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December, 2018

  • 31 December

    Jamie Crane – Profiles In Male Enhancement [PODCAST #592]

    Jamie Crane is here to close out the year with a feel-good show and a stroll down memory lane. Today's main topic was intended to be fitness. When I see someone go through a significant personal transformation, I like to know how and why they did it. What changed? What worked? What didn't? When I was visiting Jamie in Oklahoma last year, I assumed he was kidding or embellishing about Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Turns out he was serious and quite committed. But at SSP we offer no prescriptive diet and fitness advice; Jamie tells his story, and I listen skeptically. Here is a resource if you'd like to learn more about the basics of low T: Slideshow: A Visual Guide ...

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  • 23 December

    The T.M. Landry Scam – How A “Miracle School” Exploited A Corrupt System [PODCAST #591]

    Nathan Fraser joins me to discuss the recent T.M. Landry scandal - revelations that threaten to dash many people's hopes about self-directed learning models disrupting and possibly even healing a corrupt and failed schooling system. T.M. Landry fashioned itself as a revolutionary college prep school. It was promoted to national (half) attention through viral college acceptance videos, while boasting an 100% college acceptance rate. An Inventory of T.M Landry's Educational Promise - student led - self directed learning - teachers or mentors who didn't jump through the state hoops to be "qualified" - no textbooks In reality, L.M Landry was a predatory operation against parents and charities looking to help disadvantaged teens escape failure and despair. T.M. Landry is a ...

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  • 11 December

    T.K. Coleman – A New Philosophy of Education [PODCAST #590]

    T.K. Coleman joins me to discuss his personal journey through formal schooling and self-education. In this introductory conversation, we'll cover T.K.'s philosophy of education, a philosophy of work, the human thirst for novelty, overcoming permission mentality, the future of higher education, creativity and entrepreneurship. T.K. currently serves as the Education Director for Praxis. He is currently producing a video series for the Praxis You Tube channel; T.K.'s College Tour of Bad Arguments aims to help young people confront and overcome with common objections to opting out of college. He'll be back in the near future to discuss this series in more detail. Related Shows: [PODCAST] #499: Successful Dropout – With Kylon Gienger (Part 1 of 2) [PODCAST] #454: Building A ...

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  • 7 December

    Jeremy Stuart – Unschooling Comes To the Big Screen [PODCAST #589]

    Jeremy Stuart is the director of the 2015 documentary film Class Dismissed and the upcoming follow-up film Self-Taught (2019). Class Dismissed is a film about learning outside the classroom, while Self-Taught examines self-directed learning outcomes through the lives of six adult unschoolers. Jeremy already had 25 years of experience in the film industry before making his directorial debut with Class Dismissed. We'll talk about how he came to embrace these ideas, who influenced him, and how the film took shape over four years. Jeremy is also the father of a 14-year-old unschooled daughter, who is "learning from experiences in life." We talk about some of the unschooling challenges including failure, distraction and boredom. Please Visit Jeremy's Kickstarter and Help Him ...

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August, 2018

  • 5 August

    [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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July, 2018

  • 31 July

    [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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  • 31 July

    [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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June, 2018

  • 30 June

    [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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CORE TOPIC - Why does school suck?

John Taylor Gatto

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

Peter Gray - Self-Directed Education

The realization that school sucks actually marks the beginning of a new and exciting educational journey.

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