The KunstlerCast: Early Years was audio podcast series (and now a book) about “the tragic comedy of suburban sprawl” featuring: James Howard Kunstler, author of The Geography of Nowhere, The Long Emergency, the World Made By Hand novels, and other books about suburbia, cities and American culture. From 2008 through 2012, Duncan Crary, host/producer, spoke with Kunstler weekly about the failure of suburbia and the inevitable end of this living arrangement with no future. This website is a record of those conversations (2/12/08 – 8/2/12), which constitute the original series. (Note: In 2013, Kunstler resurrected the program in a different format.)

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I believe a lot of people share my feelings about the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work.
- James Howard Kunstler,
from The Geography of Nowhere

New to the KunstlerCast? Listen to these short promos:
(7 total + New Listener Orientation, play one after another)

KunstlerCast Promos

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Description: Clips from The KunstlerCast featuring James Howard Kunstler’s thoughts on the failures of modern urban design, suburban sprawl, American culture, peak oil, alternative fuel, the impoverishment of public places, and the tasks at hand to reform commerce, schooling, trade and agriculture in our civilization. (For info on the music featured in these promos, click here.)

KunstlerCast: S-Town

JHK Turns up on This American Life Spinoff About S-Town ( aka Woodstock) Alabama

Released: May 31, 2017

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In this bonus episode, James Howard Kunstler reunites with former KunstlerCast host/producer Duncan Crary for a behind-the-scenes discussion of JHK’s personal connection to the wildly popular S-Town podcast, a This American Life spinoff program.

s-town-itunesBack around 2010-2013, John B. McLemore, the tragic figure at the center of the series began an email correspondence with JHK. John B was a real person, referred to by various people in the series as “brilliant,” “a genius,” “a real character,” and he was for sure. He was also a fan of Jim’s books, and, after getting his phone number off his website, took to calling him on the phone. The two probably had a dozen long phone conversations. It is well-known now that he called his home of Woodstock, Alabama, “Shit-town.” He regaled JHK with many a sordid tale of the home-folk, and even of himself. To Jim, the place sounded like “Hieronymus Bosch meets Dogpatch.” Since John B seemed so unhappy under his mask of hilarity and mirth, Jim tried to encourage him to think about moving. He always had an excuse for not doing that, but clearly John B and the neighbors he disdained, fought with, looked for love with, had a synergistic thing going. They needed each other to play out their never-ending crazy scripts of cracker mischief, vengeance, and failure. After a while, John B went dark. Jim thought JB had just gotten tired of advising him to move. As it turns out, what happened to John would become the subject of an audio documentary that has broken all the records in podcasting and stirred up a bit of controversy. Because so many of the concepts McLemore espouses in the series are inspired by JHK’s blogs and writings (sometimes John uses Jim’s exact phraseology), Duncan suggests the early KunstlerCast years are a bit like a “prequel” to S-Town.

(Note: You can listen to all the previous episodes on the KunstlerCast feed for free, and you can purchase a book based on transcripts from the first five years.)

[ TRANSCRIPT: KUNSTLERCAST S-TOWN ]

Listen/Download:
KunstlerCast-Bonus_Shit-town.mp3
(30 MB | 36:39)

The KunstlerCast Book Has Been Published

The KunstlerCast book by Duncan Crary (more info) is available through major and independent booksellers in the U.S., Canada and abroad.

KC_Book_Photos If books were made out of Cheez Doodles this is what they would look like: bright orange, bite size, leaves a tasty residue on those who touch it. KunstlerCast Book Cover Book Cover: The KunstlerCast, by Duncan Crary (New Society Publishers, 2011)

Available at Amazon (paperback & Kindle)
Or Shop Indie Bookstores (price varies)
For Canada, Buy Here
For all else, check online.

REVIEWS

“This book is indeed great fun. … However, Crary’s superior volume has the guts to truly grapple with the harsh realities shaping our times—realities that few dare discuss out in the open.”

Frank Kaminski, Energy Bulletin, Feb. 12, 2012

“For those of you wanting a good overview of Kunstler’s thinking and for those of you that want to share JHK with others but may fear being embarrassed by the sometimes ‘salty’ language he can use, this book is a great tool. The format is, by design, conversational. You can digest it in small bites or in large pieces. And the Kunstler world through Duncan’s eyes is not necessarily sanitized, but it is communicated in a way that I think will reach a broader audience.”

Charles Marohn, Strong Towns, Jan. 25, 2012

“The 320-page New Society Publishers offering was just released in paperback and is based on four years of weekly Kunstler riffs recorded by podcasting journalist Duncan Crary. In his introduction to the book, Crary professes to be merely a host, and sometimes a Kunstler foil, but the two upstate New Yorkers really are kindred intellects.”

Ready to despair? ‘Doomer’ exhorts us to ‘grow up’, Jon Rutter Lancaster Sunday News, Nov. 12, 2011

(More Information and Reviews)

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