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KunstlerCast #42: Victorian Stroll

19th Century Urbanism in 2008 Released: Dec. 11, 2008 James Howard Kunstler joins host Duncan Crary for the Victorian Stroll in downtown Troy, NY. During this annual event, the city evicts the automobile from the streets and 21st century people discover how pleasurable it is to explore this 19th century urban fabric on foot. Kunstler more »

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KunstlerCast #41: Private Property

Community ownership and the diminishing role of government? Released Dec. 4, 2008. James Howard Kunstler says the notion that Americans have a long tradition of being able to do whatever they want with their land is a fallacy. This false notion is really just the result of a propaganda campaign by the promoters of suburban more »

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KunstlerCast #39: Water Transit

The Future of North American Shipping Released: Nov. 20, 2008. James Howard Kunstler responds to a listener question about the future of water transportation in North America. There is a fabulous inland waterway system in North America that is going to become very important again. But, if we want to remain serious about trade in more »

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KunstlerCast #38: Obama

JHK Reacts to the Election of Barack Obama Released: Nov. 13, 2008 James Howard Kunstler shares his feelings about President-elect Barack Obama. For now Jim is hopeful that Mr. Obama can set a good example for decent behavior as he takes the helm of a functionally bankrupt government. In order to reform the systems of more »

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KunstlerCast #37: Impotent Politics

The Increasing Irrelevance of our Two Political Parties Released: Oct. 30, 2008 James Howard Kunstler muses on the increasing irrelevance of the two political parties in America. Neither party seems to be truly facing our energy predicament and the coming obsolescence of suburbia. Yet this is with the complete connivance of the voting public, which more »

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KunstlerCast #36: The City (1939) – Part 2

The Story of Sprawl DVD Commentary Released: Oct. 23, 2008. In this special video podcast edition of the KunstlerCast you can watch and listen to the second half of a commentary track that James Howard Kunstler and Duncan Crary recorded for a soon-to-be-released DVD called The Story of Sprawl. The DVD is being produced by more »

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KunstlerCast #35: The City (1939) – Part 1

The Story of Sprawl DVD Commentary Released: Oct. 16, 2008. In this special video podcast edition of the KunstlerCast you can watch and listen to a commentary track that James Howard Kunstler and Duncan Crary recorded for a soon-to-be-released DVD called The Story of Sprawl. The DVD is being produced by Planetizen.com. Kunstler and Crary more »

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KunstlerCast #34: On Hope and Despair

How not to be a crybaby, clown or passive consumer of hope Released: Oct. 9, 2008. James Howard Kunstler is not a hope dispenser to passive consumers of hope. But ultimately he believes that life is moving into a more favorable phase, even if it will be difficult to get there. In this show Kunstler more »

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KunstlerCast #33: The Great Bailout 2008

The Ponzi Algorithms that Got us Here Released: Oct. 2, 2008. James Howard Kunstler comments on the Great Bailout of 2008 and how we got into the current financial crisis. As the U.S. manufacturing economy withered away, Americans sought to gain wealth by getting something from nothing through Ponzi scheme investment algorithms. By assuming liability more »

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KunstlerCast #29: Tattoos and the American Costume

Violent Clowns, Oversized Babies and Other Nonconformists Just Like You Released: Aug. 28, 2008. James Howard Kunstler addresses the proliferation of tattoos on the American main street. He thinks the fierce looking tattoos on young Americas are actually a sign of how deeply insecure we are as a nation. They’re also a form of “non-conformist-just-like-you” more »

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KunstlerCast #28: The Pickens Plan

Can natural gas and electricity replace gasoline and diesel fuel? Released: Aug. 21, 2008. This July, oilman T. Boone Pickens told Congress that James Howard Kunstler is worth listening to and that he’s right on about the mistakes we’ve made in America regarding our use of cheap oil. In this program, Kunstler discusses the “Pickens more »

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KunstlerCast #27: Anti-urban Bias

The Honeymooners, white flight and the “inner city.” Released: Aug. 14, 2008. This installment attempts to explore America’s anti-urban bias. Topics include: environmentalists and the human habitat, suburban-style housing projects in “the ghetto”, white flight, and Ralph Kramden’s apartment in The Honeymooners tv show. James Howard Kunstler also gives advice to those of us who more »

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KunstlerCast #26: From Hippies to Yuppies

The Worst Generation Ever? Released: Aug. 7, 2008. How did the granola crunching nature-loving hippies of the 1960s become the gas guzzling, McMansion dwelling, suburban yuppies of today? James Howard Kunstler reflects on his own generation. Kunstler also shares some of his own groovy stories from the Age of Aquarius. [Note: This episode mentions sex, more »

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KunstlerCast #25: Frederick Law Olmsted and the American Park

Imitating nature at the expense of small formalized urban parks Released: July 31, 2008 Frederick Law Olmsted is most noted for designing Central Park in Manhattan. His method of landscape design now serves as the main model for how we design parks in America. But James Howard Kunstler believes that our ongoing attempts to replicate more »

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KunstlerCast #24: One City Block – Part 2

The Rise, Decline, Revitalization and Future of One American City Released: July. 24, 2008. James Howard Kunstler continues his walking tour of one city block in downtown Saratoga Springs, N.Y., a classic Main-street American town. We resume the tour on the corner of Division Street and Railroad Place, where a major urban infill project has more »

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KunstlerCast #23: One City Block – Part 1

The Rise, Decline, Revitalization and Future of One American City Released: July 17, 2008. James Howard Kunstler often describes Saratoga Springs N.Y. as a classic Main Street American town. In part one of this special program, we take to the streets of Saratoga to experience the sense of place in this small city. Kunstler brings more »

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KunstlerCast #22: Handicap Access

Inadvertantly Promoting Sprawl Released: July. 10, 2008. James Howard Kunstler explores the consequences of handicap access laws and codes, and how they have unintentionally promoted suburban sprawl throughout much of America. In many instances, developers feel it’s easier and cheaper to just build one-story buildings rather than multi-story handicap accessible buildings. These laws can also more »

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Getting a Grip — 1972 – 1973

Getting a Grip 1972 – 1973  By the late fall of 1972, after running myself ragged all year freelancing for the Boston hippie weeklies, and getting fucked around mercilessly by the young prepster editors who ran those newspapers, and being broke constantly, and veering back into a scary state of helpless depression, and finding myself more »

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A Brief Life in the Theater – 1967-1971

A Brief Life in the Theater – 1967-1971        In November of 1966, I was a was a rudderless, impressionable freshman at the SUNY college in remote Brockport — remote from New York City, that is, my hometown, and a place I had very mixed feelings about — and I happened to see a poster for more »

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Bob Dylan’s Chronicles

Bob Dylan’s Chronicles, Volume One a review by Jim Kunstler        I had a dream about meeting Bob Dylan about six months before the only time I actually met him. It was toward the end of my stint working for a daily newspaper in Albany, New York, in 1974. In the dream, I met Bob on more »

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1976 — The Fifty Dollar Club

The Fifty Dollar Club1976  Christmastime, 1975, in Washington DC, was for me an archetypal passage of youthful desperation  I was living in a great big dorm-like rooming house off Dupont circle. It was clean but socially Dickensian. The other young people who lived there were almost all entry-level government wonks or hyper-ambitious newly-minted lawyers fresh from more »

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1972 -73 — Getting a Grip

Getting a Grip 1972 – 1973 By the late fall of 1972, after running myself ragged all year freelancing for the Boston hippie weeklies, and getting fucked around mercilessly by the young prepster editors who ran those newspapers, and being broke constantly, and veering back into a scary state of helpless depression, and finding myself more »

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1969 — Moonshot

Moonshot1969  The strange, apocalyptic summer of 1969, the world seemed to be coming apart, but I couldn’t tell whether it was my world or the world that was coming apart. It was the summer of Ted Kennedy’s political suicide at Chappaquiddic, of the Moon Landing, of the Manson Murders in Hollywood, and of Woodstock.       It started for more »

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1969 — Welcome to the Laughing Academy

Welcome To the Laughing Academy 1969 – 1970       In the fall of my senior year of college, after a summer of turbulent confusion and failure, I sank into a vortex of anxiety and depression that eventually landed me in a mental hospital. It was in the nature of my predicament that I more »

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1967 — A Brief Life in the Theater

A Brief Life in the Theater 1967-1971        In November of 1966, I was a was a rudderless, impressionable freshman at the SUNY college in remote Brockport — remote from New York City, that is, my hometown, and a place I had very mixed feelings about — and I happened to see a poster for the more »

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