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201: David Angelo of eEconomics

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Topic: A conversation with comedian and Emmy-nominated writer David Angelo. As a long-time fan of David's, I was very excited to learn about his You Tube channel eEconomics. Discussion: -Influences/What inspired you to start this channel? -Economic literacy in Hollywood -College economics, all Keynes -Hollywood politics -Stand-up audiences -Angelo vs. Chomsky -My praise for David's comedy style -Twitter Bumper Music: Slick Rick, "Children's Story (Instrumental)" Highlight Clips Look Closer: eEconomics on You Yube - http://www.youtube.com/user/eEconomics David's Website - http://www.davidangelo.info/ David's Twitter - https://twitter.com/dwangelo Red Bar Radio (mentioned) - http://redbarradio.net/

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155: No Child Left Behind (and Other Bi-Partisan Education Conspiracies)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadTopic: A follow-up to our recent shows about behaviorism and educational politics, this episode examines the origins of, and ideologies and motives behind the controversial (yet bi-partisan!) No Child Left Behind legislation of 2002, or 1989, or 1967, or 1933, or 1903, depending on where you start the story. Bumper Music: "Waiting For Superman" The Flaming Lips Look Closer: The No Child Left Behind Act: A Look at Provisions, Philosophies, and Compromises http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/JITE/v41n2/kymes.html Origins and Purpose of "No Child Left Behind" http://www.educationanddemocracy.org/Emery/Emery_NCLB.htm A SHORT ANGRY HISTORY OF AMERICAN FORCED SCHOOLING http://4brevard.com/choice/Public_Education.htm The Political Economy of Collective Skill FormationPDF EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE TYRANNY http://www.newswithviews.com/Chapman/michael.htm RICH DAD: The Conspiracy Against Our Education, Why Money is not ...

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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 or not said (William Lutz, Doublespeak) Look Closer: The Doublespeak Dictionary by Leslie Starr O’Hara http://www.thedoublespeakdictionary.com/ Doublespeak: From Revenue Enhancement to Terminal Living : How Government, Business, Advertisers, and Others Use Language to Deceive You, by William Lutz http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2151216.Doublespeak Government by Euphemism, by Sheldon Richman ...

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024: American History F-ed (Series Introduction)

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadABOVE: Not the easiest place to look for those who have hidden their identity behind nationalism, bigotry and mysticism An introduction to a series of shows about government school's history curriculum. We'll explore the lies, myths, omissions and distortions used to indoctrinate blind patriotism (aka nationalism aka mysticism). Critical Thinking Question: How does that which is completely illogical and completely immoral transform... into what is completely acceptable? into what is even completely preferable? and, believe it or not, into what is unquestionably sacred? Topic: The purpose of the American History curriculum in government school SEEMS to be two-fold: 1. Build up a mythology about America and government when we're most impressionable (Grades 1-6) 2. ...

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