Sinopse

With equal parts humor and in-depth analysis, Asher, Rob, and Jason safeguard their sanity while probing crazy-making topics like climate change, overshoot, runaway capitalism, and why were all deluding ourselves.

Episódios

  • Bonus: Green Dreamer with Jason Bradford

    Bonus: Green Dreamer with Jason Bradford

    15/09/2020 Duração: 38min

    Kamea Chayne is the host of Green Dreamer, an excellent podcast that features interviews with thought leaders about ecology, sustainability, and wellbeing. In this episode, Kamea's thought leader is our very own Jason Bradford, cohost of Crazy Town and author of the report The Future Is Rural. Jason explains his systemic perspective on energy, food systems, resilience, and the future of human society.Support the show (https://www.postcarbon.org/supportcrazytown/)

  • Bonus: The Practical Stoic with Richard Heinberg

    Bonus: The Practical Stoic with Richard Heinberg

    11/08/2020 Duração: 01h04min

    Simon Drew is the host of The Practical Stoic, an outstanding podcast that explores philosophy and the human predicament. In this episode, Simon invites Richard Heinberg, senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute, for a lively and wide-ranging conversation about consumerism, sustainability, and the coming corrections across society.Support the show (https://www.postcarbon.org/supportcrazytown/)

  • Bonus: Decolonizing the Mind with Sherri Mitchell

    Bonus: Decolonizing the Mind with Sherri Mitchell

    14/07/2020 Duração: 01h33min

    PCI Executive Director Asher Miller speaks with Sherri Mitchell (Weh'na Ha'mu Kwasset) on the long history of colonization and conquest -- upon which our legal, religious, and educational structures continue to be based -- and how the coronavirus pandemic and the growing recognition of white privilege present a unique opportunity to decolonize our society, minds, and hearts. Sherri Mitchell is a lawyer, educator, writer, speaker, and organizer who has been actively involved with Indigenous rights and environmental justice work for more than 25 years.Support the show (https://www.postcarbon.org/supportcrazytown/)

  • Tis but a Scratch: the Insanity of Returning to Normal

    Tis but a Scratch: the Insanity of Returning to Normal

    18/06/2020 Duração: 48min

    You know you're in for a bumpy ride when societal institutions start behaving like the Black Knight from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. In one of the most famous comedic movie scenes of all time, the delusional knight believes he can keep fighting ("It's just a flesh wound.") as geysers of blood spurt from his severed limbs. Similarly communities, corporations, and entire nations are clamoring for a return to normal after months of corona-induced quarantines, even though business as usual was already chopping the limbs off of planetary life-support systems and unjustly drawing blood from people in need all over the world. In the season finale of Crazy Town during this upside down year of 2020, it's only fitting that a return to "normal" actually means a return to "crazy." For episode notes and more information, please visit our website and sign up for our newsletter.Support the show (https://www.postcarbon.org/supportcrazytown/)

  • A Time to Speak up, but Also a Time to Shut up: White Privilege in America

    A Time to Speak up, but Also a Time to Shut up: White Privilege in America

    11/06/2020 Duração: 21min

    We had planned to record and release our season finale this week, but felt compelled to address the unfolding battle over police violence and systemic racism in our country which has come to a boil with the murder of George Floyd. Is there anything crazier than the people in our towns, who are sworn to protect and serve, instead coldly taking the lives of our neighbors? Given this moment in American history marked by outrage, sadness, and massive protest, we discuss the need to address institutional racism and white privilege. This is a short episode, because, although it's important to speak up, it's also important for white people to shut up and listen. As is customary in Crazy Town, we consider inequality and racism using the lenses of systems thinking and resilience science. For episode notes and more information, please visit our website and sign up for our newsletter.Support the show (https://www.postcarbon.org/supportcrazytown/)

  • The Crazy Town Mailbag: We Heard from You, and It Wasn’t as Bad as We Thought

    The Crazy Town Mailbag: We Heard from You, and It Wasn’t as Bad as We Thought

    28/05/2020 Duração: 45min

    Heathens, kooks, and fertilizer for corn and bean fields: these are a few of the names applied to your humble hosts here in Crazy Town. We set ourselves up for abuse in this special mailbag episode, and our listeners didn't disappoint. Despite the occasional (and well deserved) insult, we love our listeners and find them to be some of the most intelligent, caring, and committed people in the world. Learn how they're working toward sustainable transportation, healthy farms, infrastructure repurposing, and community resilience, all while keeping a good sense of humor. For episode notes and more information, please visit our website and sign up for our newsletter.Support the show (https://www.postcarbon.org/supportcrazytown/)

  • Breaking the Brady Vase: Coronavirus and America’s Fault Lines

    Breaking the Brady Vase: Coronavirus and America’s Fault Lines

    21/05/2020 Duração: 53min

    Besides lessons in ethics (and in Asher's case, lessons in the English language), the Brady Bunch offers up a metaphor about the fault lines in American politics -- fault lines that include the undermining of government, extreme individualism, race and class divides, and capitalist and corporate excesses. Blood pressures soar, especially when Jason contemplates the Dunning-Kruger effect, but your intrepid hosts release the tension by suggesting some pathways out of political malaise. For episode notes and more information, please visit our website and sign up for our newsletter.Support the show (https://www.postcarbon.org/supportcrazytown/)

  • Poked by a Porcupine: the Politics of Contraction

    Poked by a Porcupine: the Politics of Contraction

    14/05/2020 Duração: 38min

    Before you heap praise on someone's cooking, even for something as delicious as porcupine pot pie, you might want to consider the effects of ego inflation and the downsides of a hyper-individualistic culture. In this episode Asher, Rob, and Jason wonder if individualism (not to mention all those other "-isms"... capitalism, socialism, communism) is simply the product of a relatively short period of expansionism, and what of our values must be kept or discarded as we enter a new era of contraction and bureaucratic breakdown. While expressing a profound desire to retain the progress humanity has made on numerous fronts (don't sleep on 21st-century dentistry), they make sure to insult one another just enough for proper ego containment. For episode notes and more information, please visit our website and sign up for our newsletter.Support the show (https://www.postcarbon.org/supportcrazytown/)

  • Doors and Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Reimagining Lifeboat Ethics in the Age of Overshoot

    Doors and Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Reimagining Lifeboat Ethics in the Age of Overshoot

    11/05/2020 Duração: 43min

    As we continue heading toward planetary disaster, like the Titanic steaming toward its rendezvous with a big freakin' iceberg, we might want to figure out how to prepare and manage our lifeboats. In environmentalism’s seedy past, a famous ecologist used the metaphor of lifeboats getting swamped to argue for a "screw the poor and non-whites" strategy to deal with the limits to growth. In search of better ideas and better leadership, Asher, Rob, and Jason discuss how we can reinvent lifeboat ethics and find prosocial ways to manage humanity's shared crises. Bonus: find out what to do if you should find that the soles of your feet have fallen off. For episode notes and more information, please visit our website and sign up for our newsletter.Support the show (https://www.postcarbon.org/supportcrazytown/)

  • Koala Butts Ablaze and the Sweet Relief of the Adaptive Cycle

    Koala Butts Ablaze and the Sweet Relief of the Adaptive Cycle

    07/05/2020 Duração: 45min

    In the disorienting days of corona quarantine, wouldn't it be dope to have a model that can help you make sense of the world? Enter the adaptive cycle from the field of systems ecology -- arguably the most important framework you never heard of. Join Asher, Rob, and Jason as they give a guided tour of the growth, conservation, collapse, and reorganization phases of the cycle, and hash out how it can be applied to the modern world. By the end of the tour, besides having a useful lens for interpreting humanity's predicament, you'll be quite confident in assessing which phase is represented by a koala with a flaming fanny. For episode notes and more information, please visit our website and sign up for our newsletter.Support the show (https://www.postcarbon.org/supportcrazytown/)

  • Announcement: Luciferian Mailbag Call

    Announcement: Luciferian Mailbag Call

    04/05/2020 Duração: 05min

    We want to hear your Crazy Town stories and questions. Please send email to [email protected], and if your message strikes the right chord (kinda like the voicemail we dissect in this announcement), we'll discuss it in our upcoming mailbag episode.Support the show (https://www.postcarbon.org/supportcrazytown/)

  • Banana Town: Where Michael Moore Is Censored by the Left and Promoted by the Right

    Banana Town: Where Michael Moore Is Censored by the Left and Promoted by the Right

    30/04/2020 Duração: 38min

    Paying attention to the buzz around Planet of the Humans, the new film by Michael Moore, is like standing in the middle of a three-ring circus. In ring #1 are the filmmakers, who raise critical questions about how renewable sources can power industrial society, but do so with questionable facts and mean-spirited attacks. In ring #2 are the left-wing enviros, who are barfing out lazy accusations of ecofascism and doing all they can to avoid addressing the film’s legitimate questions about population and consumption. In ring #3 are the oil-soaked, right-wing libertarians who think this film will help them keep earning and burning their way to the bank at the end of Armageddon Road. Asher, Rob, and Jason grapple with the cacophony, hash out the good and bad of the film and the response to it, and argue for an honest, messy-middle approach to the transition away from fossil fuels. For episode notes and more information, please visit our website and sign up for our newsletter.Support the show (https://www.postcarb

  • Mayor McCheese  Modern Medicine: the Good  Bad of High Energy Modernity

    Mayor McCheese & Modern Medicine: the Good & Bad of High Energy Modernity

    23/04/2020 Duração: 40min

    Some anthropologists argue that we're living in an anomalous historical period called High Energy Modernity, which will end sooner than we might like because of declining 'net energy.'  It's an era of contradictions in which we've acquired unbelievable technology but put it to some of the most frivolous uses. In this episode, Rob, Asher, and Jason ask themselves, "If High Energy Modernity is on the way out, what will we miss most, and what will we be glad to see go?" And they ponder appropriate technology and whether the digging stick is primed for a comeback. For episode notes and more information, please visit our website and sign up for our newsletter.Support the show (https://www.postcarbon.org/supportcrazytown/)

  • An Ecofascist and a Social Justice Warrior Walk into a Bar

    An Ecofascist and a Social Justice Warrior Walk into a Bar

    20/04/2020 Duração: 27min

    We've seen a frightening rise in recent years of violence and violent rhetoric by so-called ecofascists, who use environmental and resource limits arguments to justify hateful views around immigration and population. But does that mean those of us who are concerned about ecological limits should keep our mouths shut? Rob, Jason, and Asher explore why squelching discussions about limits might actually backfire and fuel ecofascist views instead, while wrestling with some of the skeletons in the environmental movement's closet. Speaking of skeletons, wait until you hear our "theories" about Rachel Carson and Aldo Leopold. For episode notes and more information, please visit our website and sign up for our newsletter.Support the show (https://www.postcarbon.org/supportcrazytown/)

  • Foreclosing on the Frackers: Coronavirus and the Future of Energy

    Foreclosing on the Frackers: Coronavirus and the Future of Energy

    16/04/2020 Duração: 54min

    In the last episode Asher, Rob, and Jason discussed the danger of political denial and delusion limiting how well we respond to the climate crisis. This week we address the risk that another "d"--distraction--will keep us from recognizing the huge threats and opportunities the pandemic presents for our energy future. The lads also take a few minutes to pat themselves on the back (virtually, of course) for how much recent episodes, though recorded before the %@#*$^ virus hit, apply to our new pandemic reality, before exploring some absurdities of social distancing in Quarantine Corner. For episode notes and more information, please visit our website and sign up for our newsletter.Support the show (https://www.postcarbon.org/supportcrazytown/)

  • Delusion to the Left, Denial to the Right

    Delusion to the Left, Denial to the Right

    09/04/2020 Duração: 33min

    How much of a stretch is it to compare autoimmune disease to the politics of climate change? Let's just say your hosts at Crazy Town were able to do it without any need for medical intervention. In this episode, Asher, Rob, and Jason examine how both ends of the political spectrum are getting it wrong and propose how you can start a new conversation. And it doesn't even have to involve your family disease history! Bonus: if you stay to the very end of the episode, you'll hear a "solution" to the toilet paper hoarding madness of 2020. For episode notes and more information, please visit our website and sign up for our newsletter.Support the show (https://www.postcarbon.org/supportcrazytown/)

  • I Cant Drive... 35! The Rationale for Rationing

    I Can't Drive... 35! The Rationale for Rationing

    06/04/2020 Duração: 35min

    If you ask a hundred people what they want to do about climate change or other crises in the age of overshoot, approximately zero of them will enthusiastically call for rationing. But is rationing all that bad? If your grocery store is out of toilet paper thanks to pandemic-induced hoarding, maybe not so much. And considering our dangerous dependence on fossil fuels, maybe it's time to up the ante and establish a rationing program for oil and other sources of energy. Drop the hoarding mentality, break out your coupon book, and engage your sense of fairness as Crazy Town explores the rationale behind rationing. For episode notes and more information, please visit our website and be sure to sign up for our newsletter.Support the show (https://www.postcarbon.org/supportcrazytown/)

  • Coronavirus and the Three Bears

    Coronavirus and the Three Bears

    02/04/2020 Duração: 42min

    First of all, f*ck this virus. We don't want anyone to experience pain and suffering from coronavirus, but maybe there's a lesson to learn. In fact, even a simple story like Goldilocks and the Three Bears may have something valuable to teach us. Here at Crazy Town headquarters, we've been calling for pretty drastic changes to the economy to make it fair, resilient, and sustainable. But changes don't materialize just because you want them--usually you need a crisis to get people thinking and acting differently. And when it comes to crisis, size matters: too big (think asteroids and nuclear missiles) and all of civilization is at risk, too small and nothing happens. Is there such a thing as a "just right" Goldilocks crisis? Grab a bowl and spoon and pull up a chair (not too hard and not too soft) as we talk porridge and pandemic. Bonus: join Asher, Rob, and Jason in Quarantine Corner, where you’ll appreciate the lighter side of social distancing. For episode notes and more information, please visit our website

  • Our Naked Emperors Catch Coronavirus: Nafeez Ahmed on Global System Breakdown

    Our Naked Emperors Catch Coronavirus: Nafeez Ahmed on Global System Breakdown

    30/03/2020 Duração: 01h11min

    Asher goes for a deep dive in his interview with investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed about how the novel coronavirus is rippling through the systems that make up modern society. To set the stage, they cover some heady territory, including Thomas Homer-Dixon’s “synchronous failure,” Joseph Tainter’s analysis of collapse and the diminishing marginal returns of complexity, C.S. Holling’s “adaptive cycle,” and Naomi Klein’s “shock doctrine.” With these frameworks of systems thinking in mind, they explore how we can make progress toward re-envisioning a prosocial, equitable, and environmentally sound society. For episode notes and more information, please visit our website and sign up for our newsletter.Support the show (https://www.postcarbon.org/supportcrazytown/)

  • Announcement: Keeping up with Coronavirus

    Announcement: Keeping up with Coronavirus

    28/03/2020 Duração: 01min

    Asher explains the changes to Crazy Town's schedule as we try to keep up with new developments during the coronavirus pandemic.Support the show (https://www.postcarbon.org/supportcrazytown/)

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