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KunstlerCast #55: Meaningful Work in a New Economy

Rickshaws, and Other Ways to Make a Buck Released: March 12, 2009. At the suggestion of a listener, James Howard Kunstler muses on the future of animal powered transportation in the future. He briefly describes the systems required to maintain a horse-drawn transportation system. The conversation leads to a discussion about finding meaningful work in more »

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KunstlerCast #54: Retooling Suburbia

Abandoned subdivisions and population decline Released: March, 5 2009. James Howard Kunstler explores the topic of building traditional town centers in suburbia, where town centers are typically absent. Though it may be possible to retrofit the suburbs, Kunstler doesn’t believe that Americans will have the money to remake some of the worst suburbs into more more »

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KunstlerCast #53: Incomprehensible Buildings

Anti-Social, Despotic, Architecture Released: Feb. 26, 2009. A listener asks James Howard Kunstler to react to the Feb. 9 fire that destroyed a Beijing building by Dutch starchitect Rem Koolhaas. Kunstler believes many famous architects, including Koolhaas, often strive to confound people in order to appear supernaturally brilliant. It’s all in the service of grandiosity more »

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KunstlerCast #52: Rebuilding New Orleans

Cultural Programming and the Patina of Decay Released: Feb. 19, 2009. James Howard Kunstler discusses the issue of rebuilding New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. Legal disputes, government inefficiency and suburban mindsets have stood in the way of constructing traditional neighborhoods in New Orleans. While the charming urban fabric of the French Quarter and the Garden more »

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KunstlerCast #51: Seaside Revisited

The Future of New Urbanism is Urbanism Released: Feb. 12, 2009. James Howard Kunstler is back from a visit to the American South. He reports on two New Urbanist developments outside of Montgomery, Alabama. In many ways Kunstler believes that the new urbanist model of building 400 acre “traditional neighborhoods” out in the green fields more »

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KunstlerCast #49: After the Plastic Fiesta

Goodbye Vinyl Siding, Hello Mr. Repair Man Released: January 29, 2009. Many everyday items in our lives are made from petroleum byproducts like plastic. But James Howard Kunstler believes that the rising costs of petroleum will change our relationship to plastic products. In the future, people might actually start repairing items rather than just throwing more »

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KunstlerCast #48: From Suburbia to Peak Oil

Fossil Fuels and Our Built Environment Released: January 22, 2009. James Howard Kunstler tells the story of how he came to learn about peak oil while writing about suburban sprawl. Topics include The Yom Kippur War, The Hubbert’s Curve, the New Urbanists and the strong relationship between suburban sprawl and diminishing supplies of cheap fossil more »

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KunstlerCast #47: Credit Crisis

How the Suburbs Were Loaned into Existence Released: January 15, 2009. James Howard Kunstler believes the credit orgy that was the background and basis for our era is over. It will become increasingly harder to lend money into existence and Americans will probably have to pay as they go with what they have. Kunstler explores more »

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KunstlerCast #46: Highway to Hell

The Campaign to Sustain the Unsustainable Released: Jan 8, 2009 A listener caller asks James Howard Kunstler about President-elect Barack Obama’s massive proposed stimulus package, which will probably be used to rebuild America’s highways. Along with the auto industry bailout, Kunstler thinks this major proposed investment in our highway infrastructure may be a last ditch more »

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KunstlerCast #45: JHK’s Resolutions 2009

Duncan Answers Questions about Podcast Released: Jan 1, 2009 In this abbreviated edition, James Howard Kunstler shares his New Year’s resolutions for 2009. He also sets some personal goals for finishing the sequel to his post oil novel, World Made by Hand, and gives some details on what that book will be about. For the more »

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KunstlerCast #44: Forecast 2009

Remembering Y2K Released: Dec. 25, 2008 Every year James Howard Kunstler publishes his annual forecast on his popular blog. For this installment of the KunstlerCast, Jim gives us a sneak preview of some of his predictions for 2009. Topics in this show include: phony baloney money, new economies, home deliveries, oil shortages and price increases. more »

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KunstlerCast #43: Missing Teeth in the Urban Fabric

Empty Spaces in the Streetscape Released: Dec. 18, 2008 James Howard Kunstler explains the negative effects that empty building lots have on the urban streetscape. These empty spaces or “missing teeth” are dead zones that are repellent to pedestrians. But, at the moment, our car crazy society prefers to keep those dead zones for surface more »

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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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