Podcasts

130: Logic Saves Lives (Introduction) – Empowerment and Self-Defense

Podcast: Play in new window | Download"In almost every act of our lives whether in the sphere of politics or business in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind." -Edward Bernays Topic: Richard Grove and Tony Myers from TragedyandHope.com join me for ...

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129: Logical Fallacies Series Preview #2 – A Brief Analysis of KONY 2012

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday's installment is another preview of the upcoming series on logical fallacies. Topic: The KONY 2012 rabbit hole is deep and dark. In today's show, we'll poke our heads in and take a quick look around. KONY 2012 is viral You Tube film produced by the controversial Invisible Children organization. It explicitly calls for a US military intervention in Uganda to arrest warlord Joseph Kony, claiming this "grassroots" campaign ...

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128: Live Show #4, Hour 2 – Primary Sources

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: Who's this "we"? This is hour two Gardner Goldsmith's Liberty Conspiracy live show, from March 1st, 2012. The show airs Sunday through Thursday at 10pm EST on the Liberty Radio Network.Gardner and I discuss a variety of school-related topics, after my half-hour introduction about John Dewey, donations/subscription encouragement - through an appeal to emotion (sorry) - and the upcoming SSP website. NOTE: Sorry about the background noise; I'm ...

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127: The Ultimate History Lesson

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday Richard Grove from TragedyandHope.com joins me to discuss his recent film, The Ultimate History Lesson - A Weekend With John Taylor Gatto. From theultimatehistorylesson.com: The Ultimate History Lesson is a 5-hour course, illustrating the cause and effect relationship of how Americans became incoherent, and thus how the American dream has was usurped by an international agenda. When John Taylor Gatto resigned from his job, he did so on ...

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126: Logical Fallacies Series Preview – Two Minutes With Mitt Romney

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday's installment is a preview of the upcoming series on logical fallacies. This series will probably begin some time in March. Topic: I examine a clip of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney slithering his way through a statement defending his support of the National Defense Authorization Act. Before being asked if he would have signed the bill as written, the moderator explains how the NDAA includes the new executive ...

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125: How To Spot A NARC

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: There's nothing sexy about hurting peaceful people who commit victimless "crimes." School Sucks Podcast does not support or encourage teenage drug use. However, SSP also does not support or encourage predatory police practices targeting and entrapping high school students. Topic: After listening to a piece called "21 Chump Street" on NPR's This American Life, I was compelled to devote some time to the threat of NARCS and informants ...

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124b: Live Show #3, Hour 2 – Top Ten Ways To Annoy Students

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: Magic! This is hour two Gardner Goldsmith's Liberty Conspiracy live show, from February 9th, 2012. The show airs Sunday through Thursday at 10pm EST on the Liberty Radio Network. Topic: Jason Osborne, Dale Everett and I discuss our school experiences in the context of an article called Top Ten Ways to Annoy a Gifted Child . We also pause for some breaking news: what is the FBI telling ...

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SCHOOL SUCKS: The American Way

Don't let the title fool you. This video is actually about how government-run schooling contributed to the rise of socialism, imperialism and eventually fascism in Germany between the 1890s and 1940s. Critical Thinking Question: In school we are led to believe that we are all living in an ideal vision of what society should be... But whose vision is it? And what were their ideals? Based on podcast 025: The Way For an expansion of ...

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124a: Live Show #3, Hour 1 – Top Ten Ways To Annoy Students

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is hour one Gardner Goldsmith's Liberty Conspiracy live show, from February 9th, 2012. The show airs Sunday through Thursday at 10pm EST on the Liberty Radio Network. Topic: Jason Osborne, Dale Everett and I discuss our school experiences in the context of an article called Top Ten Ways to Annoy a Gifted Child . Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy Website http://libertyconspiracy.com/ Dale's Website - Flaming Freedom http://flamingfreedom.com/

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123: Live Show #2, Hour 2 – Government School and Current Events

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is hour two of Gardner Goldsmith's Liberty Conspiracy live show. I am tentatively planning to do this once per week. The show airs Sunday through Thursday at 10pm EST on the Liberty Radio Network. Topic: Gardner Goldsmith, Dale Everett and I connect the messages of government schooling to some current events. Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy Website http://libertyconspiracy.com/ Dale's Website - Flaming Freedom http://flamingfreedom.com/ The Tragedy of American Compassion, ...

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122: Gaming and Liberty

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMy guest today is Sydney Roc, the host of Gaming and Liberty Podcast. Our discussion goes in several directions, but it includes a lot of previously unexplored material for this show. Discussed: -SOPA/PIPA -Piracy and Intellectual Property -The Educational Value of Games vs. School -Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation -Military Propaganda in Video Games -Zelda Look Closer: How the Internet blackout affected congressional support for PIPA/SOPA http://boingboing.net/2012/01/19/how-the-internet-blackout-affe.html ReviewTechUSA: RIAA/MPAA: New ...

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121 (Supplemental): Brett On Anarchast With Jeff Berwick

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: Johann Gottlieb Fichte was one of the German intellectuals behind institutionalized compulsory schooling. Look into his eyes. From anarchast.com: To us, Anarchy means freedom. The desire to live without a violent, coercive State. Anarchy is peace, love and prosperity. Free markets. And, power to the people. Topic: Jeff and I discuss my path to voluntarism, Ron Paul, the intellectual insults of presidential campaigning, the purpose of School Sucks ...

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120: Live Show #1, Hour 1 – The Constitution of No Authority

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is hour one of Gardner Goldsmith's Liberty Conspiracy live show. I am tentatively planning to do this once per week. The show airs Sunday through Thursday at 10pm EST on the Liberty Radio Network. Topic: We start out coming a story about Senator Rand Paul being detained by the TSA, and then expand the discussion to include the history of government regulation of air travel, the efficacy and ...

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119: Get Out of My Way; I’m Trying to Learn (2 of 2)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopic: As a follow-up to the last show, specifically my story about my student's Lego movie, I wanted to look a little closer at the constricting and numbing elements of institutionalized schooling. Also, how I once contributed to these wounds and how I try to correct them. Look Closer: How Does School Wound? Kirsten Olson Has Counted Some Ways http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201106/how-does-school-wound-kirsten-olson-has-counted-some-ways Porc Therapy http://www.porctherapy.com/ Donate to School Sucks: Chip In ...

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118: Get Out of My Way; I’m Trying to Learn (1 of 2)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopic: As a follow-up to the last show, specifically my story about my student's Lego movie, I wanted to look a little closer at the constricting and numbing elements of institutionalized schooling. Also, how I once contributed to these wounds and how I try to correct them. Look Closer: How Does School Wound? Kirsten Olson Has Counted Some Ways http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201106/how-does-school-wound-kirsten-olson-has-counted-some-ways Porc Therapy http://www.porctherapy.com/ Donate to School Sucks: Chip In ...

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117 (Supplemental): Brett On Porc Therapy With Stephanie Murphy

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPorc Therapy is a pro-freedom relationship talk show that takes a unique look at the question of how we can attain the most individual liberty possible, starting with our personal lives and relationships with others. On Porc Therapy, host Stephanie Murphy explores ways to apply voluntaryist or libertarian principles – for example, peace, honesty, respect for natural rights, empathy and compassion, voluntary association, and individual sovereignty – to relationships ...

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116 (Keys Installment #7): Dale J. Stephens and the Uncollege Movement

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadImagine a door to complete freedom, abounding opportunity and greater personal satisfaction... Public education is the lock. This is the sixth in a series of non-sequential shows about finding keys. Dale J. Stephens joins me to discuss the Uncollege movement. Topics: (from dalejstephens.com) Hacking Your Education If you want to be unremarkably average, go to college, turn in your homework, and graduate summa cum laude. You’ll have a college ...

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115: School Sucks At the Movies (#2) – Charlie Bartlett

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThree listeners - Evan, James, and Sarah - join me to discuss the film, Charlie Bartlett. Cast: Tyler Hilton, Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis, Megan Park, Kat Dennings and Robert Downey Jr. Summary: Wealthy teenager Charlie Bartlett (Yelchin) is failing miserably at fitting in at a new public high school run by the world-weary Principal Gardner (Downey, Jr.). As he begins to better understand the social hierarchy, Charlie's honest charm ...

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114: Discovering Doublespeak! (Part Four) – Greenspan’s Gobbledygook

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWith a focus on the bizarre dialect of former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, I discuss the fourth form of doublespeak: Gobbledygook and Bureaucratese. Defining attributes of doublespeak: -misleads -distorts reality -pretends to communicate -avoids or shifts responsibility -makes the negative appear positive -creates a false verbal map of the world -limits, conceals, corrupts, and prevents thought -makes the unpleasant appear attractive or tolerable -creates incongruity between reality and what ...

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113: Punished By Elves?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadI try to record an installment of School Sucks At the Movies, and fail completely. Enjoy the results! What derailed me? The story of a new Christmas craze: The Elf On the Shelf Bumper Music: "Reading Time With Pickle" Regina Spektor Look Closer: Lesson 28: Elf on the Shelf -- Innocent Holiday Whimsy or Dangerous Informant? by Jenny Lawson http://thestir.cafemom.com/big_kid/130507/lesson_28_elf_on_the/ Punished by Rewards? A Conversation with Alfie Kohn http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/pdf/Punished%20by%20Rewards.pdf ...

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112: Guns and Robots – My Trip To Plymouth State College

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Today I recap my recent trip to Plymouth State College on Friday, December 9th, 2011. I attended a demonstation organized by two Free-Staters, one former police and another former military, aiming to raise awareness about the illegality of the university's gun prohibition policy. Although the student reaction was mixed, I had several thoughts stemming from my observation of a "silent protest" in favor of the policy, and gun ...

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111 (School News #7): Community Outraged By Teacher Who Tells Kids the Truth

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFrom the New York Post (which is not a good newspaper): Elementary School Teacher Tells Kids There's No Santa Claus By Todd Venezia and Jennifer Bain Even the Grinch wouldn’t be this mean. A sourpuss teacher in Rockland County ruined Christmas for a class full of second-graders this week, when she told them that there is no Santa Claus during a lesson about the North Pole. The evil educator ...

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110: School Sucks At the Movies (#1) – The Cartel

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday we'll discuss sound, the f-word in Christmas songs and a documentary called The Cartel. This film looks at various levels of corruption in the government school system, primarily using New Jersey as a case study. The filmmaker, Bob Bowden supports voucher programs and the expansion of charter schools. Although I have always opposed vouchers as a "solution" to a "problem," the stories in the film got me thinking ...

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109: Homeschool Oversight and Regulation?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadLaurette Lynn and I discuss homeschooling with Professor Robert Kunzman. From unpluggedmom.com: Dr. Robert Kunzman, associate professor at Indiana University teaches courses related to secondary education curriculum and instruction, including an ongoing seminar in the Community of Teachers Program. Professor Kunzman has conducted independent research on homeschooling. You can review his work on his website. Professor Kunzman’s book Write These Laws On Your Children is also available. While he ...

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108 (Supplemental): Free Radical Radio With John Kurtz

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFrom freeradicalorlando.com: Free Radical Radio with John Kurtz and Whitcomb Kincaid, Broadcasted Monday thru Friday at 7PM on 810 AM WEUS Orlando’s Real Talk is one of the most unique and informative talk-radio shows on Central Florida Radio. Premiering in September of 2011, this refreshing program breaks away from the typical Conservative – Liberal Paradigm and discusses the issues of the day in a truthful, no holds barred approach. ...

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