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Latest Podcasts

January, 2021

  • 16 January

    “Plan B” With Zak Slayback [PODCAST #696]

    Favorite School Sucks neighbor Zak Slayback returns to offer some key 2021 updates to his past advice for young people at the beginning of their careers. Our previous conversation on this topic, called How High School Students Can Get Ahead In Their Careers [PODCAST #583], covered: - Why young people need to start personal websites while in high school, and how this website can work as a portfolio, showcase of personality, a canvas and as insurance - How to contact an existing expert in the area you want to go into, getting a better idea of how to get started - Methods of signaling and building a portfolio - growing your network of people who are a few steps ahead ...

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  • 7 January

    Massive Scale Contagion Experiment – with Nathan Fraser [PODCAST #695]

    (Emotional Manipulators For Hire, Episode 5, Free Again) Nathan and I discuss his strategies of "Social Media Shit-Posting For Fun and Profit" in the so-called "Age of Surveillance Capitalism." And we don't see eye-to-eye on everything in this show, and that's great. Music: "Finish Line" Daye Jack "Dark Harvest" Ghost Data "No Data" Daye Jack More About Nathan Fraser: The Free Market Squad: The Mastermind Group Need Help Growing Your Business? The Dark Arts of Marketing Podcast The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit to learn more about the presenters, topics, bonus materials and encore presentation. Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one ...

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  • 4 January

    New Habit Installation, With Jacki Dalsimer [PODCAST #694]

    Jacki Dalsimer is well-respected Health Coach and a personal friend of mine. For years we have enjoyed nerding out on different exercise topics, with the expectation she'd eventually visit the show to share some of her wisdom with you. So we decided that January was the ideal time for a conversation about goal-setting and new habit-installation, mostly in a fitness and diet context, but certainly applicable beyond. Related Shows: 238e: Presence and Productivity #5 – Habit Change With Great Time Freedom Comes Great Time Responsibility – A Guide To Block Scheduling [PODCAST #606] Michael Malice On Self-Discipline [PODCAST #559] A Better World Starts With A Clean Bedroom [PODCAST #408] Need some community right now? The downloadable version of The Ideas ...

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Supporter-Only Content

October, 2020

  • 31 October

    [BONUS] The Shining 2020 Halloween Chat, With CJ Killmer

    Professor CJ invited me to do an informal exploration of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. I was so excited, I smashed through his door with an axe and asked "when?!?!" "For Halloween, and for 2020." CJ said. We'll cover some familiar ground and offer some new insights into the film. A joint production of Dangerous History and School Sucks. School Sucks Project · [BONUS] The Shining 2020 Halloween Chat, With CJ Killmer

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  • 30 October

    [BONUS] The Social Dilemma Quandary (Part 1 of 2)

    A group discussion around (but also beyond) the problems, themes, and possible ulterior motives in the newish Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma.  Part of the Un-iversity Weekly Discussion Group Series A new weekly conversation about applying the lessons and practices of The Ideas Into Action Summit to the chaos of the real world.   School Sucks Project · The Social Dilemma Quandry Part 1 of 2

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  • 22 October

    [BONUS] Information Literacy vs. New York Times Misinformation vs. Russian Disinformation

    A lesson in media literacy: how mainstream media uses facts to counterfeit understanding (audio, 2hr 14min) In three consecutive Un-iversity Monday meetings, we watch, deconstruct, and expand upon a New York Times video series from 2018 called Operation InfeKtion:  Russian Disinformation From Cold War To Kanye.  The series has three parts - 1. Meet the KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News 2. The Seven Commandments of Fake News 3. The Worldwide War on Truth Why are we going back to 2018? This month, Russian disinformation conspiracy theories are back in style. CNN has revived this story line for damage control in the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. While it is too late for most CNN viewers to learn anything, we wanted ...

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CORE TOPIC - Why does school suck?

John Taylor Gatto

CORE TOPIC - What does self-directed 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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