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Latest Podcasts

April, 2020

  • 17 April

    [preview] Long Way Down (One Last Thing)

    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. Today: An analysis and appreciation of a truly explosive third act scene in Paul Thomas Anderson's epic second film. (FULL AUDIO: 114 MINUTES) Picture of the Month Club (April 2020) BOOGIE NIGHTS Releasing April 18th, 2020 on Patreon, A/V Club and SubscribeStar. 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, ...

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  • 15 April

    James Davis – Mindset Advice For New Homeschoolers [PODCAST #651]

    James Davis is a friend, father of three boys, entrepreneur, home-educator, and long-time member of New Hampshire's Freecoast community. In the recent past, he and his wife Taylor created a wonderful unschooling and parenting resource called As the parents of young 3 children, they share their story with honesty and vulnerability, but without prescriptions or harsh judgments. His current project is app called Homeschool Moment. James is back today to discuss some mindset advice, which we both hope will be helpful outreach resources for all of the parents currently exploring how to help their children learn and thrive outside of school (where almost all learning and thriving actually takes place). This advice includes 1. What it means to effectively ...

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  • 13 April

    Kerry McDonald – The Silver Linings of Mass (forced) “Home Schooling” [PODCAST #650]

    Kerry McDonald is back again to discuss what numerous mainstream media outlets have apparently decided to call "home schooling." What they're all talking about is the forced distance learning brought about by the country's current health crisis. But even the term "distance learning" is perhaps too kind; we're talking about "distance schooling," where many of the impositions of school have been driven even further into the home and the family. Is a media campaign underway to connect the current inconveniences, fears and frustrations to the idea and practice of home education? If the answer is yes, it has been a resounding success so far; according to Google Trends the term "home schooling" reached peak popularity in March 2020. Its previous ...

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Supporter-Only Content

October, 2019

  • 21 October

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s03e01) – Have Your Cake and Hate Yourself Too

    Welcome to Season Three! Andrew and Brett welcome Joel to the conversation. Joel is a long-time School Sucks listener (since 2009), supporter, doer, and contributor (working behind the scenes on an eventual new website). Joel joins TDZ to discuss self-discipline and Steven Pressfield's concept of conquering "resistance with a capital R." Joel's approach to the practice of getting important things done: he encourages looking at meaningful action as a cost-benefit analysis and a cause and effect relationship. This is an alternative to the judgement-filled language of good/bad, should, and must. So how will Joel's method collide with Andrew's advice to "hate yourself into action" ??? No player? Click HERE

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  • 16 October

    [BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia – Episode 4 – Common Sense

    Today we take a look at the aims and ideals of the American and French revolutions as well as the results. How'd they go? France quickly descended into headlessness, and the USA slowly morphed into the quasi-police/corporate state of today, perhaps wandering into headlessness territory? Did the founders make a fatal mistake by establishing any central government at all? No matter how small they intended to keep it? Was that utopian thinking or the absence of it? The founders were right on plenty - like in embracing the colonial spirit of rugged individualism and leaving people alone, but the seed of central planning was left in the soil. BUT, here's the difficult question: looking at the results in France, and ...

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  • 7 October

    [BONUS] An Unscheduled Q&A With Richard Grove and Brett Veinotte

    After Rich and I recorded his presentation for the upcoming Ideas Into Action Summit last Tuesday, we stuck around and took questions and discussion topics from members of the Autonomy community. You can learn more about Autonomy HERE. Topics Include: 1. How to add value to your own life before you try to value to the lives of others 2. How to handle high-stakes, volatile conversations with friends and family 3. "My children are in public school. How do I manage this?" Related Posts[BONUS] AUTONOMY Mastermind - February 18th, 2020Tags: autonomy, rich, discussion, action, richard, grove, bonus, a/vPre-Show 9-11-13Tags: a/v, brett, rich, grove, richardFull Video - 239 (Live): Inferential Distance, Parallel Thinking, and 9/11Tags: a/v, grove, richard[BONUS] Our Post-Proof World ...

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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

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