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Latest Podcasts

September, 2018

  • 20 September

    cinemaNUFACTURING – part two – “Soft Prep” [PODCAST #578]

    Part 2 of 3: "Soft Prep" Tomas "Dutch" Deckaj and Scott Bowers are film makers and School Sucks Podcast listeners. I met them last spring in New Orleans where they were working together on a project. Dutch was the film's First Assistant Director, and he told me his job on set is similar to a principal at a high school. From there we discovered many connections between schooling and the film production process, including Hollywood's reliance on "factory model" of production, hence the series title. Today's Discussion: - Dutch and Scott explain where they each started in the film business - Tangent: running the camera - How Dutch and Scott starting working together - Pre-production and the script - How ...

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  • 17 September

    Tom Woods For President? (No.) – With Tom Woods [PODCAST #577]

    In this thinly-veiled 52-minute promotion for the Contra Cruise, happening October 21-28 (tickets available at ContraCruise.com), Tom and I open talking about the cruise, highlights from previous cruises, and the origins of the Contra Krugman podcast. What's up with the title? I recently turned someone on to Tom's show, and after listening for a couple weeks he asked me "why isn't this guy the Libertarian Party candidate for president?" I ask Tom to provide an answer. Before recording, I just listened to Episode 1236 of The Tom Woods show, called A Thousand Statist Arguments Smashed. Also I just moved to Pittsburgh and I have been meeting a lot of new people lately, and have been having some really frustrating political ...

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  • 13 September

    cinemaNUFACTURING – part one – “Film/School” [PODCAST #576]

    Part 1 of 3: "Film/School" - Tomas "Dutch" Deckaj and Scott Bowers are film makers and School Sucks Podcast listeners. I met them last spring in New Orleans where they were working together on a project. Dutch was the film's First Assistant Director, and he told me his job on set is similar to a principal at a high school. From there we discovered many connections between schooling and the film production process, including Hollywood's reliance on "factory model" of production. Dutch, Scott and I will discuss that model in great detail, and we'll question whether or not such a complex process could even work by less efficiency-focused means. We'll also tangent into analysis of some of our favorite films ...

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  • 10 September

    The Ultimate Freedom – Kevin Geary On Lifestyle Entrepreneurship [PODCAST #575]

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    Back to SchoolSucks! We return with an exploration of why and how we can embrace an opportunity that has never existed in all of human history. We're talking about lifestyle entrepreneurship and location/schedule independence. Most of you will remember Kevin Geary as an integrative health coach and the founder of the very successful RebootedBody.com enterprise. Since 2014 he has been a semi-frequent and very-popular guest on School Sucks. Last year Kevin launched a new project called SixFigureGrind.com where he educates people on digital marketing, sales, entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial mindset. SixFigureGrind.com features plentiful free resources, exclusive courses and a podcast where Kevin candidly discusses his successes and failures, shares hard-won wisdom and offers advice on getting to the next level ...

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August, 2018

  • 25 August

    Being Active Online vs. Being Conscious Online – Moritz Bierling – Part 3 of 3 [PODCAST #574b]

    Moritz and I discuss his current work on Holochain, and its role in resolving the digital malaise we've been discussing in this series. This malaise includes "fake news," information (or input) overload, social media fatigue, banning, loss of privacy, no data ownership, etc... Moritz worked as the Director of Research for Exosphere and now serves as an advisor. Exosphere Academy is a learning and problem solving community with 2-day traveling workshops and an 8-week residential program "to learn new skills, build exciting projects with other dynamic people, and jumpstart your new life & career." He has now allocated much of his energy to promoting Holochain adoption. DISCUSSION: * Authors of the first amendment obviously never envisioned this world * the ...

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Premium Content

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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  • 10 June

    [BONUS] THE MASTERMIND – s01e01 – “The Time For Expansion”

    (AUDIO, 136 MINUTES) With Richard Grove and Kevin Cole. The Mastermind shows begin with a "pain point," which is a pressing problem of a personal, professional, political, cultural or educational nature. We discuss the problem in detail and contemplate/debate solutions. Every day, Alex Jones and his collection of extremely punchable co-hosts shill for the executive branch of the US government, in between promotions of white-labeled products that somehow fight the New World Order. InfoWars has basically devolved into Alex Jones fan fiction, as they spent the weekend using the the death of Anthony Bourdain to suggest "we've been right all along about everything" because Bourdain was getting ready to reveal to the public everything Alex has been professing for years. ...

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