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Latest Podcasts

November, 2020

  • 17 November

    Discontented Optimism: How A Teacher Freed Himself From School – With Joel Bein [PODCAST #686]

    AND...found a fulfilling new career. Joel Bein is back for a follow-up conversation about his exit from school teaching, and his transition to working with our friends at Joel last appeared on episode 669, where we introduced his story. Today we'll talk about his journey in more detail. An important feature of our discussion is what Joel refers to as Discontented Optimism - as a teacher, allowing himself to hate school, to NOT tolerate it, AND empowering himself to change the situation. Towards the end of the show, we'll also talk about a new mini-course Joel put together for Crash: Job Hunting 101 You can see more of Joel's work at Please also check out his podcast Exponentially ...

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  • 11 November

    Wake Up, Grow Up, Clean Up, Show Up – With Wes Bertrand [PODCAST #685]

    (Integral Theory Part 5) Wes Bertrand is back for our continued exploration of Integral Theory and how to take human consciousness to the next level. We have covered integral theory principles applied to individuals, to organizations, and society and "governance." Opening Sequence: "Let the Healing Begin" Discussion: We'll move from the political back to the personal and social,reading and expanding on Dustin DiPerna's article Wake Up, Grow Up, Clean Up, Show Up Music: "Orinoco Flow" (cover) Vienna Symphony Orchestra "Somewhere In America" Jay-Z "Run For the Roses" (cover) The Grass Is Dead "Don't Stop" Maiya Sykes Integral theory is largely focused on consciousness studies, psychology, research supported spirituality, and social sciences. Ken Wilber and other integral theorists draw from over ...

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  • 2 November

    MYTH of the PANIC – With Nathan Fraser [PODCAST #684]

    (Emotional Manipulators For Hire, Episode 3) In 1938, a young thespian named Orson Welles exploited a new communications medium to scare the shit out of an entire country. Or...did his enemies simply exploit an old communications medium to make people think he did? It only gets more complicated from there, folks! Today: We discuss the 1938 radio adaption of War of the Worlds, and the lessons it offers to both manipulators and marketers. Friend, copywriter, marketer, and Facebook World Champion Nathan Fraser and I continue our (allegedly supporter-only) monthly conversation about marketing and media manipulation. You'll learn more about the tactics politicians and propagandists use against you, and how you can re-purpose such tactics for good. Music: "Callin' Out" Lyrics ...

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Supporter-Only Content

August, 2020

  • 27 August

    [BONUS] The Three Big Losers of the 2020 Election

    We've all heard of the silent majority. But movements comprised of less than 10% of a population can often produce massive political and cultural shifts, positive or negative. Historically and today, a majority of people in the middle of the extremes stay silent. Is it because no one wants to amplify their voice? Or is it because their schooling and their media consumption has left them with nothing meaningful to say? 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. Friday "freestyle" conversations invite participants to vent about their current frustrations, usually triggering Brett into long rants. School ...

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  • 21 August

    [BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia 11 – Fabianism and Degeneration

    The Fabian Society did seek to improve the living conditions of the poor—but not by the sort of charity that Thomas Malthus had decried. The Fabians wished to totally restructure society brick by brick, and they understood that many people—including the poor they aimed to serve—would have to suffer and die along the way. Originally, Fabians worked within the Liberal Party to implement social reforms. Specifically, they sought to impose universal health care and a minimum wage on England. They disliked the overly-masculine imperialism that had placed Britain above the rest of the world; they felt that the empire should be used as a tool to reform the world, and bring socialism to all the world's dejected peoples. At home, ...

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  • 20 August

    [BONUS] Why Is QAnon?

    Picture: Katamari Damacy is a somewhat convoluted 2004 Playstation game where you're a ball of garage rolling around (with questionable goals), growing in size, and eventually absorbing larger and more valuable objects into the garage ball that is you. Thus, it is basically a video game template for the QAnon conspiracy theory. A continuation of Un-iversity Weekly Discussion Group #5 A now time-tested weekly conversation about applying the lessons and practices of The Ideas Into Action Summit to the chaos of the real world.  Building off our previous "Shad0wga+e" conversation: A new documentary gains some added intrigue when its creator is arrested. Are valuable insights into and 2020 updates on NSA data collection collection being used to bolster the increasingly ...

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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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