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Latest Podcasts

April, 2015

  • 26 April

    [PODCAST] #349: Behaviorism, Special Ed, and Self-Esteem – A Discussion With An Awakened Teacher

    Through the years, School Sucks Podcast has been a great outlet for my thoughts, feelings and frustrations about my teaching experience. I had always hoped the show could eventually serve as a forum for other former and active teachers to do the same. Yet, it's rare that I can get an active teacher to talk to me. Then last week, I received this email: Dear Brett, I've been binge-listening to your show since discovering it, and I want to thank you for providing my introduction to libertarianism as well as the fascinating and thoughtful discussions about science, the trivium, and non-violent communication. I am currently a teacher wrapping up my 15th and last year in the field, and I appreciate ...

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  • 13 April

    [PODCAST] #346: Work Outside the System

    This is audio of the foreword I wrote for the second edition of Legally Kidnapped: The Case Against Child Protective Services, by Carlos Morales. Carlos is a CPS whistle blower and a frequent contributor to School Sucks Project. Bumper Music: "Space Wrangler" by Widespread Panic Look Closer: Carlos On YouTube - About Legally Kidnapped - Buy/Review Legally Kidnapped -

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March, 2015

  • 28 March

    [PODCAST] #344: Solving the Health and Fitness Puzzle (with Kevin Geary)

    My second collaboration with Kevin Geary, integrative health coach and founder of Our discussion is built around two emails I received from listeners, each facing different challenges in their quests for health and fitness. WARM-UP: -The origins of EMAILS DISCUSSED: #1: I was listening to your podcast about procrastination and you mentioned your diet. You said that you ate a lot of garbage and came up with excuses on why it is you can't or don't eat well. This resonates with me so much! I was wondering if you had any advice on getting the ball rolling with dietary changes. As someone who is an incredibly picky eater and doesn't know the first thing about what the human ...

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  • 9 March

    [PODCAST] #342: Conformity vs. The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem (with Jake Desyllas)

    Jake Desyllas recently invited me on The Voluntary Life Podcast to discuss conformity. Topics covered include: -How conformity to "normal" spending habits prevents people achieving financial independence -Solomon Asch's conformity experiments and what we can learn from them -How conformity can alter your perception -The importance of allies in resisting conformity -The role of privacy in reducing conformity -The danger of conforming to a subculture (and still being a conformist) -How exposure to different views can increase your independence of thought Look Closer: Jake's Site: The Voluntary Life - Asch conformity experiments - Solomon Asch: Opinions and Social Pressure (1955) - Milgram experiment - Neurobiological Correlates of Social Conformity and Independence During Mental Rotation - ...

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  • 4 March

    [PODCAST] #341: Making Progress With Meditation

    Kyle Davis of The Atisha Kadampa Buddhist Center returns to continue our discussion about meditation. I have been practicing regularly for 4-5 months now and I have a few new questions and observations. Kyle originally appeared on episode #275:A Better State of Mind: Introduction to Meditation A review of the basics and what we covered last time: -it is an active process -trying to strengthen the mind -contemplation - bringing in an idea or feeling -the placement -holding it there -It's a practice, it takes work and time, feel clumsy -posture, body as an antenna, be comfortable and alert, straight back -have the body in a way that it can stay still, legs crossed -rest eyes with a little light ...

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Premium Content

February, 2016

  • 3 February

    [BONUS] Movie Review – We Need To Talk About VII

    (AUDIO - 2 HOURS, 20 MINUTES) I team up with Nick, Andrew, Puke ( and Johnson ( to discuss Star Wars Episode VII. Eventually some tension builds in the studio, and this become much more than just a movie review. Many layers. Like Episode VII itself. Also covered: Star Wars Prequels - Tom Hardy - just about every sci-fi TV show - what is a "hockey dad" and why do we need him?

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January, 2016

  • 31 January

    SSP Productivity Month! (January 2016)

    All episodes this are intended as reviews, updates and expansions on our 2013 series Presence and Productivity. Covered: -Overcoming self-defeating attitudes -Monetizing a media project -Cultivating and maintaining gratitude -Define goals, milestones, habits, "next actions" -The mistakes we've made with goals -Breaking out of a comfort zone -School's impact on attitudes about goals -The magic of checklists -David Allen's Self-Management Matrix [PODCAST] #401: Setting and Achieving Goals (1 of 2) – Attitudes, Obstacles and Mistakes Nathan Fraser from Anarcho-Preneur Podcast joins me to discuss how to set and accomplish our goals. This is an introduction to a coming discussion about more specific tips and strategies. Click here to view those episodes. [PODCAST] #402: Setting and Achieving Goals (2 of 2) ...

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  • 27 January

    [BONUS] Behind the Scenes – Solving Audio Problems

    A 10-minute video walk-through of the School Sucks studio.

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December, 2015

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