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James Howard Kunstler, author of "The Geography of Nowhere" and "The Long Emergency," takes on suburban sprawl, disposable architecture and the end of the cheap oil era each week with program host Duncan Crary.

KunstlerCast - Suburban Sprawl: A Tragic Comedy Wizzard Media

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    • 4.7, 240 Ratings

James Howard Kunstler, author of "The Geography of Nowhere" and "The Long Emergency," takes on suburban sprawl, disposable architecture and the end of the cheap oil era each week with program host Duncan Crary.

    KunstlerCast 329

    KunstlerCast 329

    Art Berman is an independent oil geologist and industry analyst. We go pretty deep into the recent alarming price crash of crude oil, the vagaries and destiny of the shale oil business, and the implications for the American economy. Art is based in Houston.
    He publishes his own blog at: https://www.artberman.com/blog/
    The theme music for the podcast is the Two Rivers Waltz by Larry Unger.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    KunstlerCast 328

    KunstlerCast 328

    Charles Hugh Smith founded his blog Of Two Minds in 2005 after 17 years of free-lance journalism in the San Francisco Bay Area. Of Two Minds has grown to thousands of posts that have logged tens of millions of page views on his site and many others such as Zero Hedge and Peak Prosperity. He is the author of eight novels and fourteen non-fiction books on socio-economic-political dynamics. He lives by Winston Churchill's dictum that "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."
    Charles's Blog: OfTwoMinds.com
    Charles's Books:
    Will You Be Richer or Poorer?: Profit, Power, and AI in a Traumatized World 
    Pathfinding our Destiny: Preventing the Final Fall of Our Democratic Republic 
    Money and Work Unchained 

    • 57 min
    KunstlerCast 327

    KunstlerCast 327

    Gail Tverberg is an analyst who has been researching the connection between oil limits and the economy for nearly 10 years.  She writes a widely-followed blog called Our Finite World. Her background is as an actuary, working as a consultant to insurance companies. She also has a foot in the academic world, where she has lectured and written academic articles, and taught at the China’s University of Petroleum in Beijing.

    • 43 min
    KunstlerCast 326

    KunstlerCast 326

    David Collum is the Betty R. Miller Professor of Chemistry at Cornell University. He is the intellectual utility infielder of internet commentary, covering all the bases: culture, politics, finance, science, and technology, with often surprising views on the the predicaments of our time. Here we attempt to make sense of the fast-moving corona virus story and the increasingly weird and troubling second-order events spinning off of it into the global economy and politics.
    Dave tweets at @DavidBCollum

    • 57 min
    KunstlerCast 325

    KunstlerCast 325

    Nir Buras is a PhD architect and planner with over 30 years of in-depth experience in strategic planning, architecture, and transportation design, as well as teaching and lecturing. His planning, design and construction experience includes East Side Access at Grand Central Terminal, New York; International Terminal D, Dallas-Fort-Worth; the Washington DC Dulles Metro line; work on the US Capitol and the Senate and House Office Buildings in Washington. Projects he has worked on have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, local newspapers, and trade magazines. Buras, whose original degree was Architect and Town Planner, has watched first-hand how architecture and urbanism impact each other. After the last decade of applying in practice the classical method that Buras absorbed in his practice, his book, The Art of Classic Planning (Harvard University Press, 2019), shows how we can best face the future by once more building beautiful, balanced, and durable urbanism.
    The theme music for the podcast is the Two Rivers Waltz by Larry Unger.

    • 58 min
    KunstlerCast_324

    KunstlerCast_324

    Ben Hunt is the Chief Investment Officer at Second Foundation Partners, a consultant for large institutional investors, and the author of Epsilon Theory, a newsletter and website that examines markets through the lenses of game theory, history and nature. Over 100,000 professional investors and allocators across 200 countries read Epsilon Theory for its fresh perspective and novel insights into market dynamics. In prior positions, Ben has managed a billion dollar hedge fund and served as Chief Strategist for a $13 billion dollar asset manager. He has a Ph.D. from Harvard University, was a tenured Political Science professor, and has co-founded three technology companies. Ben spends lots of time on a family owned farm, which inspires many original ideas on the parallels between human and animal behavior
    The new theme music for the podcast is the Two Rivers Waltz by Larry Unger.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
240 Ratings

240 Ratings

Rico the Bald ,

Right down the middle.

I love JHK’s writing. The future may not be rosy, but better to consider it now while we can improve our position. Our step wise decline may not arrive soon or be an empty gas pump. But our system is corrupt and our currency is dangerously stretched.
Timing future events is impossible but the trends are easy to read. Keep digging James.

Matteo Masiello ,

It was interesting once

This podcast was interesting once. I found Mr. Kunstler's views on the enviroment, urban sprawl, peak oil, and alternative views (more concise) on the economy very, very interesting. I used to feel like I was learning something relevant from his talks and books (not his fiction - pretty bad sci-fi). But lately he seems to go on and on about identity politics and seems to think he is being Swiftian in his opinions that those who are proponents of identity poltics should be killed. He sounds very alt-right which I know he isn't. But I think he is doing Trump supports and alt-right proponents a servive, empowering them by his opinions. He sounds like a crotchety old man complaining. This disappoints me because he is smarter than that. I wish he were more empathetic.

Sampsoft ,

Goodbye Doom Porn

With the KunstlerCast, Howard Kunstler has always had a problem differentiating between intellectual rigor and intellectual dishonesty. But I have to admit that I actually enjoyed it when he was simply peddling doom porn. But now that his decade-long predictions about peak oil have failed to materialize, he has turned his attention to railing against the left. He does make good points from time to time, but most of his guests have questionable credentials that fail to lend credence to their extreme takes on the state of the world. Mr. Kunstler loves to promote the idea that the liberal media is on a crusade to destroy Donald Trump and he supports his assertions by citing the lies of the Washington Post and the New York Times. The problem, however, is that he never seems to point out a specific lie nor the evidence that the "lies" they peddle are false. He's not stepping into Alex Jones territory, yet, but if you like Rush Limbaugh, this might be a good podcast to nourish your animosity of all things liberal.

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