Crazy Town Episodes

Episode 84

Crazy Town 84.  Escaping Technologyism: Dreams of AI Sheep and the Deadliest Word in Film History

Modern humans have a Stockholm Syndrome relationship to technology, which has kidnapped us while convincing us it has our best interests in mind. But when one looks back at the history of plastics or the current frenzy around AI, it isn’t hard to see the insanity of doubling down on new technology to save us from previous technology.

April 17, 2024

Episode 83

Crazy Town 83. Escaping Speedism: How to Slow Down and Enjoy the Collapse

Consult your inner tortoise to find novel ways of slowing down and living the good life. In a world haunted by just-in-time delivery, hyperactive business, accelerating environmental calamities, and metric tons of stress, Jason, Rob, and Asher work at a fast and furious pace to savor the moments, because there aren’t many left.

April 10, 2024

Episode 82

Crazy Town 82. Escaping Urbanism: Green Acres, Climate Migration, and the End of the Megacity

Did a whimsical 1960s TV sitcom presage climate migration and a reversal of urban growth? We’re not calling for a Godzilla-esque teardown of cities, but climate change is forcing a serious urban rethink. Jason, Rob, and Asher offer visions of better infrastructure, policies, and culture that you can embrace, even if your home is in the city.

April 3, 2024

Episode 82

Crazy Town 81. Escaping Consumerism: Why Crocheted Codpieces Are the Perfect Antidote to Fast Fashion

If American consumers ever come up for air under the pile of crap in their storage units, they find themselves face to face with a materialistic hellscape of megastores, McMansions, endless fleets of delivery trucks, and evil hordes of targeted ads. But help is on the way. Jason, Rob, and Asher present ideas for shaping up a world beyond consumerism.

March 27, 2024

Episode 80

Crazy Town 80. Escaping Industrialism: How to Avoid Pancakes on a Stick and Other “Miracles” of the Industrial Age

Jason, Rob, and Asher take a tour of New Caledonia, California’s Central Valley, Bhutan, and Cuba to uncover the ins and outs of industrialism, especially as it has been applied to agriculture. Along the way they riff on how the hell we can escape from an -ism that completely engulfs us.

March 20, 2024

Episode 79

Crazy Town 79. Escape Routes: Let’s Get the F**k out of Crazy Town

Escape Routes! That’s the theme of the sixth season of Crazy Town. We’re exploring how to escape industrialism, consumerism, globalism, capitalism, and all the other -isms that are causing a polycrisis of environmental and social breakdown. Most of all, Jason, Rob, and Asher are looking to maintain their sense of humor while escaping fatalism and finding meaningful ways to avoid collapse.

March 13, 2024

Bonus LaUra Schmidt

Crazy Town Bonus: Grief and Making Connections with LaUra Schmidt

LaUra Schmidt visits Crazy Town to discuss her work with the Good Grief Network and her book, How to Live in a Chaotic Climate: 10 Steps to Reconnect with Ourselves, Our Communities, and Our Planet.

February 15, 2024

Bonus episode

Crazy Town Bonus: New Year’s Dissolutions

Asher, Jason, and Rob reflect on 2023 – a year filled to the brim with Crazy Townisms like the COP climate conference being held in Dubai, an anti-aging nutbag who parasitizes his own son, and the hijinks of the world’s dumbest billionaires.

January 17, 2024

Bonus episode

Crazy Town Bonus Riff: Vanilla Andreessen, Pygmy Marmosets, and Hi-Tech Delusions

The most vomit-inducing document of 2023 has to be the “Techno-Optimist Manifesto,” written (oh so obviously) by a billionaire Silicon Valley venture capitalist. Join Jason, Rob, and Asher if you feel like sharing in some outrage and learning about a WAY better manifesto that just so happens to focus on the world’s smallest monkeys.

December 13, 2023

Bonus episode

Crazy Town Bonus Riff: Bundyville and Stories that Need to Be Told with Leah Sottile

Investigative journalist Leah Sottile writes articles teeming with insights, and she produces and hosts podcasts filled with ah-ha moments. Rob tries not to sound like too much of a fanboy as he interviews Leah about political extremism, environmentalism, and the craft of storytelling during the Great Unraveling.

November 15, 2023

Bonus episode

Crazy Town Bonus Riff. Infinite, Unlimited, Forever – Water in the Desert

Just how much has the extractivist growth mindset come to dominate Phoenix and other cities in the desert Southwest of the United States? Prepare to turn your indignation meter up to 11 as Jason, Rob, and Asher consider desalination, pipelines, and the folly of pursuing infinite growth in a dry climate.

October 19, 2023

Rae-Wynn Grant

Crazy Town Bonus: Going Wild with Rae Wynn-Grant

Wildlife ecologist and communicator extraordinaire Rae Wynn-Grant visits Crazy Town to talk human-wildlife interactions, the social side of environmentalism, diversity and equity in the sciences, and ideas for young people (don’t worry if you’re older—the ideas apply to you, too).

September 20, 2023

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