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Latest Podcasts

June, 2020

  • 23 June

    Kerry McDonald – Cato Homeschooling Debate Debriefing [PODCAST #661]

    Kerry McDonald is back to discuss her appearance at and lessons from Cato's recent event called Homeschooling: Protecting Freedom, Protecting Children. Kerry came Zoom-face to Zoom-face with Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Bartholet, who authored the controversial Arizona Law Review paper attacking homeschoolers and called for a "presumptive ban" on their educational way of life. Kerry's Take-Aways: - There Are People Who Believe the State Should Be Your Co-Parent - Random Home Visits Will Be a Weapon of the State - Private Education Is in Danger - State Standardized Testing Begs the Question: Whose Standard? - Homeschoolers Will Win (Read her FEE article about the event HERE ) Kerry McDonald is a Senior Education Fellow at FEE and author of Unschooled: ...

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  • 17 June

    This Is A Test (Interlude) With Darrell Becker [PODCAST #660]

    Last week a group of 1200+ medical influencers issued an open letter that aimed to transform public perceptions about protesting. In just one page, they explain how what was a criminally irresponsible, dangerous, and selfish act five weeks ago is now necessary and virtuous. And safe? In the letter they assure the non-medical-expert public: "as public health advocates, we do not condemn these gatherings as risky for COVID-19 transmission." This lead to a 45-minute monologue, followed by a one-hour discussion with Darrell about belief, confirmation bias, and adjusting our views based on new events and information. (Recorded May 17th, but still relevant) Discussed: [PODCAST] #338: Scientific Consensus vs. Dissent (Part 3) – Disciplined Minds Darrell’s website is a growing ...

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  • 12 June

    [preview] January 2017: The Wars To Come

    Free Bonus Friday Enjoy (and you will enjoy) a snip of one of our bonus productions for supporting listeners, including The Discomfort Zone, In Pursuit of Utopia, Picture of the Month Club, and other older selections. Three men stare into a crystal ball (and into the abyss). [BONUS] Podcastmasters’ Liberty Masterclass – Privilege Check, Listener Q&A (Part 3 of 3) On January 20th, the Podcastmasters reconvened for a four-hour free-flowing inauguration-inspired discussion dubbed "Ow, My Inaugural Balls." What does the future hold? What concerns to people have about their future in Trump's America? Released January 27, 2017 on Patreon + A/V Club. Full Show: Support Us On Patreon

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Supporter-Only Content

April, 2020

  • 18 April

    [BONUS] Picture of the Month Club – April 2020 – Boogie Nights

    Installment #6 (AUDIO, 114 MINUTES) We felt that a Paul Thomas Anderson film was long overdue, and we both agreed that Boogie Nights had served as a very important stop on our personal film enthusiast journeys. Boogie Nights is an epic story of downfall (and possible redemption, but also possible continued downfall), set against the decadent and volatile adult film industry of the late 70s and early 80s. The film is both inspired and relentless, and it was a very impressive second feature for 27-year-old P.T.A. Important themes and elements we'll discuss: - Family: escaping dysfunction and building a new one; the unstable nature of synthetic families - Ego: how it interferes with human connection - Foreshadowing: how Anderson builds ...

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  • 3 April

    In Pursuit of Utopia (Episode 8) New Harmony, Part 2

    What was the ideal for New Harmony, as well as what life was actually like there. What was the theory? How was it practiced? Education at New Harmony: Last time we discussed his philosophy of "love" super-ceding classical instruction, concluding that Pestalozzi (while he might have meant well) developed a "soft-power" approach to education, which then came to New Harmony via F.J.N. Neef. We discuss how exactly that system of instruction manifested at New Harmony; what do we know about the actual techniques as they were applied? In this episode and the next, we discuss how New Harmony ties into this series as a whole. It is a quintessential utopia, reminiscent of those that came before (More, Bacon, the Puritans), ...

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  • 3 April

    The New Progressive Era? (Autonomy Mastermind 3-31-20)

    This is more speculative and conspiratorial than I'm willing to get in the regular podcast. Danny McCarthy and I discuss the current crisis on scales ranging from the personal to the international. Rich and others join in as we move on to tips about caution and preparation. Related PostsShit Has Gone Too Far (Bonus Content Preview)Tags: a/vPre-Show 5-24-12Tags: a/vPre-Show 5-31-12Tags: a/vPre-Show 12-13-12Tags: discuss, a/vHacky Sack 8-24-13Tags: a/v

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