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February, 2020

  • 3 February

    The Medium Is the Massage (Part 1 of 2) With Scott Hambrick and Dr. Karl Schudt [PODCAST #639]

    "All media work us over completely." - Marshall McLuhan, 1968 Still true? Truer than ever? Scott and Karl from Online Great Books join me to discuss Marshall McLuhan's (perhaps prophetic) work The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects. The discussion is split into 2 parts, the second coming later this week. Today we'll cover... - what is meant by "the medium is the massage" or the message? - the transfer of the dominant human sense organ from the ear to the eye - the impact of television, and what most never realize about it - McLuhan's idea of hot and cold media - McLuhan's criticism of public school's 19th century technology and our response The downloadable version of ...

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January, 2020

  • 28 January

    Remember Why School Sucks [SUPPLEMENTAL #638]

    [Supplemental Show] Chris McMillon is one of the most thoughtful, positive and encouraging people that I had the pleasure to meet through my work in 2019. Chris and I started interacting through Richard Grove's AUTONOMY program, and I was happy to accept his invitation to appear on his Truth Conduit Podcast. We discuss why collectivist ideas are so predominant in public schools and universities, and how it promotes emotional thinking over logical thinking. We'll also cover student debt crisis, achieving freedom in all areas of life, and why I was kind of a shitty history teacher. Check out Truth Conduit: truthconduit.com The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit sspuniversity.com/ideasintoaction to learn more about the ...

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  • 22 January

    Dave Smith – On School vs. Education (and almost everything else) [PODCAST #637]

    Dave Smith is a comedian, and one of the most effective and energetic advocates for the philosophy of liberty on the scene right now. He is also one of the most historically requested guests for School Sucks Podcast. My topic proposal to Dave: "I'd like to do 30 minutes on your school experience, and 30 minutes on what you'd like education to look like for your own child. (+ whatever tangents occur)." Tangents occurred. And I couldn't have been more delighted. We discuss what went wrong in the liberty movement, Ron Paul, Donald Trump, debating with friends and family, 9/11 Truth and its significance, the Libertarian to Alt-Right pipeline if there's such a thing, other pipelines, and also what was ...

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  • 17 January

    Target-Covered Teens: Obstacles and Doorways To Teenage Self-Knowledge (with Jim Hood) [PODCAST #636]

    This is part two in our monthly Test Drive Your Future Series. "Target-Covered" is a reference to the array of political and corporate interests trying to harness adolescent angst for their own purposes. And yes, "Teens" is in the title, but this is a conversation for everyone. Jim and I will begin by discussing the 20th century history of this problem, through the work of Edward Bernays, the father of public relations. In his book Propaganda, Bernays wrote "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. ...

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May, 2019

April, 2019

  • 24 April

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s02e07) – Mastermind

    Andrew and Brett welcome Alex Bell and Drew Sample to The Studio of Champ-yinz. What we are talking about at... 0:10:00 - Andrew does not take Brett's advice from the previous meeting 0:20:00 - How did we punch the weekend in the dick? 0:30:00 - Planting your flag 0:40:00 - Brett spreads positivity in Pittsburgh 0:50:00 - Mastermind groups and impostor syndrome 1:00:00 - How to find/create the right Mastermind 1:10:00 - Masterminds and self-reflection 1:20:00 - Gooski's Bar, where you can smoke inside 1:30:00 - Positive reframing 1:40:00 - Taking your own advice

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  • 9 April

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s02e06) – Punching the www in the d.

    Brett continues to rave about block scheduling and deep work and yells at Andrew for not planning enough. Andrew vows to turn away from everyone else's productivity and time management advice. Brett is struggling with how to brand the Un-iversity Summits. Who are some of the presenters? How will it be organized? Andrew is looking at the long-term future of his short-term rental business. We discuss "money now," "money soon" and "money someday" propositions. Brett says prioritize easier cash flow opportunities over daunting investment properties. No Player? Click HERE.

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CORE TOPIC - Why does school suck?

John Taylor Gatto

CORE TOPIC - What does real learner-driven education look like?

Peter Gray - Self-Directed Education

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