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April, 2014

  • 17 April

    Podcast #278: Ben Stone (1 of 2): Creating A Market Demand For Liberty

    Ben Stone joins me for a discussion about the past, present and future of the philosophy of liberty. Ben is the host of the Bad Quaker podcast. Discussed: -Ben's journey to liberty through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood -the genesis of the "Bad Quaker" -The costs and benefits of civil disobedience -Mandela, Gandhi, MLK -Creating a market for liberty -Don't fight the government -why force fails -when learning is properly defined, school is clearly unnatural Bumper Music: Widespread Panic - "Little Lilly" Widespread Panic - "Time Zones"

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  • 15 April

    Podcast #277: Michael Dean Didn’t Like School, and Vice Versa

    Michael W. Dean joins me for some casual conversation. Michael is the host of the popular Freedom Feens radio show and Michael Dean After Dark, as well as an author and a film maker. -What's so scary about Ray Kurzweil -Reading Michael's disciplinary reports -Making the arts more accessible, removing gatekeepers -Why do young people reject libertarianism -Going to college -Reverence for authors and scientists -Khan Academy vs. teachers -The "defective" label and treatment -Brett's teaching history -Do statists have the potential to be reached? -Are we in competition with each other? Look Closer: D.I.Y. or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist -

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  • 7 April

    Podcast #275: A Better State of Mind: Introduction to Meditation

    I'd like to get serious about incorporating meditation into my routine, and hopefully many of you are curious as well. I am joined by meditation teacher, Kyle Davis to discuss the basics and some benefits of the practice. My Questions: What is meditation? What are the different techniques? How can discover which practice is best for me? General guidelines? Posture, time, eyes, duration What are the physiological and psychological benefits? What are the benefits of working with a teacher? Look Closer: Meditation & Buddhism in Providence: Mindfulness for Busy People - Robert Anton Wilson -

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  • 7 April

    Podcast #274: Living and Teaching In Turkey – Listener Discussion

    I am joined by a listener named Tony to discuss his public school teaching experience in the Bronx through New York State's version of Teach For America, and his experience and insights living and teaching in Turkey. We also run through a primer on Turkish politics, current events and history. Look Closer: Turkey Fears 'Deep State' Return - The deep state (Turkish: derin devlet) - Secret Warfare: Operation Gladio and NATO’s Stay-Behind Armies -

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October, 2014

  • 21 October

    [BONUS] Podcasting and Expatriation For Beginners

    With James Guzman, formerly of The Dollar Vigilante Media. We discuss some of the basics of podcasting (mixing, mix-minus setups, developing a niche, video production, preparing for interviews, social media, etc...). During this conversation, James also answers many of my questions about expatriation and moving to Mexico. James on Anarchast:

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  • 10 October

    [BONUS] Podcastmasters’ Liberty Master Class – Live 10-6-14 (Full Video)

    With Brett Veinotte, Gardner Goldsmith and Jason Osborne. Unedited with break chats and after-show discussion. This will also be available as a podcast. Topics: School history through the works of Samuel Blumenfeld and John Taylor Gatto Finding Gatto's primary sources on Internet Archive What is revealed about the reading instruction agenda through the NEA meeting transcripts? How schooling promotes social inequality Thaddeus Russell and historical lenses Objectivity vs. subjectivity The Non-aggression principle

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September, 2014

  • 30 September

    A/V CLUB: After School Sucks Special 9-19-14

    Following the Thaddeus Russell Q&A. With Carlos Morales, Wes Bertrand and Keegan.

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  • 30 September

    A/V CLUB: Full Video – Burt On Puke and the Gang 9-28-14

    My first appearance on Puke and the Gang since May. The full audio version is available at Part One Part Two Break Show Guest - ~ [Name] Burt Vehnurt ~ [About] The School Sucks Podclass Weekly Ramblings - ~ Nick forgot to bring the equipment at his house. Show is cancelled. ~ Andrew goes to PA Curmudgeon Corner - ~ AutoX hates marathoners ~ [p] Apartment ~ Dog vs Cat ~ [p] Grandma sent cash with birthday card. Shove it in your pie-hole - ~ [drink] Henniker Brewing: Amber Ale & Porter ~ [drink] Some beer Ali gave us that we forgot to write down.

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John Taylor Gatto

CORE TOPIC - What does real learner-driven education look like?

Peter Gray - Self-Directed Education

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