KMO talks with Christopher Harrison about handprints and footprints, and KMO riffs on the insights gained by means of intense, unrelenting, physical agony. Yuck. Google as oracle and the terrible truth about the source of human misery. It's not as gloomy as all that, though. Come on in.
KMO and Douglas Lain discuss populism, anti-natalism, misanthropy and other crazy notions that people get into their heads. KMO makes repeated reference to a recent Baffler article by Angela Nagle, so you should probably check that out. The second hour consists of KMO's 2014 conversation with David Bollier, author of Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons.
KMO reminisces about the early days of podcasting with Cody and Sancho of the Black Light in the Attic podcast. KMO tries to introduce a bit of serious discussion about the future of artificial intelligence which we might be glimpsing in products like Amazon's Echo with the Alexa personal assistant, but this isn't really that sort of conversation. Mainly, it's just people having fun over Skype.
In the first hour of this week's C-Realm Radio broadcast, KMO and Silas welcome young, local farmer, Brian Stroffolino of Heartland Farms, to the WOOL.FM studios. Brian cultivates plants and raises animals, but he's largely in the business of building networks of personal relationships. In the second hour, Zora O'Neill, author of All Strangers are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World, calls in from her home in New York City. Zora has traveled extensively in Egypt and Syria, and she describes the dramatic changes she has seen in these two nations since the Arab Spring in 2011.
In this solo show, KMO revisits his conversation with Peak Oil personalities about the potential for transitioning to a post-petroleum lifestyle and infrastructure. Thereafter he delves into the question of what caused the Neanderthals to go extinct. Later he examines questions of solitude, persecution, and religious faith as depicted in the films Silence and Passengers. How do these themes all fit together? Maybe they don't.
In the first hour, KMO and Silas welcome Irv Mills of The Easiest Person to Fool blog and Bill Hulet of the Diary of a Daoist Hermit blog to the program. Irv provides a quick Peak Oil primer before moving on to relate those basics to the current political scene. Bill Hulet gives a primer on Taoism and highlights the need for practical philosophies to help overcome all of the encouragement we get to act according to our impulses rather than according to our ethical convictions. In the second hour, Brian Kaller, author of the Restoring Mayberry blog, calls in from his home in Ireland to provide his perspective as someone from Trump country who understands and identifies both with cultural conservatives and with people who are more concerned with preserving a viable biosphere than traditional values.
KMO and Doug Lain talk about punk rock, Michael Jackson, Donald Trump with Theodor Adorno levitating above it all and condemning everything. There is actually a bit of comment and "analysis" on the news of the day to be found in this episode. We don't get much of that around these parts. KMO gripes that folks on the left are associating single-payer health care with Nazism and then not owning up to it, and Doug reveals a secret so dark... Oh, wait, that last bit got cut from the final podcast. Carry on.