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Latest Productions

April, 2018

  • 11 April

    [BONUS] Fitness As A Foundation For A Productive and Prosperous Life

    (AUDIO, 103 MINUTES) This extremely detailed presentation is a continuation of the personal development conversations (The Long Bumpy Road...). In this episode Brett teams up with a competition power lifter named Larry to offer diet and exercise knowledge and advice to Andrew and James. Andrew is new to weightlifting; James is knowledgeable but currently in the process of getting restarted. We discuss diets vs. eating lifestyles, Brett and Andrew's AltShift macro-nutrient cycling experiment, low carb and keto, figuring out when and if the gym is right for you, workout splits, kettle bell training, plyometrics and band stretching, muscle building and DoggCrapp Training, setting goals, cardio questions, HIIT workouts, form and more Or click HERE

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  • 10 April

    The Making of A Mindless Movement – A Teacher’s Perspective On Student Walkouts [PODCAST #556]

    This April we'll be showered with more misguided student walkouts and other "teen-led" gun control activism displays. Shortly after releasing Podcast #552: #ENOUGH – With Thaddeus Russell I received an email from a public school teacher who wished to remain anonymous. I thought this was an important perspective to share with you, and I was grateful for the opportunity to give this teacher a platform. Hi Brett, I am an elementary school teacher and a relatively new listener to your show. When the School Walkout happened, I was compelled to write about it. Then, I heard your latest episode with Thad Russell! Many of the thoughts you shared are also echoed in my piece. Perhaps I am preaching to the ...

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  • 6 April

    How A Teen Took Control of His Own Life – Matt Maruca, Part Two [PODCAST #555]

    This is the continuation of Matt's awesome story about what is possible when a young person embraces personal responsibility and self-directed, real-world education. In today's conversation, Matt continues to discuss his health research and how the Bosnia trip was a catalyst for more learning. I learn about Mitochondrial health, sunlight and Vitamin D, dangers of our unnatural environment, cold therapy and cold thermogenesis, reducing blue light exposure and maintaining a healthy biological rhythm. Matt used his research to start a successful business: Ra Optics Previous Shows In this Series: [PODCAST] #553: How A Teen Took Control of His Own Life (Matt Maruca, Part One) [PODCAST] #554: “Face It” – Q&A (Matt Maruca, Interlude) Background: In the midst of my growing ...

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  • 4 April

    [PODCAST] #554: “Face It” – Q&A (Matt Maruca, Interlude)

    Matt Maruca began his self-education journey at age 13. In middle school Matt began seeking answers to a variety of chronic ailments, discovered the joys of self-directed learning and never looked back. After realizing and harnessing his efficacy and abilities, he found school to be an almost intolerable obstacle to his education. In this interlude between the two parts of Matt's story he asks my advice on a few topics. Question #1: Matt is learning more about politics and philosophy and wants to share these ideas with friends. What's the best approach? What framing errors should be avoided? How do we get ideological opponents to look at their own ideas critically? We talk about communication, persuasion, shame, compassion and the ...

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  • 2 April

    [PODCAST] #553: How A Teen Took Control of His Own Life (Matt Maruca, Part One)

    Many of you are going to learn a lot this week. And your teacher is eighteen years old. This is an amazing story (told in three parts) of what is possible when a young person embraces personal responsibility and self-directed, real-world education. In the midst of my growing frustration about things like #MarchForOurLives and the misleading of young people, I received relief and some hope in the form of an email. It opened: "I am 18 and have been watching your show for over a year. It has helped me tremendously in my process of deciding not to attend college, starting on my own business, and becoming financially independent at age 18. If you happen to have some time ever, ...

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March, 2018

  • 31 March

    [BONUS] The Long Bumpy Road… (Part 2)

    A continuation of The Long, Bumpy, Endless and Essential Road of Personal Development SEGMENT ONE (3-11-18) Optimizing personal finances Managing credit cards Accountability Professional Advancement - navigating around employer "stated preferences" and understanding what is needed The unexpected personal costs of financial mismanagement Weekly Goals A Freer Mind: The 5 step process of GTD and achieving presence SEGMENT TWO (3-18-18) GTD Implementation Overwhelm Weekly Reviews Connecting Vision to Long term goals, medium term goals, projects and actions Lacking vision and purpose Specifying Project outcomes The conversation then veers of course into a group invective about #MarchForOurLives, politics and intersectionality. Or click HERE Related PostsPre-Show 9-13-12Tags: a/vShit Has Gone Too Far (Bonus Content Preview)Tags: bonus, a/vHacky Sack 8-24-13Tags: a/vFood Is Not ...

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  • 27 March

    [PODCAST] #552: #ENOUGH – With Thaddeus Russell

    #MarchForOurLives

    This past weekend hundreds of thousands of ill-informed teenagers participated in a nationwide accidental fundraiser for the NRA called #MarchForOurLives. Thaddeus Russell returns to examine the bigger picture. We'll discuss the fetish-ization of children by both the left and the right. Other themes include politics as a performance on a stage, dangers of absolutist thinking, Manichaeism (the age-old religious idea of fighting the battle against the darkness on the side of the light, and the comfort and illusion of moral superiority that idea brings), why this phenomenon does NOT require "crisis actors," and the harnessing of teenage angst towards political ends. Also: The Next Renegade University and School Sucks Project event is happening May 11-13 in the original renegade city ...

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  • 25 March

    [PODCAST] #551: What It Means To Be Educated – Blake Boles (Part 2)

    self directed learning

    Part Two of Two Today's show is intended as a resource for listeners looking to share the ideas of alternative education and self directed learning with their friends and family, or with anyone wants to learn more about these subjects. Blake Boles builds exciting alternatives to traditional school for self-directed young people. He runs the company Unschool Adventures and is the author of The Art of Self-Directed Learning, Better Than College, and College Without High School. Blake and I discuss the path to more self directed learning 1. How to define the current school problem 2. Why Schooling is not the same as education 3. John Taylor Gatto's definition of real education 4. The attributes of an educated person 5. ...

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  • 20 March

    [PODCAST] #550: Unschool Adventures – Blake Boles (Part 1)

    unschool

    Blake Boles works to create alternatives to traditional school for self-directed young people. He directs the company Unschool Adventures and is the author of The Art of Self-Directed Learning, Better Than College, and College Without High School. Part One of Two This show is an introduction to the life and work of Blake Boles, and the next show will be a discussion of this book The Art of Self-Directed Learning. Today Blake and I discuss his background as a successful high school and college student, and how his ideas and career path changed with the discovery of John Taylor Gatto. "It was Gatto who inspired me, at age 21, to leave my own path in the sciences to become a ...

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  • 16 March

    [PODCAST] #549: Days of Wonder – An Inspiring Model For Alternative Education

    Cynthia Day is the founder of and a teacher at the Days of Wonder School in Batavia, OH. I invited her on the show as part of a continuing effort to showcase successful and inspiring alternative education models, along with desirable attributes of voluntary learning communities. Cynthia began her teaching career in public school, but within a matter of years she discovered that the environment and culture presented serious obstacles to addressing the emotional and educational needs of her students. I had similar experiences; we compare stories. She ultimately left teaching to focus on homeschooling her own children. When they reached adulthood, she shifted her attention into creating an alternative school that encompassed the best aspects of homeschooling. The ultimate ...

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