My Favorite James Howard Kunstler podcasts

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I haven’t listened to all of his podcasts yet, these are the ones I’ve best liked so far (I’ve left a lot of good ones out):

KunstlerCast 253 – Yakking with Alice Friedemann of

Alice Friedemann insists she is not an academic, but publishes on a wide variety of contemporary scientific issues bearing on the fate of industrial civilization. She subscribes to a scenario that she calls the “fast crash.” She worked for 25 years as a systems architect and engineer in the corporate world, or “Dilbert-Land” as she calls it, before dropping out to write full time. Her science and economic essays can be found at her website: Alice is also a cookbook writer and blogger at the website She lives in Berkeley, California.
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KunstlerCast 241 — Snake Oil: Richard Heinberg on the Great Shale Snooker

JHK yaks with Richard Heinberg about his new book, Snake Oil: How Fracking’s False Promises of Plenty Imperils Our Future. Richard is also the author of the great peak oil primer, The Party’s Over, and many other books about the converging dilemma’s of our time, including Peak Everything and The End of Growth. He’s a founder and senior fellow of the Post Carbon Institute.  Direct Download:

KunstlerCast # 239 — Charlie Hall on Reality-Based Economics

JHK shoots the breeze with Charlie Hall, distinguished professor emeritus at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, NY — just retired last month and founder of the Association for Biophysical Economics. We yak about reality-based economics and the relationship of energy to money. Direct Download:

KunstlerCast 235 — Talking to petroleum geologist Jeffrey Brown

JHK talks with Texas petroleum geologist Jeffrey Brown about the global oil export-import scene, the shale oil situation, and the public’s misunderstanding of oil realities. Jeff originated the model for understanding the decline of global oil exports and what it means for us, the importers on the other side of that trade. And what it means is that our total oil supply in the USA is much more fragile than the public imagines.   Direct Download:

KunstlerCast #234: George Mobus and Biophysical Economics  
Released: June 20, 2013  JHK jaws with George Mobus, systems scientist from the University of Washington, Tacoma. George is a member of the Biophysical Economics group — not you mother’s economists, shall we say. I’m pretty much on-board with their reality-based discipline, however listeners will probably notice that George is a bit more doomerish than I am usually labeled as. What i like about the Biophysical econ gang is that they pay attention to the importance of the energy side of the equation. George is smart and a real nice guy.

KunstlerCast #331: Conversation with Tad Patzek of the University of Texas
Released: May 30, 2013  JHK in conversation with Tad Patzek, chair of the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at the University of Texas. I’m twanging on the oil subject because the level of wishful thinking in the USA is shockingly high and we would benefit from facing reality and preparing for new arrangements in the ordering of everyday life.

KunstlerCast #330: A Conversation with Charles Hugh Smith
Released: May 23, 2013  JHK chats with Charles Hugh Smith of the blog Charles is also the author of many books, most lately “Why Things Are Falling Apart — And What We Can Do About It.” Charles describes it: “…Things are falling apart–that is obvious. But why are they falling apart? The reasons are complex and global. Our economy and society have structural problems that cannot be solved by adding debt to debt. We are becoming poorer, not just from financial over-reach, but from fundamental forces that are not easy to identify or understand.”

KunstlerCast #228: Talking Shale Oil and Gas with Arthur Berman
Released: May 9, 2013  JHK talks with geologist and independent oil-and-gas analyst Arthur Berman of Houston Texas — emphasis on independent. Art Brings clarity to the muddle created by industry propaganda planted in the creduous and gullible mainstream media.

KunstlerCast #217: The God of Progress is Dead A Chat with John Michael Greer Released: Feb. 15, 2013 John Michael Greer, author of The Long Descent, The Wealth of Nature and Apocalypse Not, returns to the KunstlerCast to speak with JHK by phone.

KunstlerCast #215: JHK is back – Nicole Foss Interview Economic contraction and the fate of the nation
Released: January 31, 2013   This week I was fortunate to have Nicole Foss of swing by as an overnight houseguest and we got to sit down at the microphones for a chat. Nicole is a veteran of Canadian government’s electrical ministry and has worked in the nuclear energy ministries of the UK and the European Union. She has lectured all over Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand in recent years.

KunstlerCast #170: The End of Growth – Part 1 JHK Speaks to Richard Heinberg 

KunstlerCast #171: The End of Growth – Part 2

In part one of this one-hour conversation, Richard Heinberg, author of Peak Everything, The Party’s Over and the newly published The End of Growth joins James Howard Kunstler by phone to talk about peak oil, financial dysfunction, political convulsions and generational conflict.

KunstlerCast #151: Energy Delusions Fantasies About Our Oil Dependency

April 7, 2011  James Howard Kunstler believes Americans and their leaders are lying to themselves about our current energy predicament. There is a tremendous body of fantasy about how much energy Americans can harvest from shale gas, shale oil, tar sands, running the American truck fleet on natural gas and other forms of alternative fuel for motoring. There is even one fantasy that an endless supply of abiotic oil is located in the earth’s core. Kunstler runs down the list and gives us the score.

KunstlerCast #146: Geritopia Leisureville, by Andrew Blechman
March 3, 2011 Author Andrew Blechman discusses his book Leisureville, a tragicomic report on The Villages, America’s largest planned retirement community. In this version of suburbia, Blechman explains, everyone drives golf carts, last call is at 8:30, Fox News plays on the hour from the lampposts and children aren’t allowed.

KunstlerCast #141: Interstate 69 with Matt Dellinger The Last Great American Highway? 

Released: Jan. 20, 2011 James Howard Kunstler is joined in the studio by author Matt Dellinger to discuss his new book, Interstate 69. Also known as “The NAFTA Highway,” I-69 is a proposed 1,400-mile mega-highway linking Canada to Mexico via the American heartland. This special one-hour conversation covers the economic development schemes, history, culture, conspiracy theories and colorful characters behind the story of what might be the last great American highway. Matt Dellinger has written for The New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Oxford American, the Wall Street Journal magazine, and The New York Times. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and blogs for public radio’s His website is

KunstlerCast #233: A Conversation With Jim Quinn of The Burning Platform
Released: June 13, 2013  JHK chats with Jim Quinn, author of The Burning Platform dot com. Jim Quinn spent most of his career as a financial executive in the corporate world and now works on the business side of a major university (name of it omitted at JQ’s request). He’s a keen observer of the financial scene and the way it expresses itself in the decay of everyday life.


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