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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 we’re all deluding ourselves.

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United States

Description:

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 we’re all deluding ourselves.

Twitter:

@postcarbon

Language:

English

Contact:

541-566-8700


Episodes

Escaping Speedism: How to Slow Down and Enjoy the Collapse

4/10/2024
Consult your inner tortoise to find novel ways of slowing down and living the good life. In a world haunted by just-in-time delivery, hyperactive business, accelerating environmental calamities, and metric tons of stress, Jason, Rob, and Asher work at a fast and furious pace to savor the moments, because there aren't many left. Warning: This podcast occasionally uses spicy language. Sources/Links/Notes: most unrealistic car crashesThe Blues BrothersSpeedLive Free or Die HardFurious 7high frequency tradingGreat AccelerationInterview with Hartmut RosaBart Zantvoort's articleArticle about social accelerationJournal of Business EthicsPodcast episode about shrinking attention spansSpeaking of PsychologyArticle about technology and perception of timeScienceAlert Support the show

Duration:01:09:13

Escaping Urbanism: Green Acres, Climate Migration, and the End of the Megacity

4/3/2024
Did a whimsical 1960s TV sitcom presage climate migration and a reversal of urban growth? We're not calling for a Godzilla-esque teardown of cities, but climate change is forcing a serious urban rethink. Jason, Rob, and Asher offer visions of better infrastructure, policies, and culture that you can embrace, even if your home is in the city. Warning: This podcast occasionally uses spicy language. Sources/Links/Notes: Wikipedia page for Paul HenningThe Rural Climate Dialogues: A Community-Driven Roadmap for Climate Action in Rural MinnesotaTotal and urban populationUnited Nations predictionOut-of-Towners Head to ‘Climate-Proof DuluthNew York TimesIndonesia Is Moving its Capital to a Futuristic, Green CityArchitectural DigestAnthropogenic massAnalysis of transportation-related energy consumption and urban densityThe 15-Minute CityRetrosuburbia: The Downshifter’s Guide to a Resilient FutureGlobal Ecovillage NetworkDaily ActsStoveTeam InternationalOne Planet CouncilSupport the show

Duration:01:18:43

Escaping Consumerism: Why Crocheted Codpieces Are the Perfect Antidote to Fast Fashion

3/27/2024
If American consumers ever come up for air under the pile of crap in their storage units, they find themselves face to face with a materialistic hellscape of megastores, McMansions, endless fleets of delivery trucks, and evil hordes of targeted ads. But help is on the way. Jason, Rob, and Asher present ideas for shaping up a world beyond consumerism. Warning: This podcast occasionally uses spicy language. Sources/Links/Notes: Toys “R” Us theme songremake of the theme songU.S. Material Use Factsheetstatistics on material footprintSelf storage industry trendsThe environmental costs of fast fashionWhat Really Happens to Unwanted Clothes?Forbeslist of billionairescomedic bit about “stuff”Fixation: How to Have Stuff without Breaking the PlanetSupport the show

Duration:01:03:27

Escaping Industrialism: How to Avoid Pancakes on a Stick and Other "Miracles" of the Industrial Age

3/20/2024
Jason, Rob, and Asher take a tour of New Caledonia, California's Central Valley, Bhutan, and Cuba to uncover the ins and outs of industrialism, especially as it has been applied to agriculture. Along the way they riff on how the hell we can escape from an -ism that completely engulfs us. Warning: This podcast occasionally uses spicy language. Sources/Links/Notes: declining wild mammal masssectors of the economygraphic and statisticsFarm Size and ProductivityVideo clipOpportunities and Challenges in Sustainable Development and Governance in South Asia: Case Study of Bhutan.Moving Toward Net-Zero Carbon SocietyCan Cuba Recover from its De-Industrialization?The Little-Studied Success Story of Post-Crisis Food Security in Cuba: Does Lack of International Interest Signify Lack of Political Will?International Journal of Cuban StudiesSupport the show

Duration:00:57:29

Escape Routes: Let's Get the F**k out of Crazy Town

3/13/2024
Escape Routes! That's the theme of the sixth season of Crazy Town. We're exploring how to escape industrialism, consumerism, globalism, capitalism, and all the other -isms that are causing a polycrisis of environmental and social breakdown. Most of all, Jason, Rob, and Asher are looking to maintain their sense of humor while escaping fatalism and finding meaningful ways to avoid collapse. Warning: This podcast occasionally uses spicy language. Sources/Links/Notes: Mango CultDancing Plague of 1518Belonging: The Science of Creating Connection and Bridging DividesAsch line experimentBystander Intervention Tip Sheetcultural materialismResearch that extends Asch’s conformity experimentsBig Five Personality AssessmentOthering and Belonging InstituteSupport the show

Duration:00:51:02

Crazy Town Season 6 Trailer

3/6/2024
Join us on March 13, 2024 for the launch of our sixth season, in which Jason, Rob, and Asher explore escape routes from industrialism, capitalism, consumerism, and a bunch of other "-isms" that are causing the polycrisis of environmental and social breakdown. Support the show

Duration:00:01:16

Bonus: Grief and Making Connections with LaUra Schmidt

2/15/2024
LaUra Schmidt visits Crazy Town to discuss her work with the Good Grief Network and her book, How to Live in a Chaotic Climate: 10 Steps to Reconnect with Ourselves, Our Communities, and Our Planet. Along the way, she shares wisdom and insights on courage, taking meaningful action, terror management theory, and practices for processing the strong emotions that accompany facing climate change and other aspects of the polycrisis. Warning: This podcast occasionally uses spicy language. Sources/Links/Notes: LaUra's bookHow to Live in a Chaotic Climate: 10 Steps to Reconnect with Ourselves, Our Communities, and Our Planet10 Step ProgramBayo AkomolafeJoanna Macy4-7-8 breathing techniqueBullshit JobsCrazy Town episode 34book reviewNew York TimesThe Denial of DeathAyisha Siddiqa's poem Support the show

Duration:00:47:49

Bonus: New Year's Dissolutions

1/17/2024
Asher, Jason, and Rob reflect on 2023 – a year filled to the brim with Crazy Townisms like the COP climate conference being held in Dubai, an anti-aging nutbag who parasitizes his own son, and the hijinks of the world’s dumbest billionaires. After a few predictions (all with money-back guarantees), they turn to some personal resolutions that might even help you cope with what’s coming in 2024. Warning: This podcast occasionally uses spicy language. References: 183 regional and local conflictsHawaiian bunkerAnti-aging nutteruse the guns10-step programSupport the show

Duration:00:34:15

Bonus: Vanilla Andreessen, Pygmy Marmosets, and Hi-Tech Delusions

12/13/2023
The most vomit-inducing document of 2023 has to be the "Techno-Optimist Manifesto," written (oh so obviously) by a billionaire Silicon Valley venture capitalist. Join Jason, Rob, and Asher if you feel like sharing in some outrage and learning about a WAY better manifesto that just so happens to focus on the world's smallest monkeys. Warning: This podcast occasionally uses spicy language. References: Techno-Optimist ManifestoDehumanist Manifestopygmy marmosetBeth Sawin's Multisolving Institutedark triadtaxonomy of Phalse ProphetsArticle by Richard HeinbergSupport the show

Duration:01:03:03

Bonus: Bundyville and Stories that Need to Be Told with Leah Sottile

11/15/2023
Investigative journalist Leah Sottile writes articles teeming with insights, and she produces and hosts podcasts filled with ah-ha moments. Rob tries not to sound like too much of a fanboy as he interviews Leah about political extremism, environmentalism, and the craft of storytelling during the Great Unraveling. Resources: websiteSubstack pageArticleThe High Country NewsBundyville: The RemnantBurn WildSupport the show

Duration:00:57:04

Bonus Riff: Infinite, Unlimited, Forever - Water in the Desert

10/19/2023
Just how much has the extractivist growth mindset come to dominate Phoenix and other cities in the desert Southwest of the United States? Prepare to turn your indignation meter up to 11 as Jason, Rob, and Asher consider desalination, pipelines, and the folly of pursuing infinite growth in a dry climate. Support the show

Duration:00:31:30

Bonus: Holding the Fire - Indigenous Voices on the Great Unraveling

10/16/2023
We are pleased to share the new podcast from Post Carbon Institute, Holding the Fire. Award-winning journalist and author Dahr Jamail hosts in-depth interviews with leaders from around the world to uncover Indigenous ways of reckoning with environmental and societal breakdown. Support the show

Duration:00:25:10

Bonus: Going Wild with Rae Wynn-Grant

9/20/2023
Wildlife ecologist and communicator extraordinaire Rae Wynn-Grant visits Crazy Town to talk human-wildlife interactions, the social side of environmentalism, diversity and equity in the sciences, and ideas for young people (don't worry if you're older—the ideas apply to you, too). Rae is the host of the PBS Nature podcast "Going Wild" and will soon be appearing as the cohost of Wild Kingdom, a reboot of the ultra-classic tv nature show. Listen to the end of the episode to catch Rae’s thoughts on the most important stories people need to hear (and tell) to make a transition to sustainable and just society. Notes and Resources: Rae’s websiteGoing Wild with Dr. Rae Wynn-GrantAyana Elizabeth JohnsonLeah ThomasConservation Scholars ProgramHBCU Media ScholarshipArticleWild KingdomSupport the show

Duration:00:50:50

Bonus: Bagdhad Bob Visits Climate Town

8/30/2023
What do Saddam Hussein’s information minister and the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board have in common? Hint: it starts with a “d,” ends with “enial,” and isn’t just a river in Egypt. A new and virulent strain of climate denial could be called “doomer shaming.” Instead of acknowledging how logical it is to be distressed about the state of the climate (and the pitiful worldwide political response), delusional boosters of the status quo would rather belittle people who worry about rising temperatures, wildfires, super-storms, and ecosystem breakdown. Jason, Rob, Asher, and Melody consider how to manage climate anxiety and use it in service of caring for planet Earth. Warning: This podcast occasionally uses spicy language. References: VideoWall Street Journal op-edNature articleLancet articleRebuttalWall Street JournalarticleThe GuardianSurveyGen DreadClimate Psychology AllianceGood Grief NetworkSupport the show

Duration:00:40:23

Bonus: Choose Your Own Adventure in the Great Unraveling

8/9/2023
After hearing a story of woe on the streets of Portland, Oregon, Jason, Rob, and Asher cover the four critical ways of cultivating personal resilience to navigate the Great Unraveling. The report we reference several times is Welcome to the Great Unraveling: Navigating the Polycrisis of Environmental and Social Breakdown. Warning: This podcast occasionally uses spicy language. Support the show

Duration:00:51:37

The Surest Paths to a Hard Collapse: The Delusional Doctrines of the Phalse Prophethood (Season Wrap-up)

6/21/2023
Asher, Rob, and Jason explore the lessons and dangers of the brotherhood of Phalse Prophets and consider better ways to achieve a sustainable and equitable society. Along the way, they examine how to start a cult, turn the insufferability index on themselves, respond to listener feedback, and repeatedly mispronounce amygdala. Please share this episode with your friends and start a conversation. Warning: This podcast occasionally uses spicy language. For an entertaining deep dive into the theme of season five (Phalse Prophets), read the definitive peer-reviewed taxonomic analysis from our very own Jason Bradford, PhD. Support the show

Duration:01:24:54

The Elon Musk Episode about Elon Musk Brought to You by Elon Musk

6/14/2023
Meet Elon Musk, the Muskian mogul who Elon Musks his way to the pinnacle of Muskitude. Please share this episode with your friends and start a conversation. Warning: This podcast occasionally uses spicy language. For an entertaining deep dive into the theme of season five (Phalse Prophets), read the definitive peer-reviewed taxonomic analysis from our very own Jason Bradford, PhD. Sources/Links/Notes: Musk Foundation websiteErrol Musk, Elon's Dad, Prompts a New ControversyTheStreet attack on Jane GoodallInside Tesla as Elon Musk Pushed an Unflinching Vision for Self-Driving CarsThe New York TimesElon Musk unveils a new Master Plan, a path to sustainable energy future, but no new carsThe VergeElon Musk Has Some bad Ideas for Mass Transit. We Have SolutionsThe New York TimesElon Musk’s Loop is a Bizarrely Stupid IdeaYouTubeElon Musk’s Boring Company Ghosts Cities Across AmericaThe Wall Street JournalPaul Pelosi Conspiracy Theory Trends on Twitter After Elon Musk Pushes ItRolling Stone The billionaire space race reflects a colonial mindset that fails to imagine a different worldThe ConversationThe War in Ukraine is Testing the Myth of Elon MuskThe AtlanticElon Musk’s plan to bring a mini-submarine to rescue the Thai boysVoxpodcast episodeBackpackerYes, Elon Musk created a special system for showing you all his tweets firstPlatformerHow Elon Musk sees the future: His bizarre sci-fi vision should concern us allSalonSupport the show

Duration:01:09:44

How to Fast-Track Collapse: Manipulating the Masses While Massaging Megalomaniacs

6/7/2023
Meet Steve Bannon, the Molotov mixologist who wants to light the world on fire. Please share this episode with your friends and start a conversation. Warning: This podcast occasionally uses spicy language. For an entertaining deep dive into the theme of season five (Phalse Prophets), read the definitive peer-reviewed taxonomic analysis from our very own Jason Bradford, PhD. Sources/Links/Notes: VideoVideoMutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next)Democracy RisingGlobal Tapestry of AlternativesWhat Steve Bannon Wants You to ReadPoliticoCU Boulder TodayInside the Secret, Strange Origins of Steve Bannon’s Nationalist FantasiaVanity FairA Brief Summary of TraditionalismThe Imaginative ConservativeGeneration ZeroTake Down the CCP,How to Avoid Becoming a Fascist: Why I turned down an appearance on Steve Bannon's podcast,The neo-fascist philosophy that underpins both the alt-right and Silicon Valley technophilesQuartzBannon vows a daily fight for ‘deconstruction of the administrative state’The Washington PostSupport the show

Duration:00:55:20

How to Lose Friends and Demoralize People: The Science (sic!) of Near-Term Extinction

5/31/2023
Meet Guy McPherson, the extinction enthusiast who undermines legitimate climate concerns by predicting we’re all going to die yesterday. Please share this episode with your friends and start a conversation. Warning: This podcast occasionally uses spicy language. For an entertaining deep dive into the theme of season five (Phalse Prophets), read the definitive peer-reviewed taxonomic analysis from our very own Jason Bradford, PhD. Sources/Links/Notes: Near-Term Extinction blog postNature Bats LastHow Guy McPherson gets it wrongFractal PlanetMcPherson’s Evidence That Doom Doom DoomPlanet 3.0Humanity Is Getting Verrrrrrry Close to ExtinctionViceHumans will be extinct by 2026Washington PostWe Don’t Know What Will Happen Next,New York TimesMcPherson predictionsSupport the show

Duration:00:54:21

Prepping for the Apocalypse: Elites' Foolish Fantasies for Surviving a Collapse of Their Own Creation

5/24/2023
Meet Barrett Moore, the bunker-building bullshit artist who helps capitalists survive the apocalypse with beans, bullets, and bravado. Please share this episode with your friends and start a conversation. Warning: This podcast occasionally uses spicy language. For an entertaining deep dive into the theme of season five (Phalse Prophets), read the definitive peer-reviewed taxonomic analysis from our very own Jason Bradford, PhD. Sources/Links/Notes: Kelly Butte Civil Defense CenterArticle on Kelly ButteAtlas ObscuraA Day Called X New FrontierThe Rise and Fall of the Ultimate Doomsday PrepperThe InterceptThree Robots: Exit StrategiesLove, Death & RobotsDoomsday PreppersThe American Elite Are Planning Their Escape — And It Starts With Paying For PassportsHuffington PostNew statistics on modern prepper demographics from FEMA and CornellLiving with bunker builders: doomsday prepping in the age of coronavirusThe ConversationInterview about Bradley Garrett's study of preppingWe mocked preppers and survivalists – until the pandemic hitThe GuardianWhen Bunkers Last in the Backyard Bloom-dPreparedness Checklist12 Ways to PrepareDemocracy Rising 1 Introduction: Idiots R Us,ResilienceFor today’s Latter-day Saints, it’s food storage lightThe Salt Lake TribuneSupport the show

Duration:01:00:52