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Diet Soap Podcast #57: Dream
May 13, 2010 01:51 AM PDT

Stephen Duncombe, the author of the book Dream: Re-imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy is the guest this week and we discuss the notion of ethical spectacles, progressive dreams, and the imagination as a political tool. The music of Chris Isto White is featured again this week, including the surreal nonsense song Ceci N'est Pas L'Isto. You'll also hear collaged up versions of Fame and Dream a little Dream. Plus a child's view of the Titanic disaster. The Kickstarter campaign for my surreal, new age, fantastical, fruity, transitional, self-help book Pick Your Battle is coming right along. If you look to your right you'll see it's almost 30% funded. Pledges are most welcome.

Diet Soap Podcast #55: The Economics of Needs and Limits
April 29, 2010 01:44 AM PDT
Frank Rotering is the guest this week and we discuss his Economics of Needs and Limits, the limits of Marxism, and the timidity of the intellectual class especially in regards to the official story of 911. Along with a Zulu, Tuvan, and Utah Phillips/Ani DiFranco version of the Internationale, the music this week includes a collaged up version of Xanadu, Chris "Isto" White's "Hitler Masturbating in a Tub," and Hussalonia's "Song of Interactive Voice Response Answering Service." I also mention my appearance on Jon Armstrong's If You're Just Joining Us Podcast, the De-Growth conference in Vancouver, BC, my story Noam Chomsky and the Time Box, and my Pick Your Battle Kickstarter project. If you'd like a copy of the Chomsky short story you can pledge a dollar or more to the Pick Your Battle Project. And Miriam is on hand to tell us the story of Titanicat.
Diet Soap Podcast #54: Just a Gorilla Suit?
April 22, 2010 02:07 AM PDT
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Abduction Researcher and Abstract Expressionist painter Budd Hopkins is on again this week as we conclude our discussion of his book Art, Life, and UFOs. We delve into the abduction subject this time, and even discuss some of my own unusual dreams from childhood. Chris Isto White's "Let's Build a Sandcastle to the Moon" is heard, along with Steve Reich's Violin Phase, the Blue Danube, and the theme from the original Day the Earth Stood Still. I have taken down the paypal button and direct those who want to help out with a few dollars to my kickstarter campaign instead. Anyone who pledges a dollar or more to the "Pick Your Battle" project will receive a copy of the story "Noam Chomsky and the Time Box" (or if you prefer to get a story about alien abductions I'll send you my story "Music Lessons" if you email me the request). If you'd like to call the Diet Soap hotline and get heard on the podcast ring me at 971-285-4604. This week during the Titanic Factoid Miriam answers listener mail.

Diet Soap Podcast #53: The Collage Aesthetic
April 15, 2010 01:57 AM PDT
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Abduction Researcher and Abstract Expressionist painter Budd Hopkins is the guest this week. We discuss his book Art, Life, and UFOs and focus on art for the first part of what turned into a two part interview. We talk about Jackson Pollack, Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko, Franz Kline, Piet Mondrian, the Suprematists, Surrealists, and more. After receiving a great response to my offer to give my story "Noam Chomsky and the Time Box" as a thank you for donations I have taken down the paypal button and direct those who want to help out with a few dollars to this kickstarter proposal instead. Anyone who pledges a dollar or more to the "Pick Your Battle" project will receive a copy of the story. If you'd like to call the Diet Soap hotline and get heard on the podcast ring me at 971-285-4604. Also please listen to this week's Titanic Factoid.

Diet Soap Podcast #52: The Compass of Pseudo-Enlightenment (Life After Oil Crash?)
April 08, 2010 02:08 AM PDT

KMO of the the C-Realm Podcast is the guest this week, and we discuss my recent conversation with Dmitry Orlov, our prospects for life after our oil crash, and the continuing question of social vs. natural systems. The compass of pseudo-enlightenment itself is the invention of author Kevin Dole, and is explained in this livejournal entry. The points on the compass are these: Neil Kramer to the North, James Howard Kunstler to the South, KMO to the East, and I'm to the left. Also this week I offer a copy of my newest short story, Noam Chomsky and the Time Box to everyone who donates any amount to the podcast. Music includes Chris Isto White, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, and clips of R.E.M. And the Titanic factoid includes dragonblood.

Diet Soap Podcast #51: Hope and Faith are Good For Walking
April 01, 2010 12:54 AM PDT

Author Robert Jensen is the guest this week and we discuss his essay Getting Rid of Hope and Faith, his relationship with Abe Osheroff, and the possible uses of utopian visions. The music in this episode includes Woody Guthrie singing Jarama Valley, Wayne King's cover of Dream a Little Dream of Me, the Bill Murray Experience's cover of Bill Murray's "Shine on Harvest Moon", Robert Crumb's cover of the Wall Street Rag, and Chris 'Isto' White's cover of "When You Wish Upon a Star." The Titanic Factoid this week is a warning: Thinking about the Titanic can drive you insane.

Diet Soap Podcast #50: Is There No Alternative?
March 25, 2010 12:54 AM PDT

Dmitry Orlov is a blogger, author of books and essays comparing the collapse of the Soviet Union to the current US collapse, and he's the guest this week. Also featured is music from Chris "Isto" White whose new album Let's Get Friendly is available on iTunes. George Bush and the Vitamin String Quartet offer up covers of REM's hit It's the End of the World as We Know It. We also hear from KMO who wishes the podcast a happy 50th, and the Titanic Factoid comes with quotes from Emma Goldman.

Diet Soap Podcast #49: Late Capitalist Blues (or Big Slide)
March 18, 2010 01:26 AM PDT

Self described centrist James Howard Kunstler is this week's guest and we discuss capitalism, collapse, suburbs, Jim's play Big Slide, and how the American public may or may not be to blame. There is no free lunch, unless you work for Goldman Sachs. If you work for Goldman Sachs there may be such a thing as a free luncheonette. Also featured this week is music from the Bill Murray Experience, Chris 'Isto' White, Scott Joplin, Antonio Quijano and Edgar Abraham, MIA, and Fabian Andre.

Diet Soap Podcast #46: Radical Permaculture
February 25, 2010 12:36 PM PST

Frank Aragona, the host of the Agroinnovations podcast is the guest this week and we discuss the word "radical," permaculture as a radical approach to life, and briefly the ideas of Stanislav Grof. Also featured this week is the Vitamin String Quartet's cover of REM's Shiny Happy people, the voices of Slavoj Zizek and Stanislav Groff, and the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. And let us not forget Miriam's Titanic Factoid.

Diet Soap Podcast #41: On A Human Scale
January 21, 2010 05:36 PM PST
Takis Fotopoulos is a libertarian socialist, an economist, and this week's guest on the Diet Soap podcast. He is also the founder of the Inclusive Democracy movement, the author of many books, and the editor of the Inclusive Democracy journal. KMO of the C-Realm Podcast and Neil Kramer of the Cleaver join in this week as they are in Portland for their Transitional Alchemy Tour. The music this week includes Brian Eno's "Ambient Music," East Forest's "York City" and Chris Isto White's "The Sky is Not a Ceiling." Listen carefully for a revelation in this week's Titanic Factoid.

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