Live Shows

199: Parent Question – How Is My Educational Philosophy Impacting My Son?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopic: Darrell calls in to discuss his concern that his understandably negative attitude towards public school might not be the best motivator for his teenage son. Discussion: -The importance of balance in life -Tutoring frustrations and resignation -The opportunities created by school performance and military service? -How the schools feed the military -Deferring happiness ...

Read More »

185: The Red Pill Blues – Freed Minds and New Resentments

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopic: Stefan Molyneux and I discuss the anger and frustration that many people encounter after discovering the message of liberty. Context: When people become aware of the philosophy of liberty, many will feel anger, betrayal and paranoia... Is this why they often gravitate to politics first? Because it's such an appropriate outlet for those ...

Read More »

183: The War On…A Clockwork Orange

Podcast: Play in new window | Download"Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose." -Alphonse Karr Translation: The more it changes, the more it’s the same thing Pursuing a topic that I wish was less relevant...Cory, Matt and I discuss the political and cultural reaction to the Stanley Kubrick film, A Clockwork Orange, based on a book by the same ...

Read More »

181: An Exploration of Reasoning In Politics

Podcast: Play in new window | Download"Often wrong but never in doubt." -Reason.com (on political reasoning) Topic: Osborne, Marcus and I discuss the Reason.com article, Study Shows Smart Liberals, Conservatives, and Libertarians Are Easiest to Fool by Ron Bailey. Osborne raises some important questions about the validity of the studies presented in the article. This is an edited version of ...

Read More »

176: Pestilence and Superstition – Obligatory Revisionist Thanksgiving History Rant

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopic: Osborne and I celebrate Thanksgiving by discussing a more accurate account of the Pilgrim arrival in the Massachusetts Bay area in 1620, what happened beforehand, and what unfolded next. Why is this story so important to American mythology? From which important truths is it misdirecting our collective attention? What are the lost opportunities ...

Read More »

175: Logic Saves Lives Part 7 – Did Stanley Kubrick Help NASA Fake the Moon Landing? I Sure Hope So!

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLogic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: An investigation of a very compelling conspiracy theory involving a visionary film maker, the media, the final frontier, the government and a fight against my own confirmation bias. The ...

Read More »

171: Logic Saves Lives Part 6 – Reality Time For Bill Maher

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLogic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Today's show is a personal exercise to help me let go of a long-standing resentment against comedian and political commentator Bill Maher. Cory, Osborne and I analyze several clips ...

Read More »

169: Carrots and Sticks Roundtable With Mark Edge and Ian Freeman

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopic: Mark Edge and Ian Freeman, the hosts of Free Talk Live, join Osborne, Cory and me for a discussion about punishments and rewards, and peaceful parenting. The primary question driving our conversation: do incentives work? But is that really the right question? This is an edited version the 10-25-12 live show. School Sucks ...

Read More »

168: Breaking Free

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopic: Wes Bertrand joins me to discuss Nathaniel Branden's book, Breaking Free. Wes is currently doing on series on this book on Complete Liberty Podcast. "Do you believe you're worthless? Ineffectual? Mediocre? Helpless? Nathaniel Branden, best selling author of The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem introduces a revolutionary method to show you how repressed feelings ...

Read More »

165: The Essential Ingredients of A Psychopathic Society

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopic: Cory, Osborne and I discuss a new documentary film about psychopathy, power and society... "Every meaningful change starts with awareness. In our culture, we not only praise psychopaths in the highest positions of power, but in many cases, they became our role models. Challenge your beliefs! We have delved into the world of ...

Read More »

161 (Supplemental): After School (Sucks) Special With Larken Rose

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopics: An expansion of of the conversation in show #160: Logic Saves Lives Part 3 - The Most Dangerous Superstition (With Larken Rose). Larken joined us to discuss his book, The Most Dangerous Superstition, and the logical fallacy called argumentum ad verecundiam (appeal to authority). This fallacy often lays the groundwork for many additional ...

Read More »

160: Logic Saves Lives Part 3 – The Most Dangerous Superstition (With Larken Rose)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLogic is about understanding reality in a non-contradictory way and how can we see things for what they are. Metaphysical Laws 1.Identity 2.Causality 3.Non-Contradiction Topic: Larken Rose joins us to discuss his book, The Most Dangerous Superstition, and the logical fallacy called argumentum ad verecundiam (appeal to authority). This fallacy often lays the groundwork ...

Read More »

158: Robert Murphy – The Austrian School and the Future of Education

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopics: Economist Robert P. Murphy joins Osborne and me to discuss the philosophy and misconceptions of Austrian economics, the future of scholarly pursuits and credibility, and his advice for young people. This is an edited version the 8-16-12 show After School (Sucks) Special. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream ...

Read More »

157: Cognitive Bias and Memories of School

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopics: John, a former public school teacher, calls in to discuss his feelings about the distortions in memories of future public school graduates...and teachers. This is an edited version of 8-9-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Co-Hosts: Celestina and Kirk Look Closer: Informal ...

Read More »

156: How Do I TEACH My Child? (A Listener Email)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopics: Cory and I discuss the difference between schooling and education. I read an email from a listener who plans to do home education, but like so many other parents he is uncertain about what to do. This is an excerpt from the 8-2-12 show After School (Sucks) Special. School Sucks is live on ...

Read More »

154: School Choice and the Minefield of Educational Politics

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: Trustees of the General Education Board, the first Rockefeller foundation, at a retreat in Rockland, Maine, in July 1915. Front row, from left: Edwin A. Alderman, Frederick T. Gates, Charles W. Eliot (former president of Harvard University), Harry Pratt Judson (president of University of Chicago), Wallace Buttrick (executive officer of the Board). Second ...

Read More »

152: Behaviorism In Disguise – Outcome-Based Education

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCo-Hosts: Alyson, Cory, Mandrik Topics: A seemingly comical entry-point into dark territory: Texas GOP Declares: "No More Teaching of 'Critical Thinking Skills' in Texas Public Schools" which quotes the party platform: "We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling ...

Read More »

151: Behaviorism In Your Video Games

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCo-Hosts: Cory, Osborne (Ustream-Only Show) “I did not direct my life. I didn’t design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That’s what life is.” – B. F. Skinner Topics: Cory leads the discussion, recounting his frustrating experiences with the MMO, World of Warcraft, and how today's ...

Read More »

150: Entrepreneurs, Elites, and the Enigmatic Peter Thiel

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCo-Hosts: Mandrik, Wes Bertrand (last two segments) Topics: We cautiously approach the Peter Thiel rabbit hole. Our discussion begins with a story about Thiel's warnings of a higher education bubble, and his Thiel Fellowship, which offers start-up money to innovative college students if they drop out and get to work. -Mandrik talks about agorism ...

Read More »

149i (Porcfest Micro-Series): Brett Co-Hosts Declare Your Independence With Ernest Hancock

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe final installment of the Porcfest Micro-Series. On Monday, June 25th, 2012, I co-hosted Ernest Hancock's Declare Your Independence radio show. This is Hour One of the show. Discussed: -My career Bumper Music: "Outback" Baka Deyond A great resource: Freedom's Phoenix http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Front-Page.htm

Read More »

148: School Sucks Radio #6 – Khan Academy and Self-Directed Education

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCo-Hosts: Osborne, Cory Topics: We discuss the value of Khan Academy, and how it would fit into the larger picture of free, self-directed education in the future. This is the full 6-14-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look CLoser: Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org/ Could ...

Read More »