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Latest Podcasts

April, 2020

  • 20 April

    Critical Thinking Questions For An Increasingly Uncertain Future [PODCAST #652]

    Part Four of the Test Drive Your Future college and career guidance series. For our purposes here, can this new future still be test-driven? Jim and I inventory our evolving understanding and expanding concerns - political, personal, social, medical, professional, economic - and we explore how to plan accordingly for what might be next. Also Discussed: - Capitalizing on a Crisis, not just for politicians! How we can take advantage of this crisis to grow, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually - Reconnecting with your core beliefs, your spiritual operating system, the foundation upon which your beliefs are built - The value of death awareness Jim Hood is a father, entrepreneur, eventual autodidact, and a School Sucks listener. He and his wife ...

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  • 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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Supporter-Only Content

June, 2019

  • 25 June

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s02e11) – Cat Castle

    Andrew decides to host a cutting-edge parenting workshop, in spite of obstacles like being intoxicated and not having any children. The sole attendee is Gretchen, one of Brett's favorite mothers and listeners. What seems like a recipe for hilarity actually turns into a very personal, revealing and enriching series of discomforts. And also hilarious. Recorded at the Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest on Saturday June 23rd. No player? Click HERE

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  • 13 June

    [BONUS] The Pursuit of Utopia – Episode One – From the Top Down

    This is the pilot episode in a new monthly historical series with Daniel McCarthy. Danny is a 24-year-old SSP listener, blogger and researcher, and the author of an upcoming book on the historical pursuit of utopia. In the 21st century, we're living in a mosaic of fractured and failed Utopian visions from the past; socialism, social justice, liberation movements, archaic revival, radical environmentalism, and even the "information" revolution are a just a few notable examples. Whether we trace the concept of utopia back to Thomas More 500 years ago or even all the way back to Plato, the ideal world has been pursued from the top down, frequently resulting in varying degrees of dystopia for people...not at the top. Today's ...

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May, 2019

  • 31 May

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s02e10) – Works For Me!

    "Young Alex" (Alex Bell) joins us to discuss sleep, herb dependence, a stoic disconnection from comfort and convenience, and Getting Thing Done. Then Alex educates us on why Freelancing should be in every creative's toolkit (that's the title of a presentation he's giving on June 15th!) and he shares several strategies for getting started, finding clients, and ultimately succeeding. We have some really great public speaking tips for him too! Want to see Alex speak? Learn more at the event page: Or buy a ticket here: No player? click HERE

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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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