Podcasts

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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106: A Young Person’s Guide To Politics (Appendix A) – Ron Paul, The Final Fantasy

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadOver two years ago, we discussed the futility and the dangers associated with believing in the possibility government solutions to government problems. Today, there are two growing movements that may lure young people into the cage match of political participation. Critical Thinking Question: How are we going to get all of the corruption, and abuse, and predation out of our government? Followed by some other questions that make equally ...

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105: Two-Year Anniversary/Unplugged Mom Roundtable

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadToday School Sucks is two years old! Or it enters the "terrible twos" as parents who don't like hearing "no" to their commands, declarations of self-ownership, or questions about their authority usually call it. This morning I participated in a round table on Unplugged Mom Radio. Laurette Lynn was commemorating the one-year anniversary of her show today. From Unplugged Mom: Join Laurette Lynn and the eclectic panel of voices ...

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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 the doublespeak of lawyers, judges and tax collectors. "Doublespeak is not lying, nor is it ...

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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 usage of an intentionally harsh word or expression instead of a polite one. -Wikipedia Defining ...

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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 -makes the unpleasant appear attractive or tolerable -creates incongruity between reality and what is said ...

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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 Conference Look Closer: unschoolbus.com http://kelly.halldorson.com/blog/ Northeast Unschooling Conference http://www.northeastunschoolingconference.com/ porcfest.com Homepage

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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 regard to criticism of the state and its schools, few stones were left unturned. We've ...

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099: Teachers Unions 103 – My First Discussion With A Public School Teacher

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadPICTURE: I show a teacher the most valuable tool of the government school system and the public employee unions. At the end of March 2011, I was lucky enough to encounter a public school teacher who had come to protest the NH budget cuts in Concord, NH. She agreed to a discussion, which lasted about half an hour. Jason Talley was there to film it. Look Closer: Talley TV ...

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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 unschool groups, or getting to know the individuals who are fighting for parental rights, this ...

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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. We discuss a variety of topics, including the essential process of becoming an autodidact. We ...

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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 challenge of providing context -Manipulation of statistics -Ignorantio Elenchi: the irrelevant conclusion logical fallacy Look ...

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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 - once again - there is so little curiosity or doubt from the public and ...

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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 obvious truth and the need for training Look Closer: Retirement “Education” Behind the Wisconsin Teacher ...

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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 Obama's America: Chicago School Bans Bag Lunches to Protect Kids from Themselves http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2011/04/11/michelle-obamas-america-chicago-school-bans-bag-lunches-protect-kids-the Horrifying! Chicago ...

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