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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 #186: John Michael Greer

Apocalypse Not, Green Wizardry and Techno-Narcissism Released: Dec. 22, 2011 John Michael Greer, author of The Long Descent, The Wealth of Nature and, most recently, Apocalypse Not, joins JHK and Duncan by phone to speak about 2012 apocalypse scenarios, Green Wizardry, politics and techno narcissism. Greer explains how the 1970s were the last time that more »

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KunstlerCast #182: Ken Avidor

Depicting a Landscape of Logos Released: Nov. 25, 2011 JHK and Duncan are joined by Minneapolis-based cartoonist and self-described muckraker Ken Avidor, who recently illustrated the KunstlerCast book and whose artwork as been displayed on this website for years. Topics include Minnesota sprawl, the Mall of America, Avidor’s artistic influences and his opposition to the more »

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KunstlerCast #181: A Collegiate Discussion of World Made By Hand

KunstlerCast in English Class Released: Nov. 17, 2011 JHK takes questions from the students in a college English class who have just completed reading “World Made By Hand,” a post-peak oil novel. These highly intelligent questions range in topic from the role of religion, violence, and narrative strategy of Wold Made By Hand. Jim also 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 #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 #176: Listener Mailbag

JHK Answers Questions From Listener Callers Released: Oct. 13, 2011 JHK and Duncan get caught up on listener calls. Question topics include: Phoenix vs. Georgia; repealing the gas tax, The Long Descent, the downgrading of America and why aren’t there any African-American characters in Jim’s World Made By Hand novels. One listener also shares a 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 #171: The End of Growth – Part 2

JHK Speaks to Richard Heinberg Released: Sept. 1, 2011 In the conclusion of this one-hour conversation, Richard Heinberg, author of Peak Everything, The Party’s Over and the newly published The End of Growth joins James Howard Kunstler by phone to talk about peak oil, financial dysfunction, techno-grandiosity, the fate of industrial aggriculture and the suburban more »

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KunstlerCast #170: The End of Growth – Part 1

JHK Speaks to Richard Heinberg Released: Aug. 25, 2011 In part one of this one-hour conversation, Richard Heinberg, author of Peak Everything, The Party’s Over and the newly published The End of Growth joins James Howard Kunstler by phone to talk about peak oil, financial dysfunction, political convulsions and generational conflict. *If you can’t wait more »

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KunstlerCast#167: Picturing Suburbia – Rebroadcast

Painting the landscape of our time Released: Aug. 4, 2011 (Originally April 24, 2008). In this rebroadcast of one of our very first podcasts, we revisit JHK’s adventures in landscape paiting. JHK’s paintings are currently hanging in two group exhibitions this sunner. Description: When James Howard Kunstler isn’t railing against suburban sprawl, he’s painting it. 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 #146: Geritopia

Leisureville, by Andrew Blechman Released: March 3, 2011 Author Andrew Blechman discusses his book Leisureville, a tragicomic report on The Villages, America’s largest planned retirement community. In this version of suburbia, Blechman explains, everyone drives golf carts, last call is at 8:30, Fox News plays on the hour from the lampposts and children aren’t allowed. more »

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KunstlerCast #139: Social Critic

H.L. Mencken, Tom Wolfe, Samuel Beckett Released: Jan. 6, 2011 James Howard Kunstler talks about his literary influences, including H.L. Mencken, Tom Wolfe and Samuel Beckett. He also explains the role of the social critic and how he separates his critic persona from his own personality. Lastly he muses on what he might like his more »

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KunstlerCast #123: The Witch of Hebron

In-Depth Interview by Peter Golden Released: Aug. 26, 2010. Journalist/Author Peter Golden interviews James Howard Kunstler about The Witch of Hebron (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010), the second novel in Kunstler’s World Made By Hand series. Without giving away any important plot points, Golden explores the major themes in this autumn story set in a world more »

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KunstlerCast #118: A Great American Street

Strolling Uncle Sam’s Neighborhood Released: July 3, 2010. JHK and Duncan celebrate the Fourth of July by touring Uncle Sam’s neighborhood. They stroll down Second Street in Troy NY, admiring the 19th century architecture along the way. Destinations include: Russell Sage College, the county court house and one of only two privately owned and maintained more »

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KunstlerCast #112: The Politics of Place

Inversion of Assumed Roles Released: May 20, 2010. James Howard Kunstler examines the politics of place. Are the suburbs more conservative than cities? Why are people who try to conserve the historic fabric of their towns branded as radical liberals, while the agents of destruction in those towns call themselves “conservative?” What is the historical more »

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KunstlerCast #111: Brutalism

Despotic Modernist Architecture Released: May 13, 2010. James Howard Kunstler explains the origins of brutalism, the modernist architectural style that resulted in the horrible, poured concrete bunker-like buildings found all across the world. JHK explains why these concrete buildings age more rapidly, and less gracefully, than Roman concrete buildings. He also tells the story of more »

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KunstlerCast #107: Sprawl Defenders

The Arguments For Suburbia Released: April 15, 2010. This conversation was recorded one day before James Howard Kunstler was scheduled to debate Randal O’Toole at Brown University in Providence, RI. O’Toole is a well-known advocate for the suburban living arrangement. Host Duncan Crary chats with JHK about the pro-suburbia arguments in preparation for the debate. more »

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KunstlerCast #96: Road Trip

Audio Postcards from the NYS Thruway Released: Jan. 21, 2010. James Howard Kunstler and Duncan Crary hit the open road to bring you these audio postcards from the NYS Thruway on their way to Rochester. To pass the time, they discuss the American experience of the road trip, the future of the small forlorn cities more »

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KunstlerCast #94: Disneyfication of America

Our Cartoon Landscape Released: Dec. 24, 2009. James Howard Kunstler explains the story behind Disneyland, Disney World, and Walt Disney’s legacy on the American built environment.   Direct Download: KunstlerCast_94.mp3 (27 MB | 43:44 mins.) Listener Caller Line: 1-(866) 924-9499 toll-free Announcement: There will be a staged-reading of James Howard Kunstler’s play, “Big Slide” this more »

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KunstlerCast #92: Long Emergency US Tour -Part 2

How Things Might Go Down As Energy Becomes Scarce Released: Dec. 10, 2009. In this in part two of this discussion, James Howard Kunstler predicts how various regions of the United States will fare during the coming energy crisis that he anticipates. Kunstler refers to the coming crisis as “The Long Emergency.” In this half more »

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