Podcasts

cinemaNUFACTURING – part two – “Soft Prep” [PODCAST #578]

Part 2 of 3: "Soft Prep" Tomas "Dutch" Deckaj and Scott Bowers are film makers and School Sucks Podcast listeners. I met them last spring in New Orleans where they were working together on a project. Dutch was the film's First Assistant Director, and he told me his job on set is similar to a principal at a high school. From there we discovered many connections between schooling and the film production process, including Hollywood's reliance on "factory model" of production, hence the series title. Today's Discussion: - Dutch and Scott explain where they each started in the film business - Tangent: running the camera - How Dutch and Scott starting working together - Pre-production and the script - How ...

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Tom Woods For President? (No.) – With Tom Woods [PODCAST #577]

In this thinly-veiled 52-minute promotion for the Contra Cruise, happening October 21-28 (tickets available at ContraCruise.com), Tom and I open talking about the cruise, highlights from previous cruises, and the origins of the Contra Krugman podcast. What's up with the title? I recently turned someone on to Tom's show, and after listening for a couple weeks he asked me "why isn't this guy the Libertarian Party candidate for president?" I ask Tom to provide an answer. Before recording, I just listened to Episode 1236 of The Tom Woods show, called A Thousand Statist Arguments Smashed. Also I just moved to Pittsburgh and I have been meeting a lot of new people lately, and have been having some really frustrating political ...

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cinemaNUFACTURING – part one – “Film/School” [PODCAST #576]

Part 1 of 3: "Film/School" - Tomas "Dutch" Deckaj and Scott Bowers are film makers and School Sucks Podcast listeners. I met them last spring in New Orleans where they were working together on a project. Dutch was the film's First Assistant Director, and he told me his job on set is similar to a principal at a high school. From there we discovered many connections between schooling and the film production process, including Hollywood's reliance on "factory model" of production. Dutch, Scott and I will discuss that model in great detail, and we'll question whether or not such a complex process could even work by less efficiency-focused means. We'll also tangent into analysis of some of our favorite films ...

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The Ultimate Freedom – Kevin Geary On Lifestyle Entrepreneurship [PODCAST #575]

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Back to SchoolSucks! We return with an exploration of why and how we can embrace an opportunity that has never existed in all of human history. We're talking about lifestyle entrepreneurship and location/schedule independence. Most of you will remember Kevin Geary as an integrative health coach and the founder of the very successful RebootedBody.com enterprise. Since 2014 he has been a semi-frequent and very-popular guest on School Sucks. Last year Kevin launched a new project called SixFigureGrind.com where he educates people on digital marketing, sales, entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial mindset. SixFigureGrind.com features plentiful free resources, exclusive courses and a podcast where Kevin candidly discusses his successes and failures, shares hard-won wisdom and offers advice on getting to the next level ...

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Being Active Online vs. Being Conscious Online – Moritz Bierling – Part 3 of 3 [PODCAST #574b]

Moritz and I discuss his current work on Holochain, and its role in resolving the digital malaise we've been discussing in this series. This malaise includes "fake news," information (or input) overload, social media fatigue, banning, loss of privacy, no data ownership, etc... Moritz worked as the Director of Research for Exosphere and 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." He has now allocated much of his energy to promoting Holochain adoption. DISCUSSION: * Authors of the first amendment obviously never envisioned this world * the ...

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Creating A True Information Economy – Skinner Layne – Part 3 of 3 [PODCAST #574a]

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Part 3 of this series will be split into two conversations: a one-on-one with Skinner followed by a one-on-one with Moritz, allowing each of them to focus in on their areas of expertise in resolving the digital malaise we've been discussing. This malaise includes "fake news," information (or input) overload, social media fatigue, loss of privacy, no data ownership, etc... We now turn our focus to the creation of a true information economy. Skinner is the founder of Exosphere Academy. 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." He is also the ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Deschool Yourself and Find Your Focus – With Zak Slayback, Part 1 [PODCAST #560]

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(Part One 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. This first conversation focuses on the need to deschool yourself - how to unlearn and discard certain limiting beliefs that interfere with professional success and fulfillment. In the next installment we'll go into detail on Zak's "Ambition Mapping" process for goal setting. We start with some updates on Zak; since his last appearance on the show he left Praxis and he ...

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Michael Malice On Self-Discipline [PODCAST #559]

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Michael Malice is an accomplished author, celebrity ghostwriter, Twitter provocateur, podcaster and cable news commentator. He joins me for what begins as a conversation about "health" and fitness practices, but then it evolves into a fascinating exploration of habit and self-discipline. I approached this personal development topic through the lens of fitness because Michael has expressed that the pursuit continues to be a challenge for him. I thought it would be more interesting to discuss a subject where Michael is trying to put the puzzle pieces together, versus one of his areas of expertise (anarchist philosophy, objectivism, North Korea and the New Right). For me, fitness has proven to be the foundation of a better life, and great teacher for ...

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God, Grant Me the Serenity… With Thaddeus Russell [PODCAST #558]

In our most challenging and uncomfortable conversation to date, Thaddeus Russell and I explore some things about my past that I've had trouble accepting and often wonder if I can still change. A lengthy list of topics follows: shame, moralizing, self-sacrifice, relationships as transactions, dishonesty, the war in our heads between the puritan and the hedonist, integrity and personal responsibility. Also: The Next Renegade University and School Sucks Project event is happening May 11-13 in the original renegade city of New Orleans. At the end of this podcast we'll discuss some of the details and the new features. For more information and to secure your spot, go to ThaddeusRussell.com/courses Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your ...

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The Relationship Benefits of Unschooling – With Pam Laricchia [PODCAST #557]

I'm pleased to present one of our finest productions on the topic of unschooling. An important thread running through this conversation: the benefits of unschooling in terms of relationship with self, with family and with people in the community. Pam Laricchia is the creator of the blog livingjoyfully.ca - an amazing, well-organized resource for people exploring how to live and learn without school. She is also the author of several books on unschooling, including The Unschooling Journey: A Field Guide. Pam began unschooling with her three children back in 2002 and she has continued her enthusiastic exploration through blogging, podcasting and presenting at conferences. PAM'S UNSCHOOLING BACKGROUND * Pam's new Book What is Unschooling? The mission of her site. * ...

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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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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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