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KunstlerCast #206: Live Audience Podcast @ CNU

JHK & John Norquist talk New Urbanism Released: May 24, 2012 This episode features a conversation between JHK and CNU President and former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist and was recorded before a live audience during the Congress for the New Urbanism in West Palm Beach, Fla. this May 9-12. Kunstler and Norquist field questions from more »

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KunstlerCast #198: Catherine Tumber on Small Cities – Part 2

Urban Contraction, Urban Farming, Urban Schooling Released: March 15, 2012 James Howard Kunstler speaks by phone with Catherine Tumber, author of Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World. Tumber believes that small industrial cities, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest, are well suited for the energy and more »

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KunstlerCast #195: Reading the Landscape

Experiencing the World on Foot Released: Feb. 23, 2012 James Howard Kunstler shares his thoughts on the experience of moving through the landscape and built environment on foot, rather than by car. Direct Download: KunstlerCast_195.mp3 (43 MB | 41:37 mins.) Listener Caller Line: 1-(866) 924-9499 toll-free   New Reviews of The KunstlerCast Book: OnEarth Magazine more »

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KunstlerCast #183: In World Made By Hand Country

JHK Gives us a Tour of His New Village Released: Dec. 1, 2011 Jim’s finally found himself a new house, and it’s right on the edge of the place that inspired the fictional town of Union Grove in his World Made By Hand novels. Duncan brings listeners along for the scenic drive from Troy up more »

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KunstlerCast #179: The Long Emergency vs. NYC’s Resurgency

JHK Debates Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Paul Steely White Released: Nov. 3, 2011 In this special episode we listen to a recording from: “The Long Emergency vs. NYC’s Resurgency: A Debate about the Future of Cities” featuring Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Paul Steely White and author James Howard Kunstler. Jeff Olson of Alta Planning & more »

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KunstlerCast #178: CNU Fireside Chat With JHK

The KunstlerCast Book is Now Available for Purchase Released: Oct. 27, 2011 [Note to Listeners: I’m still getting used to the new website. I accidentally created this post without linking to the audio. It’s fixed now. -DC] James Howard Kunstler and Duncan Crary join Congress for the New Urbanism CEO & President John Norquist for more »

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KunstlerCast #177: JHK Addresses Preservationists

Not All Buildings Are Worth Saving Released: Oct. 21, 2011 Jim and Duncan talk about Historic Preservation on their return drive from the annual conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, held in Buffalo this week. This show includes an excerpt from the keynote address Jim gave to kick off the conference. During the more »

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KunstlerCast #174: Big Sky Country

Montana Now and in The Long Emergency Released: Sept. 29, 2011 After a recent visit to Montana, JHK asks: What is living in a town in Montana all about? It seems like it’s mostly about the scenery outside of town, not the town itself: the streets are too wide, the buildings too low and the more »

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KunstlerCast #173: Mexico City

The City in Mind: South of the Border Released: Sept. 22, 2011 Twelve years ago James Howard Kunstler visited Mexico City to write a chapter for his book The City in Mind. He recently returned there to speak at a conference. In this podcast Jim shares his thoughts on the history, present state and future more »

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KunstlerCast #166: Bicycle Sharing

Madison, WI: Bike City USA Released: July 28, 2011. This week James Howard Kunstler gets a much deserved break from podcasting, while Duncan explores the topic of bicycle sharing and tours the city of Madison, Wisc. First he speaks to Jason McDowell, projects & logistics manager for B-Cycle, a bicycle sharing company with programs throughout more »

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KunstlerCast #165: Landscape Urbanism – Part 2

JHK & Andres Duany Critique the Landscape Urbanism Released: July 21, 2011. JHK continues his critique of Charles Waldheim’s presentation on Landscape Urbanism, delivered at the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU 19). This episode also includes remarks by New Urbanist leader Andres Duany and a listener quesion from a conferencegoer. [Note: This episode contains more »

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KunstlerCast #164: Landscape Urbanism – Part 1

JHK Critiques Charles Waldheim’s Remarks Released: July 14, 2011. In recent years there has been a growing debate between New Urbanism and Landscape Urbanism, a theory that argues the landscape, rather than architecture, is more capable of organizing the city and enhancing the urban experience. In this episode, JHK reacts to recent remarks by Harvard more »

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KunstlerCast #163: Triumph of the City – Part 2

JHK Critiques Ed Glaeser’s Ideas on Urbanism Released: July 7, 2011. JHK continues his critique of the ideas in Ed Glaeser’s best-selling book Triumph of the City by using excerpts from a talk the Harvard economist gave during the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU 19). Though Glaeser is an advocate for cities in general, more »

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KunstlerCast #162: Triumph of the City – Part 1

JHK Critiques Ed Glaeser’s Ideas on Urbanism Released: June 29, 2011. JHK critiques the ideas in Ed Glaeser’s best-selling book Triumph of the City by using excerpts from a talk the Harvard economist gave during the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU 19). Though Glaeser is an advocate for cities in general, Kunstler feels that more »

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KunstlerCast #161: Cities of the Future

Orion Magazine Interviews JHK Released: June 23, 2011. In a special cross promotion, James Howard Kunstler appears on the Orion Magazine podcast for a full episode. Kunstler’s newest essay, Back to the Future: A road map for tomorrow’s cities, appears in the July/August 2011 issue of Orion magazine. Orion Magazine Managing Editor Andrew Blechman (a more »

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KunstlerCast #158: Americans Demand Walkable Neighborhoods…

But Prefer Suburban Style Housing Released: May 26, 2011. On today’s episode JHK discusses a recent poll by the National Association of Realtors which found that while many Americans claim they want to be able to walk to stores, restaurants and other urban amenities, they prefer to live in single family detached homes above all more »

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KunstlerCast #157: When McDonald’s Comes to Town

A Community Design Debate Released: May 19, 2011. JHK and Duncan look at two new McDonald’s projects in their home towns and touch upon some universal issues with regards to these types of developments appearing throughout North America. Using the comments on a local newspaper blog, they gague how members of the community are reacting more »

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KunstlerCast #155: Taking the Initiative

North Central Troy, NY Released: May 5, 2011. In this enhanced podcast, JHK & Duncan explore North Central Troy, NY with Billie-Jean Greene, a KunstlerCast listener who recently purchased a home in this area. This once wealthy neighborhood on the Hudson River has suffered from urban blight for many years. But a group of neighbors, more »

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KunstlerCast #150: Suburban Sprawl in the Rust Belt

And The Diminishing Returns Become Self-Evident Released: March 31, 2011 James Howard Kunstler reacts to a recent letter published by Rustwire.com titled “Michigan CEO: Soul-Crushing Sprawl Killing Business.” Kunstler believes that the diminishing returns of suburbia are becoming self-evident to people of all walks of life, and this piece of writing is yet another example. more »

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KunstlerCast #145: Listener Mailbag

JHK Takes Questions from the Audience Released: Feb. 24, 2011 JHK and Duncan get caught up on questions from listener callers. Topics include post-petroleum education, the homogenization of America, Vancouver and light pollution. Note: This episode includes one curseword. Direct Download: KunstlerCast_145.mp3 (31 MB | 44:17 mins.) Listener Caller Line: 1-(866) 924-9499 toll-free Sponsor: This more »

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KunstlerCast #143: Imported From Detroit?

The American Inferiority Complex Released: Feb. 10, 2011 JHK reacts to the Chrysler Superbowl commercial featuring rapper Eminem, titled “Imported from Detroit.” This leads to a discussion of American growing inferiority complex and our unending need for techno triumphal pep rallies. Note: This episode contains explicit language Direct Download: KunstlerCast_143.mp3 (35 MB | 51:07 mins.) more »

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KunstlerCast #137: Berkeley, San Fran, Pasadena & Santa Monica

JHK Rolls Through Compton Released: Dec. 9, 2010 JHK shares his thoughts about visiting the San Francisco Bay Area and the greater LA region. He includes of traveling across LA “on the surface” including a tour to Compton, the legendary ghetto of gangsta rap lore. Direct Download: KunstlerCast_137.mp3 (17 MB | 24:39 mins.) Listener Caller more »

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KunstlerCast #136: Perth, Australia

A Very Livable City…for Now Released: Dec. 2, 2010 James Howard Kunstler reports on his recent trip to Perth, Australia. He joins host Duncan Crary by telephone during a long layover at the LAX airport on the return trip. Kunstler found Perth to be a very pleasant city with good urbanism and public transit. And more »

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KunstlerCast #134: Melbourne, Australia

City, Town & Country Down Under Released: Nov. 18, 2010 Jim shares his observations of Melbourne, Australia based on his recent visit to that city to speak to the VIC Urban organization. Though he was impressed by the downtown, JHK says the areas outside Melbourne look a lot like the suburban areas of Southern California. more »

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KunstlerCast #132: Travel Notes – Boulder, CO & Minneapolis, Minnesota

Two Places That Are Not Worthy of their Residents Released: Nov. 4, 2010 James Howard Kunstler discusses his recent visits to Boulder, Colorado and Minneapolis, Minnesota Come see JHK read from The Witch of Hebron in Washington County, where the World Made By Hand novels are set, at Battenkill Books, 15 East Main St., Cambridge, more »

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