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Latest Podcasts

May, 2020

  • 29 May

    [preview] What Is No Country For Old Men?

    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. Picture of the Month Club - May 2020 - No Country For Old Men Installment #7 (AUDIO, 116 MINUTES) "The crime you see now, it's hard to even take its measure. It's not that I'm afraid of it. I always knew you had to be willin' to die to even do this job. But, I don't want to push my chips forward and go out and meet somethin' I don't understand. A man would have to put his soul at hazard. He'd have to ...

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  • 26 May

    Can the World Finally Disentangle School and Education? [PODCAST #657]

    Matt Shumski is a former public school social studies teacher and a current School Sucks listener. You're going to love his story! He's currently pursuing a graduate degree from the College of Education at The University of Oregon, and he also served as a core staffer at The Hive - a blog and self-directed learning resource for teens. Recently Matt published an essay on the Hive called How COVID-19 Can Disentangle School From Education He's here today to discuss his research, his outlook, and much much more. The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Email me at [email protected] to get it for 30% off Visit THIS LINK to learn more about the presenters, topics, bonus ...

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  • 26 May

    [preview] The End Justifies the Means

    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. A lot can happen in 20 minutes on an episode of In Pursuit of Utopia: we discuss Marshall McLuhan, cybernetics, the "crisis of democracy," Rules For Radicals, utopian socialism, and Donald Trump. (FULL AUDIO: 99 MINUTES) In Pursuit of Utopia (Episode 9) New Harmony and Beyond Kevin Cole joins Danny and Brett once again to wrap-up the exploration of New Harmony. Discussed: - After its collapse, was New Harmony (or the broader work of Owen) cited by later social planners, philosophers, etc.? In what ...

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Supporter-Only Content

March, 2020

  • 12 March

    [BONUS] Picture of the Month Club – Terminator 2: Judgement Day

    Installment #5 (AUDIO, 109 MINUTES) Is T2 is the best action film ever made? Thirteen-year-old Brett Veinotte thought so! It's certainly one of the most impressive sequels. Directed by James Cameron and released in 1991, T2 set a new standard for blockbuster films. Some of the (mind-boggling by 1991 standards) special effects might look a bit dated today, but there are numerous reasons this film has stood the test of time. We'll discuss... the story laid out in The Terminator and Terminator 2, and the predestination paradox, but we don't get stuck here forever what is the film trying to say about humanity, destiny, and hope? the character arcs of Sarah Connor and the T-800 (Arnold) Why the film's score ...

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  • 6 March

    The Discomfort Zone (s03e06) Discomfort Phone

    Brett and Andrew offer what is undoubtedly masterful dating and romantic relationship advice to Andrew's long-time friend Amy. Amy repeatedly becomes involved with men who are beneath her league. Why does she do it? And how can she stop? Think of it as The Bachelorette meets Nathaniel Branden's Psychology of Romantic Love meets Amy, as she meets the most unimpressive men in Western Pennsylvania over and over again.

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February, 2020

  • 29 February

    [BONUS] AUTONOMY Mastermind – February 18th, 2020

    Featuring Richard Grove and 15 Autonomy students. - Rich and I warm up with some marketing talk. - Then Rich and I discuss the current vaccine controversy in CT. - Messaging without massaging: A thought experiment and discussion about the actual effectiveness of InfoWars. - Feedback from an AUTONOMY participant on some advice I gave several weeks back. How to move from inertia into action. Related Posts[BONUS] An Unscheduled Q&A With Richard Grove and Brett VeinotteTags: autonomy, discussion, grove, richard, bonus, rich, action, a/v[BONUS] AUTONOMY Mastermind - January 7th, 2020Tags: autonomy, discuss, grove, richard, featuring, bonus, mastermind, students, talk, rich[BONUS] Autonomy Mastermind - December 3rd, 2019Tags: autonomy, mastermind, students, grove, richard, bonus, featuring, discussion, a/vPre-Show 9-11-13Tags: a/v, rich, grove, richard[BONUS] ...

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John Taylor Gatto

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