61 episodes

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

Crazy Town Post Carbon Institute: Sustainability, Climate, Collapse, and Dark Humor

    • Science
    • 4.7 • 135 Ratings

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

    Bonus: Stop Saving the Planet with Jenny Price

    Bonus: Stop Saving the Planet with Jenny Price

    Jenny Price has written an environmental manifesto that's angry, funny, and short. In it she asks, "Why should I give a frick about Exxon's LEED-certified building?" And goes on to explain that we need to care about what they're doing inside that building. Jenny and Rob rant about green consumerism, the lack of systems thinking, and "regulatory capture" in the environmental movement, and they conclude that no one under 40  should be allowed to make climate policy.
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    • 53 min
    Bonus: Holiday Guide for the Perplexed

    Bonus: Holiday Guide for the Perplexed

    No need to stress during the holidays! The "sponsors" of Crazy Town have all of your consumerist needs covered. This season you could be walking in a warming wonderland, singing the 12 Days of Overshoot, and hanging out with Frosty the Melted Snowman. Act fast, supplies are limited!
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    • 13 min
    Bonus: It's All Paradox with Douglas Rushkoff

    Bonus: It's All Paradox with Douglas Rushkoff

    Douglas Rushkoff is a prolific author, documentarian, and podcaster with a delightful sense of humor. He joins the gang in Crazy Town to ponder paradoxical questions such as: Why would homes on Miami Beach be selling for millions of dollars if that property were really going to be underwater in a decade? Why would so much of the world be business-as-usual if climate change were real? Why is the stock market going up during a global plague? Coping in a world that no longer makes sense requires finding community in the real world and getting comfortable with uncertainty and cognitive dissonance. Find more from Douglas on his podcast Team Human.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Bonus: Oceans of Knowledge with Sylvia Earle

    Bonus: Oceans of Knowledge with Sylvia Earle

    Sylvia Earle is a legend in ocean exploration and conservation. She comes ashore in Crazy Town to discuss some of her experiences in the depths, the state of the world's oceans and marine biodiversity, the limits to growth, the wonders and disappointments of technology, and her belief in the accumulation of knowledge as a pathway for change. Sylvia's new book is called Ocean: A Global Odyssey.
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    • 40 min
    Bonus: What Could Possibly Go Right with Vicki Robin

    Bonus: What Could Possibly Go Right with Vicki Robin

    What happens when two equal and opposite forces collide? It's a tag-team match of empathy and optimism versus existential crisis and poop jokes! In this mashup of Crazy Town and our sister podcast, What Could Possibly Go Right?, we collaborate with Vicki Robin to cover some heavy stuff, including climate change, the stages of grief, and collapse. You'll get your daily dose of doom and gloom (or as we like to call it, your reality check), but there's also plenty of inspiring ideas about how to navigate today's challenges and prepare for the future.
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    • 54 min
    Bonus: Galactic-Scale Energy with Tom Murphy

    Bonus: Galactic-Scale Energy with Tom Murphy

    Take it from astrophysicist Tom Murphy. Sure, lightsabers, dilithium crystal warp drives, and Mars colonies are a lot of fun to consider. But a physics-based perspective on energy tells us that we need to accept the limits to growth, stop chasing  sci-fi fantasies, and get to work building a steady-state economy that works for people and the planet. Instead of focusing on growth, maybe we should focus on growing up.
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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
135 Ratings

135 Ratings

PLMJ62 ,

Reality served with a side of humor

I enjoy the fact that through a healthy injection of scatalogical humor and unrelated pop culture references, Rob, Asher, and Jason make the myriad existential crises we face entertaining. Keep up the good work.

dce44 ,

Grew on me, excellent podcast

I like the information, and the analysis — and they've gotten better over time (their old intro and out-tro recordings were a little cheesy, though I really miss the bizarre photo of the house damaged by a storm that's missing half of the *first* story with the *second* story intact, with the byline of "I don't know . . . something just feels really off"). The latest bonus episode with Tom Murphy is especially good, with excellent advice starting at 44:00 into the show on "what do you *do* with this information?"—I would love to hear *much* more about that!).

I really appreciate the [gallows] humor; how else can you take in such an hugely distressing situation?

Only criticism is that it's three white guys — let's hear from other voices, too . . . but keep up the excellent, excellent work!

Carla in NC ,

This is my family's favorite podcast

Thanks to Rob, Asher and Jason for putting together thoughtful, easy-to-relate to content about the looming existential threat that almost everyone manages to compeltely ignore. We (two adults, and kids 13, 6 nd 6) all enjoy the episodes--amazing! The synthesis across disciplines is welcome, as is their commitment to pointing out the craziness of growth as our society's most hallowed paradigm. We look forward to each episode, and always learn something new. Thank you so much for diving deep, and for being so down-to-earth. This podcasts helps to anchor our activism.

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