Grace and I were fortunate enough to hear Philip Blond speak at Michigan State University on Monday, 17 October 2011. We were able to spend a large part of the day with him, both in a small table discussion and a larger talk before students in an auditorium setting. This is part one of an informal press conference he had with a small group; I captured it with his permission. The conversation with Blond is preceded by a conversation Grace and I recorded while driving back to Saginaw that evening, which I have included as a sort of introduction. Phillip Blond's Q&A starts at the 18 minute mark, if you'd prefer to skip ahead.
Unfortunately I did not get my recorder set up in time to capture his initial comments, which comprised his reaction to a quick driving tour around Detroit, although some of his response is mentioned in the "urban homesteading" idea he brings up later. I am ending this part at the point where I had to change the batteries in my recorder; I'll pick it up in part two. Mind the gap. Fortunately, it was only a moment or two.
Part One MP3 File
Part Two MP3 File
Part Three MP3 File
Part Four MP3 File
In the introductory segment, Grace and I talk about minimum wage. I think at my first part-time landscaping job, when I was 13 or 14, I may have earned $3.10/hr, which was raised to $3.35. See this table of historic federal minimum wages.
Note that current minimum wage is $7.25, so the hypothetical $7/hr job we discussed must have been $7.25. It is a minimum-wage job; in real wages, and relative to the poverty line, this is actually less than it was in 1981; see this chart.