automation, profitability and social cohesion. Marshall is the author of a novel called Manna that describes the dark road we’re on and one possible alternative. [...]