KunstlerCast #210: Too Much Magic

Released: July 12, 2012


Too Much MagicJHK 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.

Direct Download:

KunstlerCast_210.mp3

( 13 MB | 16:32 mins.)


JHK Reads from Too Much Magic

The author reads his work


“Kingdom Come”
(Chapter 1 pp, 19 – 22)
KunstlerCast_TMM_01.mp3



“The Futility of Party Politics in The Long Emergency”
(Chapter 5 pp. 85 – 86)
KunstlerCast_TMM_02.mp3



“Social Relations and the Dilemmas of Difference”
(Chapter 9 pp. 216 -221)
KunstlerCast_TMM_03.mp3



“The Multicultural Dilemma”
(Chapter 9 pp. 237-239)
KunstlerCast_TMM_04.mp3



“A Systematic Misunderstanding of Reality”
(Coda pp. 241-243)
KunstlerCast_TMM_05.mp3

KunstlerCast #209: NextGen New Urbanists

Released: June 28, 2012


JHK and Duncan speak to a group of NextGen New Urbanists during the Congress for the New Urbanism held in West Palm Beach, Fla. this May 9-12. NextGen New Urbanists are young professionals participating in the New Urbanist movement. Jim asks the group to tell him what they’re up to and what’s next for New Urbanism. After a quick history of the NextGen movement, topics include: Resettle America, the Braddock PA Initiative, Tactical New Urbanism, Growing Culture and more.

Direct Download:

KunstlerCast_209.mp3

( 26 MB | 35:21 mins.)

Also check out the Congress for the New Urbanism YouTube Channel for videos from the latest congress.

Too Much Magic

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 Duncan riff on college architecture and the Union campus before opening up the discussion to questions from the class. Topics include: the value of a liberal arts education in The Long Emergency, monocultures concentrating poverty in the built environment, the prospects for restoring passenger rail in North America and more. Along the way Jim also delivers a call to millennial students to renounce their student loans.

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(32 MB | 50:15 mins.)

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KunstlerCast #201: Listener Mailbag

Light Pollution, the Printed Page v. the Screen & More

Released: April 12, 2012


JHK fields listeners calls about the healthcare industry and its future in the Long Emergency, the validity of peak oil, cognitive ability to retain information from a computer screen vs. the printed page, and light pollution.

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The Heirloom,” by Richard Davies, explores a post peak world where a group of Native Americans comes to terms with a dangerous and chaotic world. Guy McPherson, of Nature Bats Last, says, “Ultimately, The Heirloom is a wide-ranging tale about the human experience. It is about life, love, death, honor, and people struggling to make their way in a world not of their choosing.”

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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.

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(42 MB | 40:10 mins.)

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Part one of a trilogy, “The Heirloom” is available through Amazon in both paperback and eBook. The second book in the trilogy will be available late Summer 2012. Visit: http://theheirloom.blogspot.com/

KunstlerCast #196: JHK’s Veganism

The American Diet of The Future

Released: March 1, 2012


JHK talks about his experience being a “97 percent” vegan and how the American diet may change in the Long Emergency.

***Jim’s recipe for Lucky Soup will be posted here tomorrow (March 2)***

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(26 MB | 25:24 mins.)
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Links:

Interview with James Howard Kunstler
New Vegan Age
Dec. 11, 2011.

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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.

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OnEarth Magazine Review: The Kunstlercast: Conversations with James Howard Kunstler
Feb. 22, 2012

My fellow Gen X journalist Duncan Crary tells pretty much the same story of awakening slowly to the ills of suburbia, but with one difference: the small paper for which he covered local politics was in the town where Kunstler had started his own reporting career. Kunstler, who had settled in nearby Saratoga Springs, New York, and added dystopian novelist to his résumé, became a source for Crary’s reporting on suburban land use — a relationship that has continued throughout Crary’s journalism career.

Energy Bulletin Review: The KunstlerCast by Duncan Crary
Feb, 12 2012

This book is indeed great fun. … However, Crary’s superior volume has the guts to truly grapple with the harsh realities shaping our times—realities that few dare discuss out in the open.

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KunstlerCast #193: Listener Mailbag

David Brooks Does a 180 on Suburbia

Released: Feb. 9, 2012


In this episode, James Howard Kunstler and Duncan Crary go through the KunstlerCast listener mail bag. Topics include: David Brooks’s recent 180 on the “wonders” of suburbia, the Zeitgeist movement, the fate of ebooks, home maintenance during The Long Emergency, rural Illinois and other topics.

Links:

Charlie Rose with David Brooks, Feb. 1, 2012

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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 we may observe in response the 21st century failures in politics, capitalism, technology and religion.

Links:

Moyers & Company Show 102: On Crony Capitalism
January 20, 2012

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(62 MB | 50:11 mins.)
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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 forging their own trust networks at a very local level. Topics include: local currencies, bartering, small transport networks, basic local healthcare and permaculture initiatives.

Links:

The Storm Surge of Decentralization
The Automatic Earth
January 3, 2012

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(28 MB | 22:51 mins.)
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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


Northumberland Bridge, by JHK

Painting of bridge by JHK

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 save historic infrastructure like the bridge in question.

Links:

A long night at work, a sudden fatal slip
A bartender’s walk home on New Year’s Eve ends in a fatal fall from trestle
By STEVE BARNES, Times Union, Monday, January 2, 2012

Times Union Blog (with comments by Duncan

Petition: Demolition of the Black Bridge
(The petition to demo bridge, with contact form for creator)

New plans for an old Cohoes bridge begin to take shape
CBS 6, Jan. 3, 2012

Letter: Tearing down trestle not answer
Times Union, Thursday, January 5, 2012

Dangerous road claims another life
Poor lighting and lack of crosswalks add danger; fifth pedestrian killed
By DENNIS YUSKO, Times Union, Jan. 3, 2012

Lord Whimsy

UPDATE: David Dobbs (petition guy) just won’t quit. Bridge petition to hit Mayor’s desk, WNYT, Jan. 16, 2012.

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(51 MB | 41:29 mins.)

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Join Duncan at Fun Event:

Festival of Manliness

Gregg Stacy, VP of Brown’s Brewing Co., and Troy author/podcaster Duncan Crary flex their manly vocal stylings to promote The Festival of Manliness this Jan. 22 at Revolution Hall. After wrestling a live sabre-toothed tiger on the airwaves, Gregg and Duncan have a serious talk with Rick Lyke, founder of Pints for Prostates, about the importance of getting regularly screened for prostate cancer. A portion of the proceeds from The Festival of Manliness will benefit Pints for Prostates and their awareness campaign.

Download Podcast .mp3 (20 MB)
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P.S. Check out KunstlerCast #76: Man Caves

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 encounter with Noam Chomsky.
Lastly, Jim shares his resolution for the new year

Links:

Dmitry Orlov on Noam Chomsky interview (with link to media file)
http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2012/01/dismal-public-affair.html

Direct Download:
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(33 MB | 38:58 mins.)
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KunstlerCast #186: John Michael Greer

Apocalypse Not, Green Wizardry and Techno-Narcissism

Released: Dec. 22, 2011


Apocalypse Not, by John Michael Greer

Apocalypse Not, by John Michael Greer

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 America was confronted by a major disruption in its energy supply. At the time, many Americans began exploring renewable energy and more modest living arrangements that require less energy. But that was the road not taken. And now we face what he describes as a “stairstep collapse,” like many other civilizations that have overshot their resource base. Other topics include: our modern delusions about technology, the re-enchantment of our worldview, and the potential resurgence of fraternal orders which once served as the foundation of public life in America.

Links:

The Arch Druid Report, official blog of John Michael Greer

Direct Download:
KunstlerCast_186.mp3
(40 MB | 50:01 mins.)
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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 Personal Rapid Transit movement.

Note: This episode contains “adult” language.

Links:

Ken Avidor’s website
Dump Bachmann Blog

Direct Download:
KunstlerCast_182.mp3
(38 MB | 47:09 mins.)
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Mall of America by Ken Avidor

Mall of America by Ken Avidor

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 of faith in the younger generation because they’re not cynical and they truly want to live in a country they’re capable of caring about.

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(24 MB | 24:16 mins.)
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If books were made out of Cheez Doodles this is what they would look like: bright orange, bite size, leaves a tasty residue on those who touch it.

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 bizarre and raunchy consipiracy theory.

Note: This episode contains cursewords

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(37 MB | 44:24 mins.)
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October 19, 2011
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Pearl Street Grille and Brewery
67 Pearl St., Buffalo, NY
Cost: Free
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During National Preservation Conference

KunstlerCast Book Release Party
Nov. 1, 2011
Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Daisy Bakers, Troy NY

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 with problems that we are leaving ourselves vulnerable to being pushed around by crazy people like this, Kunstler says. The group — which has connections to presidential candidates Rick Perry and Michele Bachman — not only believes in literal devils but that certain American politicians are afflicted by these demons. More concerning is their belief in dominionism over all aspects of American culture, politics and business. The “apostles” claim to speak directly to God and feel they have a mission to convert all the people of the world (particularly the Jews) to Christianity. Kunstler sees this group, and others like it, becoming more troublesome as The Long Emergency unfolds. He can imagine that the country may find itself in a new Civil War in the years ahead. During the conversation JHK also describes his experiences reporting on religious cults, his own thoughts on religion as an agnostic, and explains how the story of the New Apostolic Reformation may resemble some of the aspects in his fictional World Made By Hand novels. [Main discussion begins: 5:04 mins.]

For a transcript of this episode, visit: http://kunstlercast.com/religiousright/

Note: This episode contains cursewords

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(44 MB | 51:46 mins.)
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Links:

A Leading Figure In The New Apostolic Reformation
Fresh Air, NPR, October 3, 2011

The Evangelicals Engaged In Spiritual Warfare
Fresh Air, NPR, August 24, 2011

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October 19-22, 2011
During National Preservation Conference

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Nov. 1, 2011
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Daisy Bakers, Troy NY

KunstlerCast #169: Will TLE Put an End to Spontaneous Behavior?

Car Dependency and the American National Character

Released: Aug. 18, 2011

A listener asks if American’s cherished value of spontaneity is inextricably bound to car dependency. JHK shares his thoughts on the American National Character and how it may change during The Long Emergency. Topics include: Alexis de Tocqueville, Carmageddon, Convenience, Car Sharing.

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(31 MB | 37:11 mins.)
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Next Week: Richard Heinberg

Richard Heinberg’s Author Page at Amazon

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KunstlerCast#167: Picturing Suburbia – Rebroadcast

Painting the landscape of our time

Released: Aug. 4, 2011 (Originally April 24, 2008).


Paintings by James Howard KunstlerIn 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. Vincent van Gogh painted the peasant sleeping by the haystack because he was living in a landscape populated by people. Our landscape is populated by cars. So, as a sur le motif painter of our time, Jim’s subjects include cars on the road, gas stations and the industrial ruins of America’s manufacturing past. Making this landscape legible on the canvas is a challenge, but it’s also dangerous! An angry manager once told Jim that painting the Burger King is not allowed.

[Note: this podcast has an enhanced version with images that will display as you listen along in iTunes. Or in the YouTube player below.]

Links:

JHK in Group Art Show – Gallery 668, Greenwich NY – Opening Party Sunday, August 7 from 4pm to 6pm: Gallery668.com

JHK in Group Art Show – Boscobel Exhibition Gallery, through Sept 15, 601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY: boscobel.org/exhibition-gallery.html

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(13 MB | 15:30 mins.)

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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, known as The Uptown Initiative, are committed to helping turn their neighborhood around. Billie-Jean leads this tour and introduces us to some of the neighborhood residents, including a bed & breakfast owner, another homeowner, and some urban chickens named Ruby and June. Also along the route is a Hells Angels clubhouse.

Links

For photographs of this neighborhood by Neil Grabowsky of Through The Lens Studio, visit: http://ttlstudios.com

For information about the Uptown Initiative, visit: http://theuptowninitiative.org/

For information about the Old Judge Mansion Bed & Breakfast, visit: http://oldejudgemansion.com

For information about the Sanctuary for Independent Media, visit: http://www.mediasanctuary.org

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(35 MB | 45:55 mins.)KunstlerCast_155.m4a (Enhanced)*
(70 MB | 45:55 mins.)

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KunstlerCast #149: Debauchery in the Student Ghettos

Keg and Eggs Riots in the U.S.

Released: March 24, 2011



JHK and Duncan apply an urbanist lens to a recent string of drunken St. Paddy’s Parade Day riots in three U.S. cities: Newport, RI, Hoboken, NJ, and Albany, NY. Topics covered in this discussion include: monocultures, transient populations, the ghettoization of the generations, self-regulating social scenes, swarm behavior and social networking technology, Glenn Beck, open container laws in cities and The Broken Windows Theory.

[Note: This episode contains cursewords.]

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(37 MB | 43:11 mins.)
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More Kegs and Eggs Riot Videos

Glenn Beck on the Kegs and Eggs Riot

REUTERS: Drunken St. Patrick’s parades spark crackdown

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.

Learn more about Andrew Blechman at www.andrewblechman.com.

Note: This episode includes a few cursewords.

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(40 MB | 57:42 mins.)
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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.

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(31 MB | 44:17 mins.)
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KunstlerCast #144: American Jitney

Slugging and Couch Surfing in the USA

Released: Feb. 17, 2011

JHK discusses slugging and couch surfing and other casual self-organizing transportation and lodging systems that are emerging under new terms of existence in a less affluent USA.

Note: This episode contains explicit language

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(24 MB | 34:39 mins.)
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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

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(35 MB | 51:07 mins.)
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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 also muses on the built environment in Tucson, Arizona and what role it might have played in the tragedy.

Note: This episode contains explicit language

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(22 MB | 31:08 mins.)
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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 legacy to be. This conversation, all about writing, is background information for a forthcoming KunstlerCast book.

Note: This episode contains explicit language

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Support this podcast by purchasing books from Amazon. Authors mentioned in this show: H.L. Mencken, Tom Wolfe, Samuel Beckett, Chris Hedges, Daniel Quinn, Alan Bloom, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Marshall Berman.

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(29 MB | 41:19 mins.)
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KunstlerCast #138: A Christmas Orphan

A Big City Boy Escapes to Small-town Vermont

Released: Dec. 16, 2010



James Howard Kunstler discusses and reads from his novella, A Christmas Orphan — the story of a young boy from the big city who runs away on Christmas Eve to small-town Vermont. JHK explains how this story deals with many of the issues he writes about in his nonfiction commentary on our living arrangements of the late 20th and 21st centuries.

Purchase your copy of A Christmas Orphan by James Howard Kunstler at http://northshire.com

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(23 MB | 33:28 mins.)
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Have A Crazy Cool ChristmasKermit Ruffins
“A Saints Christmas” (mp3)
from “Have A Crazy Cool Christmas”
(Basin Street)

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from “Santa’s Got Mojo”
(Electro-Fi Records)

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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.

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KunstlerCast #129: Gambling

The Last Roll of the Dice

Released: Oct. 14, 2010

James Howard Kunstler examines the last ditch effort of some states to try to generate revenue through casinos. Kunstler believes gambling is a marginal activity that states should not be pushing into the mainstream. Also featured in this episode is a short clip from JHK’s one hour interview on KBOO public radio in Portland, Ore. Check out JHK’s Book Tour Schedule” http://www.kunstler.com/sched.php Listener Caller Line: 1-(866) 924-9499 toll-free   

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(10 MB | 13:58 mins.)

 


Recent Radio Interviews Featuring JHK:

KBOO Community Radio, 10/08/10
Host Per Fagereng inteviews James Howard Kunstler
41:14 minutes (37.75 MB)

(link)

KUOW Seattle: “The Conversation” 10/05/10
Host Ross Reynolds inteviews James Howard Kunstler
(featuring Alex Steffen of Worldchanging)

17:56 mins (8.2 MB)

(link)

Lars Larson, The Northwest Show, 10/08/10
While in Portland, JHK also appeared via phone for about 7 minues on the Lars Larson Northewest Show on Oct. 8, 2010:
$ link $

WABE-FM 90.1 “Between the Lines,” 10/14/10
Hosted by Valerie Jackson Syndicated by NPR, available via podcast 28:42 mins

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KunstlerCast #127: The Tragedy of the Commons

JHK Visits Bay City Michigan

Released: Sept. 30, 2010

James Howard Kunstler explains the Tragedy of the Commons, as first described by Garrett Hardin in 1968, as how this philosophical theory relates to the public realm, suburbia, private property, commerce, environmentalism and concepts of freedom. This episode also includes a short radio story produced by MichiganNow.org featuring a walking tour by JHK in Bay City, Michigan. Special thanks to http://www.michigannow.org


Salem Common on Training Day (1808)
Peabody Essex Museum
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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 Thorium, the so-called “green” nuclear energy source (22:45 – 26:50 mins), to the Boomer generation’s parting gift to future generations (26:50 – 40:06 mins).

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KunstlerCast #125: Cassandra, A Thought Experiment

JHK Travels Back in Time to Warn The American People of the Future that Awaits Them

Released: Sept. 16, 2010.

Duncan asks JHK what he would say to the American people of 1946 if he had the means to travel back in time. What would Kunstler tell them about the suburban dream as promised to them? Would they listen?

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KunstlerCast #124: The American Vacation

Motoring Thru New England

Released: Sept. 2, 2010.

James Howard Kunstler muses on The American Vacation and why the act of vacationing in the U.S. has become so stressful and unpleasant. He also shares his observations on Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, three states he visited during his own recent vacation. Kunstler doesn’t believe that motor-based tourism will be around for much longer…and that’s probably a good thing.

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KunstlerCast #121: Modern Family Living

Reacquainting With Our Relatives

Released: Aug. 12, 2010.

James Howard Kunstler muses on the suburban family living arrangement–past, present, future. Points of discussion include: “Boomerang Kids” (a.k.a. adult children living in their parents’ home), caring for seniors, and learning to live in closer proximity to family members.

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KunstlerCast #119: The Projects

Concentrating Poverty

Released: July 8, 2010.


JHK explores a mostly abandoned low-income housing project in Duncan’s neighborhood. Two of the three 9-story brick “vertical slums” are boarded up and abandoned. They come complete with their own “rape-o-matic” tunnel for pedestrians to travel under the bridge ramp that separates them. Kunstler says these “towers in a park” are based on the ideas of Le Corbusier, the Swiss-French architect/planner whose “Radiant City” plans envisioned turning the right bank of Paris into a series of high rise towers connected by highways. Corbu’s plans were not implemented in Paris, but his ideas didn’t die. In fact they morphed into what are commonly known as “the projects,” low-income high rise towers all around the U.S. and indeed the world. Taking inspiration by the housing projects in Troy, Kunstler explains the history of this style of low-income housing and its detrimental side effects.

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KunstlerCast #113: Pit Bulls in the China Shop

Canine Decorum in the Public Realm

Released: May 27, 2010.

Using the example of a recent gimmick to allow dogs into the stores in downtown Saratoga Springs, James Howard Kunstler examines the topic of decorum in the public realm. JHK believes that Americans struggle with boundary issues and evaluating appropriate behavior, which may explain the increased presence of pet dogs in inappropriate venues. Vicious dogs, which have become the latest “urban” accessory, add an even more troubling dynamic to the streetscape. The situation gets worse when dog owners leave their pet’s droppings in the sidewalk. Kunstler notes that dogs have always played a role in city life, but now we rarely employ dogs in the traditional roles that they were bred for. And listlessness leads to bad behavior in all mammals, dogs and humans included.

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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 relationship between political ideas and the places where they originate from? JHK addresses these questions in today’s episode.

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KunstlerCast #109: Rock and Roll

Music, Technology & Canned Entertainment

Released: April 29, 2010.

James Howard Kunstler shares some stories from his days writing for Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s. He reflects on the role that technology played in creating the mind-blowing music that defined a generation. He also wonders about the future of popular music as we head into the Long Emergency.

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KunstlerCast #108: The Virtual Realm vs. The Authentic

The Internet as our Third Place

Released: April 22, 2010.

James Howard Kunstler believes that the virtual is not an adequate replacement for the authentic. In spite of how appealing and ingenious we may find virtual life, it is not as good as real life. Kunstler calls the Internet “the world’s most amazing distraction from reality that has ever been invented” and he notes that it appeared just at a time when we are in desperate need to attend to the major troubles facing our society. Online spaces now serve as our “third place,” but that often occurs at the expense of our tangible public realm. Kunstler says the sense of place in the U.S. was severely damaged well before the Internet came along, but he wonders if there is a link between our impoverished public realm and our increasing desire to inhabit the Internet landscape. Other areas of discussion include: the Internet as “green,” the enterprise of “infotainment” and the effects of digital communication on human interaction.

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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. JHK refutes some of the major arguments used by sprawl defenders, including the notions that sprawl is good because people choose it and that sprawl represents liberty. JHK also notes that while the infrastructure required to deliver suburbia is extremely subsidized with government money, many sprawl defenders argue against public transportation because it is subsidized.

[Update: You can download Randal O'Toole's presentation from his debate with JHK on this page.]

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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 fiesta of technology accomplished anyway. On the topic of space colonization, Kunstler says he fears that humans will make the rest of the universe as bad as Hackensack, New Jersey. He also touches upon the issues of resource exploitation, offloading surplus population, and the wishful thinking that lies behind the space exploration narrative.

[Note: This program contains explicit language.]

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KunstlerCast #103: Parking Militants & Hot Heads

Passionate Positions on Parking

Released: March 18, 2010.

James Howard Kunstler is sometimes propelled into “mad dog mode” when speaking about the modern American landscape. But tempers fly on all sides of these urban policy debates. And there are many times when the only sane response is to be angry about what we’ve done to the North American landscape over the past 50 years. In this conversation, JHK explores the heightened emotions that erupt over the issue of parking in small cities and towns. Community leaders across the country still believe that motoring and car storage will be the determining factor in everything. But JHK thinks that one day soon everyone will just wake up with a different idea, because it will be self-evident that densely conceived and executed redevelopment will be necessary.

[Note: This program contains explicit language.]

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KunstlerCast #99: Big Slide – Q & A

Is JHK Daniel?

Released: Feb. 11, 2010.


On today’s podcast, James Howard Kunstler answers questions from the cast members and audience after the staged reading of “Big Slide,” an original three-act play by James Howard Kunstler. An audience member asks Kunstler if his character “Tom” was meant to be an African-American. A cast member asks if the character “Daniel” is named after the biblical prophet and if perhaps “Daniel” is actually Jim himself. Another castmember asks why he chose theater for as a medium for this story.

Listen to Act 1 | Listen to Acts 2 & 3
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Staged reading of “Big Slide” at the MUCCC, Rochester NY. Photos by Carl Pultz. 

 


About the Staged Reading:

“Big Slide” was first performed as a staged reading on January 9, 2010 in Rochester, NY, as part of the Multi-use Community Cultural Center’s American Playwright series. The event was introduced by James Howard Kunstler and recorded by KunstlerCast host/producer Duncan Crary.

THE CAST:
Roger Gans, Kevin Indovino, Ira Simel, Micky Markert, Diane Chevron, Jeff Moon, Denise & Don Bartalo, Fiona Criddle, Gavin Price, Meredith Powell, Allan O’Grady Cuseo, Tommy Mastrangelo, Jeff Andrews and Peter Elliott.

Produced by: John Borek

Directed and Narrated by: Michael Arve

Promotional Artwork by: Louis Podlaski

 

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“Big Slide” is now selling as a 116 page e-book (.PDF), and is also available for your Kindle device or iPhone. For more information and a description of “Big Slide,” visit: http://www.kunstler.com/BigSlide.

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KunstlerCast #98: Big Slide – Act 2,3

A Staged Reading

Released: Feb. 4, 2010.


Link Fixed! (Stereo)

On today’s podcast, we present the conclulsion of “Big Slide,” an original three-act play by James Howard Kunstler. Set in the autumn of an unspecified near-future year, at an Adirondack “great camp,” this is the story of three generations of the Freeman family who have taken refuge from New York and Boston during a severe national political maelstrom. Though we are never fully apprised of the exact nature of this event, it appears that a coup d’etat has occurred in the White House and local militias have risen up all over the nation in response. The estate at Big Slide is isolated from these events, but the electricity has stopped working and, apparently, the law enforcement has, too.

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Staged reading of “Big Slide” at the MUCCC, Rochester NY. Photos by Carl Pultz.


About the Staged Reading:

“Big Slide” was first performed as a staged reading on January 9, 2010 in Rochester, NY, as part of the Multi-use Community Cultural Center’s American Playwright series. The event was introduced by James Howard Kunstler and recorded by KunstlerCast host/producer Duncan Crary.

THE CAST:
Roger Gans, Kevin Indovino, Ira Simel, Micky Markert, Diane Chevron, Jeff Moon, Denise & Don Bartalo, Fiona Criddle, Gavin Price, Meredith Powell, Allan O’Grady Cuseo, Tommy Mastrangelo, Jeff Andrews and Peter Elliott.

Produced by: John Borek

Directed and Narrated by: Michael Arve

Promotional Artwork by: Louis Podlaski

Purchase Big Slide e-Book

 

“Big Slide” is now selling as a 116 page e-book (.PDF), and is also available for your Kindle device or iPhone. For more information and a description of “Big Slide,” visit: http://www.kunstler.com/BigSlide.

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KunstlerCast #97: Big Slide – Act 1

Big Slide Banner

A Staged Reading

Released: Jan. 29, 2010.

(Stereo)

On today’s podcast, we present the first act of “Big Slide,” an original three-act play by James Howard Kunstler. Set in the autumn of an unspecified near-future year, at an Adirondack “great camp,” this is the story of three generations of the Freeman family who have taken refuge from New York and Boston during a severe national political maelstrom. Though we are never fully apprised of the exact nature of this event, it appears that a coup d’etat has occurred in the White House and local militias have risen up all over the nation in response. The estate at Big Slide is isolated from these events, but the electricity has stopped working and, apparently, the law enforcement has, too.

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Staged reading of “Big Slide” at the MUCCC, Rochester NY. Photos by Carl Pultz.


About the Staged Reading:

“Big Slide” was first performed as a staged reading on January 9, 2010 in Rochester, NY, as part of the Multi-use Community Cultural Center’s American Playwright series. The event was introduced by James Howard Kunstler and recorded by KunstlerCast host/producer Duncan Crary.

THE CAST:
Roger Gans, Kevin Indovino, Ira Simel, Micky Markert, Diane Chevron, Jeff Moon, Denise & Don Bartalo, Fiona Criddle, Gavin Price, Meredith Powell, Allan O’Grady Cuseo, Tommy Mastrangelo, Jeff Andrews and Peter Elliott.

Produced by: John Borek

Directed and Narrated by: Michael Arve

Promotional Artwork by: Louis Podlaski

 

Purchase Big Slide e-Book

 

 

“Big Slide” is now selling as a 116 page e-book (.PDF), and is also available for your Kindle device or iPhone. For more information and a description of “Big Slide,” visit: http://www.kunstler.com/BigSlide.

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KunstlerCast #96: Road Trip

Audio Postcards from the NYS Thruway

New York State Thruway PostcardReleased: 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 they pass along the way, the enterprise of downhill skiing, and how life in upstate New York has colored Kunstler’s worldview as an author and commentator.

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(39 MB | 40:20 mins.)

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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.

 

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There will be a staged-reading of James Howard Kunstler’s play, “Big Slide” this Jan. 9 at the Multi-use Community Cultural Center in Rochester NY. The playwright will introduce the show, which begins a 7:30 p.m. Admission is pay what you can. For information, visit: http://muccc.org

KunstlerCast #88: In General

The Role of Generalists in a Hyper-Specialist Society

Released: Nov. 12, 2009.

James Howard Kunstler speaks about the role of generalists in a world of hyper specialists. Although hyper-specialists are experts in their narrow fields, their work is often disregardful of the larger picture. Traffic engineers, for example, can move huge numbers of cars extremely efficiently, using fine-tuned formulas for curve ratios and grades, but their final product often makes downtowns un-walkable for pedestrians. Econometric models are only a substitute for reality that tend to produce a failure of perception and therefore a failure in our ability to act in the face of the things that happen to us. A sense of hyper-individualism in U.S. culture is another obstacle that stands in the way of thinking about our society and its problems in general terms. At the close of the show, a listener shares his thoughts on the vibrant center city of Philadelphia.

 

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This week’s sponsor is Chelsea Green, publisher of Waiting on a Train by James McCommons, with forward by James Howard Kunstler. Waiting on a Train is a critical look at the embattled future of passenger rail service, told by a journalist who spent one year traveling across America by train in 2008. Look for Waiting on a Train at your local bookstore, or visit: http://chelseagreen.com.

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KunstlerCast #84: Urban Thinkers

Christopher Alexander, Daniel Burnham, Lewis Mumford, Leon Krier, Le Corbusier

Released: Oct. 15, 2009.


James Howard Kunstler believes that urban design will be the next big philosophical battle for the hearts and minds of Americans. One of the most important tasks we will face is determining the size, scale and shape of the 21st Century city. Kunstler says current cities are not scaled to the energy realities of the future. We must downscale, reform and de-automobilze our cities. Urban thinkers and urban planners will serve as our guides throughout that process. In this episode, Kunstler returns to the list of Top 100 Urban Thinkers complied by Planetizen.com to discuss some of the top names on that list. People discussed on this program include: Christopher Alexander, Frederick Law Olmsted, Daniel Burnham, Lewis Mumford, Leon Krier, Le Corbusier, and Ian McHarg.

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(31 MB | 27:14 mins.)
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KunstlerCast #83: Jane Jacobs, Urban Thinker

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Released: Oct. 8, 2009.


Planetizen, an urban planning website and book publisher, recently conducted a poll about the Top 100 Urban Thinkers. Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, made #1 on the list. Kunstler explains the story and importance of Jacobs. He also recollects interviewing her in 2000. Although at the time Jacobs was writing a book about the coming energy crisis, Dark Age Ahead, Kunstler said she didn’t seem interested in talking about “Long Emergency” issues during their conversation. A listener caller tells us why he thinks Sesame Street is a good model for urbanism.

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(20 MB | 21:35 mins.)
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Jane Jacobs, Interviewed by Jim Kunstler for Metropolis Magazine, March 2001
September 6, 2000: Toronto Canada

 

KunstlerCast #79: Packin’ for France

Is Now A Good Time to Leave the U.S. for Good?

Released: Sept 10, 2009.

A Listener caller asks James Howard Kunstler if now is a good time to emigrate from the U.S. to France. During his response, Kunstler poses the question: exactly what allegiance do you owe to your country if your country is making a foolish spectacle of itself? Kunstler explains why he himself has not packed his bags for Europe. And he covers the possibility of regional autonomy arising in the U.S. if various energy, climate, political and financial crises push us in that direction.

Warning: This episode contains explicit language. Times: 5:13, 21:09, 22:15, 22:24.

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(28 MB | 30:08 mins.)

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KunstlerCast #78: Litter & Pollution

Trashing Places We Don’t Respect

Released: Sept 3, 2009.

litter James Howard Kunstler says one reason why American cities are so dirty is because we do not have a firm agreement about how to treat the public realm in this country. He believes that people will literally trash a place that they don’t like or respect. And a lot of American space is difficult to respect. On a larger scale, many corporations treat the American landscape with a similar disregard. While Kunstler believes that large scale pollution from mega corporations may taper off with the cheap oil supply, he thinks local manufacturing in the future might reintroduce forms of pollution that haven’t been seen in the U.S. for a while.

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KunstlerCast #77: Idiocracy

The Diminishing Returns of Information Technology

Released: August 27, 2009.

James Howard Kunstler believes that stupid Americans are exerting their political and cultural tyranny over the rest of us. No other society has produced a larger group of stupid people with as much money and means to express their thoughts, pleasures, ideas, biases, delights, and hatreds in things that can be broadcast, built or in some way imposed on other people. Those who object to this situation are called elitist, he says. JHK also explores the diminishing returns of information technology and the internet.

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(24 MB | 26:00 mins.)

The Tribunal of the Inquisition as illustrated by Francisco de Goya
The Tribunal of the Inquisition as illustrated by Francisco de Goya

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KunstlerCast #76: Man Caves

Andrés Duany & The Dilemma of Male Space

Released: August 20, 2009.

Man Cave

A “man cave” discovered in a government complex made national news earlier this month. Eminent new urbanist planner Andrés Duany was prompted to speak out in defense of the man cave and “male space” in general, which he sees as a disappearing habitat in modern America. James Howard Kunstler and host Duncan Crary listen to a recording of Duany’s “The Dilemma of Male Space” and further explore the concept of male space. Not only does Kunstler believe that male space is disappearing in suburbia, but he thinks adult space in general is endangered.

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KunstlerCast #75: Jet Skis in the Wilderness

Traffic Jams and Plastic Weenie Stands in the Woods

Released: August 13, 2009.


Even during a recession, Americans are pouring into our nation’s “wilderness areas” with jet skis and cigarette boats in tow. After returning home from a visit to the Adirondack Mountains of New York, James Howard Kunstler serves up some thoughts on the gas guzzling toys we use to get off on in nature. Although we have a residual memory of what the American wilderness used to be like before World War II, the reality of our “nature areas” today is much different. Plastic weenie stands, ice cream emporiums and gift shops have invaded the woods. But Kunstler believes the days of traffic jams in Yosemite are numbered.

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(Note: Here’s the article Duncan mentions in the podcast: Pollution outruns Adirondacks, Times Union, July 15, 2009.)

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KunstlerCast #72: Sprawling to Obesity

The Burbs are Bad for Your Health

Released: July 23, 2009.

This May, the Committee on Environmental Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics confirmed that the design of U.S. communities (i.e. car-dependent suburbia) negatively affects the health of children (i.e. makes them obese). James Howard Kunstler explores the relationship between suburban sprawl and the declining health of Americans. (Artwork courtesy of Ken Avidor)

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KunstlerCast Grunt: Jacko

Sweeping Our Bad Decisions Under the Rug

Released: July 16, 2009.

James Howard Kunstler joins host Duncan Crary for a quick KunstlerCast “grunt” to react to the recent death of pop star Michael Jackson. Kunstler thinks Michael Jackson represents many of the bad choices that America made about itself and also its difficulty in telling the truth about it. To read Kunstler’s recent obituary for Jackson, visit http://kunstler.com/blog. The KunstlerCast will return in full next Thursday on July 16.

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KunstlerCast #70: Commercial and Corporate Art in Public

Art & the Human Form in Our Modern Streetscape

Released: June 25, 2009.

James Howard Kunstler takes a look at various types of public artwork on display in Troy NY, a small American city. Kunstler notes that many public murals in America attempt to put a human face in places where people are noticeably absent. He notices that 20th century commercial advertisements painted on building exteriors exhibit more skill than most 21st century “art.” He analyzes a painted steel, corporate sculpture that adorns the public face of glass box corporate building. He also discusses the role that formal statues play in adorning public squares.

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(23 MB | 24:35 mins.)

Photographs Discussed on this Episode

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Charlie Chaplin - Up Your Alley Troy, NY
“Charlie Chaplin”, Up Your Alley, Troy, NY

Marilyn Monroe - Up Your Alley Troy, NY
“Marilyn Monroe”, Up Your Alley, Troy NY.

20 th Century Commercial Ad, Troy NY
20th Century Commercial Ad, Troy NY

Corporate Art, Troy, NY
Corporate Art, Troy, NY

Vietnam Memorial, Troy, NY
Vietnam Memorial, Troy, NY

KunstlerCast #69: Public Art & Public Eyesores

Art As A Neurotic Response to Deactivated Cities

Released: June 18, 2009.

James Howard Kunstler discusses public art in our cities and towns. Modern public art often lacks artistry and is an ironic representation of our 21st century junk empire. But Kunstler says we don’t need any more irony. We need a dignified public realm. Instead of engaging amateurs and children to splash paint on the blank walls of publicly facing buildings, we need to stop creating blank walls in the first place. Even the skilled work of professional muralists often results in little more than a neurotic attempt to give our deactivated streets the appearance of life, when the real problem is that our streets are dead. Kunstler relates these issues to Potemkin villages, trips to Disneyland and do-it-yourself home improvement kits.

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(22 MB | 23:45 mins.)

Photographs Discussed on this Episode

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Tear Catcher Seeds of the Universe
Tear Catcher (left) | Seeds of the Universe (right)

Erosion and of da Vinci
Erosion (left) | Of da Vinci (right)

of da Vanci Erosion
Of da Vinci (left) | Erosion (right)

Mural in Tosca Alley
Mural in Tosca Alley

painted fence
Painted Fence

City Hall mural
Mural at City Hall

Up Your Alley Mural of Troy
Up Your Alley Mural of Troy

KunstlerCast #60: Bad Behavior & Urban Policing

The Broken Window Theory, Car Cops and Rising Tensions in Tough Times

Released: April 16, 2009.


James Howard Kunstler often advocates for a return to urban living arrangements. But urban living often bring residents into close proximity to bad behavior. The situation can be especially frightening when people inhabit cities that aren’t fully repopulated yet. Suburban style “car cop” policing causes additional problems because car culture can foster bad behavior from the police themselves. Kunstler believes that police on foot and horse would lead to more productive policing and would also allow citizens to police the police. Later Kunstler speaks about the “Broken Window Theory.” Host Duncan Crary asks Kunstler about the obligation of citizens to address and correct bad behavior when they encounter it. In his response, Kunstler touches upon the underlying racial issues that are sometimes present in these situations. Finally, Kunstler muses on the future of community policing after insolvent municipalities can no longer afford to pay for overwhelming vehicular policing styles. A listener caller from Portland, Maine ends the show with thoughts on “driving” bicycles on the street.

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(28 MB | 34:54 mins.)

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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 the historical relationship between credit and the creation of suburbia. But he does not know how our current credit problems will stimulate people to change the physical arrangements of their lives. He assumes, however, that Americans will be dragged kicking and screaming from the happy motoring commuter experience.

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( 22 MB | 27:28 mins.)

Credit Card
A Credit Card.
(Creative Commons photo by The Consumerist)
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KunstlerCast #42: Victorian Stroll

19th Century Urbanism in 2008

Released: Dec. 11, 2008


Victorian SantaJames 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 believes events like this are rehearsal for the times ahead when Americans will be forced to re-inhabit their small cities and classic main-street towns.

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( 37 MB | 42 mins.)

INSTRUCTIONS: Hover your mouse over the Google Street View windows below. Click the arrows on the window to move up and down the street. Click the window to change your view. Double click to zoom in. Click the box in the right-hand corner for full screen view.

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>>Head left (north)

>>Turn Right (northeast) onto River St.

>>Turn Right (south) onto 3rd St.

>>Continue (south) to State St.

>>Turn Right (west) on State St.

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Points of interest from the show:

Market Block Books (corner of River Street and 3rd St.)

Frear’s Cash Bazaar/Uncle Sam Atrium (3rd St. across the street from Market Block Books)

Church with Louis Comfort Tiffany interior (3rd St. & State St)

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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 sprawl and the real estate industry. In reality, there is a whole corpus of responsibilities, obligations and duties that come with land ownership in America that simply can’t be ignored. Kunstler compares American attitudes toward community ownership with those in Europe.

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( 25 MB | 27:08 mins.)

Photo by Satan's Laundromat
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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 daily life that have to be fixed, it’s important that Obama tells the truth to American people. Jim also addresses the high speed rail bond that passed in California. Lastly, a listener in Japan predicts how the Japanese will face The Long Emergency.

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( 20 MB | 22:00 mins.)

Barack Obama

 

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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 is too heavily invested in the status quo.

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( 16 MB | 20:00 mins.)

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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” consumerism. Jim also takes on the hip hop costuming that has invaded the mainstream and has made young men look like oversized babies and violent clowns.

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( 14B | 17:13 mins.)

A tragic and comedic tattoo
The tragic comedy of tattoos.

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 are required to visit the burbs to see our families.

[Note: one curse word.]

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( 18 MB | 26:00 mins.)

Ralph Kramden's Apartment in The Honeymooners
Ralph Kramden’s apartment in The Honeymooners tv show.

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, recreational drug use, and includes some curse words.]

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( 18 MB | 25:30 mins.)

JHK as a crypto-hippie
James Howard Kunstler as a 23-year old crypto-hippie in 1972.

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 discourage the retrofitting of second and third story retail space in old “Main Street” buildings as well. So while handicap access codes may make it easier for some people to use our built environment, they can also indirectly make it more difficult for those do not own a car.

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( 13 MB | 17:13 mins.)

KunstlerCast #19: Wishful Thinking

Jiminy Cricket, Cargo Cults, Prayer & Other Ways to Get Something for Nothing

Released: June 19, 2008.

Religious activists are praying at Washington DC gas stations for cheaper fuel. James Howard Kunstler says that type of neurotic behavior isn’t much different than the behavior of cargo cults in the South Pacific. The concept of getting something for nothing is widely accepted by American culture, and religion, too. But Jim feels spirituality in America might one day evolve into something worthy of more respect than the Jiminy Cricket, consumerist culture of today’s suburban mega churches.

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(14 MB | 20 mins.)

KunstlerCast#12: Gentrification

Cities are not just for the poor

Released: May 1, 2008.

A listener from Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. wants to know about the ethics of gentrification. What happens to the poor people who get pushed out of the cities when wealthier people move in? James Howard Kunstler addresses how abnormal it is that American city centers are primarily inhabited by poor people. Jim and Duncan also touch upon the racial dimensions of gentrification.

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(7 MB | 15 mins.)

KunstlerCast#11: Picturing Suburbia

Painting the landscape of our time

Released: April 24, 2008.

When James Howard Kunstler isn’t railing against suburban sprawl, he’s painting it. Vincent van Gogh painted the peasant sleeping by the haystack because he was living in a landscape populated by people. Our landscape is populated by cars. So, as a sur la motif painter of our time, Jim’s subjects include cars on the road, gas stations and the industrial ruins of America’s manufacturing past. Making this landscape legible on the canvas is a challenge, but it’s also dangerous! An angry manager once told Jim that painting the Burger King is not allowed.

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(7 MB | 15 mins.)

Paintings by James Howard Kunstler
Landscapes of our time, painted by JHK

KunstlerCast #10: Children of the Burbs

Suburbia: a punishing environment for our children?

Released: April 17, 2008.

Is raising children in suburbia a form of child abuse? What happens to developing people when public space is the berm between the Wal-Mart and the K-Mart? When school looks like a maximum security “facility”? When parents are chauffeurs? James Howard Kunstler addresses these topics and speaks of his own experiences growing up in the suburbs of Long Island and in Manhattan.

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(7 MB | 15 mins.)