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With equal parts humor and in-depth analysis, Asher, Rob, and Jason safeguard their sanity while probing crazy-making topics like climate change, overshoot, runaway capitalism, and why we’re all deluding ourselves.

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Episode 62: Buying and Dying: How Online Shopping Grew from a Small Weed Deal into a Global Environmental and Societal Disaster

Talk about cascading consequences: when a few nerds wanted to get high and orchestrated a small exchange of cannabis, they kicked off the age of ecommerce. Now that online shopping and the technology supporting it have ramped up commercialization and supercharged consumerism, we’re facing existential crises. Exactly what nefarious internet innovation might lead Jason to unbox a trebuchet? Why would Asher consider having an Amazon truck deliver his kid to school? What’s the most efficient way for Rob to get his plastic packaging to the ocean so it can choke the most marine mammals? Get online, order a must-have product (perhaps that pair of fentanyl-laced blue jeans you’ve been eyeing), and take part in the end times of capitalism. Or consider canceling that Amazon Prime account, shutting off the computer for a spell, and getting busy prioritizing community over consumption.

Meet the Hosts

Crazy Town is hosted by Asher Miller (left), Jason Bradford (center), and Rob Dietz (right). Willow (cow) and Toro (calf) are too smart to participate.

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Production and editing by Melody Travers. Communications and outreach by Clara Winter and Amy Buringrud.

Music credit: Way Huge” and “Don’t Give Up” by Midnight Shipwrecks (Copyright 2017).

Thanks to all the people who financially support Crazy Town, and special thanks to our incredible volunteers: Elana Zuber for conducting countless hours of research, Anya Steuer for creating original artwork, and Taylor Antal for providing transcripts.