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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, founderĀ 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. [...]

456: Ready for Anything


KMO welcomes Hal Brill to the C-Realm to talk about the book The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money. In a future marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, investors need to overhaul their risk management toolkit. If the sorts [...]

455: JUST a Theory?


KMO welcomes Professor James Krupa to the C-Realm to discuss his experience teaching evolution to college students in Kentucky. He is the author of an article in the new issue of Orion called “Defending Darwin” Does accepting the theory of evolution by natural selection automatically [...]

454: Broken Windows


New York mayor, Bill DeBlasio, and his police commissioner, Bill Bratton, both hold fast in their support for a community policing strategy called “Broken Windows.” Critics charge that the policy amounts to targeting black neighborhoods for absurdly stringent enforcement which sends people of color to [...]

453: Yay or Nay?


An extreme position in the environmental movement is that activists should be engaged in deliberately trying to hasten the collapse of the global economic system. Nothing short of complete collapse, they argue, can save the rest of life on Earth from human rapaciousness and stupidity. [...]

452: The Most Effective Change


KMO and Olga’s winter road trip is drawing to an end. This episode features two conversation recorded at their second to last stop, Bunnygoat Farm in Brewton, Alabama. The first conversation with Olga’s long-time friend, Chris “Bunny” Fields, focuses on his decision to leave NYC [...]