Donate Bitcoin

Support the C-Realm Podcast



Other Amount:



Your Email Address :



CRV150

Play
KMO, Olga and JoHio at Age of Limits 2014

KMO, Olga and JoHio at Age of Limits 2014

KMO attended the 2014 Age of Limits gathering and recorded a number of interviews with fellow attendees. In this episode, KMO talks with Bill W., a lay minister in a Unitarian Universalist congregation about building and maintain community, about making room for conversational synergy, and surprisingly, about AGI (artificial general intelligence), geoengineering, and the possibility that industrial civilization may not fall off a cliff in the near future.

470: A Poker Player’s Point of View

Play

C-Realm_470_coverKMO 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 brief clip from a recent conversation about global geopolitics and the consequences of the triumph of the “bozo billionaire” variety of libertarian politics in the United States. Check out Background Briefing to hear the entire conversation between host Ian Masters and his guest, Alfred W. McCoy.

CRV149

Play

Vault_Cover149In this final podcast to feature recordings from the Left Forum 2015, the topic is the full cooperation of the Democratic Party in the USA and the socialists and left parties in Europe to adopt neoliberalism, the financialization of the economy and policies of austerity. Economist Michael Hudson declared, “The bankers realize that by making the Democratic Party run on identity issues, on racial issues or feminist issues, they can get away with the theft they are doing. So there cannot be no progress in the United States until there is an alternative to the Democratic Party.”

469: Left Communication

Play
Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report

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 this episode of the C-Realm Podcast, KMO talks with Doug Lain about possible explanations for why the left seems to lag so far behind the right in crafting an engaging, accessible message. Following a clip from The Professional Left podcast, they consider whether it might have something to do with the generous support that the political right extends to their grassroots spokespeople and the lack of support for emerging voices on the left.

CRV 148

Play

Vault_Cover148The discussion of energy geopolitics from C-Realm 468 concludes here. In the second half of the program, John McCullough describes Hollywood’s evolving relationship with the American middle class as exemplified by the movies Michael Clayton, Blue Jasmine, and Assault on Wall Street. You can listen to an unedited recording of the entire panel discussion from which John McCullough’s presentation was excerpted on Archive.org.

468: Energy Geopolitics in a Contested World

Play

C-Realm_468_coverKMO 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 and control over the major sources of oil. Initially, this struggle was dominated by the major European powers, especially Britain, France, and Germany, but after World War II the United States entered the fray. Washington’s determination to control the oil from the Middle East led to the introduction of a major U.S. military presence in the region and periodic military intervention. When other areas, including Africa and the Caspian Sea basin, became important oil producers, U.S. military involvement was extended to these areas as well. Now China is becoming heavily dependent on imported oil and it, too, is joining the global struggle for energy; Russia, although self-sufficient in energy, seeks to control the export of oil and natural gas from the Caspian Sea area. As U.S.-Russian-Chinese relations become more contentious, energy geopolitics will play an increasingly pivotal role in world affairs. This panel will explore the growing contention among global powers for access to and control of Middle East oil and natural gas, and the connections of these struggles to resource competition in other regions.

CRV147

Play

Vault_Cover147This episode of the C-Realm Vault Podcast includes two conversations about leadership, authority, animating narratives and cultural change recorded with various friends of the C-Realm at the 2015 Left Forum.

467: World of Wounds

Play

C-Realm_467_coverKMO 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 gushes about Paolo Bacigalupi’s latest novel, The Water Knife, and Olga makes a sincere call to listeners and entertainment corporations alike to support struggling alternative media professionals.

CRV146

Play

Vault_Cover146KMO and Olga drove to Connecticut to stay with film-maker, novelist and educator, Zack Lehtinen. We started the conversation in the Vault, and Zack described the journey that brought him to the C-Realm and lead him to try to encapsulate the themes of overshoot, climate chaos and environmental destruction in a novel.

466: Plodding (into the) Future

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

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 2000. That was 15 years and 7 cycles of Moore’s Law ago. If Singularitarian reasoning held together and advances in AI tracked Moore’s law, today’s robots would be 128 times more sophisticated than robots from the year 2000. We should see humanoid robots walking around today that make Asimo look quaint by comparison. Where are they? KMO talks with Eric Boyd about failed technoutopian visions in this episode of the C-Realm Podcast.