Jason Bradford

Dr. Jason Bradford is an organic farmer, and owner of Sol Cycle Farm near Corvallis, Oregon. He has been affiliated with the Post Carbon Institute since 2004, initially as a Fellow. He is currently Board President and a co-host of the Crazy Town podcast. In 2019, he authored The Future is Rural: Food System Adaptations to the Great Simplification. Prior to his switch to agriculture, he was a research biologist studying evolution, ecology, and global change.

Episode 93

Crazy Town 93. Escaping Escapism: What a Bizarre Rodent Ritual Can Teach Us About Navigating a World We Can’t Really Escape

After a full season of trying to escape more than a dozen evil -isms (fun things like capitalism, industrialism, extremism, and otherism), Rob, Jason, and Asher come to one conclusion: there is no true escape — at least not for those of us who want to help their communities collapse and re-emerge gracefully.

June 19, 2024

Episode 92

Crazy Town 92. Escaping Otherism: Why Dr. Seuss Could Never Find a Rhyme for Genocide

Jason, Rob, and Asher try not to other one another as they explore the roots and consequences of othering, and the ins and outs of belonging as a key organizing principle of society.

June 12, 2024

Episode 91

Crazy Town 91. Escaping Extremism: Slap Fighting Our Way to a More Civil Society

The forces of media, technology, and even the wiring of our own brains seem aligned to draw people toward extremism. But never fear: Asher, Jason, and Rob unpack why we’re so susceptible to wackadoodle viewpoints and offer ways to tamp down extremist thinking and behavior in ourselves, our communities, and across society.

June 5, 2024

Episode 90

Crazy Town 90. Escaping Humanocentrism: Why a Slime Mold Will Be President in 2028

The myth of human dominion and exceptionalism is as old as the Bible and as unquestioned as gravity, at least in “modern” society. Rob, Asher, and Jason explore the ways that humanocentrism has come to dominate the planet and our minds, while pointing to ancient and newly emerging ways that the more-than-human world is respected and protected, even the dung beetle.

May 29, 2024

Episode 89

Crazy Town 89. Escaping Individualism: Why Rickey Don’t Like It When Rickey Feels Lonely

The epidemic of loneliness isn’t just a product of technology or even capitalism — it has its roots in the same fertile ground as the founding of the United States. And it may just be the most important “ism” of all to escape as we enter the Great Unraveling of social and environmental systems.

May 22, 2024

Episode 88

Crazy Town 88. Escaping Imperialism: Where Does Darth Vader Get His Lithium?

Perhaps no community has undergone more versions of imperialism than the tiny island nation of Nauru, which has morphed from being “Pleasant Island” to the mined-out home of offshore banks, discarded refugees, and deep sea mining interests. Jason, Rob, and Asher take a bad trip to wrap their heads around Nauru, the topic of “psychedelic imperialism,” and imperialism’s new frontier – the clean energy transition.

May 15, 2024

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