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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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    • 4.6 • 265 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 339

    KunstlerCast 339

    Adam Ellwanger is a professor of English at the University of Houston - Downtown, where he teaches rhetoric and writing. In addition to those topics, his varied research interests include popular culture, political philosophy, media studies, and the American Mess writ large. Check out his dangerous new book on the modern politics of identity, entitled Metanoia: Rhetoric, Authenticity, and the Transformation of the Self.  You will also like his essay on the Human Events website: Toward a Woke Metaphysics.
    Recently, he authored an open letter signed by over 180 professors that outlines forms of non-compliance that signatories will undertake in an effort to resist the current ideological trends on campus. Ellwanger also offers regular commentary at sites like Human Events, New Discourses, American Greatness, Quillette, and more. In his free time, he writes, plays guitar, drinks beer and ruby port, and listens to music. Follow him @DoctorEllwanger on Twitter.
    The KunstlerCast theme music is the beautiful Two Rivers Waltz written and performed by Larry Unger.

    • 55 min
    KunstlerCast 338

    KunstlerCast 338

    #338 —Andres Duany is a key founder of the New Urbanist movement. His Miami-based firm, DPZ, with wife and partner Lizz Plater-Zyberk, designed the iconic new town, Seaside, Florida, and scores of other excellent projects in the USA and around the world. Andres continues to lead the way in urban design and in these turbulent times, I think you’ll appreciate communing with his fierce and humorous intelligence.
    The KunstlerCast theme music is the beautiful Two Rivers Waltz written and performed by Larry Unger.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    kunstlerCast 337

    kunstlerCast 337

    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, 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 fractious American politics du jour.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    KunstlerCast 336

    KunstlerCast 336

     Doug Casey is an American writer, financier, and the founder and chairman of Casey Research. He describes himself as an anarcho-capitalist influenced by the works of novelist Ayn Rand. Casey is known as a real estate investor as well as an advisor on how to profit from market distortions and periods of economic turmoil. He’s lately turned his talents to fiction and his new book Assassins, is the third installment in the Charles Knight series of International thrillers. He has lived abroad for many years — visiting over 100 other countries for sheer sport — and currently hangs his hat on a ranch in Uruguay. I caught up with him on a brief stopover in Aspen, Colorado, as he prepared to drive the back roads of America to Washington, DC. He blogs at Doug Casey’s International Man

    • 54 min
    KunstlerCast 335

    KunstlerCast 335

    This podcast speaks to a subject I’ve written about a lot lately — the demographic movement of Americans leaving the big cities for small cities and small towns. New York City alone has lost over 300,000 residents since the onset of the corona virus. John Boone and Hunter Renfro are the young principals at Orchestra Partners, a real estate investment company working to rehab old neighborhoods in Birmingham, Alabama, (pop. 212,000) and elsewhere in the south. Neither of them are trained architects or urban planners, nor are they card-carrying New Urbanists, but they’re working very much in that vein and have a lot to say about creating towns and neighborhoods that are worth living in and worth caring about.
    The KunstlerCast theme music is the beautiful Two Rivers Waltz written and performed by Larry Unger.

    • 58 min
    KunstlerCast 334

    KunstlerCast 334

    Charles A. S. Hall was born in Eastern Massachusetts in 1943, attended Colgate University, then Penn State University for a Masters in Ecology, then a PhD in Systems Ecology under Howard Odum at the University of North Carolina.  He was professor at Cornell University, University of Montana and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  He is author, coauthor or editor of 14 books and 300 scientific papers, many in our leading scientific journals. Dr. Hall is noted especially for the concepts of Energy Return on Investment and BioPhysical  Economics, both applying the natural sciences to what is traditionally studied with conventional economics.  Currently he is retired and lives in Western Montana with his wife and their dog, but is very involved in developing a BioPhysiccsl Economics Institute.  

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
265 Ratings

265 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.

Dnanid ,

A few grains, much chaff

I enjoyed some of the sessions (Blittersdorf, Duany) and the iconoclasm below and sometimes above the surface. Collum as guest is especially a waste of time, fond of clever and empty speculation. Cheered on by host Kunstler.

awjjsd ,

David McCallum again, ugh

Jim’s voice used to be so refreshing, despite the redundancy and perennially wrong predictions and prognostications. He staked out a position that - even though we knew it was riddled with logical errors - still had a large ring of truth to it.

Then he somehow got swallowed by the Fox News harum-scarum of Trumpism. I suspect Jim was wounded when he himself became a casualty of “campus-cancel-culture.” Seems the only one that will show up to chat anymore is David McCallum, one of the most preening, self-important idiots imaginable.

So long Jim, after 12 years I’m moving on. Maybe I’ll go back and listen to some of the old podcasts with Duncan sometime.

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