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C stands for consciousness. Each week, host KMO interviews knowledgleable folks on topics related to entheogens and the Drug War, the notion of a technological singularity, and small-scale alternative agriculture.
Recent Episodes for C-Realm Podcast
DATE: Wed, 29 Sep 2010
SIZE: 27.1 MB
225: Perfect Imperfection

KMO sits down at the ETC with Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forrest Gardens, to talk about sustainability, regeneration, emergent properties and the concept of 'shifting the burden to the intervenor.' Albert K. Bates joins the conversation to discuss the dark recesses of human consciousness that leave people susceptible to the allure of ideologies, conspiracy theories, and fundamentalism. Music by Bradford White.

DATE: Thu, 23 Sep 2010
SIZE: 27.4 MB
224: Viral Disclosure

Do factions within the US government direct the depiction of UFOs and alien visitors in mainstream entertainment in order to manage the worldview of a credulous public? KMO welcomes Rational Ufologist, Larry Lowe, to the C-Realm to discus the possibility that the new NBC series, The Event, serves as a sort of 'predictive programming' meant to prepare the public consciousness for revelations about the on-going relationship between humans and 'advanced beings' of some kind. Later, Marty, co-host of the Flickers From the Cave Podcast, shares his impressions of the pilot episode of The Event.

DATE: Thu, 16 Sep 2010
SIZE: 27.4 MB
223: Fatuous Efficiency

Liberal Curmudgeon, Stephen Budiansky thinks that locavores are playing fast and loose with their statistics when they tout the environmental benefits of eating locally. It is absurd, he claims, to revile a California tomato for the energy required to truck it cross country while giving a pass to an otherwise identical tomato grown in energy-profligate hot houses closer to where it will be consumed. He argues that the efficiencies of mega-scale global supply lines tread more lightly on the planet than a situation in which everyone tries to do it all in their own backyards. KMO invites Fish in the Water blogger, Tara Shannon Holste and Digital Crusader, Eric Boyd back to the program to weigh the merits of food choices made on the basis of efficiency, food miles, sustainability, price, and a myriad of other possible concerns.

DATE: Wed, 08 Sep 2010
SIZE: 27.4 MB
222: Delusion and the Human Condition

KMO turns the program over to guest hosts Doug Lain and Naill Murphy for this year's nine eleven check-in. Naill describes the passive acceptance of the creeping CCTV surveillance state in the UK and the details of the seven seven attacks in London that don't add up. Doug dismisses numerous nine eleven red herrings re-focuses the discussion on the least speculative aspects of the flawed mainstream narrative around nine eleven.

DATE: Wed, 01 Sep 2010
SIZE: 27.4 MB
221: The Rise of Women

KMO welcomes Eric Boyd and Tara Holste back to the program to discus a recent Atlantic article, 'The End of Men' by Hanna Rosen. Are women better suited than men to excel in the 21st century corporate workplace? Why would parents looking to select the sex of their children choose girls three times out of four? Even if women do make up the majority of the workforce and continue replacing men as the big kahunas in the corporate dominance hierarchy, is that necessarily good news? Music by Dan and Amanda.

DATE: Thu, 26 Aug 2010
SIZE: 25.1 MB
220: Red State Blues

KMO talks with Daniel Krotz about the paradox of people who love their small towns but tell their children that they have to leave those small towns in order to "make something of themselves." Can liberal urbanites and red state evangelicals find common ground, and have banks become the new churches in small towns? Is a hundred years a long time? Given that children born today may well be alive a hundred years from now, how much comfort should we take in claims that we have a hundred years of natural gas reserves left to fuel industrial society?

DATE: Wed, 18 Aug 2010
SIZE: 27.5 MB
219: Too Weird to Fail

In this episode KMO plays an interview that Neil Kramer recorded with writer and philosopher Ronen about the cultural, political and metaphysical influences that shape personal and collective experiences of contemporary America. Music by Jesse Miller

DATE: Wed, 11 Aug 2010
SIZE: 26.5 MB
218: Education is Where You Find It

KMO reads from a John Taylor Gatto-inspired graduation address and from the blog of Dale Pendell. Later KMO hooks up with an old friend for a bull session in which two jaded Gen-Xers talk about "these kids today." Hilarity ensues. Music by Sugaree, William Wardlaw, and Inspired Flight.

DATE: Thu, 05 Aug 2010
SIZE: 27.8 MB
217: The Success Trap

KMO welcomes Future Pundit Randall Parker back to the program to discuss the possible responses to a looming energy shortfall that "Doomers" think will bring down industrial civilization. Randall doubts things will get that bad, but he fears that in succeeding in our quest for replacement sources of energy, we will continue to push non-human forms of life to the periphery and over the edge into extinction.

DATE: Wed, 28 Jul 2010
SIZE: 25.7 MB
216: Got Status?

Are fears of a peak oil-fueled, civilization-wide collapse rational, or do Doomers crave a big crash to excuse their own failures? Does the very success of our global civilization breed resentment and stress that stems from our basic psychological needs as primates shaped by evolution to obsess over our rank in the status hierarchy? KMO discusses these concerns with bloggers Mickey Foley and Randall Parker. Later, a C-Realm listener who spent a week at the Ecovillage Training Center shares his experience of unplugging from the media mainline, and Gregory Landua discusses an upcoming Financial Permaculture event to be held on the Farm in September of 2010.

DATE: Wed, 21 Jul 2010
SIZE: 27.4 MB
215: The Social Cohesion Problem

KMO welcomes Neil Kramer back to the program to discuss the challenges and the possible advantages that the United States faces as the shallow myths which provided cultural cohesion in the long period of economic growth give way to the reality of economic decline. The conversation traverses the treacherous terrain of race and ethnicity before escaping into pleasant recollections of the recent Transitional Alchemy couch-surfing tour. KMO concludes with a reading from Swann's Way by Marcel Proust. Music by Inspired Flight.

DATE: Wed, 14 Jul 2010
SIZE: 27.3 MB
214: Technogenic Catastrophe

If you translate "industrial accident" into Russian and then back into English, you're likely to end up with "technogenic catastrophe." Might the Gulf Oil Spill be the American Chernobyl? KMO welcomes Dmitry Orlov back to the podcast to examine these questions and to explain why collapse is still the optimistic scenario, why it isn't necessary or even helpful for his message to find a mainstream audience, and why working for reform of the current political establishment is not a credible or worthwhile activity. Music by Tibet2Timbuk2

DATE: Thu, 08 Jul 2010
SIZE: 27.3 MB
213: Working Within the System

Artist, community designer, and policy analyst, Michael E. Arth, is making a run for the Florida Governor's mansion. When he approached the Florida Democratic Party, he was told that elections are about money; not issues, and that if he didn't have millions of dollars to spend that he should get lost. He's now running as an independent. KMO and Michael talk about the prospects for reforming a corrupt electoral system while working within the system. Music by Inspired Flight.

DATE: Wed, 30 Jun 2010
SIZE: 27.0 MB
212: Mean and Median

KMO welcomes attorney and transition theorist Jeff Vail back to the program to discuss a transitional mode between top-down vertical hierarchies and flat, peer-to-peer social organization that Jeff calls the Diagonal Economy. Does a bigger total pie make for a richer society if most of its riches go to a select few, or is it better to live within a more egalitarian society where the total pie is smaller but is shared equally? And if human satisfaction is our goal, what sort of metric could we use to measure the fulfillment of humanity's genetic ontogony? Music by Inspired Flight.

DATE: Wed, 23 Jun 2010
SIZE: 26.1 MB
211: The Heidi Hypothesis

What is 'nature?' Is it the beneficent giver and sustainer of all life, or is it the source of human misery from which only ingenuity and technology can deliver us and offer us a life of possibilities worthy of our noble humam spark? KMO and independent journalist Nathanael Johnson wrestle with the vagaries of the competing narratives over the value of 'nature' and the things we call 'natural.' Whatever that means. Music by the Uptones.

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Recent Comments for C-Realm Podcast
Vital pod

Yeah, the most vital podcast around. Big up KMO!

Submitted By: tvuori@... (on 11-2007)

super podcast!

keep up the great work. love all the archive lectures, especially terence mckenna. all the psychedelic thinkings make me feel less alone intellectually. fabulous!

Submitted By: lynneoconnor@... (on 3-2007)

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