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

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

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    • 4.7 • 149 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.

    The Stopwatch of Doom: How the Cult of Productivity Torpedoes Sustainability and Equity

    The Stopwatch of Doom: How the Cult of Productivity Torpedoes Sustainability and Equity

    Welcome to the dehumanizing world of scientific management, where business gurus and middle managers view workers as resources, and where a cult-like devotion to productivity has invaded almost all facets of daily life. From fairy tales about strapping steel workers who put CrossFit champions to shame, to the plight of Amazon warehouse workers who can't even get a bathroom break, we've got stories that expose the dark side of the efficiency fetish. Grab your stopwatch and a pee bottle so you can listen to this episode as efficiently as possible! For episode notes and more information, please visit our website.
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    It’s the End of the World’s Fair as We Know It: Why Technology Won’t Save Us

    It’s the End of the World’s Fair as We Know It: Why Technology Won’t Save Us

    Back in the day, the World's Fair was a global showcase of innovation and a peerless cultural event where visitors envisioned a neon future filled with technological wonders. These international expos featured miracle inventions and opportunities to explore new ideas, but also on display were useless gizmos, silly stunts (who's ready for a game of topless donkey ping pong?), and some of the most unattractive towers people have ever built. Worse yet, a dismal thread of racism runs through the history of fairs, and in recent times, faux sustainability has become a recurring theme. Explore the diminishing marginal returns of both World's Fairs and technology in general, and consider what's next as dreams of a high-tech utopia go the way of the animatronic dinosaurs. For episode notes and more information, please visit our website.
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    Colonizing the Sky: The Untold Environmental Toll of Skyscrapers

    Colonizing the Sky: The Untold Environmental Toll of Skyscrapers

    Skyscrapers have sprouted like mushrooms in our urban landscapes. But in an environmentally depleted, energy-pinched era, we need to take a closer look at the downsides of movin' on up to the sky. We especially need to pay attention to embodied energy and all the features required to keep skyscrapers standing: uninterrupted supplies of electricity, reliable water treatment systems, functional waste removal, and mechanized transport. It’s time to question the quixotic quest to build ever higher, consider alternatives for sustainable landscapes, and take precautions to prevent tragic instances of accidental self defenestration. For episode notes and more information, please visit our website.
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    The Bright Side Through Rose-Tinted Glasses: How Positive Thinking Undermines Sustainability

    The Bright Side Through Rose-Tinted Glasses: How Positive Thinking Undermines Sustainability

    Welcome to the seductive, but regrettable world of unquestioned positive thinking, where faith healers, BS slingers, pseudoscientists, and get-rich-quick schemers all peddle the same basic message: think positively, and it’ll all work out. The problem: there’s no room for critical thinking and no call to do the hard work of finding real responses to climate change, injustice, biodiversity loss, and planetary overshoot. Sure, a rosy outlook can be useful in some situations, but it’s no way to address our collective sustainability crisis. On the plus side, some of the gurus out there say some really funny stuff. For episode notes and more information, please visit our website.
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    Lord of the Swans: The Tragedy of the Enclosure of the Commons

    Lord of the Swans: The Tragedy of the Enclosure of the Commons

    The “tragedy of the commons” is an idea that has so thoroughly seeped into culture and law that it seems normal for people and corporations to own land, water, and even whole ecosystems. But there’s a BIG problem: the “tragedy” part of it has been debunked – it really should be the triumph of the commons. Learn the origin story of privatization and explore the true meaning of commons and how to manage them for sustainability and equity. Also check out our suggestions for championing the commons (beyond Robin Hood’s strategy of stabbing the aristocracy). For episode notes and more information, please visit our website.
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    • 52 min
    Bonus: The Legal Legacy of Colonization with Sherri Mitchell

    Bonus: The Legal Legacy of Colonization with Sherri Mitchell

    Indigenous rights lawyer, leader, and author Sherri Mitchell describes how the Christian Doctrines of Discovery made their way from 15th-century European religious leaders into the U.S. legal system. She elaborates on how the U.S. government justified centuries of colonization and dispossession of Indigenous lands, with implications for social justice and environmental health. And Sherri offers important ideas for decolonizing the mind and healing the gaping wound that runs right through the middle of the U.S. For episode notes and more information, please visit our website.
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
149 Ratings

149 Ratings

danigenes ,

Despair can be funny

With crazy town I feel less alone in watching the collapse rumble around me. These guys look at the roots of our integrated systems of energy politics economics ecology and denial in ways that are profound but bouncing on their snark and smart conversations. One of the only podcasts for which I recommend you go back a few years in their episodes to see how the ongoing story enmerges

WillPowers13 ,

Not usually a reviewer but…

I’ve never rated or reviewed a podcast before but I love these guys, it’s quickly become my favorite podcast and I hope more and more people come across it and hear their perspective. The rapport the three have keeps the otherwise depressing subject matters light and engaging, and they help you feel less alone in this crazy town world we find ourselves in.

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.

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