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This podcast features interesting and thought provoking conversations on a verity of topics.

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By eco mama 23 - Dec 08 2019
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It’s a great podcast with insightful questions on the state of our environment.

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By ANONMESSIAH - Sep 22 2018
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This podcast features interesting and thought provoking conversations on a verity of topics.
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Rank #1: #149 | Time & Time, Again: The Neuroses Of Domesticated Life w/ John Zerzan

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In this episode, I speak with anarchist and primitivist writer and philosopher John Zerzan. We discuss his deep analysis of the roots of Time as we understand it to be in the modern sense (explored in a collection of essays titled ‘Time & Time Again’), the roots of agriculture and the domestication of life, the detrimental impact this transition has had on human health and physical development, the neuroses of mass society (alienation, depression, anxiety, etc.), the wholesale disappearance of community, and the threat technological advancement poses for complex life on the planet.

As mentioned above, we begin the discussion by examining the concept of Time, as expressed in John’s collection of essays ‘Time & Time Again,’ published by Detritus Books. As John writes in his essay ‘Time and its Discontents’: “The further we go in time the worse it gets. We inhabit an age of the disintegration of experience, according to Adorno. The pressure of time, like that of its essential progenitor, division of labor, fragments and disperses all before it.”❂ Everything, as John points to his writing, becomes subject to the will and tyranny of Time, a process that continually disempowers us in the service of technological advancement and economic growth — ideological constructs that serves the continuation and legitimization of “Civilization” more broadly, regardless of the detrimental impacts this structure has on human life and the complex living systems of this planet.

John and I also discuss the root of the pervasive neuroses, destructive addictive behaviors, and outbursts of violence in modern society — all of which stem from the alienation produced by the community-destroying elements present in civilized life today. Through John’s examination of anthropological evidence of humanity’s pre-historic past, we can understand that much of what we take for granted to be “normal” human behavior and development is really, in the scope of things, a rather recent product of the logic of technological and economic progress inherent in capitalist development — the most recent phase in global civilization’s aim to expand and protract itself into every aspect of the human experience on this planet. What can we learn from this examination of human life before the rise of symbolic thought and agriculture? We discuss this and more in this episode.

John Zerzan is an American anarchist and primitivist philosopher and author. His works criticize agricultural civilization as inherently oppressive, and advocate drawing upon the ways of life of hunter-gatherers as an inspiration for what a free society should look like. Some subjects of his criticism include domestication, language, symbolic thought and the concept of time. His most recent books are ‘A People's History of Civilization’ and ‘Time and Time Again,’ both released this year (2018).✧

❂ Source: http://bit.ly/TimeDiscontents
✧Source: http://bit.ly/WikiZerzan
Episode Notes:

- Learn about John’s work at his website: http://johnzerzan.net

- Purchase ‘Time & Time Again’ from Detritus Books: http://bit.ly/TTAgain

- Purchase ‘A People’s History of Civilization’ from Feral House: http://bit.ly/APHCiv

- Listen to John’s weekly produced ‘Anarchy Radio’: http://bit.ly/AnarchyRadio

- The song featured in this episode is ‘Carbon 7 (161)’ by Jlin from the album Black Origami.

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Oct 08 2018

1hr 32mins

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Rank #2: #125 | Marching Toward Collapse: Biophysical Limits & Our Cognitive Blindspots w/ William Rees

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In this episode, I speak with William Rees, human ecologist, ecological economist, Professor Emeritus and former Director of the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Rees is the originator and co-developer of the “ecological footprint analysis,” and the co-author (with Mathis Wackernagel) of 'Our Ecological Footprint,' an exploration of this concept. The Ecological Footprint concept has become the world’s best-known metaphor for the human ‘load’ (the resources required of ecosystems to maintain our current mode of living) on the planet.*

In this interview, we discuss Dr. Rees’ lifetime of research into the ecological footprint of human societies on this planet, as well as the global biophysical limits we are coming up against due to our current mode of living (particularly in the "developed" world). We then discuss Dr. Rees’ work regarding the “neuro-biological, cognitive and cultural barriers to sustainability, including human’s well-developed capacity for self-delusion.”** In the face of abrupt climate change, catastrophic loss of biodiversity around the globe, and rapid species decline across the board in recent decades, why are we, as a species, unable to clearly perceive the very perilous situation we find ourselves in? What is it about creating very large-scale, complex systems (technologies, cultures, societies), that makes us unable to perceive how our way of living detrimentally impacts planetary life-systems, which we rely on for our own survival and well-being? In the face of the physical reality we are forging for ourselves and all other life on this planet, what can we expect to happen in the face of these profound changes currently underway? We discuss these subjects, and more, in this episode.

Dr. Rees has authored (or co-authored) more than 150 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, and numerous popular articles on humanity’s (un)sustainability conundrum. Active across disciplines, Dr Rees is a long-term member of the Global Ecological Integrity Group, a Fellow of the Post-Carbon Institute, a founding member and past President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics and founding Director of the OneEarth Initiative.**

*Source: https://bit.ly/2sSbPwT
**Source: https://bit.ly/2LrZpn3
Episode Notes:

- Keep up to date with Dr. Rees’ recent writings at The Tyee: https://thetyee.ca/

- Find out more about Dr. Rees and his work at his website: http://williamrees.org

- Purchase Dr. Rees’ book 'Our Ecological Footprint' here: https://amzn.to/2sAMRCO

- Here are links to the resources/papers Dr. Rees mentioned at the end of the episode:

“Avoiding Collapse: An agenda for sustainable degrowth and relocalizing the economy” (https://bit.ly/1qHAq1G)

“What’s blocking sustainability? Human nature, cognition, and denial” (https://bit.ly/2Jmw5NX)

The Global Footprint Network website: https://www.footprintnetwork.org

- The song featured in this episode is “Kelau” by Flako from the album Mini Tollbooth

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Jun 11 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #3: #222 | Dark Materials: They Didn't Want You To Panic w/ Dougald Hine

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[Intro: 11:55 | Outro: 1:31:02]

In this episode, I speak with Dark Mountain Project co-founder and writer Dougald Hine. We discuss his new writing series ‘Notes From Underground,’ published weekly at Bella Caledonia, that explores "the deep context of the new climate movements that have surfaced since mid-2018."

As Dougald notes in his article ‘Al Gore Didn’t Want You to Panic,’ the first of his series at Bella Caledonia: “What kind of process is it, then, that has been underway this past year? Here’s what I’ve been picking up from the people I meet, the audiences I speak to and the stories that come back to me: on a scale not seen before, people are having an encounter with climate change not as a problem that can be solved or managed, made to go away, or reconciled with some existing arc of progress, but as a dark knowledge that calls our path into question, that starts to burn away the stories we were told and the trajectories our lives were meant to follow, the entitlements we were brought up to believe we had, our assumptions about the shape of history, the kind of world we were born into and our place within it.” (http://bit.ly/34lnMwl)

In this discussion, we explore this uncharted territory that we have collectively entered into, to which Dougald has rightfully defined as “some kind of initiatory process.” What does it mean, in a time of compounding and accelerating crises (climatologically, ecologically, socially), to undergo a process of initiatory rites? For those of us that are cognizant of the general spirit of the times we are in, what can we do to provide the resources, spaces, and structures to further grapple with the “dark material we were carrying all along?” Dougald and I explore this territory in this episode.

Dougald Hine is the co-founder of The Dark Mountain Project, and the founder of Spacemakers. In the summer of 2019, after ten years with Dark Mountain, Dougald handed over his editorial and organizational responsibilities. He is currently focusing on writing and his latest project ‘a school called HOME,’ made in collaboration with his partner Anna Björkman. Dougald grew up in the north-east of England, and is now settled in central Sweden. 

[The episode also features a discussion between Elliot Robinson (the question featured in the introduction), social anthropologist Dr. Khalil Avi (featured in episode #220: http://bit.ly/LBWavi), and permaculture designer Tao Orion (author of ‘Beyond the War on Invasive Species’: http://bit.ly/2DE8WFA). This discussion can also be found here: http://bit.ly/elliot-tao-avi]
Episode Notes:

- Read Dougald’s ‘Notes From Underground’ series at Bella Caledonia: http://bit.ly/2Ds76r6

- Learn more about his work at his website: http://dougald.nu

- Learn more about his project ‘a school called HOME’: https://aschoolcalledhome.org

- Learn more about The Dark Mountain Project: https://dark-mountain.net

- The songs featured in this episode are “Birds of Paradise” and “Steps and Numbers” by The Appleseed Cast from the album Low Level Owl, Vol. 1.

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Dec 02 2019

2hr 11mins

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Rank #4: #159 | The Privilege To Leave: Stepping Away From The Center Of Empire w/ Michael Sliwa

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In this episode, I speak with Michael Sliwa — author, former educator, and “one of the foremost speakers on simple living.”⚐ My discussion with Michael addresses the traps of modernity — including work, consumerism, settler-colonialism, our culture’s attachment to things, and the path Michael has taken to move further away from the center of Empire in an attempt to liberate himself from false needs and excessive wants, in turn learning to live much more simply, nomadically, and communally.

In particular, what we discuss is that in spite of this worthy effort, privilege plays an enormous role in an individual’s ability to move away from the destructive nature and impact of this industrial culture, and as Michael addresses in this episode, the recognition of this fundamental aspect of living within a society forged in settler-colonial values and maintained through the socio-economic imposition to “make a living” informs this effort in more ways than can be initially understood. The false sense of security careers and material accumulation brings in a culture bereft of community and land-based consciousness is something worth addressing and overcoming in spite of this, especially in the face of widespread ecological disintegration and abrupt climate disruption — a result of this imposition to “make a living” regardless of the long-term consequences. Michael and I get at the worthiness of the effort to liberate oneself of false needs and wants, and what interesting paths await those that make the leap toward personal responsibility and deep recognition of the role privilege plays in the maintaining of the illusion of stability and prosperity in this society, in light of the devastating impact this logic has had on the living systems of this planet — in which we are inextricably tied to. Michael’s insight is a treasure, and we discuss these subjects and more in this episode.

Michael Sliwa is the author of 'Chasing A Different Carrot: A Manifesto For The Predicament Of Privilege’ and is one of the foremost speakers on simple living. He and his wife Karen are former educators who left behind their careers and most of their worldly possessions in order to pursue a life of genuine connectivity. For years Michael and Karen have been traveling, working and speaking about what it means to live a life of simplicity. They have built a skill set that has allowed them to continue along a path where stress and chaos are left behind and efficiency and durability take their place. Michael has shared their story through keynotes, workshops, assemblies, and TEDx Talks along the way. Today Michael is the Co-Founder and Development Specialist for one of the most dynamic speaking agencies in the country, TRUality, and is the former co-host of Nature Bats Last on the Progressive Radio Network.⚐

⚐ Source: http://bit.ly/2ANMhEO
Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Michael’s work at his website: https://michaelsliwa.wordpress.com

- Watch Michael’s video series ‘Another Way’ here: http://bit.ly/MSanotherway

- Learn more about and purchase Michael’s book ‘Chasing A Different Carrot: A Manifesto For The Predicament Of Privilege’ here: https://amzn.to/2PejD4Y

- Follow Michael on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michael.j.sliwa

- Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarrotChasing

- The songs featured in this episode are “Right On,” “African New Wave,” and “The Doldrums” by Paul White from the album Rapping With Paul White.

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Dec 03 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #5: #179 | We Will Not Arrive Intact: The Times Are Urgent, Let's Slow Down w/ Bayo Akomolafe

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In this episode, I speak with Bayo Akomolafe — lecturer, activist, and the author of ‘These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to my Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home.' We pick up where we left off from when we last spoke over one year ago, and get into some of the overlying (and underlying) themes of his work, which includes a radical reshaping of the understandable, but often unexamined, sense of urgency we feel in a time of accelerating change and ecological collapse as we fully enter into the Anthropocene, "the human epoch."

The times are urgent, let’s slow down. I ask Bayo to elaborate on the deeper currents that run through his activism and writing, including what it means to “slow down” in a time of accelerating change and the catastrophic unraveling of the biosphere as we enter into the “the human epoch.” The Western encultured mind grasps for meaning, direct purpose, in order to “figure it all out” in the face of this global unraveling, as if we are clever enough to escape the planet we have molded in our image (impoverished, depleted, traumatized, ruined). The human being, within our current paradigm, is grasping for meaning in all this (this certainly includes myself). As Bayo elaborates in so much of his work, and in his recent essay ‘Coming Into The Sanctuary’ “[w]e cannot practice escape any longer — if we are to survive. We cannot cleanse ourselves of our sins or hope for the parting of the clouds to bring a convenient saviour. [W]e must now gesture toward hopes and worlds beyond modern imaginaries. Beyond humans. Beyond the intelligible. Beyond our usual ways of making sense. [W]e must go to the edges, toward the hedgerows teeming with hagodays and gargoyles and stuttered beings, and learn to [witness] with-ness the world we once banished to the peripheries of significance.”* We explore these questions and much more in this wide-ranging conversation.

Bayo Akomolafe is a husband and father, as well as an international speaker, poet and activist for a radical paradigm shift in consciousness and current ways of living. Bayo is globally recognized for his unconventional, counterintuitive, and indigenous take on global crisis, civic action and social change. He is the Executive Director and Coordinating Curator for The Emergence Network. Through his work with The Emergence Network, “Bayo hopes to inspire a diffractive network of sharing –- a slowing down, an ethics of entanglement, an activism of inquiry, a ‘politics of surprise’… one that does not treat the crises of our times as exterior to ‘us’ or the ‘solutions’ that conventional activism offers as discrete or separate from the problems that we seek to nullify.”**

*Source: http://bit.ly/2Tor3tz
**Source: http://bit.ly/BayoAbout
Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Bayo and his work at his website: http://bayoakomolafe.net

- Read his recent essay ‘Coming Into The Sanctuary,” quoted above and in the introduction to this episode: http://bit.ly/2Tor3tz

- Learn more about The Emergence Network: http://www.emergencenetwork.org

- Purchase Bayo’s book ‘These Wilds Beyond Our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity's Search for Home’: http://bit.ly/2EUNVYL

- The songs featured in this episode are “Sound & Color” and “This Feeling” by Alabama Shakes from the album Sounds & Color.

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Mar 18 2019

1hr 31mins

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Rank #6: #218 | Into The Yoniverse: The Womb Continuum & Reclaiming Ancestral Knowledge w/ Samantha Zipporah

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[Intro: 6:12 | Video episode: https://youtu.be/hpzas3qLTEQ]

In this episode, I speak with Samantha Zipporah, reproductive justice activist and author of ‘Mapping The Yoniverse,’ a “sex and body positive, gender inclusive and affirming, physical and energy anatomy coloring book,” illustrated by Casandra Johns.

This interview with Samantha is about reclaiming what has been lost. When it comes to our bodily autonomy and knowledge of own health, sexual or otherwise, we have, through a combination of historical and administrative processes, delegated that responsibility to the medical industry and to the state and the legislature. Samantha, in her years of work as a sex educator, doula, and activist, has worked diligently to demonstrate, for women and persons assigned female at birth, the numerous ways in which sovereignty can be attained over such bodily functions as menstruation, ovulation, miscarriage, abortion, full-term pregnancy, and childbirth. We all have these traditions of knowledge and wisdom in our lineages, even it has been obscured and seemingly lost on the path to modernity. Samantha’s work is about reclaiming that knowledge and providing the spaces for it to be practiced, and as I state in this episode, this kind of work we need to do in this time, now more than ever before.

“The cultural educational norm in the United States is complete ignorance of the value and physiology of women’s fertility. The ignorance and pathologizing of our fertility is a direct result of systematic oppression. The dominant paradigm of patriarchy and consumerism are inherently damaging to our autonomy and self awareness. Perpetuating ignorance,  fear, and suppression of women’s  fertility is highly profitable to those in power. The idea that women are incapable of understanding and responsibly managing our fertility is pervasive. Rather than integrating women and their biology, the arbiters of mainstream culture prefer to devalue, silence, and compartmentalize nature. Rather than learning to live in synergy with the feminine cycles of transformation that are inherent to the growth of all living things, the dominant paradigm worships control and stasis.” (http://bit.ly/2qhghY4)

Samantha Zipporah, over the past twenty years has studied and supported holistic approaches to healing menstrual and hormonal problems, sexual shame and stigma, and has been professional doula for pregnancies that end in birth, miscarriage, abortion, and infant loss. She serves her clients and community as a companion and caregiver in both clinical and home settings. She is the author of the ‘Holistic Healing After Miscarriage’ and ‘Holistic Healing After Abortion’ ebooks, and ‘Mapping The Yoniverse’ anatomy coloring book, illustrated by Casandra Johns (https://www.houseofhands.net). She is currently based in Boise, Idaho.
Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Samantha and her work: http://samanthazipporah.com

- Purchase ‘Mapping The Yoniverse’: http://samanthazipporah.com/mappingtheyoniverse/

- Follow her on Facebook and Instagram: https://www.facebook.com/samantha.zipporah / https://www.instagram.com/samanthazipporah

- The songs featured are “So Much Love” by Madwreck from the album Tokyo Dawn, and “Shine” performed by Samantha Zipporah.

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Nov 04 2019

1hr 21mins

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Rank #7: #215 | Transitions: There Is Infinite Hope, But Not For Us w/ Barbara Cecil & Dahr Jamail

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[Intro: 2:50]

In this episode, I speak with Barbara Cecil and Dahr Jamail, co-authors of the ‘How Then Shall We Live?’ series published at Truthout.

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’What I've learned is when you really listen, and I mean go really quiet — put all the mental jargon aside and just get really quiet and really, really humble and really listen to the Earth — then I believe that each one of us is going to get our own personal marching orders of “here's what you're going to do, here's what I need you to do.” That's where I've gotten my messages to go to Iraq, to do the book that I did with 'The End of Ice,’ and so many other big decisions in my life — and small ones. When I go out there, I listen and I get this clear message, and I always know what to do. And I really believe that now is that time for people to — don't run around and panic. Don't light your hair on fire. Don't go out and see what other ten more things you can do, or how many articles you can forward and all this. But just stop and get really, really quiet and touch down into the Earth and really listen and see what comes up into your heart. When you ask: “What is it that I need to do to really serve this planet?" — because I think if we do that, and in the proper context of understanding that it is too late….

You're not going to get all that heat out of the oceans. The oceans have absorbed ninety-three percent of the heat we've put into the atmosphere. That heat is staying there and it's increasing and it's not going to go away. We're not going to turn this thing around.

In the context of knowing the great loss that's now upon us what is the most important thing for me to do? And for some people it might be "I need to play music,” and that's great because God knows we need music right now. And for some people it might mean "I'm going to write a book.” Barbara and my good friend Colin MacIntosh just went and got arrested, and he's in Extinction Rebellion. All power to him. To other people it might mean we're going to go shut this fucking shit down once and for all. Great. Please do.

But my point is that if you really listen in closely and get that call for what you need to do, and understand that it's in the context that we really have nothing left to lose — I would argue that that's going to generate an activism and actions taken from love that could never happen in the context of "oh do this because this book tells you to do it,” or "go to this march because we're organizing it,” and "we have a permit on this date we're going to do this….”

I'm talking about doing things way more radical and way further outside of the box than a lot of this stuff that we see happening right now. I'm talking about real risk.’

Barbara Cecil is the author of ‘Coming Into Your Own: A Woman's Guide Through Life Transitions.’ Barbara Cecil’s Master’s degree in speech communication and human relations has supported her in her calling to assist individuals, groups, teams, and organizations toward the full manifestation of their creative potential.

Dahr Jamail is an award-winning journalist who (formerly) reported on climate disruption and environmental issues for the online publication Truthout. Dahr is the author of multiple books, including ‘The End Of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption.'

Episode Notes:

- Read Barbara and Dahr's 'How Then Shall We Live?' series: http://bit.ly/2M2g9Ek

- Barbara's work: http://endingsandbeginnings.com

- Dahr's work: http://www.dahrjamail.net

- The song featured is “Wolves” by Down Like Silver from their self-titled EP.

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Oct 14 2019

1hr 21mins

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Rank #8: #166 | How Nonviolence Protects The State: An Analysis Of Early State Formation w/ Peter Gelderloos

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In this episode, I speak with anarchist, activist, and writer Peter Gelderloos. Peter is the author of numerous books, two of which we examine in this interview — ‘How Nonviolence Protects The State’ and ’Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation.’

In this discussion, I ask Peter to examine the most lauded nonviolent movements in recent history: the anti-colonial movement in India in the early 20th century (in which Mahatma Gandhi became well known for his use of nonviolent resistance against British rule) and the civil rights and anti-war movements in the United States in the 1950s through the 1970s. As Peter elaborates in his book ‘How Nonviolence Protects The State,’ nonviolence and pacifism in general severely limit resistance movements in adequately and seriously upending and defending against entrenched systems of oppression and violence — the State being the ultimate manifestation of this in the world today (and through out much of human history, as we explore later). We get at the root of his critique of nonviolence, and attempt to clarify his position on this subject.

In the later half of this episode, we move onto his most recent book ‘Worshiping Power,’ in which Peter examines early state formation in societies through out human history. What stands out from this discussion is: 1) there are numerous examples of societies throughout human history that have fluidly and successfully moved through pre-state, state, and post-state in their organizing structure; 2) the formation of the State in any given society is not the culmination of human “progress” — this narrative is ultimately the product of chauvinistic and patriarchal forms of thought, an attempt to justify the genocidal current that runs through any defense of the State as the ultimate form of human organization. As Peter demonstrates in this work, the now common view of the State, and our resistance (or lack of) to State power, is tied to these widespread assumptions. The sooner we recognize the faults in that line of thinking, the better off we will be in organizing and adequately expanding our use of tactics in dismantling the State, as well the logic of Capital the State defends and imposes upon us.

Peter Gelderloos is an anarchist, activist, and the author of numerous books and essays relating to the subjects of anarchism and resistance movements, as well as historical analysis of early state formation in human societies. Some of his works include ‘What is Democracy?,’ ‘How Nonviolence Protects the State,’ ‘Anarchy Works,’ ‘The Failure of Nonviolence: From the Arab Spring to Occupy,’ and ‘Worshipping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation.’ Peter currently resides in Spain.
Episode Notes:

- Purchase an affordable and well-designed copy of ‘How Nonviolence Protects The State’ from Detritus Books: http://bit.ly/HowNonviolence

- Purchase ‘Worshipping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation’ from AK Press: http://bit.ly/WorshippingPower

- Much of much Peter’s work can be found here: http://bit.ly/PeterGelderloos

- The songs featured in this episode are “Tomorrow” and “Army of Fear” by Lorn from the album Nothing Else.

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Jan 14 2019

1hr 31mins

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Rank #9: #185 | The Gods Have Fled: The Home As A Site Of Defiance Against Modernity w/ Ramon Elani

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[Intro: 13:30]

In this episode, I speak with heathen writer and poet Ramon Elani. In exploring his unique prospective on how to address the converging social, spiritual, and ecological crises on this planet, we examine three essays published for Gods & Radicals, which include ‘Land, Home, and the Gods,’ ‘World’s End,’ and ‘Our Rage Against The Modern World’ — the last of which was co-written with Gods & Radicals co-founder Rhyd Wildermuth.

“Let the home and the idea of the home become a pillar of strength. Let the home become a site of defiance, a bold denial of industrial society. Let the home be made into a bulwark against the modern world.”* Often, when I try to get at the vast moral dilemma we are forced to address in the face of the global climate crisis, the extinction of human and non-human life, and the hollowing of community and connection to the land implicit in the “progress” narrative of industrial civilization — the notion of addressing these converging crises on a collective level seemed apparent and obvious. While that may be true, another truth emerges from the prose of Ramon. In this interview, I ask Ramon to expound on the themes he’s presented in three essays on the subject of modernity, and that to “reestablish humanity’s relationship with the gods is also to reconnect with the land, for the land is the gods. The present crisis, which devastates humanity and the biosphere, is defined in both material and spiritual terms.” Ramon’s prose is intoxicating, blunt, poetic, beautiful, heartbreaking, and clarifying. Ramon doesn’t shy away from obvious truths implicit in modernity and the reality it has forged in its attempt to subject the Earth and its living systems to the logic of “progress” and endless growth. In Ramon’s work, the home and our relationship with the land becomes the center of our resistance to the life destroying forces that are despoiling the planet. Modernity is reckoned with in these terms, as Ramon has thoroughly and lucidly explored in his writing, which I have delightfully read and incorporated into my own worldview. “For hundreds of years, humanity has expanded its domain over the earth, at the enormous cost of non human life and human spiritual and physical well being. Every moment that this world continues to exist means suffering and extinction for non human life and soulless misery for humanity. We cannot stop what’s coming and it best that we do not try, for only in the death of this world is there hope for a new future to bloom.”

Ramon Elani is an acausal, anti-modern, heathen poet and author. He holds a PhD in literature and philosophy. He lives with his family among mountains and rivers in Western New England. He follows the way of wyrd.

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*http://bit.ly/ElaniWorldsEnd

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Apr 11 2019

1hr 34mins

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Rank #10: #182 | Death Of A Healer: The Ayahuasca Industry & The Shadow Of Colonial Violence w/ Kevin Tucker

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[Intro: 22:35]

In this episode, I speak with Kevin Tucker, author of ‘The Cull of Personality: Ayahuasca, Colonialism and the Death of a Healer’ — the subject of this interview. The book takes a deep dive into the reality of the ayahuasca eco-tourism industry, and places it within the centuries-long history of colonialism and resource extraction in the Amazon Region, in particular Peru, where much of narrative of this book is centered.

The book begins with the description of the murder of 81-year-old Indigenous rights activist and healer Olivia Arevalo, a member of the Shipibo-Conibo people in Peru, by Sebastian Woodroffe, a Canadian man seeking to extract the methods of the Shipibo-Conibo practice of administering the psychedelic brew ayahuasca for healing purposes. On April 19th of last year, Arevalo was killed in her home in the Ucayali region in Peru. Records show Woodroffe purchased a gun from a local police officer, and was the individual that confronted Arevalo at her home, subsequently leading to her death. Several days after this occurred, Woodroffe was lynched by several members of the community, after his image was posted around the region by relatives of Arevalo. Woodroffe’s lynching was documented in a shaky cellphone video, which ultimately led to this story gaining international media coverage after it was shared online.* It was the death of Woodroffe, not Arevalo, that led to this becoming an international story.

These events, while often discussed and framed in isolation by the Western press, fits within a far larger and richer context — expressed vividly in ‘The Cull of Personality.’ The extractivist and appropriative nature of the ayahuasca industry that has emerged and grown over the past several decades is embedded within the centuries-long colonization and exploitation of the Amazon Forest and its Indigenous inhabitants. In whatever form it comes in, Indigenous societies have been deeply traumatized through hundreds of years of enslavement, mutilation, and torture. How does the commodification and appropriation of Indigenous healing practices by Westerners in the modern era fit into the long and bloody history of the conquest of the Incan Empire in the 16th century, the vulcanization of rubber in the 19th century, as well as the subsequent enslavement of the Indigenous peoples of the Amazon under a debt-peonage system in order to extract rubber for Western markets? We answer this question in this episode.

Kevin Tucker is a primal anarchist, writer, and publisher. Kevin is the author of  numerous books, including ‘The Cull of Personality,’ ‘Gathered Remains,’ ‘For Wildness and Anarchy.’ He the host of Primal Anarchy podcast, the co-founder of the Black and Green Network and Black and Green Press, and is the founder and co-editor of 'Wild Resistance: A Journal of Primal Anarchy.'

* http://bit.ly/2TTkrni

Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Kevin's work: https://www.kevintucker.org

- Purchase ‘The Cull of Personality’: http://bit.ly/CullOfPersonality

- Listen to the Primal Anarchy podcast: https://primalanarchy.org

- Subscribe to the journal ‘Wild Resistance’: https://www.wildresistance.org

- Audio featured in the introduction can be found through these links: https://youtu.be/m28Kslrs9is / https://youtu.be/xyFI4wgdd0E / https://youtu.be/VE4AlwWcYwA

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Apr 01 2019

1hr 57mins

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Rank #11: #169 | Heal The Land, Heal The People: The Unist'ot'en Healing Center w/ Dr. Karla Tait

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In this episode, I speak with Dr. Karla Tait -- clinical psychologist, Director of Programming for the Unist'ot'en Healing Center, and member of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation (in so-called British Columbia, Canada). In this interview, I ask Dr. Tait to bring us up to speed on the details surrounding the recent invasion of Wet'suwet'en Territory by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on January 7th, the legal dimension of this ongoing confrontation between the Wet'suwet'en people and the proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline project being pushed through by the Canadian government, and what this unfolding situation means for the sovereignty of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation and the ongoing work of the Unist'ot'en Healing Center within that territory.

After briefly discussing the details of these events, we move on to discuss Dr. Tait's work with the Unist'ot'en Healing Center at the Unist'ot'en Camp -- an ongoing project to revitalize the cultural/spiritual traditions of the Wet'suwet'en people as a means of healing from generations of trauma, as a result of the colonization of indigenous lands, peoples, and cultures, particularly within Wet'suwet'en territory. I ask her how the Wet’suwet’en people, in particular at the Unist’ot’en Camp and Healing Center, are generating and maintaining space for this kind of healing, and how the threat of direct confrontation with the Canadian State and its corporate allies (the fossil fuel industry) threatens the sacred work of this Camp and the Healing Center. What does the Unist’ot’en Camp and the Healing Center provide — not just for the Wet’suwet’en people — but for all people waking up to the reality of widespread ecological collapse and the ongoing violence of colonialism around the world? We discuss this and more in this episode.

Dr. Karla Tait is a clinical psychologist, and is presently employed as the Mental Wellness Advisor for the Northern Region with the First Nations Health Authority, serving the 54 First Nations in Northern BC. Dr. Tait is the Director of Programming for the Unist'ot'en Healing Centre, a collective effort by her Hereditary House Group to revitalize culturally-based, wellness and holistic healing practices that are centered on connection to the land. Dr. Tait belongs to the Gilseyhu clan (Big Frog) clan of Yahstowilcus (the Dark House). Her Dini Zi' (House Chief) is Unistot’en, Knedebeas, Warner William, maternal grandmother is Weli’, Catherine Michell, maternal grandfather was Tsayu, Wigitemstochol (Dan Michell), mother is Brenda Michell-Joseph, father is Rene Tait and stepfather is Melvin Joseph. Her father clan is Laksilhyu (small frog/cariboo).*

*Source: http://bit.ly/2B4Fzv5
Episode Notes:

- Learn more about the Unist’ot’en Camp, and support them: http://unistoten.camp

- Learn more about the Unist’ot’en Healing Center: http://bit.ly/UnistotenHC

- Follow the Unist’ot’en Camp on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unistoten

- Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/UnistotenCamp

- The audio featured at the beginning of this episode is from Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau's town hall event after the January 7th breach of the Gitdumt'en Checkpoint by RCMP: http://bit.ly/2Mt5zVH

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Jan 25 2019

59mins

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Rank #12: Shane Burley: Countering The Intellectual Pseudoscientific Claims Surrounding Ethnicity, Race, & IQ

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In this segment of our second joint interview, Rob Seimetz and I speak with Shane Burley​ — journalist and author of 'Fascism Today: What It Is and How To End It.' Our discussion with Shane covers numerous topics, including the "Intellectual Dark Web" (or as Shane says "the academics that circle around Joe Rogan​ for some reason"), the pseudoscience of race theory and IQ, and the examination of the patterns within the far right insurgency, as examined in Shane's recent piece in Commune Magazine​ 'A History of Violence,’ which examines the case of James Alex Fields — found guilty for the murder of Heather Heyer at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in 2017 when Fields drove his car through a crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heyer and the injuring 28. In this segment of our discussion, we ask Shane to examine the narratives that thrive within right-wing media spaces, including an examination of the pseudoscience of "race theory" and IQ, and the media personalities that use these racist, sexist, and chauvinist narratives to cultivate a base of followers, regardless of the wide range of scientific research on the matter.

Shane Burley is a writer and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon, who regularly reports on far-right movements in the US, as well as anti-fascist resistance, workers’ rights, and class struggle. He is the author of ‘Fascism Today: What It Is and How to End It’ from AK Press, and his work has appeared in places such as Jacobin, AlterNet, In These Times, Political Research Associates, Waging Nonviolence, Salon, ThinkProgress, ROAR Magazine and Upping the Anti. Read Shane’s recent piece in Commune Magazine ‘A History of Violence’: http://bit.ly/BurleyCM

This is the second joint interview I did with Rob Seimetz, host of Moving Forward on The Progressive Radio Network​, when I visited Portland last month. As with our first interview with journalist and author of 'The End of Ice' Dahr Jamail​, this episode with Shane has been released in audio and video form on both of our respective platforms. Follow Rob’s work here: https://movingforwardprn.podbean.com

This is a segment of episode #145 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Behind Every Lone Wolf: An Examination Of A Far-Right Insurgency w/ Shane Burley.”

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Feb 21 2019

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Rank #13: #206 | Our Devotional Act: Nights Of Grief & Mystery w/ Stephen Jenkinson

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[INTRO: 12:37 | OUTRO: 1:22:37]

In this episode, I speak with culture activist, teacher, author and ceremonialist Stephen Jenkinson. We discuss his most recent performative project ‘Nights of Grief & Mystery,’ made in collaboration with “song and dance man” Gregory Hoskins — as documented in the recent short film ‘Lost Nation Road,’ directed by Ian MacKenzie.

After watching Ian MacKenzie’s short documentary film ‘Lost Nation Road,’ I finally began to understand more fully the real spirit and essence of Stephen Jenkinson and Gregory Hoskins’ exquisite and subversive project ‘Nights of Grief & Mystery.’ By that, I mean the immersive and ritualized nature of this performative act. To describe this act merely as a storytelling/spoken word and musical performance is to reduce the unifying purpose to its individual components. ‘Nights of Grief & Mystery’ subverts our notions of what performance is and could be in this time of deep trouble, and as Stephen elaborates in this interview, this act taps into something far older than that of theatrical performance — ritual. Ritual engages with the collective, requiring the participation of all involved — which stands in contrast with proper theatrical performance as we often conceive and experience it, which as Stephen expresses, is a disfigurement of ritual, creating an arbitrary division between the “audience” and the “performers.” In subverting our notions of performance, Stephen and Gregory conjure an experience that alludes to the question: In these times of deepening trouble, how do we conduct ourselves? “These are nights in which love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They’re quixotic. They have swagger. What would you call such a thing? We call them Nights of Grief & Mystery.”

Stephen Jenkinson (MTS, MSW) is the author of numerous books, including 'Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble' and 'Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul.' Stephen teaches internationally and is the creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School, founded in 2010. With Masters degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work), he is revolutionizing grief and dying in North America. Apprenticed to a master storyteller, he has worked extensively with dying people and their families, is former program director in a major Canadian hospital, former assistant professor in a prominent Canadian medical school, consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations and educator and advocate in the helping professions. He is also a sculptor, traditional canoe builder whose house won a Governor General’s Award for architecture. Stephen Jenkinson is also the subject of the feature length documentary film ‘Griefwalker’ (National Film Board of Canada, 2008), a lyrical, poetic portrait of his work with dying people.
Episode Notes:

- Show times, locations, and information on the ‘Nights of Grief & Mystery’ tour: http://bit.ly/GriefMystery

- Watch Ian MacKenzie’s short film ‘Lost Nation Road’: https://www.lostnationroad.com
- Learn more about Stephen’s body of work: https://orphanwisdom.com

- Purchase John Halstead’s book ‘Another End of the World is Possible’: http://bit.ly/2Mr1Uur

- The intro features audio from ‘Lost Nation Road’: http://bit.ly/2Z1ImhW
- The outro features the song “Take A Little Walk / All The Songs of Love” by Gregory Hoskins and Stephen Jenkinson from the album Nights of Grief and Mystery: http://bit.ly/2Z8BNtO

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Aug 19 2019

1hr 34mins

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Rank #14: #198 | Sacrifice Zones: Between The Devil & The Green New Deal w/ Jasper Bernes

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INTRO: 10:38

In this episode, I speak with Jasper Bernes, Managing Editor of Commune Magazine. We discuss his recent article ‘Between the Devil and the Green New Deal,’ featured in the second issue of Commune Magazine.

In this interview, I ask Jasper to explain the details of the Green New Deal, as has been proposed by the more progressive wing of the United States political establishment, and most famously by New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the Democratic Party. What is the Green New Deal, and what is materially required for it to be successfully implemented? As Jasper explains, its main objective would be to convert the US economy to (net) zero carbon emissions with renewable power by 2030 — an undertaking that would require a massive overhaul of the energy infrastructure towards solar, wind, and biofuels as the primary source of energy production. While that all sounds rather nice, what are the (not-so) hidden costs of developing these so-called sustainable technologies, especially on the scale demanded for in the Green New Deal? As Jasper points out, “nearly every renewable energy source depends upon non-renewable and frequently hard-to-access minerals: solar panels use indium, turbines use neodymium, batteries use lithium, and all require kilotons of steel, tin, silver, and copper,” (http://bit.ly/DevilGND) all of which require extensive mining (most often in the less “developed” regions of the world), which is highly environmentally destructive and relies almost completely on the exploitation of human labor and fossil fuel use. As we frame it in this interview, to maintain an infinite growth economic model (capitalism) while trying to mitigate the worst impacts of global climate change and environmental degradation through “sustainable” technologies is not only unfeasible, but entirely impossible. Jasper and I go over the details of this subject in more depth in this episode.

Jasper Bernes is the Managing Editor of Commune Magazine and Founding Editor of Commune Editions. He is the author of ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Deindustrialization’ and two books of poetry: ‘We Are Nothing and So Can You,’ and ‘Starsdown.’ He lives in Berkeley with his family.
Episode Notes:

- Read Jasper’s article ‘Between the Devil and the Green New Deal’ at Commune: http://bit.ly/DevilGND

- Learn more Jasper and his work: https://jasperbernes.net

- Follow Jasper on Twitter: https://twitter.com/outsidadgitator

- Read more from Commune and subscribe to the print edition: https://communemag.com

- The song featured in this episode is “First & Last” by sndwn. & Skullkid from the album Sounds From Above Vol. 1. (http://bit.ly/2W9QPOG)

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Jun 10 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #15: #217 | Being Extremely Online: Technophilia & The Pervasive Logic Of The Algorithm w/ William Hawes

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[Intro: 12:55 | Outro: 1:08:16]

In this episode, I speak with political writer William Hawes. We discuss his sharp and insightful essay ‘Questioning The Extremely Online.’

What does it mean to be extremely online? As William puts it simply and bluntly, it’s “spending too much time on the web, scrolling through social media feeds out of habit, checking email or notifications dozens of times a day” — something that I, and so many others, are completely guilty of in this age of information. While that behavior in and of itself produces particular problems on its own, what concerns William is a more specific version of this complex, in which mainstream journalists and alternative media commentators are "constantly posting every news update; sharing a gazillion times every day each and every version and opinion on a current event/post/tweet about the lead news stories of the day, whether it is something interesting about global warming or something as ignorant and banal as the president’s tweets; prognosticating about the presidential election a year and a half before it happens;  using dubious polls or statistics to bolster weak arguments; and basically reacting to every media spectacle with behavior including but not limited to juvenile tantrums, posturing, faux outrage, jaded cynicism, pompous virtue-signaling, ironic detachment, and narcissistic self-aggrandizement.” (http://bit.ly/2o5oy0C)

As we dig into William’s insights into how being “extremely online” has informed our social behaviors in the past several decades, his most cutting criticisms are aimed at contemporary political activism — both in its theory and praxis — and how even the most die-hard eco-radicals, anti-capitalists, and leftists of all stripes are (not-so) subtly impacted by the pervasive algorithmic logic of being “extremely online.” William’s insights including a recognition of who stands to benefit from this massive shift in how we process and react to information, and most importantly in how this dynamic inherently limits how we imagine and actively manifest a post-capitalist future.

William Hawes is a writer specializing in politics and environmental issues. He is author of the ebook ‘Planetary Vision: Essays on Freedom and Empire.’ His articles have appeared online at CounterPunch, Global Research, Countercurrents, Gods & Radicals, Dissident Voice, The Ecologist, and more.
Episode Notes:

- Read ‘Questioning The Extremely Online’: http://bit.ly/2o5oy0C

- Follow William’s work on his website and on Medium: https://williamhawes.wordpress.com // https://medium.com/@wilhawes

- Learn more about and purchase his ebook ‘Planetary Vision: Essays on Freedom and Empire’: https://amzn.to/2W01DAi

- The song featured is “Endless Sea” by Daedelus from the Looking Ocean EP.

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Oct 28 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #16: #140 | The Grand Narrative Of Progress: The Neoliberal Order & Participatory Politics w/ Jeremy Lent

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In this episode, I speak with Jeremy Lent — integrator and author of ‘The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning,’ and the founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute, an organization “dedicated to fostering an integrated worldview, both scientifically rigorous and intrinsically meaningful, that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably on the earth.”♢

In this conversation with Jeremy, we start off discussing Jeremy’s excellent critique of cognitive psychologist, linguist, and popular science author Steven Pinker’s recent book ‘Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.’ Jeremy initially presented his brilliant critique in his widely-shared article ‘Steven Pinker’s Ideas About Progress Are Fatally Flawed. These Eight Graphs Show Why,’ which we delve into in this episode. Jeremy unpacks the underlying assumptions implicit in Pinker’s ideas presented in his work, in particular regarding Pinker’s defense (through cherry-picking of data) of the capitalist neoliberal economic order, and more broadly of the “progress narrative” that justifies (or outright ignores) the widespread ecological devastation implicit in the expansion and maintenance of industrial civilization and the institutions that uphold it. In the later part of this discussion, we discuss the balance of participating in electoral politics while simultaneously recognizing its deep systemic flaws, and the importance of generating viable alternatives that exist outside of the logic and operations of dominant political and economic institutions of our time.

Jeremy Lent is an author and founder of the nonprofit Liology Institute, dedicated to fostering a worldview that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably on the earth. The Liology Institute, which integrates systems science with ancient wisdom traditions, holds regular workshops and other events in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to ‘The Patterning Instinct,’ Jeremy is author of the novel ‘Requiem of the Human Soul.’ Jeremy holds a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Jeremy is currently working on his next book provisionally entitled The Web of Meaning: An Integration of Modern Science with Traditional Wisdom, which combines findings in cognitive science, systems theory, and traditional Chinese and Buddhist thought, offering a framework that integrates both science and meaning in a coherent whole.☀︎

♢Source: http://bit.ly/LentAbout
☀︎Source: http://bit.ly/JeremyLent
Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Jeremy and his work at his website: https://www.jeremylent.com

- Read Jeremy’s article ‘Steven Pinker’s Ideas About Progress Are Fatally Flawed. These Eight Graphs Show Why.’ here: http://bit.ly/2MWuTmn

- Keep up with Jeremy’s writings on his blog: https://patternsofmeaning.com

- Learn more about Jeremy’s book ‘The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning’ here: http://bit.ly/PatterningInstinct

- Learn more about the Liology Institute here: http://www.liology.org

- Follow Jeremy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JeremyRLent

- Follow Jeremy of Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JeremyRLent

- The songs featured in this episode are “Frmnowhere,” “bodies[TOTW],” and “Noflowrs[Instrw]” by Knxwledge from the album Hud Dreems.

- WEBSITE: https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com

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Aug 20 2018

1hr 12mins

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Rank #17: #210 | Blotting Out The Sun: Fires Of The Amazon & Pulling The Mental Trigger w/ Brian Mier

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In this episode with Brian Mier, co-editor at Brasil Wire and correspondent for TeleSur English, we discuss the fires and deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil, the United States intervention in the Brazilian political system, and the rise of far-right president Jair Bolsonaro.

On August 19th, the city of Sao Palo, Brazil experienced a complete blackout of the sun. Brian describes the event in the article ‘The day the sky went out’: “Was I dreaming? I immediately checked my watch. Sunset on that mid-winter day was scheduled for 5:51 PM. ‘There must be a massive thunderstorm rolling in,’ I thought to myself. There wasn’t. It drizzled but it appeared as if the sun had simply gone down 2.5 hours early, and there was a weird, clammy feeling in the air. As it turns out, it was a freak incident caused by smoke from out of control forest fires burning in thousands of points across the country and satellite photos were showing that a lot of this was coming from the Amazon rainforest,  including a huge fire in the Margarida Alves nature reserve in Roraima that has been burning out of control for 20 days, which the MST says was set by illegal loggers and miners connected to the international capitalist value chains who are trying to steal the land. In short, one more example of the kind of behavior that US backed right wing extremist President Jair Bolsonaro has been encouraging since he took office in January.” (http://bit.ly/2lAQTKM)

In order to understand the context of this event, Brian provides an overview of the various international corporate and political forces responsible for the ongoing devastation of one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. In particular, Brian describes the direct role soy farmers and cattle ranchers have played in this process, as they continue to expand operations into the virgin rainforest, invading and killing indigenous people and destroying their reservations, all with the tacit approval of elected president Jair Bolsonaro and his administration. In order to understand the rise of Bolsonaro, Brian explains the U.S. backed coup that made way for his rise to power (http://bit.ly/2m4PnRr), as well as the international corporate interests that benefit from the ruthless environmental deregulation emblematic of the Bolsonaro regime. On his visit to the regions most impacted by these fires, Brian quotes local journalist Luciana Oliveira in an article for Brazil Wire, in which she states: “We warned everyone that this was going to happen […] we said that President Bolsonaro’s rhetoric would pull a mental trigger. He gave the order when he relativized the issue of environmental crimes, when he discredited the work of the environmental protection agencies, and when he ridiculed the fines, he gave an order. He said, ‘do it.’” (http://bit.ly/2kwd4Bq)

Brian Mier is co-editor at Brasil Wire and correspondent for TeleSur English's news program From the South, and is the author/co-editor with Daniel Hunt of ‘Year of Lead: Washington, Wall Street and the New Imperialism in Brazil.’
Episode Notes:

- Read Brian’s most recent article at FAIR: http://bit.ly/2kszyDF

- Read Brian’s work at Brasil Wire: http://bit.ly/2k45A8C

- Much of Brian’s work is through Telesur English: https://www.telesurenglish.net

- Learn more about ‘Year of Lead: Washington, Wall Street and the New Imperialism in Brazil’: http://bit.ly/YearOfLead

- Read more about “Operation Car Wash” from The Intercept: http://bit.ly/2m4PnRr

- The music featured in this episode is by Cacilda Barbosa and Ermano Soares de Sá choir, recorded by Mirna Wabi-Sabi: http://bit.ly/2lFXQKu / http://bit.ly/2lN13b1

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Sep 16 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #18: #138 | Survival of the Richest: Anticipating 'The Event' & The Anti-Human Agenda w/ Douglas Rushkoff

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In this episode, I speak with writer, documentarian, and lecturer Douglas Rushkoff. Douglas has authored numerous best-selling books, including ‘Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity,’ ‘Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now,’ ‘Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age,’ and the yet-to-be released ’Team Human.’ Douglas’s lifetime of work has focused primarily on human autonomy in the digital age.

We start this episode by discussing Douglas’s widely shared article, published on Medium and picked up by CNBC, ‘Survival of the Richest: The wealthy are plotting to leave us behind.’ In the article, Douglas describes a situation in which he was invited to a private meeting with several ultra-wealthy men to go over their questions regarding technological trends in cryptocurrency, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence, as well as their deep-seated concerns regarding “The Event” — a reference to the portending threat of abrupt climate change, nuclear war, social unrest, and economic collapse looming on the horizon of our collective future. Douglas provides a practical and humanistic response to these concerns regarding this future “Event” — emphasizing the inherent value of fostering human relationships with others outside of the logic of Capital and monetary transactions. From there, we discuss the corporate capitalist take over of the Internet, the (de)colonization of human attention, and the value of treating social media and digital communication as an adjunct to direct human relationships and experience. In the later part of this interview, I ask Douglas to share his thoughts on WikiLeaks, the precarious situation of Julian Assange, and the value of whistleblower organizations like WikiLeaks shedding a light on the internal dealings of corporate and government entities in the digital age.

Douglas Rushkoff is the host of the ‘Team Human’ podcast and author of ‘Team Human’ as well as a dozen other bestselling books on media, technology, and culture, including, ‘Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity,’ ‘Present Shock, Program or Be Programmed,’ ‘Media Virus,’ and the novel ‘Ecstasy Club.’ He is Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens. He wrote the graphic novels ‘Aleister & Adolf,’ ‘Testament,’ and ‘A.D.D.,’ and made the television documentaries ‘Generation Like,’ ‘Merchants of Cool,’ ‘The Persuaders,’ and ‘Digital Nation.’ He lives in New York, and lectures about media, society, and economics around the world.☽

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Episode Notes:

- Everything you would ever need to know about Douglas and his work can be found at his website: http://www.rushkoff.com

- Pre-order Douglas’s upcoming book ‘Team Human’ here: http://bit.ly/TeamHumanPreorder

- Read ‘Survival of the Richest: The wealthy are plotting to leave us behind’ here: http://bit.ly/SurvivalOfTheRichest

- Listen and subscribe to Douglas’s podcast ‘Team Human’ here: https://teamhuman.fm

- Follow Douglas on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rushkoff

- Listen to my conversation with Rob Seimetz on his show ‘Moving Forward’ on The Progressive Radio Network: http://bit.ly/2MyjBEz

- The song featured in this episode is “Queen Persephone” by Dirty Art Club from the album Basement Seance.

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Aug 10 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #19: #139 | Physician, Heal Thyself: Ayahuasca, Epigentics, & Integrative Medicine w/ Dr. Joe Tafur

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In this episode, I speak with Dr. Joe Tafur — Family Physician, Shipibo-trained Shaman, Integrative Medicine activist, and the author of ‘The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor's Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine.’ We discuss Dr. Tafur’s years of work integrating Western medical knowledge and practice with traditional Amazonian plant medicine, in particular the administering of the psychedelic brew ayahuasca, and other plant medicines, under the traditional practice of Shipibo shamanism.

In this conversation, Dr. Tafur discusses how two seemingly different traditions (i.e. Western medicine and Shipibo shamanism) can become more integrated with each other, in ways previously not understood or considered possible, for doctors and shamans alike. Dr. Tafur elaborates on how Western medical research and practice has been successful in very specific forms of healing, while simultaneously failing in many others — hence the widespread, growing interest in traditional plant medicines and healing practices in ancient shamanic traditions, often found outside of the broader Western model of medicine and healing. In particular, we discuss how Shipibo shamanism and the administering of sacred plant medicines within this shamanic practice works on the epigenetic level of the illness, generating dramatic changes within the “emotional body” of the individual, manifesting on the physical level of the body. As someone who is well-educated and well-versed in both of these traditions, Dr. Tafur is revolutionizing the collective understanding of how “modern” medical practitioners have plenty to learn and integrate from the shamanic use of traditional plant medicine, and vice versa. Dr. Tafur expounds upon this subject in this episode.

Dr. Joe Tafur is an Integrative Medicine activist, having studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. After residency, Dr. Tafur subsequently completed a two-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry under psychoneuroimmunology expert Dr. Paul Mills. While in San Diego, he also served on the board for the Alternative Healing Network and on the Steering Committee for the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine. After his research fellowship, over a period of six years, he lived and worked in the Peruvian Amazon at the traditional healing center Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual. There he worked closely with master Shipibo shaman Ricardo Amaringo and trained in Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine. At the center, Dr. Tafur completed traditional apprenticeship in ayahuasca shamanism. He is both doctor and shaman. ✦

✦ Source: http://bit.ly/TafurAbout / https://amzn.to/2P3NqyG
Episode Notes:

- Find out more about Dr. Tafur and his work at his website: https://drjoetafur.com

- Learn more, and purchase, Dr. Tafur’s book ‘The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor's Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine’ here: http://bit.ly/FellowshipRiver

- Learn more about Dr. Tafur’s organization Modern Spirit here: https://modernspirit.org

- The traditional healing center Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual: https://www.nihuerao.com

- Watch the presentation “Ayahuasca Shamanism and Epigenetics” featuring Dr. Tafur here: https://youtu.be/QbsXOO7AB_U

- The song featured in this episode is “Ikaro de la Ayahuasca” by Don Evangelino Murayay from the album El Canto del Tiempo/Ayahuasca Ikaros.

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Aug 13 2018

1hr 25mins

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Rank #20: #192 | America Faded Vol. II: The Precipitous Decline Of The U.S. Empire w/ Dmitry Orlov

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In this episode, I speak with engineer and writer Dmitry Orlov. I ask Dmitry to provide an overview of the ongoing collapse of the United States empire on the geopolitical, economic, and political fronts, since our first interview recorded and released last year.

As Dmitry explains in this interview, the United States is facing collapse. The U.S. is in massive debt, and wholly relies on its global military presence to maintain the dominance of the dollar — a situation in which we have to ask the question: how long before that, too, fails? Decades of United States global hegemony is being successfully countered by other global powers, namely Russia, although in a very different fashion from how the United States has traditionally exerted geopolitical influence up to the present moment. Why, and how, has this happened? Dmitry lays out the interrelating factors that are contributing to America’s faltering influence on the global stage, even as the U.S. Empire becomes increasingly belligerent towards other nations, whether ally or foe, as it seeks to maintain its place at the top of the global economic and political order. I ask Dmitry to go over the faltering shale oil industry and energy production in the United States; the failed attempt by the U.S. government, under the leadership and direction of John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, to instigate a coup in Venezuela (as of the recording and release of this episode); the forced expulsion of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London (and possible extradition to the U.S.); Russia’s growing economic prominence and geopolitical influence in relation to the United States; the history of the Ukraine’s deep and complicated relationship with the USSR, and more recently the United States; and the overwhelming social collapse we are witnessing in the United States, manifesting in widespread drug addiction, mental illness, political division, and hypernationalism.

Dmitry Orlov was born in Leningrad, USSR, into an academic family, and emigrated to the US in the mid-1970s. He holds degrees in Computer Engineering and Linguistics, and has worked in a variety of fields, including high-energy physics, Internet commerce, network security and advertising. He is a prolific writer, and the author of several books, including ‘Reinventing Collapse,’ ‘The Five Stages of Collapse,’ and most recently ‘Collapse and the Good Life.’
Episode Notes:

- Follow Dmitry’s work at his blog: https://cluborlov.blogspot.com

- Support Dmitry’s work and read his supporter-only essays at: https://www.patreon.com/orlov/posts

- Or, support him at: https://www.subscribestar.com/orlov

- Purchase Dmitry’s books: http://bit.ly/DmitryOrlov

- I mention the Saker interview with Dmitry on the Ukraine: http://bit.ly/2PJXvBe

- The songs featured in this episode are “Will I See You Again” and “Waterlily” by Onra from Chinioiseries, Pt. 3.

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May 04 2019

1hr 14mins

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Matthew Remski: Trauma Bonding & Cultic Yearnings At The End Of The World

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This is a segment of episode #227 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Somatic Dominance: Climate Collapse & The Spectre Of Cultic Yearnings w/ Matthew Remski.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWremski

Read Matthew’s article ‘Yoga’s Culture of Sexual Abuse: Nine Women Tell Their Stories’ published at The Walrus: http://bit.ly/2SFaNT8

In this segment of my interview with yoga practitioner, teacher, and author of ‘Practice and All Is Coming: Abuse, Cult Dynamics, and Healing in Yoga and Beyond’ Matthew Remski, we discuss contemporary yoga’s appalling and pervasive sexual abuse problem. “Modern yoga has been fraught with stories of charismatic male yoga teachers who promoted their teachings as spiritually pure and later abused, or otherwise took advantage of, students who believed their mentors were gurus or saints.” (http://bit.ly/2SFaNT8) Not only is sexual misconduct and abuse an all-to-common occurrence in countless yoga studios around the world, “somatic dominance” (as Matthew has termed it) is often employed by yoga instructors to assert control over their students, creating a dynamic that leads to “trauma bonding” — a crucial process that occurs between cult leaders and their followers as a means of obscuring abuse. In this interview, Matthew explains what these dynamics look like in practice, and how these dynamics can, and do, manifest in all kinds of contexts, including within collapse-conscious activist and support groups (at least potentially). As we enter into a more climate disrupted future, various cult-like groups and charismatic figures will likely emerge to take advantage of people’s yearnings for spiritual guidance and counseling. Matthew provides much-needed insight into spotting these abusive cult dynamics in group contexts, insights that will prove to be increasingly useful in addressing the complex outcomes of the various crises manifesting in the world today.

Matthew Remski writes and presents on yoga and ayurveda in the shadows of capitalism and climate change. He is the author of eight books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction and has practiced meditation and yoga since 1996, learning from teachers from the Tibetan Buddhist, Kripalu, Ashtanga, and Iyengar streams. He currently facilitates programming for yoga trainings internationally, focusing on yoga philosophy, culture, and the social psychology of healthy communities. In all subject areas, Matthew encourages students to explore how yoga practice can resist the psychic and material dominance of neoliberalism, and the quickening pace of environmental destruction.

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Jan 15 2020

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#227 | Somatic Dominance: Climate Collapse & The Spectre Of Cultic Yearnings w/ Matthew Remski

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[Intro: 10:23 | Outro: 1:38:01]

In this episode, I speak with yoga practitioner, teacher, and author of ‘Practice and All Is Coming: Abuse, Cult Dynamics, and Healing in Yoga and Beyond’ Matthew Remski.

As Matthew revealed in his article ‘Yoga’s Culture of Sexual Abuse: Nine Women Tell Their Stories’ published at The Walrus, contemporary yoga has an appalling and pervasive sexual abuse problem. “Modern yoga has been fraught with stories of charismatic male yoga teachers who promoted their teachings as spiritually pure and later abused, or otherwise took advantage of, students who believed their mentors were gurus or saints.” (http://bit.ly/2SFaNT8) Not only is sexual misconduct and abuse an all-to-common occurrence in countless yoga studios around the world, “somatic dominance” (as Matthew has termed it) is often employed by yoga instructors to assert control over their students, creating a dynamic that leads to “trauma bonding” — a crucial process that occurs between cult leaders and their followers as a means of obscuring abuse. In this interview, Matthew explains what these dynamics look like in practice, and how these dynamics can, and do, manifest in all kinds of contexts, including within collapse-conscious activist and support groups (at least potentially). As we enter into a more climate disrupted future, various cult-like groups and charismatic figures will likely emerge to take advantage of people’s yearnings for spiritual guidance and counseling. Matthew provides much-needed insight into spotting these abusive cult dynamics in group contexts, insights that will prove to be increasingly useful in addressing the complex outcomes of the various crises manifesting in the world today.

Matthew Remski writes and presents on yoga and ayurveda in the shadows of capitalism and climate change. He is the author of eight books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction and has practiced meditation and yoga since 1996, learning from teachers from the Tibetan Buddhist, Kripalu, Ashtanga, and Iyengar streams. He currently facilitates programming for yoga trainings internationally, focusing on yoga philosophy, culture, and the social psychology of healthy communities. In all subject areas, Matthew encourages students to explore how yoga practice can resist the psychic and material dominance of neoliberalism, and the quickening pace of environmental destruction.

Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Matthew and his work: http://matthewremski.com

- Read his article ‘Yoga’s Culture of Sexual Abuse: Nine Women Tell Their Stories’ published at The Walrus: http://bit.ly/2SFaNT8

- Learn more about his book ‘Practice and All Is Coming: Abuse, Cult Dynamics, and Healing in Yoga and Beyond’: http://bit.ly/2QykG2x

- Learn more about and sign up for his upcoming course ‘6 Critical Problems in Modern Yoga, and How to Work with Them’: http://bit.ly/2QeJSw3

- The songs featured in this episode are “Mirror Memory” and “Shells” by Teebs from the album Anicca.

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Jan 13 2020

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Alley Valkyrie: Americans, How To Not Win A Damn Thing

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This is a segment of episode #226 of Last Born in The Wilderness “Giving Way To Passivity & Despair: Americans, How To Not Win A Damn Thing w/ Alley Valkyrie.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWvalkyrie

Purchase Alley’s book ‘Of Monsters and Miso’ from Gods & Radicals Press: http://bit.ly/39iH08M

In this segment of my interview with social critic, activist, writer, and textile artist Alley Valkyrie, we discuss the waves of protests have swept nations around the globe, with robust examples mass resistance in such places as Hong Kong (http://bit.ly/2Q2LtF8), Chile, and France, just to name a few. (http://bit.ly/2SFi8lX) Organized resistance against the neoliberal economic polices imposed by governments globally, and the authoritarian responses from these states towards their respective populations, has not only demonstrated the spirit of the times we are in, but just as importantly, what the nature of resistance looks like in our time of compounding crises. Among these numerous examples of civil unrest, there is one glaring exception: the United States. As Alley explains, there are numerous historical, cultural, and sociological reasons as to why US citizens continue to believe that the electoral process, petition signing, and the ongoing impeachment proceedings against President Trump in the House and Senate will lead to the changes needed to adequately respond to the massive systemic injustices Americans experience in their economic and social lives daily. Faith in these bureaucratic processes are certainly not enough, and in fact, works to deter the kinds of direct actions required to actually force the hands of the political elite to do anything besides steal from and undermine the majority of the population in their ability to live lives of dignity, good health, and social welfare.

Alley Valkyrie is a co-founder of Gods & Radicals Press and co-hosts the Empires Crumble podcast with Rhyd Wildermuth. She currently resides in Rennes, France. 

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Jan 08 2020

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#226 | Giving Way To Passivity & Despair: Americans, How To Not Win A Damn Thing w/ Alley Valkyrie

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In this episode, I speak with social critic, activist, writer, and textile artist Alley Valkyrie, co-founder of Gods & Radicals and author of ‘Of Monsters and Miso,’ “a bilingual book of delicious miso sauce recipes.”

Waves of protests have swept nations around the globe, with robust examples mass resistance in such places as Hong Kong (http://bit.ly/2Q2LtF8), Chile, and France, just to name a few. (http://bit.ly/2SFi8lX) Organized resistance against the neoliberal economic polices imposed by governments globally, and the authoritarian responses from these states towards their respective populations, has not only demonstrated the spirit of the times we are in, but just as importantly, what the nature of resistance looks like in our time of compounding crises. Among these numerous examples of civil unrest, there is one glaring exception: the United States. As Alley explains in this episode, there are numerous historical, cultural, and sociological reasons as to why US citizens continue to believe that the electoral process, petition signing, and the ongoing impeachment proceedings against President Trump in the House and Senate will lead to the changes needed to adequately respond to the massive systemic injustices Americans experience in their economic and social lives daily. Faith in these bureaucratic processes are certainly not enough, and in fact, works to deter the kinds of direct actions required to actually force the hands of the political elite to do anything besides steal from and undermine the majority of the population in their ability to live lives of dignity, good health, and social welfare.

Alley Valkyrie is a co-founder of Gods & Radicals Press and co-hosts the Empires Crumble podcast with Rhyd Wildermuth. She currently resides in Rennes, France. 
Episode Notes:

- Purchase Alley’s book ‘Of Monsters and Miso’: http://bit.ly/39iH08M

- Read Alley’s article ‘Refugees and the Reflection of Empire’: http://bit.ly/2F2ejPC

- Much of Alley’s work can be found at her website and at Gods & Radicals Press: https://alleyvalkyrie.wordpress.com / https://abeautifulresistance.org

- Listen and subscribe to Empires Crumble: http://bit.ly/EmpiresCrumble

- The song featured in this episode is “Strt Srns” by Wise Blood from the + EP.

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Jan 06 2020

1hr 25mins

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Oliver Belcher: Climate Crisis & The War Machine

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This is a segment of episode #225 of Last Born In The Wilderness “The Bootprint Of Empire: The Environmental Impacts Of The US War Machine w/ Oliver Belcher.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWbelcher

Read ‘US military is a bigger polluter than as many as 140 countries – shrinking this war machine is a must’ published at The Conversation: http://bit.ly/396LbnZ

In this segment with Oliver Belcher, Assistant Professor in Human Geography at Durham University and co-author of the article ‘US military is a bigger polluter than as many as 140 countries – shrinking this war machine is a must’ we discuss the often obscured impacts the United States’ global military presence has on the planetary climate system at large. Oliver and his colleagues’ research points to the fact “[g]reenhouse gas emission accounting usually focuses on how much energy and fuel civilians use. But recent work, including our own, shows that the US military is one of the largest polluters in history, consuming more liquid fuels and emitting more climate-changing gases than most medium-sized countries. If the US military were a country, its fuel usage alone would make it the 47th largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, sitting between Peru and Portugal.” We discuss why this reality is often overlooked in climate and environmental studies, and how the Military-Industrial-Complex is one of the largest purveyors of environmental and climate change in the world today. When it comes to international efforts to mitigate climate change, the overbearing effects of the maintenance and expansion of the United States Empire is the “elephant in the room” in addressing the global climate crisis. What’s also examined in this research is the awareness the US military has of its own impact on the climate system, as the “US military has long understood that it isn’t immune from the potential consequences of climate change – recognising it as a “threat multiplier” that can exacerbate other risks.” In spite of this, the “American military’s climate policy remains contradictory. There have been attempts to "green" aspects of its operations by increasing renewable electricity generation on bases, but it remains the single largest institutional consumer of hydrocarbons in the world. It has also locked itself into hydrocarbon-based weapons systems for years to come, by depending on existing aircraft and warships for open-ended operations.” (http://bit.ly/396LbnZ)

As Oliver argues in this interview and in his research, to even approach a proper plan to mitigate global climate disruption, anti-imperialism is crucial and demanding the shuttering of US military bases across the globe is imperative.

Oliver Belcher is an Assistant Professor in Human Geography at Durham University. His research investigates transformations driven by computation in warfare, aesthetics, and environmental politics. He holds an MA and BA in Geography from University of Kentucky, and a PhD in Geography from University of British Columbia.

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Jan 01 2020

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End Of 2019: Thank You All

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A short message from yours truly. Thank you for the amazing year. As Joe Brewer would say, "onward, fellow humans."

Dec 31 2019

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#225 | The Bootprint Of Empire: The Environmental Impacts Of The US War Machine w/ Oliver Belcher

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[Intro: 12:11 | Outro: 1:00:08]

In this episode, I speak with Oliver Belcher, Assistant Professor in Human Geography at Durham University and co-author of ‘Hidden carbon costs of the “everywhere war”: Logistics, geopolitical ecology, and the carbon boot‐print of the US military’ with Patrick Bigger, Ben Neimark, Cara Kennelly. A summary of their research was published at The Conversation ‘US military is a bigger polluter than as many as 140 countries – shrinking this war machine is a must.’

This discussion is about the often obscured impacts the United States’ global military presence has on the planetary climate system at large. Oliver and his colleagues’ research points to the fact “[g]reenhouse gas emission accounting usually focuses on how much energy and fuel civilians use. But recent work, including our own, shows that the US military is one of the largest polluters in history, consuming more liquid fuels and emitting more climate-changing gases than most medium-sized countries. If the US military were a country, its fuel usage alone would make it the 47th largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, sitting between Peru and Portugal.” We discuss why this reality is often overlooked in climate and environmental studies, and how the Military-Industrial-Complex is one of the largest purveyors of environmental and climate change in the world today. When it comes to international efforts to mitigate climate change, the overbearing effects of the maintenance and expansion of the United States Empire is the “elephant in the room” in addressing the global climate crisis. What’s also examined in this research is the awareness the US military has of its own impact on the climate system, as the “US military has long understood that it isn’t immune from the potential consequences of climate change – recognising it as a “threat multiplier” that can exacerbate other risks.” In spite of this, the “American military’s climate policy remains contradictory. There have been attempts to "green" aspects of its operations by increasing renewable electricity generation on bases, but it remains the single largest institutional consumer of hydrocarbons in the world. It has also locked itself into hydrocarbon-based weapons systems for years to come, by depending on existing aircraft and warships for open-ended operations.” (http://bit.ly/396LbnZ)

As Oliver argues in this interview and in his research, to even approach a proper plan to mitigate global climate disruption, anti-imperialism is crucial and demanding the shuttering of US military bases across the globe is imperative.

Oliver Belcher is an Assistant Professor in Human Geography at Durham University. His research investigates transformations driven by computation in warfare, aesthetics, and environmental politics. He holds an MA and BA in Geography from University of Kentucky, and a PhD in Geography from University of British Columbia.

Episode Notes:

- Read ‘US military is a bigger polluter than as many as 140 countries – shrinking this war machine is a must.’: http://bit.ly/396LbnZ

- Read Oliver and his colleagues’ paper ‘Hidden carbon costs of the “everywhere war”: Logistics, geopolitical ecology, and the carbon boot‐print of the US military’: http://bit.ly/394aZBi

- I reference the article ‘U.S. Military Could Collapse Within 20 Years Due to Climate Change, Report Commissioned By Pentagon Says’ by Nafeez Ahmed: http://bit.ly/397EW3A

- The song featured in this episode is “War” by Edwin Starr.

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Dec 30 2019

1hr 8mins

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Vivek Mahbubani: The Question Of Foreign Intervention In The Hong Kong Uprising

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This is a segment of episode #224 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Six Months On, No Regrets: The Hong Kong Uprising, A Ground-Level View w/ Vivek Mahbubani.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWmahbubani

Learn more about Vivek: https://funnyvivek.com

In this segment of my interview with Hong Kong citizen, bilingual stand-up comedian, and activist Vivek Mahbubani, I ask Vivek to provide a much needed ground-level view of the historic and ongoing uprising in Hong Kong these past six months. Vivek does a spectacular job sussing out the nuances of this movement, as Western media tends to overly-simplify and flatten the nature of this movement in countless ways, with outside supporters and detractors of this protest movement focusing on very specific details that only serve to reinforce each of their respective narratives on the aims of the movement. As someone who understands and speaks fluent Cantonese and English, Vivek is able to more fully explain how this leaderless movement continues to organize itself, including how tactics have been developed to effectively counter increasingly violent and intrusive police repression, as well as what to make of the seemingly pro-American and pro-British displays by demonstrators within the protests.

Vivek Mahbubani is a Hong Kong-bred bilingual stand-up comedian performing in both Cantonese and English. Having been crowned the Funniest Person (in Chinese) in Hong Kong in 2007 followed by his victory in the English category at the Hong Kong International Comedy Competition in 2008, Vivek has had the opportunity to take his sense of humor all over the world including Hong Kong, China, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Australia, Canada and USA. 

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Dec 14 2019

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#224 | Six Months On, No Regrets: The Hong Kong Uprising, A Ground-Level View w/ Vivek Mahbubani

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[Intro: 7:21]

In this episode, I speak with Hong Kong citizen, bilingual stand-up comedian, and activist Vivek Mahbubani. Vivek provides a much needed ground-level view of the historic and ongoing uprising in Hong Kong these past six months.

We begin with Vivek providing some details of his background as an ethnically-Indian person born and raised in Hong Kong, with all the challenges that come with being treated as an outsider in this complex society. Vivek then moves on to provide some much needed context on the months-long protests in Hong Kong, dubbed the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill (Anti-ELAB) movement. This explanation includes how it started, what his participation in the protests has been from its beginning, the historic scale of the demonstrations, and the overall character and spirit of the resistance Hongkongers are actively engaging in against their government (both locally and from mainland China). Vivek does a spectacular job sussing out the nuances of this movement, as Western media tends to overly-simplify and flatten the nature of this movement in countless ways, with outside supporters and detractors of this protest movement focusing on very specific details that only serve to reinforce each of their respective narratives on the aims of the movement. As someone who understands and speaks fluent Cantonese and English, Vivek is able to more fully explain how this leaderless movement continues to organize itself, including how tactics have been developed to effectively counter increasingly violent and intrusive police repression, as well as what to make of the seemingly pro-American and pro-British displays by demonstrators within the protests. Vivek ends this discussion by elaborating on the recent District Council election on November 24th, in which "pro-democracy candidates swept aside their pro-establishment rivals in a political tsunami." (http://bit.ly/2Yu1NBb) What does this election mean for the future of the movement? Vivek gives us an indication what that may be in this interview. 

Vivek Mahbubani is a Hong Kong-bred bilingual stand-up comedian performing in both Cantonese and English. Having been crowned the Funniest Person (in Chinese) in Hong Kong in 2007 followed by his victory in the English category at the Hong Kong International Comedy Competition in 2008, Vivek has had the opportunity to take his sense of humor all over the world including Hong Kong, China, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Australia, Canada and USA. 
Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Vivek: https://funnyvivek.com

- Read his article ‘How comedy and protests helped me find my Hong Kong identity’: http://bit.ly/2YuKWOP

- Vivek sent me this photo timeline of the protests in Hong Kong: http://bit.ly/38kDJW8

- Read more about the District Council election: http://bit.ly/2Yu1NBb

- The songs featured in this episode are “Cbtw” and “Froov” by Dr. Doppler from the album Flips & Bumps.

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Dec 12 2019

1hr 16mins

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Mirna Wabi-Sabi: Villa Mimosa, Non-White Women, & The Roots Of Displacement

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This is a segment of episode #223 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Mapping The Roots: A History Of Displacement w/ Mirna Wabi-Sabi.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWwabisabi2

Read Mirna’s article The History of Displacement of Non-White Women in Villa Mimosa’: http://bit.ly/2Rb2gqs

In this segment of my discussion with political theorist, writer, and editor at Gods & Radicals Mirna Wabi-Sabi, we examine the themes presented in Mirna’s article ‘The History of Displacement of Non-White Women in Villa Mimosa: Mapping the roots of Brazil’s most notorious red light district from the Byzantine Empire and WW1,’ which addresses the long and complex history of slavery and sex work in Europe and how this is tied to the varied forms of displacement of marginalized populations up the present moment. This examination also includes the work of historian Clare Makepeace and her research into WWI, heterosexuality, and the role sex work played in the expression of male heteronormativity up to the present moment. Mirna examines how this dynamic is felt today in the displacement of women, with a particular focus on Rio’s red light district Villa Mimosa:

“A high speed train that will connect Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo is expected to pass through Vila Mimosa, and will displace these women once again. Countries like Germany, France, Spain and Italy have economic interests here and are investing in this project. There are plans to build a new place for the women to work called ‘City of Girls', but the budget still floats in the distance, far away from any European investors' field of vision. Western Europe's economic interests have marginalized other people for hundreds of years. Vila Mimosa is a microcosmic example of the global structure that has been, and still is, displacing and weakening the existence of non-white women.

These economic interests certainly don’t benefit all people. Whom are they benefiting? Western Europe is small and vulnerable. As we can see in the map from before, it occupies half of the European continent, which is already the second smallest continent in the world, and has very few natural resources. Even so, it’s a force capable of evolving its methods of enslavement, and of sustaining a society where women like the workers of Vila Mimosa have no choice but to expose themselves to brutal situations to survive.”

Mirna Wabi-Sabi is a writer, political theorist, teacher and translator. She is an editor at Gods&Radicals, founder of the Enemy of the Queen magazine and of the Plataforma 9 media collective. Her work orbits around Capitalism, White Supremacy and Patriarchy, and resistance to Eurocentrism and Western Imperialism.

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Dec 11 2019

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#223 | Mapping The Roots: A History Of Displacement w/ Mirna Wabi-Sabi

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In this episode, I speak with political theorist, writer, and editor at Gods & Radicals Mirna Wabi-Sabi.

Mirna and I begin this discussion by laying out the nature of our upcoming collaborative work together, as I’ll be traveling to southern Brazil for two months, beginning December 8th. In explaining how our work overlaps in crucial ways, we remark on the absurdity of contemporary politics in both in Brazil and the United States, and how the often narrow focus of climate justice activism in the Global North often limits our approach to addressing the roots of the ecological crisis more specifically, and the legacy of colonialism more generally. From there, we moving into an examination of the themes presented in Mirna’s article ‘The History of Displacement of Non-White Women in Villa Mimosa: Mapping the roots of Brazil’s most notorious red light district from the Byzantine Empire and WW1,’ which addresses the long and complex history of slavery and sex work in Europe and how this is tied to the varied forms of displacement of marginalized populations up the present moment.

This examination also includes the work of historian Clare Makepeace and her research into WWI, heterosexuality, and the role sex work played in the expression of male heteronormativity up to the present moment. Mirna examines how this dynamic is felt today in the displacement of women, with a particular focus on Rio’s red light district Villa Mimosa:

“A high speed train that will connect Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo is expected to pass through Vila Mimosa, and will displace these women once again. Countries like Germany, France, Spain and Italy have economic interests here and are investing in this project. There are plans to build a new place for the women to work called ‘City of Girls', but the budget still floats in the distance, far away from any European investors' field of vision. Western Europe's economic interests have marginalized other people for hundreds of years. Vila Mimosa is a microcosmic example of the global structure that has been, and still is, displacing and weakening the existence of non-white women.

These economic interests certainly don’t benefit all people. Whom are they benefiting? Western Europe is small and vulnerable. As we can see in the map from before, it occupies half of the European continent, which is already the second smallest continent in the world, and has very few natural resources. Even so, it’s a force capable of evolving its methods of enslavement, and of sustaining a society where women like the workers of Vila Mimosa have no choice but to expose themselves to brutal situations to survive.” (http://bit.ly/2Rb2gqs)

Mirna Wabi-Sabi is a writer, political theorist, teacher and translator. She is an editor at Gods&Radicals, founder of the Enemy of the Queen magazine and of the Plataforma 9 media collective. Her work orbits around Capitalism, White Supremacy and Patriarchy, and resistance to Eurocentrism and Western Imperialism.
Episode Notes:

- Read Mirna’s article ‘The History of Displacement of Non-White Women in Villa Mimosa’: http://bit.ly/2Rb2gqs

- Mirna’s Medium page: https://medium.com/mirna-wabi-sabi

- Mirna’s articles at Gods & Radicals: http://bit.ly/34JRF9M

- Mirna’s magazine Enemy of the Queen: https://ainimiga.noblogs.org / https://inimiga.noblogs.org

- The media collective Plataforma 9: https://www.instagram.com/plataforma9p9/

- The song featured in this episode is “DRUGs (DIRTY DRAFT)” by PsychoDel.

- The title card features the photography of Fabio Teixeira: https://fabioteixeirafotojornalista.46graus.com

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Dec 09 2019

1hr 37mins

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Dougald Hine: Dark Passage

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This is a segment of episode #222 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Dark Materials: They Didn't Want You To Panic w/ Dougald Hine.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWhine

Read Dougald’s ‘Notes From Underground’ series at Bella Caledonia: http://bit.ly/2Ds76r6

In this segment of my discussion with Dark Mountain Project co-founder and writer Dougald Hine, we discuss his new writing series ‘Notes From Underground,’ published weekly at Bella Caledonia, that explores "the deep context of the new climate movements that have surfaced since mid-2018."

As Dougald notes in his article ‘Al Gore Didn’t Want You to Panic,’ the first of his series at Bella Caledonia: “What kind of process is it, then, that has been underway this past year? Here’s what I’ve been picking up from the people I meet, the audiences I speak to and the stories that come back to me: on a scale not seen before, people are having an encounter with climate change not as a problem that can be solved or managed, made to go away, or reconciled with some existing arc of progress, but as a dark knowledge that calls our path into question, that starts to burn away the stories we were told and the trajectories our lives were meant to follow, the entitlements we were brought up to believe we had, our assumptions about the shape of history, the kind of world we were born into and our place within it.” (http://bit.ly/34lnMwl)

In this discussion, we explore this uncharted territory that we have collectively entered into, to which Dougald has rightfully defined as “some kind of initiatory process.” What does it mean, in a time of compounding and accelerating crises (climatologically, ecologically, socially), to undergo a process of initiatory rites? For those of us that are cognizant of the general spirit of the times we are in, what can we do to provide the resources, spaces, and structures to further grapple with the “dark material we were carrying all along?”

Dougald Hine is the co-founder of The Dark Mountain Project, and the founder of Spacemakers. In the summer of 2019, after ten years with Dark Mountain, Dougald handed over his editorial and organizational responsibilities. He is currently focusing on writing and his latest project ‘a school called HOME,’ made in collaboration with his partner Anna Björkman. Dougald grew up in the north-east of England, and is now settled in central Sweden. 

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[Music: "Miguk'asha" by Eijra Woon, from the album Fae: https://eijrawoon.bandcamp.com]

Dec 04 2019

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Bonus | DMAL: Reimagining Our Relationship With Invasive Species w/ Elliot, Tao, & Avi

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Elliot Robinson, a listener of the podcast that works in land restoration in New Orleans, dropped me a line regarding to my episode with social anthropologist Dr. Khalil Avi, featured in episode #220 (http://bit.ly/LBWavi). He posed a great question regarding how to deal with a particular "invasive species" in his work, the Chinese Tallow Tree. I sent the audio of Elliot's call to Avi, and he contacted permaculture designer, teacher, homesteader and author of ‘Beyond the War on Invasive Species’ Tao Orion to provide her expertise in answering Elliot's question. We decided the best course of action was to set up a group call, so Elliot could more adequately pose his questions to Tao and Avi, with myself serving as a facilitator of the discussion. This nearly 40-minute conversation was featured at the end of episode #222 with Dark Mountain co-founder Dougald Hine (http://bit.ly/LBWhine).

Learn more about Tao Orion’s book: http://bit.ly/2DE8WFA

Learn more about Dr. Khalil Avi and his work: https://khalilavi.org

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Dec 02 2019

38mins

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#222 | Dark Materials: They Didn't Want You To Panic w/ Dougald Hine

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[Intro: 11:55 | Outro: 1:31:02]

In this episode, I speak with Dark Mountain Project co-founder and writer Dougald Hine. We discuss his new writing series ‘Notes From Underground,’ published weekly at Bella Caledonia, that explores "the deep context of the new climate movements that have surfaced since mid-2018."

As Dougald notes in his article ‘Al Gore Didn’t Want You to Panic,’ the first of his series at Bella Caledonia: “What kind of process is it, then, that has been underway this past year? Here’s what I’ve been picking up from the people I meet, the audiences I speak to and the stories that come back to me: on a scale not seen before, people are having an encounter with climate change not as a problem that can be solved or managed, made to go away, or reconciled with some existing arc of progress, but as a dark knowledge that calls our path into question, that starts to burn away the stories we were told and the trajectories our lives were meant to follow, the entitlements we were brought up to believe we had, our assumptions about the shape of history, the kind of world we were born into and our place within it.” (http://bit.ly/34lnMwl)

In this discussion, we explore this uncharted territory that we have collectively entered into, to which Dougald has rightfully defined as “some kind of initiatory process.” What does it mean, in a time of compounding and accelerating crises (climatologically, ecologically, socially), to undergo a process of initiatory rites? For those of us that are cognizant of the general spirit of the times we are in, what can we do to provide the resources, spaces, and structures to further grapple with the “dark material we were carrying all along?” Dougald and I explore this territory in this episode.

Dougald Hine is the co-founder of The Dark Mountain Project, and the founder of Spacemakers. In the summer of 2019, after ten years with Dark Mountain, Dougald handed over his editorial and organizational responsibilities. He is currently focusing on writing and his latest project ‘a school called HOME,’ made in collaboration with his partner Anna Björkman. Dougald grew up in the north-east of England, and is now settled in central Sweden. 

[The episode also features a discussion between Elliot Robinson (the question featured in the introduction), social anthropologist Dr. Khalil Avi (featured in episode #220: http://bit.ly/LBWavi), and permaculture designer Tao Orion (author of ‘Beyond the War on Invasive Species’: http://bit.ly/2DE8WFA). This discussion can also be found here: http://bit.ly/elliot-tao-avi]
Episode Notes:

- Read Dougald’s ‘Notes From Underground’ series at Bella Caledonia: http://bit.ly/2Ds76r6

- Learn more about his work at his website: http://dougald.nu

- Learn more about his project ‘a school called HOME’: https://aschoolcalledhome.org

- Learn more about The Dark Mountain Project: https://dark-mountain.net

- The songs featured in this episode are “Birds of Paradise” and “Steps and Numbers” by The Appleseed Cast from the album Low Level Owl, Vol. 1.

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Dec 02 2019

2hr 11mins

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Stephen Pyne: Humanity's Complex Relationship With The Shapeshifter Element

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This is a segment of episode #221 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Age Of Fire: Humanity's Long Relationship With The Shapeshifter Element w/ Stephen Pyne.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWpyne

Read ‘The Fire Age’: http://bit.ly/2Oc93hF

In this segment with Stephen Pyne, environmental historian and author of ‘Fire: A Brief History.’ I ask him to elaborate on humanity's long, deep, and complex relationship with fire. He explains how this relationship has informed everything from how our bodies have evolved to the impact this has had on our global environment up to the present moment. As Stephen has framed it, we have entered into an age of fire, which he has dubbed the Pyrocene (instead of Anthropocene); just as the Earth has passed through numerous ice ages, the industrialization of our relationship with fire (such as our use of fossil fuels and the internal combustion engine) has warmed the planet to such a degree as to completely disfigure and disrupt the planetary climate system, leading to a phase shift so large as to be barely grasped or comprehended at all. Fire and its crucial role in this shift must be not only examined in a scientific sense, but contextualized within a broader historical scope, which Stephen has provided for many years.

As Stephen has expressed in his excellent article ‘The Fire Age’: “The species that won biggest was ourselves. Fire changed us, even to our genome. We got small guts and big heads because we could cook food. We went to the top of the food chain because we could cook landscapes. And we have become a geologic force because our fire technology has so evolved that we have begun to cook the planet. Our pact with fire made us what we are. We hold fire as a species monopoly. We will not share it willingly with any other species. Other creatures knock over trees, dig holes in the ground, hunt – we do fire. It’s our ecological signature. Our capture of fire is our first experiment with domestication, and it might may well be our first Faustian bargain.” (http://bit.ly/2Oc93hF)

Steve Pyne is an emeritus professor at Arizona State University. He has published 35 books, most of them dealing with fire, but others on Antarctica, the Grand Canyon, the Voyager mission, and with his oldest daughter, an inquiry into the Pleistocene. His fire histories include surveys of America, Australia, Canada, Europe (including Russia), and the Earth.

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Nov 27 2019

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#221 | Age Of Fire: Humanity's Long Relationship With The Shapeshifter Element w/ Stephen Pyne

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[Intro: 11:12 | Outro: 1:04:42]

In this episode, I speak with Stephen Pyne, environmental historian and author of ‘Fire: A Brief History.’

In this discussion with Stephen, I ask him to elaborate on humanity's long, deep, and complex relationship with fire. He explains how this relationship has informed everything from how our bodies have evolved to the impact this has had on our global environment up to the present moment. As Stephen has framed it, we have entered into an age of fire, which he has dubbed the Pyrocene (instead of Anthropocene); just as the Earth has passed through numerous ice ages, the industrialization of our relationship with fire (such as our use of fossil fuels and the internal combustion engine) has warmed the planet to such a degree as to completely disfigure and disrupt the planetary climate system, leading to a phase shift so large as to be barely grasped or comprehended at all. Fire and its crucial role in this shift must be not only examined in a scientific sense, but contextualized within a broader historical scope, which Stephen has provided for many years.

As Stephen has expressed in his excellent article ‘The Fire Age’: “The species that won biggest was ourselves. Fire changed us, even to our genome. We got small guts and big heads because we could cook food. We went to the top of the food chain because we could cook landscapes. And we have become a geologic force because our fire technology has so evolved that we have begun to cook the planet. Our pact with fire made us what we are. We hold fire as a species monopoly. We will not share it willingly with any other species. Other creatures knock over trees, dig holes in the ground, hunt – we do fire. It’s our ecological signature. Our capture of fire is our first experiment with domestication, and it might may well be our first Faustian bargain.” (http://bit.ly/2Oc93hF)

Steve Pyne is an emeritus professor at Arizona State University. He has published 35 books, most of them dealing with fire, but others on Antarctica, the Grand Canyon, the Voyager mission, and with his oldest daughter, an inquiry into the Pleistocene. His fire histories include surveys of America, Australia, Canada, Europe (including Russia), and the Earth.
Episode Notes:

- Learn more about Stephen and his work: http://www.stephenpyne.com

- Learn more about and purchase ‘Fire: A Brief History’: http://bit.ly/2qBLNRe

- Read the referenced articles ‘Winter Isn’t Coming. Prepare for the Pyrocene’ and ‘The Fire Age’: http://bit.ly/37txhLP / http://bit.ly/2Oc93hF

- The song featured is “Julie and Candy” by Boards of Canada from the album Geogaddi.

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Nov 25 2019

1hr 23mins

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Dr. Khalil Avi: Halting The War On Invasive Species

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This is a segment of episode #220 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Don't Shoot The Messenger!: Halting The War On Invasive Species w/ Dr. Khalil Avi.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWavi

Read Dr. Khalil Avi’s article ‘Don’t Kill The Messenger!: Invasive Species and Halting Biodiversity Loss’ at Gods & Radicals: http://bit.ly/2qHsl5m

In this segment of my interview with Social Anthropologist Dr. Khalil Avi, author of the article ‘Don’t Kill The Messenger!: Invasive Species and Halting Biodiversity Loss,’ Avi addresses some of the underlying (colonialist, nationalist, and provincial) assumptions that surround the efforts to halt biodiversity loss in our age of abrupt climate change and environmental catastrophe. He challenges our notions of what it really means to halt biodiversity loss, in particular when it comes to the widespread practice of eliminating so-called invasive species in their respective environments as a means of addressing this crisis. As global climate disruption forces biological life to rapidly adapt to the changing environment, our efforts to halt biodiversity loss should include abandoning our unexamined and deeply held assumptions of what our responses to the environmental crisis should be.

“Halting biodiversity loss is demanded by [Extinction Rebellion] alongside other climate movements. But who decides what halts biodiversity loss? Most of these movements directly address established governance actors. At best XR proposes legally binding citizen assemblies informed by expert knowledge. So who is going to hear these demands in these organisations or enact the decisions of these assemblies? What is the status quo amongst these organisations and their experts for halting biodiversity loss? The same questions can be asked for all of the demands of contemporary climate mobilizations. Hence, the status quo on how climate demands are enacted is critical. What is the status quo?” (http://bit.ly/2qHsl5m)

Dr. Khalil Avi is trained in Social Anthropology and Social Science Research Methods and works with practitioners and academics from multiple fields. “If you want to step into the messy spaghetti of reality and enjoy the feast, I invite you to dine with me.” Dr. Avi focuses on how human-environmental and human-human relations shape each other over time, and has conducted interdisciplinary research on fisheries, historical ecology, hunting and environmental management.

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Nov 20 2019

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#220 | Don't Shoot The Messenger!: Halting The War On Invasive Species w/ Dr. Khalil Avi

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[Intro: 9:00 | Outro: 1:15:00]

In this episode, I speak with Social Anthropologist Dr. Khalil Avi, author of the article ‘Don’t Kill The Messenger!: Invasive Species and Halting Biodiversity Loss’ published at Gods & Radicals.

Avi addresses some of the underlying (colonialist, nationalist, and provincial) assumptions that surround the efforts to halt biodiversity loss in our age of abrupt climate change and environmental catastrophe. He challenges our notions of what it really means to halt biodiversity loss, in particular when it comes to the widespread practice of eliminating so-called invasive species in their respective environments as a means of addressing this crisis. As global climate disruption forces biological life to rapidly adapt to the changing environment, our efforts to halt biodiversity loss should include abandoning our unexamined and deeply held assumptions of what our responses to the environmental crisis should be.

“Halting biodiversity loss is demanded by [Extinction Rebellion] alongside other climate movements. But who decides what halts biodiversity loss? Most of these movements directly address established governance actors. At best XR proposes legally binding citizen assemblies informed by expert knowledge. So who is going to hear these demands in these organisations or enact the decisions of these assemblies? What is the status quo amongst these organisations and their experts for halting biodiversity loss? The same questions can be asked for all of the demands of contemporary climate mobilizations. Hence, the status quo on how climate demands are enacted is critical. What is the status quo?” (http://bit.ly/2qHsl5m)

Dr. Khalil Avi is trained in Social Anthropology and Social Science Research Methods and works with practitioners and academics from multiple fields. “If you want to step into the messy spaghetti of reality and enjoy the feast, I invite you to dine with me.” Dr. Avi focuses on how human-environmental and human-human relations shape each other over time, and has conducted interdisciplinary research on fisheries, historical ecology, hunting and environmental management.
Episode Notes:

- Follow Avi’s work: https://khalilavi.org

- Read ‘Don’t Kill The Messenger!: Invasive Species and Halting Biodiversity Loss’ at Gods & Radicals: http://bit.ly/2qHsl5m

- Watch/listen to Avi’s reading, featured in the introduction: https://youtu.be/l0Ecq-PoCKg

- The songs featured are “Ringz” and “78” by MIGHTYHEALTHY from the album Bad Ideas.

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Nov 18 2019

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Extinction Radio | Segment w/ Michael Sliwa, Paul Beckwith, & Mike Ferrigan

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This is a segment of my discussion with Michael Sliwa and Paul Beckwith on Mike Ferrigan’s program Extinction Radio: https://extinctionradio.net

This episode was recorded November 14th, 2019. We discuss the Green New Deal, so-called sustainable technologies, the science of abrupt climate disruption, geoengineering, and more.

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Nov 16 2019

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Noam Chomsky: The Plight Of Assange & The Greatest Challenge To State Power

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This is a segment of episode #219 of Last Born In The Wilderness “The Greatest Challenge To State Power: Journalism In Our Time w/ Noam Chomsky.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWchomsky

Read the cited article ‘I can’t think properly’: Assange fights back tears and struggles to say own name as he appears in court over US extradition’ from The Independent: http://bit.ly/2Cjdrof

In this segment of my interview with renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky, we discuss the responsibility of journalists, especially in this time, to challenge state power and stand for those that are willing to risk everything to expose the crimes of the state and its corporate allies. To highlight this, we focus on the current situation of Wikileaks founder and editor Julian Assange, currently imprisoned in the high-security Belmarsh Prison in London, awaiting an extradition hearing set for February 2020, after his asylum was revoked from the Ecuadorian government and handed over to British authorities April this year. “Assange basically is being murdered by the British government,” as his health continues to rapidly deteriorate from his time holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy and his treatment by British authorities more recently. Assange faces “18 charges, including conspiracy to hack government computers and violation of espionage law, and could spend decades in prison if convicted,” (http://bit.ly/2Cjdrof) with the real possibility of him being “extradited to the United States, where he'll be tried with crimes that, even theoretically, can lead to the death sentence, which he's already practically suffering [from] now.” Noam compares this attack on press freedoms and whistleblowers to the Red Scare post-WWI, in which “thousands of people were deported. The independent press was virtually crushed. There was a massive attack on human rights. The so-called McCarthy period was about the same. The Trump period is innovating in a way which is familiar [to] totalitarian states. The entire system in the United States under Trump is becoming a kind of proto-fascism without the ideology, just the pertinences of fascism.” We get into this and more in this episode.

Considered the founder of modern linguistics, Noam Chomsky is one of the most cited scholars in modern history. He is a laureate professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona and professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he taught for more than 50 years.

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Nov 09 2019

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