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KunstlerCast #210: Too Much Magic

Released: July 12, 2012 JHK discusses his newly published nonfiction book Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation, (Altantic Monthly Press, 2012). Kunstler considers Magic to be an update on his 2005 book “The Long Emergency.” He says it was time to issue a reality testing report from reality central. more »

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KunstlerCast #202: Live Audience Podcast – Part 1

JHK & Duncan at Union College Humanities Seminar Released: April 19, 2012 James Howard Kunstler and Duncan Crary record a podcast before a live student audience at Union College, in Schenectady, N.Y. As part of a Humanities Super Seminar on liberal arts and activism, the students read The KunstlerCast book. During the podcast Jim and more »

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KunstlerCast #199: Communications Wasteland

Our Overcomplexity and Hyperdependence on Modern Technology Released: March 22, 2012 JHK and Duncan have a ramble ‘n rant episode on the robitification of our communications landscape, that wasteland of overcomplexity and hyperdependence of modern technology. Direct Download: KunstlerCast_199.mp3 (42 MB | 40:10 mins.) Listener Caller Line: 1-(866) 924-9499 toll-free ANNOUNCEMENT: The 200th episode of more »

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KunstlerCast #192: Arthur E. Berman, Petroleum Geologist

Magical Thinking and Fracking Released: Feb. 2, 2012 James Howard Kunstler speaks by phone with Arthur E. Berman, who is a petroleum geologist and consultant to the energy sector; editorial board member of The Oil Drum; associate editor of the AAPG Bulletin; director of The Association for the Study of Peak Oil. Berman has published more »

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KunstlerCast #191: Get Used to Being Uncomfortable

Rising Pessimism & Crony Capitalism in America Released: Jan. 26, 2012 James Howard Kunstler comments on the rising rates of pessimism in the U.S. in response to Capital cronyism, the disappearing American dream, and our own entitled wishful thinking. During the second half of the program he examines some of the cultural and lifestyle changes more »

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KunstlerCast #190: The Trust Horizon

Growing Mistrust for Government in the U.S. Released: Jan. 19, 2012 JHK discusses the concept of “The Trust Horizon,” which he first came across on one of his favorite blogs, The Automatic Earth blog. As the economy contracts, Americans are gazing at the “Trust Horizon” for big government. On the other hand, more people are more »

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KunstlerCast #189: Irrational Cries to Demolish Infrastructure

Citizens React to Tragic Death With Calls to Demolish Train Bridge Released: Jan. 12, 2012 After a tragic death, citizens in the Albany area are clamoring to tear down an old train bridge that is already slated to be re-opened as a bike-hike trail. JHK & Duncan examine this story and explain why we must more »

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KunstlerCast #188: Forecast 2012

JHK’s New Year’s Resolution Released: Jan. 5, 2012 JHK discusses his 2012 Annual Forecast. He thinks this may be the year that we discover that shale gas and oil is just another bubble, simply a destination for hot money to make returns in a financial landscape that doesn’t offer many. He also mentions a recent more »

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KunstlerCast #180: Occupy Everything

Dark & Troubled Times in the U.S. Released: Nov. 10, 2011 James Howard Kunstler shares his thoughts on the Occupy movement sweeping America. It’s going to be a dark and difficult time ahead for the U.S. and JHK thinks we may be heading into a period of mischief this spring. But he has a lot more »

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KunstlerCast #175: Despotic Christian Theocrats on the Rise

Spiritual Warfare in the American Long Emergency Released: Oct. 6, 2011 There’s a crazy Christian cult on the rise in the US and JHK believes Americans needs to watch out. The New Apostolic Reformation is a dangerous movement exerting its influence on the American political sphere during a time when this country is so fraught more »

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KunstlerCast #172: Jeff Goodell on Climate Change

Severe weather, the financial toll and other effects of global warming Released: Sept. 8, 2011 James Howard Kunstler and host Duncan Crary are joined in the studio by Jeff Goodell, environmental writer for Rolling Stone magazine and author of How to Cool the Planet and Big Coal. Jeff speaks about global warming and some of more »

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KunstlerCast#168: The Downgrading of America

The Long Emergency Unfolds Released: Aug. 11, 2011 JHK updates us on the recent credit downgrading of America as it relates to the unfolding Long Emergency. At the end of the show we play a song based on The Long Emergency by podcast listener Duncan Long. Direct Download: KunstlerCast_168.mp3 (43 MB | 50:53 mins.) Listener 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 #156: Osama bin Laden & The Middle East

JHK Reacts Released: May 12, 2011 James Howard Kunstler shares his thoughts on the capture and destruction of Osama bin Laden and the future of U.S. relations in the Middle East. Direct Download: KunstlerCast_156.mp3 (21 MB | 24:52 mins.) Listener Caller Line: 1-(866) 924-9499 toll-free Sponsor: This week’s sponsor is The Congress for the New more »

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KunstlerCast #153: 2010 U.S. Census Figures

Suburbia is Empowered by the Numbers Released: April 21, 2011 The 2010 U.S. Census figures have led to a newly empowered suburban electorate. But the figures also indicate that several major U.S. cities are increasing in population at their cores. JHK offers some analysis. Direct Download: KunstlerCast_153.mp3 (25 MB | 28:51 mins.) Listener Caller Line: more »

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KunstlerCast #151: Energy Delusions

Fantasies About Our Oil Dependency Released: April 7, 2011 James Howard Kunstler believes Americans and their leaders are lying to themselves about our current energy predicament. There is a tremendous body of fantasy about how much energy Americans can harvest from shale gas, shale oil, tar sands, running the American truck fleet on natural gas more »

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KunstlerCast #148: Disaster in Japan

Express Ticket to A World Made By Hand Released: March 17, 2011 After the recent earthquake and tsunami, James Howard Kunstler believes that Japan may be propelled into a much different society very quickly — one that somewhat resemble his World Made By Hand vision. But JHK thinks that using less fossil fuel and dexomplexifying more »

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KunstlerCast #140: Violent Rhetoric

The Arizona Tragedy Released: Jan. 13, 2011 JHK reacts to the tragic shooting in Arizona. He reflects on the gun ownership debate in the U.S. and his own conflicting thoughts about owning a gun himself. He discusses the power of violent rhetoric in our public discourse and evaluates his own use of strong language. He more »

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KunstlerCast #133: The Tea Party

A Vacuum in Progressivism Released: Nov. 11, 2010 JHK shares his thoughts on the recent U.S. midterm elections, the Tea Party, Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity, and the problems of progressivisim. Direct Download: KunstlerCast_133.mp3 (26 MB | 37:13 mins.) Listener Caller Line: 1-(866) 924-9499 toll-free

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KunstlerCast #126: The Disservice Industry & The Next Manhattan Project

Will Boomers Answer the Call? Released: Sept. 23, 2010 James Howard Kunstler joins Duncan by phone from his hotel room in New Orleans. Their conversation moves from Dearborn, Michigan (2:49 – 5:13 mins) to the failings of the airline industry (5:13 – 14:30 mins), to Burlington, Vt. (14:30 – 22:45 mins), to the potential of more »

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KunstlerCast #122: A Grand Wobble

The Systemic Failures of Our Financial Future Released: Aug. 19, 2010. JHK explains how the current financial problems around the world factor into his vision of The Long Emergency. Kunstler sees these systematic failures of finance as a threat to all of our fundamental economic arrangements, including our ability to live in an orderly society. more »

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KunstlerCast #116: Deep Water Horizon

Oil Spill Adds to the Converging Crises Released: June 17, 2010. JHK examines the tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the fog of incomplete information that surrounds it. Kunstler sees this incident as further proof that the peak oil story is real. Now that the low hanging fruit of our oil resources more »

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KunstlerCast #106: Space Exploration

An Exercise in Techno-grandiosity? Released: April 8, 2010. As NASA prepares to retire its space shuttle program, James Howard Kunstler takes a few moments to muse on the past, present and future of space exploration. Personally, JHK is glad that our government is cutting funding for space exploration. He’s not sure what the 20th Century more »

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KunstlerCast #95: Where We’re At ’09

The Context of Current Events Released: Dec. 31, 2009. James Howard Kunstler takes a moment to examine where we’re at as a culture at the end of 2009. JHK shares his thought process leading up to his 2010 Forecast. Topics include healthcare, economics and foreign affairs. [Note: This podcast contains some cursewords.] Direct Download: KunstlerCast_95.mp3 more »

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KunstlerCast #73: The Horse Latitudes of Our Economy

The Second Great Era of Globalism is Over Released: August 6, 2009. James Howard Kunstler believes that the consumer credit economy is over and that we are now moving on to the next phase of the U.S. economy. Kunstler provides some historical context on our current global economy and muses on the relationship between over-complexity more »

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