KMO reads chapter 8 of Donald J. Putin on American Exceptionalism: It's Not You. It's Just America Being America. This chapter is about the history of the American Empire. Yes, it's an empire.
For the final C-Realm conversation of 2016, KMO and Doug Lain looked to this piece on under-reported stories of 2016 to try to get away from talking about the election, Donald Trump, and the circular firing squad formation on what passes for the "left" in the United States. They start with the Afghan war, 15 years on and seemingly running like a zombie background process, and soon get sucked back into the social/corporate media obsessions of the day. If you're not a regular listener to the Waking Up Podcast with Sam Harris, you might want to check out the episode in which he talks about Trump and Putin with chess champ, Gary Kasparov. KMO references it extensively in this conversation with Doug Lain.