Podcasts

104: Discovering Doublespeak! (Part Three) – Legalese v. Curiosity and Critical Thought

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMarc Stevens, author of Adventures In Legal Land and host of the No State Project, joins me to illuminate the dark and bizarre world of the so-called justice system. With this focus on law and the courts, we discuss the second form of doublespeak: jargon. Marc also explains his Socratic approach to defending against ...

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103: Discovering Doublespeak! (Part Two) – The Cacophemism

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWith a focus on the intellectually insulting tactics of the mainstream media, I discuss an often overlooked form of doublespeak: the cacophemism (aka malphemism or dysphemism). In language, dysphemism (from the Greek dys δύς "mis-" and pheme φήμη "reputation"), malphemism (in Latin malus "bad"), and cacophemism (in Greek kakos κακός "bad") refer to the ...

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102: Discovering Doublespeak! (Part One) – The Euphemism

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWith a focus on the misleading and manipulative language of the military, I discuss the first form of doublespeak: the euphemism. 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 ...

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101: Unschooling Liberty – The Halldorsons and the Unschool Bus

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadKelly Halldorson from unschoolbus.com joins me to discuss her family's unschooling awakening. Kelly and her husband Jeff are the parents of three unschooled teenagers. We also cover the reactions and judgements of others, the challenges, travels on the Unschool Bus and the successes of liberty-minded parenting. Correction: Northeast Unschooling Conference, not New England Unschooling ...

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100: Brett Sucks Podcast (Outtakes, Discarded Rants, and Failures From the First 100 Episodes)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWARNING: Explicit Content While the title is self-explanatory, this is a somewhat symbolic show. Most of this material was originally discarded because I found it to be too negative. At this point, I'd like to turn another corner, and start producing a generally more positive and constructive product. In the first 100 shows, with ...

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098: Porcfest Education Forum

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPICTURED (L to R): Brett Veinotte, Bob Murphy, Kelly Halldorson, Jenn Hewson, Eileen Landies From porcfest.com: This forum brings together Porcupines in the know about many areas of NH education. This will be an open discussion on educating your children in the free state. If you are concerned about state regulations, finding homeschool or ...

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097 (Keys Installment #6): Autodidacticism & Engaging the “Public”

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBACKGROUND: The consequences of state aggression. FOREGROUND: Probably most of the people you know. Imagine 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. Today's show includes Paul, Rob and Adam from Remedy Radio. ...

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096: Teachers Unions 102 – Fairytale Villages and Rhetorical Bear Traps

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThe second installment in a series of shows about the teachers and public sector unions, and the recent protests. It would have been nice to skip this topic, but we can't. Discussed: -The Myths of Hoover vs. FDR on economic policy -Presidential "Terribles" and their media challenges/triumphs -The ease of spreading propaganda vs. the ...

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094: Brett and Laurette Make Trouble (Unplugged Mom Radio)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadThis is my recent appearance as co-host on Unplugged Mom Radio with Laurette Lynn. The show airs Friday at 8am EST. The full show and all of Laurette's archives are available here. Look Closer: Unplugged Mom http://www.unpluggedmom.com/laurette-lynn/ Unplugged Mom On Blog Talk Radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/unpluggedmom

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093: Adam Vs. The Man – School’s Out For Summer Special

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadMy recent appearance on RT America's show Adam vs. the Man with Adam Kokesh. The show airs M-F at 7pm EST. Look Closer: Adam Vs. The Man http://www.adamvstheman.com/ RT's Adam Kokesh brutally arrested for dancing at Jefferson Memorial Freedomain Radio http://www.freedomainradio.com/ Students For Liberty http://studentsforliberty.org/

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092: Osama Bin Laden – Any Questions?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." -Viktor E. Frankl This is not an investigation into the veracity of the claims that the US military killed Bin Laden. It is an examination of why ...

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090: Teachers Unions 101 – This Is What Hypocrisy Looks Like

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAn introduction to a series of shows about the teachers and public sector unions, and the recent protests. It would have been nice to skip this topic, but we can't. Discussed: -Angry again -The Wisconsin situation spreads -Students protesting with and for teachers -Public sector union evasion -Voices -Choices -Consistency -The inverse relationship between ...

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089 (School News #6): Force Feeding…For the Children

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn this show, I go nuts. The catalyst was an article called "Chicago school bans homemade lunches, the latest in national food fight". Discussed: -The government invites you to think less and depend more -The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act Bumper Music: "Urgent" Foreigner "I Want To Know What Love Is" Foreigner Look Closer: Michelle ...

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088 (Supplemental): More Discussion With Laurette Lynn

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAt 52:53 in Keys #5: Unplugging and Activating, I cut out about 25 minutes of off-topic discussion to tighten up the show. However, I think it is definitely worth hearing. Discussed: -The War on Independent Thinking in schools, fact-checking teachers -The demand for "alternative" central plans -The futility of engaging the elders? -Can young ...

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087 (Keys Installment #5): Unplugging and Activating – A Show For Parents

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 fifth in a series of non-sequential shows about finding keys. Topic: Laurette Lynn of Unpluuggedmom.com joins me to discuss the challenges of home education and active parenting...and how to overcome them. "Unplugged" by Laurette ...

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086: Can We Blame the Students? (A Conversation With A College Professor)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopic: Aleks, a professor at Washington State University, joins me to discuss his blog entry: Education Reform-Can we blame the students? Bumper Music: "Mama Tried" The Grateful Dead Look Closer: Boom, Crash, Music: Education Reform-Can we blame the students? http://boomcrashmusic.blogspot.com/2011/03/education-reform-can-we-blame-students.html?spref=fb

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085: Free Talk Live – Stephanie and I Discuss Teacher Unions And Wisconsin Students

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadStephanie Murphy and I host the FTL Sunday Show (03-13-11). The very talented Hannah Hoffman joins us about half way into the show, so be sure to get the whole show from the FTL archives. This is only the first half. Discussed: -The Wisconsin situation, Students protesting with teachers -Public vs. private sector unions ...

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084: Seeds (2 of 2) – Bullying, Way Up In the Tree

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCHART: Some of the consequences of bullying Topic: This is my commentary on a NH Department of Education bullying seminar. The DoE's plan in a nutshell: If aggression causes aggression, try aggression. Bumper Music: "America Is" Violent Femmes Look Closer: NEA General Counsel Bob Chanin Says Farewell Does Nation's Toughest Anti-Bullying Law Violate the ...

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083: Seeds (1 of 2) – Small People Can Be Dangerous

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(Part 1 of 2) For the last two months, I have been working primarily with younger kids (ages 6-10). While comparing and contrasting these recent experiences to my work with high school students, I gained a fresh perspective on this whole "school sucks" idea. Discussed: -Domination Systems -Crushing...courage, imagination, ambition, individuality -NCLB -Bureaucratic inertia ...

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082: John Holt – Instead of Education (Freedom Book Club Discussion Part 2 of 2)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(Part 2 of 2) On February 26th 2011, I took part in a discussion about John Holt's book, Instead of Education. Other participants included Stefan Molyneux, Jake Desyllas, Luke David, Michael Demarco, Thomas Bell, Debbie Harbeson, Ivan Ivanov and Cheryl Hulseapple. Special thanks to Greg for setting up the conference on Skype. Bumper Music: ...

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081: John Holt – Instead of Education (Freedom Book Club Discussion Part 1 of 2)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download(Part 1 of 2) On February 26th 2011, I took part in a discussion about John Holt's book, Instead of Education. Other participants included Stefan Molyneux, Jake Desyllas, Luke David, Michael Demarco, Thomas Bell, Debbie Harbeson, Ivan Ivanov and Cheryl Hulseapple. Special thanks to Greg for setting up and managing the conference on Skype. ...

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