Brett Veinotte

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? [PODCAST #573]

(Please listen in stereo or with headphones) A conversation about a unique city and its friendliest neighborhood. Zak Slayback and Andrew Mercer are back to discuss the new Fred Rogers documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor. The first hour of our discussion sets the scene in Pittsburgh; we talk in great detail about the city's culture, industry, geography, past, present and future. In hour two we'll explore Fred Rogers as an exemplar of the Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, his persuasive skills and his approach to child development. Won't You Be My Neighbor Trailer Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running liberty-minded podcasts on the web, and the ...

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Teaching With the Wrong Politics and No License? – With Alex Bell and His Friend Ben [PODCAST #572]

A hilltop teachers' round table on a beautiful Pittsburgh Monday morning. Longtime listener and supporter (and friend) Alex Bell came to Pittsburgh this weekend; we celebrated the 9th anniversary of School Sucks with an adventure around the city and a marathon podcast. One of Alex's aims of this trip was to connect me with his friend Ben, who leans conservative (while being open-minded about libertarian philosophy) and teaches without a degree or license. I thought our conversation would center around the challenges and frustrations of a man with the wrong ideology working in a hostile environment. But it wound up being far more enriching. Ben and I interviewed each other, and shared our educational philosophies, challenges and experiences. Please Support ...

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[BONUS] Inside Film Making – With An Outsider Hollywood Insider

The first and only occurrence of "High School Sucks" (AUDIO 73 MINUTES) Willie (a pseudonym) has worked his way through many levels of film production, ascending from a janitor to an essential part of the creative team on many films. He has organized large productions, written and directed. No player? Click HERE. I first met him at the Renegade U/SSP event in New Orleans, where he was filming an upcoming gangster movie. Willie's current project brings him to Pittsburgh, where he joined me, Andrew and James in the studio for an in depth discussion of the troubling present and possible future of the entertainment industry. Discussed: -Filming sex scenes and dealing with teamsters -Goodfellas and the Shining - Anachronisms and ...

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[BONUS] A Conversation With An OUTSIDER Hollywood Insider

(AUDIO 91 MINUTES) Willie (a pseudonym) has worked his way through many levels of film production, ascending from a janitor to an essential part of the creative team on many films. He has organized large productions, written and directed. I first met him at the Renegade U/SSP event in New Orleans, where he was filming an upcoming gangster movie. Willie's current project brings him to Pittsburgh, where he joined me, Andrew and James in the studio for an in depth discussion of the troubling present and possible future of the entertainment industry. This is the second half of a 3-hour conversation; the first part will be released tomorrow.

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[BONUS] Investigative Journalism’s Mike Cernovich Problem

The elaborate monologue I cut from episode #571. I discuss the Duplass/Shapiro and Cernovich/Gunn controversies as prime examples of current input overload and social media ills. What was Cernovich's original motive for going after James Gunn? All I've found is "Gunn frequently tweets about his opposition to President Donald Trump, and thus drew the ire of fans of the president such as right-wing provocateur Mike Cernovich, who began posting a series of old tweets by Gunn, many subsequently deleted." It can't be that simple right? Cernovich is fond of using hero and victim narratives for himself. I wonder if he's helpful or harmful. If you think about everything there is to expose about the entertainment industry (including Disney), his digging ...

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The Deep Roots of the Current Information* Crisis – Skinner Layne and Moritz Bierling – Part 2 of 3 [PODCAST #571]

* I'm using the word "information" very loosely. Skinner Layne and Moritz Bierling are back for a deeper drive into the current digital malaise and its varied and complicated roots. This malaise includes "fake news," information (or input) overload, social media fatigue, loss of privacy, no data ownership, etc... Skinner is the founder of Exosphere Academy and Moritz, formerly the Director of Research, now serves as an advisor. Exosphere Academy is a learning and problem solving community with 2-day traveling workshops and an 8-week residential program "to learn new skills, build exciting projects with other dynamic people, and jumpstart your new life & career." In our previous discussion we talked about an infinite game approach to the current digital crisis. ...

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Embracing the Infinite Game – Skinner Layne and Moritz Bierling – Part 1 of 3 [PODCAST #570]

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Skinner Layne and Moritz Bierling return to the show to further explore the infinite game mentality. Skinner is the founder of Exosphere Academy and Moritz, formerly the Director of Research, now serves as an advisor. Exosphere Academy is a learning and problem solving community with 2-day traveling workshops and an 8-week residential program "to learn new skills, build exciting projects with other dynamic people, and jumpstart your new life & career." Skinner and Moritz have expanded their focus to additional disruptive tech projects, and we'll discuss those in detail over the next two episodes. In our previous discussion we talked about how to build institutions and movements in education that become un-ignorable, desirable and perhaps even increasingly irresistible alternatives to ...

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[BONUS] Liberty In Our Lifetime? – Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest Q&A

A snapshot from my delightful and challenging Q&A at the Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest. The first question came from a loyal longtime listener named Scott B, and although it had a few components it basically boiled down to "do you think liberty in our lifetime is possible?" Are we talking about the dissolution of the state itself? Or something more personal? We expanded the question, clarified some terms and began a productive and lively discussion. Video of this will be available soon. No player? Click HERE.

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How To Study History With Professor CJ [PODCAST #569]

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(Recorded at the Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest) CJ Kilmer is a college history professor and the host of the acclaimed The Dangerous History Podcast. He has been one of the most frequently requested guests on School Sucks, so consider this show an icebreaker for future conversations. The History of CJ -CJ's origin story and influences -Surviving college with the "wrong" ideas -How to vet professors How To Study History -spotting bias and slant in academic books -collecting sources -comparing and synthesizing different perspectives -note-taking -Adler's How To Read A Book History Potpourri -Recovering from studying history in public school -missed opportunities to fall in love with history in school -the History of Public Education -embracing shock value in storytelling ...

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The Mind and Mindset of Scott Horton [PODCAST #568]

(As explained by Scott Horton) Scott Horton is a well-known and widely respected author, broadcaster and US foreign policy analyst. I have always wanted to have Scott on the show, but despite the large overlap in our audiences there is little overlap in our topics of discussion. However, we were both speakers at the Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest, and I was presented with a unique opportunity to have a one-on-one chat. Event organizer Joe Moutard invited me to tag along as he shuttled Scott to the airport to catch a flight. With Scott in sitting the front, me settled in the back, Joe driving quickly and 90s hip hop on the radio, I began a series of off the ...

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Noah Tetzner – The Unschooler Podcast Star [PODCAST #567]

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Noah Tetzner is 17. He left school last year to become an unschooler (it was his mother's idea!) and just a couple of months ago he launched The History of Vikings Podcast. The show was almost immediately successful; Noah has been invited to join a history podcast network, the show has thousands of listeners, he has made great connections with other historians of the Norseman and he is already being asked as a guest on other shows. Noah joins me today to talk about his passion for unschooling, how school destroys creative thinking, and how his life has blossomed away from school. He told me "between being in a school for 8 hours a day and all of the homework, ...

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[BONUS] THE MASTERMIND – s01e01 – “The Time For Expansion”

(AUDIO, 136 MINUTES) With Richard Grove and Kevin Cole. The Mastermind shows begin with a "pain point," which is a pressing problem of a personal, professional, political, cultural or educational nature. We discuss the problem in detail and contemplate/debate solutions. Every day, Alex Jones and his collection of extremely punchable co-hosts shill for the executive branch of the US government, in between promotions of white-labeled products that somehow fight the New World Order. InfoWars has basically devolved into Alex Jones fan fiction, as they spent the weekend using the the death of Anthony Bourdain to suggest "we've been right all along about everything" because Bourdain was getting ready to reveal to the public everything Alex has been professing for years. ...

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James and Taylor Davis – A New Take On Peaceful Parenting [PODCAST #566]

Peaceful parenting is a difficult term. There definitely seems to be some implicit judgment there. What's the alternative to peaceful parenting? Violent parenting? Thus it's understandable why many curious parents would find the label off-putting, as it might raise concerns they wouldn't be able to live up to certain standards in their relationships with their children. Taylor and James Davis have created a podcast to share their parenting journey, one filled with unexpected challenges, new questions and wonderful successes. At OneFreeFamily.com they offer a new take on peaceful parenting. As the parents of young 3 children, they share their story with honesty and vulnerability, but without prescriptions or harsh judgments. Interestingly, Taylor and James both earned teaching certificates in college ...

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[BONUS] THE MASTERMIND – Pilot Episode – “PodcastMasterMind”

(AUDIO, 126 MINUTES) The new weekly supporter-only series! Fellow Podcastmasters Jason Osborne and Gardner Goldsmith join Brett to launch The Mastermind. These shows will typically begin with a "pain point," which is a pressing problem of a personal, professional, political, cultural or educational nature. A rotating group of co-hosts will then discuss the problem in detail and contemplate/debate solutions. Today's Pain Point: Are we correct that schools and entertainment media are engaged in an expanding (both overt and covert) campaign to sexualize young children? Or have we just become stupid old conservatives? There is also a related pain point about how this kind of indoctrination is affecting one of our families, but due to its very personal natural, it is ...

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[BONUS] The State of STEM – A Report From the Field

(AUDIO, 108 MINUTES) STEM = Science + Technology + Engineering + Math My friend works in educational technology sales and he recently attended a STEM conference. He actually wound up being a judge in some of the student competitions at the event. In this show, he'll shares his notes. Some of the student projects are impressive in scope but their attitudes about and plans for the world are pretty foreboding. He judged one competition called "Prepared Presentations." The topic on which students were presenting: The Future Is Ours. After listening to summaries of these student presentations, I certainly hope not. Or click HERE

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Star Wars Double Feature [PODCAST #565 – FREE A/V]

I have some announcements about content and travel. And I have attached a couple Star Wars-related audios from the bonus section for your enjoyment. 1. [BONUS] How To Star Wars – Rogue One and A New Order Recorded December 18th, 2016 (1 hour, 8 minutes) Stephanie Murphy and Brian Sovryn (sexandsciencehour.com) join me in-studio for a live discussion about Star Wars Rogue One and the broader Star Wars universe. Is there a better order than Machete Order or Episode Order to watch all eight films? How do Brian and I rank all eight films (you might be surprised!!) And why does Stephanie dislike Star Wars? 2. [BONUS] The After School Sucks Special Recorded November 1, 2012 (23 minutes) Disney is ...

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[BONUS] This Is America? An Analysis

(AUDIO, 75 MINUTES) Brett, Andrew and James discuss 2 most emotional issues of our day - guns and race - as they are presented in This Is America. Is this more of the same - the safest and most socially acceptable way to think disguised as the revolution, to use the angst of young people as political fuel? Or has Donald Glover created something more meaningful? This is the video that finally helped me understand the cultural appropriation argument. I'll explain. In a nutshell, it raises a question: Are most white people guilty of embracing the black art, while ignoring the black plight? Also: the problem with Jordan Peterson Or click HERE

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[BONUS] Drive Journal – New Orleans To Pittsburgh, Hour 25

Drive Journal - A trip recap, in a state of delirium. With fellow travelers Andrew and Larry. How NOLA is both amazing and gross - and some thoughts about the event. Here's a link to the audio version: New Orleans To Pittsburgh Hour 25 Related PostsShit Has Gone Too Far (Bonus Content Preview)87Tags: bonus, a/vPre-Show 9-13-1287Show prep and 9/11 talk.Tags: a/vFood Is Not A Liquid (Bonus Content Preview)87Tags: bonus, a/vPre-Show 7-26-1287The line of obedience.Tags: a/vHacky Sack 8-24-1387Tags: a/v

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LIVE In New Orleans With Thad and Brett [PODCAST #564]

The tense and truculent final event of Renegade University and School Sucks Project Present A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell. Attendees grab the mic and question us on the following topics: Jason - Foreign policy and the military: how to close the physical and psychological distance between America and its enemies? Norm - Higher education: how do you introduce opposing and uncomfortable ideas to people who are not seeking them out? Joel - Altruism vs. selfishness, and reconciling Thad's "politics of self interest" with Brett's "intelligent selfishness;" integrity and moralism, the Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, Non-violent communication Brit - Parenting: the challenges of co-parenting with an authoritarian helicopter parent Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. ...

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Joanne Kaminski – What Children Need To Fall In Love With Reading [PODCAST #563]

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Today, the story of a public school teacher who eventually found a much better way to connect with and teach young people. Joanne Kaminski joins me to discuss her path into and out of public school teaching, why she left, and the advantages of online tutoring she has discovered. We'll also cover some of her methods, so this conversation might be helpful to parents of children who are struggling with reading proficiency and interest. Joanne is the mother of 3 girls, a former public school teacher, and she now runs a successful tutoring company called The Online Reading Tutor. Joanne also has a blog called Become an Online Tutor, where she teaches others to enter this field and to thrive. ...

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Is Guilt Useful? Is Narcissism Natural? – With Thaddeus Russell [PODCAST #562]

This is a follow-up to Podcast #558: God, Grant Me the Serenity. Thad's presentation in that episode produced a lot of upset among listeners, and there were several aspects of the conversation that left me feeling unsatisfied. I invited Thad back to address this lack of satisfaction, along with some listener feedback to our first conversation. Topics: - Why Thad and I weren't connecting in the first discussion - Shame and guilt are information - All behavior is narcissistic? - Empathy - Ayn Rand on altruism - Differing ideas about integrity - Nathaniel Branden and the Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Listener Input: Scott M. - I thought it was a fascinating conversation. I think the premise of Thad’s that I ...

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[BONUS] CUT SEGMENT – From Episode #562 With Thaddeus Russell

(AUDIO, 37 MINUTES) I cut 35 minutes of discussion from the final version of episode #562. This was a difficult decision, because it was a captivating segment and I don't want to censor anything, but I need to consider what is best for the School Sucks brand, along with respect for other recent guests. The prompt for this portion of the discussion was this listener input: Peter M. - While I was intrigued by Thad's self interest approach to sobriety, and by the idea of replacing the puritan with an accountant, I think obligation to others still has an important role to play. Thad mentioned that part of his need to be sober involved wanting to have a relationship with ...

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Find Your Focus With Ambition Mapping – With Zak Slayback, Part 2 [PODCAST #561]

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(Part Two of Two) Zak Slayback returns for a marathon discussion on how to set and make progress towards meaningful personal and professional goals. Recorded April 9th in Pittsburgh, PA in the studio of good friend Andrew Mercer. I was really happy Andrew joined us; he added some great stories and thoughtful questions related to his own productivity journey. The first conversation focused on deschooling - how to unlearn and discard certain limiting beliefs that interfere with professional success and fulfillment. Today we go into detail on how to find your focus with "Ambition Mapping" - Zak's process for goal setting. Productivity - Being busy vs. being productive: what is the highest priority? - Andrew's productivity quest, Getting Things Done ...

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[BONUS] Empathy Is Overrated? And the San Francisco Sons of Liberty

An unreleased snapshot from School Sucks Across America. In early Novemeber 2017, I attended a "Friendsgiving" dinner party with School Sucks listeners and friends. Huge thanks to Darren and Mic for hosting and making sure I had a great time while in the Bay Area. Back in 2014, Darren actually bought me the Zoom h4 I used to record all the audio during the trip. So after people had a few drinks, I pulled it out, hit record and set it on the table (people were aware). This audio is edited; it features two portions of over three hours of lively conversation. Topics include: - A criticism of School Sucks? - Is empathy overrated - Alex Jones - California pot ...

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