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A few months ago I invited Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations to contribute an interview to the C-Realm Podcast. He initially said he would appear on the show but then stopped answering email. Well, yesterday he appeared on Talk of the Nation on NPR.


People like Clay Shirky and Michael Pollan would be great guests for the C-Realm Podcast in-as-much as they have articulated a message that fits the on-going C-Realm themes very well, but they don't NEED the exposure, nor would they particularly benefit from it. I would really enjoy interviewing each of these gentlemen, but I think the C-Realm serves a purpose that is better fulfilled by my lending the reach of the program to people who have ideas that deserve to be propagated but who don't have access to the flagship NPR programs or to the pages of the New York Times.

Do you remember my interview with Bill McKibben? His book Deep Ecology: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Futre could not be more in-line with the over-arching theme of the C-Realm Podcast, and while I was glad to have the opportunity to speak to him, all of his answers were very practiced. It seemed as though everything he said was retrieved rather than articulated on the fly, and nobody ever mentions that interview in the email messages I get from listeners. Lots of people, on the other hand, thank me for having Neil Kramer and Albert K. Bates on the show.

It won't happen every week, but I like to present ideas and speakers on the C-Realm Podcast that one cannot, at present, find in the corporate media or on NPR/PBS (which respects and legitimizes the thematic taboos of the corporate media).

And now that I've posted this, it's time for some high-profile guest to drop into my lap so that I can look like a total hypocrite when I push aside some unknown but deserving guest to rush my new score to the head of the queue.

Go listen to Clay Shirky.

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