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November, 2012

  • 20 November

    174: Individual Identity In A Collectivist World (Brett On The Freedom Experiment)

    My recent discussion with Rodney Smith from The Freedom Experiment Podcast. Topics: -Collectivism in the African-America community -The myths of the Great Society -Obama -The forfeiting of individual identity -Coming to terms to be spanked and being a spanker -Nonviolent Communication -The problems in college athletics -Lessons of baseball Look Closer: The Freedom Experiment Podcast

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September, 2012

  • 12 September

    163: Critical Thinking Development and Emotional Intelligence

    It's good day for it. Topics: This morning I discovered a new website:, the homepage of The Critical Thinking Community. There's been a lot of talk on the show lately about the connection between critical thinking and emotional intelligence. And after searching through the site, I discovered the work of an educational psychologist named Linda Elder. I was very intrigued by her paper, Critical Thinking Development: A Stage Theory, so I thought I would turn it into a nice mp3 for you. Woven throughout the theory is a call to understand the roll emotional intelligence plays in effective and rational thinking, so I have also included some audio from an Objectivist writer and lecturer on philosophy named Dr.Diana Hsieh. ...

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August, 2012

  • 6 August

    155: No Child Left Behind (and Other Bi-Partisan Education Conspiracies)

    Topic: A follow-up to our recent shows about behaviorism and educational politics, this episode examines the origins of, and ideologies and motives behind the controversial (yet bi-partisan!) No Child Left Behind legislation of 2002, or 1989, or 1967, or 1933, or 1903, depending on where you start the story. Bumper Music: "Waiting For Superman" The Flaming Lips Look Closer: The No Child Left Behind Act: A Look at Provisions, Philosophies, and Compromises Origins and Purpose of "No Child Left Behind" A SHORT ANGRY HISTORY OF AMERICAN FORCED SCHOOLING The Political Economy of Collective Skill FormationPDF EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE TYRANNY RICH DAD: The Conspiracy Against Our Education, Why Money is not Taught in Our Schools EdWatch ...

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May, 2012

  • 6 May

    138: Cevin Soling – The War On Kids

    Cevin Soling, the director of the documentary The War On Kids joins me to discuss the film, his research and the pathologizing of normal youth behavior. Fortunately the 2009 film is now back in the news. Bumper Music: "Living In A Box" by Living In A Box Look Closer: Colbert Report The War On Kids (Trailer)

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February, 2014

  • 5 February

    Unreleased Video – The American Way Part 2: Triumph of the New Deal

    (A/V CLUB) UPDATE: This video will never be public. Please don't share it. If you are interested in spreading this message please share the original American Way video.

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  • 5 February

    Bulletproof Diet vs., Fun Recipes and More (with Wes)

    (A/V CLUB, Audio and Video Versions) - What we eat - what the government tells us to eat - some paleo/primal/low-carb dessert recipes - Brett helps an ex - juicing - GTD - sustainable living, is it necessary? - market distortions caused by schooling - more empathy for obese people - Eddie Murphy's childhood Related PostsBrett and Wes: Self-Assertiveness Pre-ShowTags: brett, wes, video, club, a/v, diet, bertrand, nutrition

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  • 5 February

    The P&TG/School Sucks Secret Show 2-1-14

    (A/V CLUB, Audio) Brett and Nick have an wonderfully awkward time discussing Julie Borowski and film editing choices. Then the Cosmic Board of Judges is formed to scout and validate internet talent. Ali arrives to defend Julie Borowski and Brett feels bad about criticizing her and capitulates. Then Andrew and Puke join the conversation and 80 more minutes of stuff happens. A somewhat useful life skills discussion begins around the 40-minute mark. The show concludes with Brett's "The British: Idiots of History" Speech (around 1:21:00). Warning: very graphic language Related PostsPreShow 2-14-13Tags: history, club, a/v, brett'sShit Has Gone Too Far (Bonus Content Preview)Tags: a/vPre-Show 8-2-12Tags: a/vPre-Show 7-19-12Tags: discussing, a/vPre-Show 2-7-13Tags: a/v, club

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January, 2014

  • 16 January

    Brett On Free Talk Live 1-15-14

    Disucussed: 15 Habits of Successful People :: Failure :: Fair Trials :: Difficulty of Changing the Judicial System :: Changing Beliefs :: Self-Actualizing People and Happiness :: Monarchy vs Democracy :: Critique :: Disconnected People :: Rhino Hunt :: Waking Up :: Positivity :: Losers and Polygamy :: Hard Work Related PostsRecent Additions, Brett On Free Talk Live (Video Highlight Playlist)Tags: talk, free, live, brettFarewell To Free Talk Live (7-30-14)Tags: people, talk, free, live, fairFree Talk Live "B-Team" 3-7-14Tags: brett, talk, live, freeBrett On Free Talk Live 2-5-14Tags: free, talk, live, brettVoicesTags: free, live, talk

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