Podcasts

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 You Modify It ‘To Stop Students From Becoming This Advanced?’ http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/could-you-modify-it-to-stop-students-from-becoming-this-advanced/

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147: School Sucks Radio #5 – Has College Become A Scam?

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: Hopefully this guy was a theatre major. Co-Hosts: Osborne, Cory Topics: -Understanding college debt -Osborne runs a debt collection company -Our college experiences -Who will end up holding the bag for defaults? -College indoctrination and sycophantic students This is the full 6-7-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look CLoser: Student Loan Debt Hell: 21 Statistics That Will Make You Think Twice About Going To College http://www.lewrockwell.com/rep2/student-loan-debt-hell.html The Higher-Education Bubble Has Popped http://lewrockwell.com/french/french140.html The Subsidized Student Loan Scam The Subsidized Student Loan Scam

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146b: School Sucks Radio #4 – A Voluntary World: Origins and Obstacles

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: A judge and his ethics. Co-Hosts: Osborne, Mandrik Topics: -Voluntarism -Politics Versus Patience -Logic Versus Schooling -Meditation -Poverty -Dropping Out -Honor Student Jailed For Doing Real Work -A 25-minute monologue on the Diane Tran incident (not live) This is hour two of the 5-31-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look CLoser: Diane Tran's Judge Offers a Defense, Sorta http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2012/06/diane_trans_judge_offers_a_def.php Diane Tran Scandal & The Matter Of Dishonorable Judge Lanny Moriarty Before The Texas Ethics Commission http://durangotexas.blogspot.com/2012/05/matter-of-dishonorable-judge-lanny.html

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146a: School Sucks Radio #4 – The Challenges of A Thoughtful Tutor

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCo-Hosts: Osborne, Mandrik The first hour of the show is predominantly a discussion initiated by a caller named John. He is a tutor seeking some advice on how to introduce some constructive criticism of the government school system to a struggling student and his father. Mandrik also discusses how "alternatives" to the mainstream schooling path have a certain stigma attached to them. This is hour one of the 5-31-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look CLoser: Army Recruiter threatens student with Jail

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145: School Sucks Radio #3 – There’s A Whole Real World Out There

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCo-Hosts: Osborne, Mandrik The theme for this show is recognizing and accessing the whole world that awaits beyond the obedience, conformity and illogic of government school and the college scam. It begins with a North Carolina student who took a video of his teacher telling him he could be arrested for talking badly about Obama. It's a hit on You Tube. This is an edited down version of the 5-24-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST.

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144: Humanizing Hegel (Brett On the Corbett Report With Richard Grove and Tony Myers)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFriday, May 25th, 2012: Richard Grove, Tony Myers, and I guest-hosted on the Corbett Report, a live call-in show on the RBN Network. We spent the hour looking at the life and work of the influential (and frequently misunderstood) German Idealist, Georg Hegel. Bumper Music: "Manges" Darmstadt Look Closer: Show Notes Courtesy of TragedyandHope.com Friday Night Live! (Week 2) T&H Hosts Corbett Report Radio / Tonight’s Topic: Hegel http://TragedyandHope.com http://www.tragedyandhope.com/ History...So It Doesn't Repeat (New Series!) History… So It Doesn’t Repeat Peace Revolution Podcast http://peacerevolution.podomatic.com/ Trivium Trivium Help School Sucks, Tragedy and Hope and John Taylor Gatto: Enter the coupon code: "SCHOOLSUCKS"

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143: Logic Saves Lives Part 1 – Foundation, Attitudes and Values

Podcast: Play in new window | Downloadb>"Logic is man’s method of reaching conclusions objectively by deriving them without contradiction from the facts of reality—ultimately, from the evidence provided by man’s senses. If men reject logic, then the tie between their mental processes and reality is severed; all cognitive standards are repudiated, and anything goes; any contradiction, on any subject, may be endorsed (and simultaneously rejected) by anyone, as and when he feels like it." -Any Rand “Nazism and Subjectivism,” The Objectivist, Feb. 1971 Topic: Wes Bertrand joins me to discuss the foundational concepts in the science of logic. We use the work of Leonard Peikoff (Objectivism: The Philosphy of Ayn Rand and An Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology) as our guide. ...

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142b: School Sucks Radio #2 – Two Stories From Inside the System (Teacher and Student)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCo-Hosts: Osborne, Mandrik A teacher from New York calls in to explain the rationale behind his school's recent iPhone ban. We also discuss surviving government school with a high school junior from Canada. This is hour one of the 5-17-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST.

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141: Ron Paul – The Final Fantasy Follow-Up (An Alternative Point of View)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopic: In October of 2011, Stephanie Murphy, George Mandrik and I discussed our experiences with the 2008 Ron Paul Presidential Campaign. I was recently contacted by Shaun Bowen, a Ron Paul 2012 campaign worker, who heard the episode and wanted to offer an alternative point of view. Bumper Music: "In Motion" Trent Reznor Look Closer; 106: A Young Person's Guide To Politics (Appendix A) - Ron Paul, The Final Fantasy "Democracy--the god that failed: the economics and politics of monarchy" By Hans-Hermann Hoppe http://books.google.com Freedomain Radio-True News 5: The Truth About Voting Democracy Is Not Freedom by Rep. Ron Paul, MD http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul233.html FDR1980 Walter Block vs Stefan Molyneux vs Ron Paul! http://www.freedomainradio.com/DesktopModules/UltraNewsArticle/Read.aspx?Portalid=1&ArticleId=2470 Could the ...

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140b: School Sucks Radio #1 – After-Show Calls and Discussion

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadUStream-only bonus show after the 5/10/12 live show. Co-Hosts: Osborne, Mandrik School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. -Mickey's communication/connecting efforts -Non-Violent Communication -Zingers! -Baby Boomers -Experiences with medication -School Walk-Outs -Wikipedia and Information Literacy

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140a: School Sucks Radio #1 – Orientation

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOur first crack at producing a live radio and streaming video show. Co-Hosts: Osborne, Mandrik This is all but three segments of the 5-10-12 show. School Sucks is live on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream Thursdays at 10pm EST. Look Closer: Motivation Problem or Hidden Disability? http://www.uniquelygifted.org/motivation.htm Help School Sucks: Become A Monthly Subscriber http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/ Related PostsSchool Sucks Radio 5-10-1296The first live Ustream show. This became podcast #140a: School Sucks Radio #1 - Orientation Clip 1: Othorexia Clip 2: Motivation Problem? Clip 3: Motivation Problem? (Continued) Clip 4: Mickey Clip 5: Mickey ContinuedTags: school, problem, radio, motivation, sucks, orientation, live, ustream, mandrik, osborneAfter School Sucks Special 5-10-1295- How to talk to statists - ...

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139 (Supplemental): Live Show Announcement, Free Talk Live, Live Free FM

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAnnouncing the debut of the School Sucks Live Show on the Liberty Radio Network and UStream. Thursdays at 10pm EST Plus some segments from my recent appearance on Free talk Live (5/6/12) and parts of an interview on Live Free FM. Bumper Music: "Space Wrangler" Widespread Panic "Stop-Go" Widespread Panic Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy http://libertyconspiracy.com/ Flaming Freedom - Bringing the flame to freedom http://flamingfreedom.com/ Live Free FM Facebook WARNING!!! Free Talk Live http://www.freetalklive.com/ Related PostsRecent Additions, Brett On Free Talk Live (Video Highlight Playlist)73I appear on Free Talk Live every Wednesday at 7pm EST. Visit for freetalklive.com/listen/live viewing and listening options.Tags: talk, free, liveBrett On Free Talk Live 1-15-1472Disucussed: 15 Habits of Successful People ...

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138: Cevin Soling – The War On Kids

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCevin Soling, the director of the documentary The War On Kids joins me to discuss the film, his research and the pathologizing of normal youth behavior. Fortunately the 2009 film is now back in the news. Bumper Music: "Living In A Box" by Living In A Box Look Closer: thewaronkids.com Colbert Report http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/256926/november-30-2009/cevin-soling The War On Kids (Trailer)

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137: Live Show #6, Hour 1: Indoctrination Songs, Movie Talk, Dumbification Statistics

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadJason Osborne, Dale Everett and I discuss films and film making, We also look at some statistics about the effectiveness of the public schools. Later in the show, we take a call from a listener who studies music, and we discuss the power of song for indoctrination and education. This is hour one Gardner Goldsmith's Liberty Conspiracy live show, from April 1st, 2012. The show airs Sunday through Thursday at 10pm EST on the Liberty Radio Network. Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy http://libertyconspiracy.com/ Flaming Freedom - Bringing the flame to freedom http://flamingfreedom.com/ PorcFest 2012 Homepage Help School Sucks: Become A Monthly Subscriber http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/ Help School Sucks, Tragedy and Hope and John Taylor Gatto:

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136: The American Way Expanded (3 of 3): The Matches

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: The Nazis were certainly not atheists Part 3 of 3 in an expansion of the School Sucks: The American Way You Tube Video. Topic: The American way... What is this way? Where does it come from? And where does it lead? In this show: The Chronology A meandering monologue covering 1000 years of German history. -The Holy Roman Empire and Biblical Prophecy -Otto Von Bismark -The Franco-Prussian War -German Unification -The Welfare State -Imperialism -Woodrow Wilson and Edward House -WWI and the Treaty of Versailles -The Great Depression -The Rise of Nazism -Policies of the Third Reich -The Real Hitler Look Closer: INTRODUCING OBJECTIVISM http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=objectivism_intro Objectivism, Hitler, and Kant, by David Gordon http://www.lewrockwell.com/gordon/gordon13.html ...

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135: The American Way Expanded (2 of 3): Pyromania

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPart 2 of 3 in an expansion of the School Sucks: The American Way You Tube Video. Topic: The American way... What is this way? Where does it come from? And where does it lead? In this show: Power, Obedience and Collectivism -The Milgram Experiment -Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment -Immanuel Kant -The Threat of Losing Control -Carl Von Clausewitz and Total War -Marxism -Fabian Socialism and Gradualism Look Closer: INTRODUCING OBJECTIVISM http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=objectivism_intro Kant made simple http://soler7.com/IFAQ/Kant.htmll What is the Hegelian Dialectic? http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/dialectic.htm Objectivism, Hitler, and Kant, by David Gordon http://www.lewrockwell.com/gordon/gordon13.html How The Nazis Usurped the History of The Teutonic Order http://expertscolumn.com/content/how-nazis-usurped-history-teutonic-order The Stanford Prison Experiment Stanley Millgram: Obedience to Authority Philip Zimbardo: Why ordinary ...

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134: The American Way Expanded (1 of 3): The Gasoline-Soaked House

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPicture: It takes more than a couple of matches... Part 1 of 3 in an expansion of the School Sucks: The American Way You Tube Video. Topic: The American way... What is this way? Where does it come from? And where does it lead? In this show: Philosophy In school we are led to believe that we are all living in an ideal vision of what society should be... But who's vision is it? And what were their ideals? -Objectivism vs. German Idealism -Immanuel Kant -George Hegel -Johann Fichte -Friedrich Nietzsche Look Closer: INTRODUCING OBJECTIVISM http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=objectivism_intro Kant made simple http://soler7.com/IFAQ/Kant.htmll Analytic-Synthetic Dichotomy http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/analytic-synthetic_dichotomy.htmll Objectivism, Hitler, and Kant, by David Gordon http://www.lewrockwell.com/gordon/gordon13.html Fichte http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichte A ...

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132: Live Show #5, Hour 1: Libertarian Themes In The Hunger Games

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPictured: Politics. Jason Osborne, Dale Everett, Carla Gericke and I discuss the film, The Hunger Games. We also compare the presence of libertarian themes in the book to that of the movie. This is hour one Gardner Goldsmith's Liberty Conspiracy live show, from March 26th, 2012. The show airs Sunday through Thursday at 10pm EST on the Liberty Radio Network. Look Closer: Liberty Conspiracy http://libertyconspiracy.com/ Flaming Freedom - Bringing the flame to freedom http://flamingfreedom.com/ PorcFest 2012 Homepage Tornado Hits Monolithic Dome in Durant, Mississippi http://www.monolithic.com/stories/tornado-hits-monolithic-dome-in-durant-mississippi Help School Sucks: Become A Monthly Subscriber http://schoolsucks.podomatic.com/ Help School Sucks, Tragedy and Hope and John Taylor Gatto:

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131 (School News! #8): El Cambio and Occupy Education

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopic: Shane James, one of the founding members of El Cambio (which is allied with the Occupy Movement), joins me to discuss a recent walkout at his high school, and the response from police and administrators. We also discuss the goals of his activism, the meaning/purpose of education, and the Occupy Movement. And I try to sprinkle a few seeds. Bumper Music: "Necessary Trouble" Hard-Fi Look Closer: Attack Dogs used on a High School Walkout in MD http://www.thomhartmann.com/bigpicture/attack-dogs-used-high-school-walkout-md School Officials, Students Spar in Northwestern Protest Debate http://riverdalepark.patch.com/articles/school-officials-students-spar-in-northwestern-protest-debate#photo-9319654

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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 a general introduction to the series on logical fallacies. Our discussion covers how fallacies fit into the larger picture of critical thinking principles and the trivium (grammar, logic and rhetoric). We also talk about the recent Republican debates, identifying techniques used by certain candidates. And ...

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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 and subsequent government action will serve as a model to end injustice and crimes against humanity in the world. Bumper Music: "Suburban High School" Nice Peter Look Closer: Logical Fallacies Basics http://onegoodmove.org/fallacy/toc.htm Joseph Kony 2012: growing outrage in Uganda over film https://www.sott.net/articles/show/242761-Joseph-Kony-2012-growing-outrage-in-Uganda-over-film Invisible Children, Inc. ...

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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 still working out some kinks with the new set-up. Discussed: -An email from a high school student -The Milgrim Experiment -Collectivism -Sam Blumenfeld's research -John Dewey -Primary Sources -Erica Goldson -Suggestions for students and parents Bumper Music: "If I Ruled the World" Jamie Cullum Look ...

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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 the Op-Ed page of the Wall Street Journal. At the time, he was NYC and New York State School Teacher of the Year. The Ultimate History Lesson is presented as a five-hour interview session -memorializing Gatto's research, publications and life experiences- which forms an impeccable ...

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