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Latest Podcasts

July, 2018

  • 26 July

    The Deep Roots of the Current Information* Crisis – Skinner Layne and Moritz Bierling – Part 2 of 3 [PODCAST #571]

    * I'm using the word "information" very loosely. Skinner Layne and Moritz Bierling are back for a deeper drive into the current digital malaise and its varied and complicated roots. This malaise includes "fake news," information (or input) overload, social media fatigue, loss of privacy, no data ownership, etc... Skinner is the founder of Exosphere Academy and Moritz, formerly the Director of Research, now serves as an advisor. Exosphere Academy is a learning and problem solving community with 2-day traveling workshops and an 8-week residential program "to learn new skills, build exciting projects with other dynamic people, and jumpstart your new life & career." In our previous discussion we talked about an infinite game approach to the current digital crisis. ...

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June, 2018

  • 30 June

    How To Study History With Professor CJ [PODCAST #569]

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    (Recorded at the Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest) CJ Kilmer is a college history professor and the host of the acclaimed The Dangerous History Podcast. He has been one of the most frequently requested guests on School Sucks, so consider this show an icebreaker for future conversations. The History of CJ -CJ's origin story and influences -Surviving college with the "wrong" ideas -How to vet professors How To Study History -spotting bias and slant in academic books -collecting sources -comparing and synthesizing different perspectives -note-taking -Adler's How To Read A Book History Potpourri -Recovering from studying history in public school -missed opportunities to fall in love with history in school -the History of Public Education -embracing shock value in storytelling ...

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  • 27 June

    The Mind and Mindset of Scott Horton [PODCAST #568]

    (As explained by Scott Horton) Scott Horton is a well-known and widely respected author, broadcaster and US foreign policy analyst. I have always wanted to have Scott on the show, but despite the large overlap in our audiences there is little overlap in our topics of discussion. However, we were both speakers at the Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest, and I was presented with a unique opportunity to have a one-on-one chat. Event organizer Joe Moutard invited me to tag along as he shuttled Scott to the airport to catch a flight. With Scott in sitting the front, me settled in the back, Joe driving quickly and 90s hip hop on the radio, I began a series of off the ...

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  • 14 June

    Noah Tetzner – The Unschooler Podcast Star [PODCAST #567]

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    Noah Tetzner is 17. He left school last year to become an unschooler (it was his mother's idea!) and just a couple of months ago he launched The History of Vikings Podcast. The show was almost immediately successful; Noah has been invited to join a history podcast network, the show has thousands of listeners, he has made great connections with other historians of the Norseman and he is already being asked as a guest on other shows. Noah joins me today to talk about his passion for unschooling, how school destroys creative thinking, and how his life has blossomed away from school. He told me "between being in a school for 8 hours a day and all of the homework, ...

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  • 6 June

    James and Taylor Davis – A New Take On Peaceful Parenting [PODCAST #566]

    Peaceful parenting is a difficult term. There definitely seems to be some implicit judgment there. What's the alternative to peaceful parenting? Violent parenting? Thus it's understandable why many curious parents would find the label off-putting, as it might raise concerns they wouldn't be able to live up to certain standards in their relationships with their children. Taylor and James Davis have created a podcast to share their parenting journey, one filled with unexpected challenges, new questions and wonderful successes. At OneFreeFamily.com they offer a new take on peaceful parenting. As the parents of young 3 children, they share their story with honesty and vulnerability, but without prescriptions or harsh judgments. Interestingly, Taylor and James both earned teaching certificates in college ...

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Premium Content

April, 2018

  • 25 April

    [BONUS] Empathy Is Overrated? And the San Francisco Sons of Liberty

    An unreleased snapshot from School Sucks Across America. In early Novemeber 2017, I attended a "Friendsgiving" dinner party with School Sucks listeners and friends. Huge thanks to Darren and Mic for hosting and making sure I had a great time while in the Bay Area. Back in 2014, Darren actually bought me the Zoom h4 I used to record all the audio during the trip. So after people had a few drinks, I pulled it out, hit record and set it on the table (people were aware). This audio is edited; it features two portions of over three hours of lively conversation. Topics include: - A criticism of School Sucks? - Is empathy overrated - Alex Jones - California pot ...

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  • 20 April

    [BONUS] Michael Malice On Self-Discipline – Awkward Start Version

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    Podcast #559 with ten extra minutes at the beginning. Or click HERE. Michael Malice is an accomplished author, celebrity ghostwriter, Twitter provocateur, podcaster and cable news commentator. He joins me for what begins as a conversation about "health" and fitness practices, but then it evolves into a fascinating exploration of habit and self-discipline. I approached this personal development topic through the lens of fitness because Michael has expressed that the pursuit continues to be a challenge for him. I thought it would be more interesting to discuss a subject where Michael is trying to put the puzzle pieces together, versus one of his areas of expertise (anarchist philosophy, objectivism, North Korea and the New Right). For me, fitness has proven ...

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  • 11 April

    [BONUS] Fitness As A Foundation For A Productive and Prosperous Life

    (AUDIO, 103 MINUTES) This extremely detailed presentation is a continuation of the personal development conversations (The Long Bumpy Road...). In this episode Brett teams up with a competition power lifter named Larry to offer diet and exercise knowledge and advice to Andrew and James. Andrew is new to weightlifting; James is knowledgeable but currently in the process of getting restarted. We discuss diets vs. eating lifestyles, Brett and Andrew's AltShift macro-nutrient cycling experiment, low carb and keto, figuring out when and if the gym is right for you, workout splits, kettle bell training, plyometrics and band stretching, muscle building and DoggCrapp Training, setting goals, cardio questions, HIIT workouts, form and more Or click HERE

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March, 2018

  • 31 March

    [BONUS] The Long Bumpy Road… (Part 2)

    A continuation of The Long, Bumpy, Endless and Essential Road of Personal Development SEGMENT ONE (3-11-18) Optimizing personal finances Managing credit cards Accountability Professional Advancement - navigating around employer "stated preferences" and understanding what is needed The unexpected personal costs of financial mismanagement Weekly Goals A Freer Mind: The 5 step process of GTD and achieving presence SEGMENT TWO (3-18-18) GTD Implementation Overwhelm Weekly Reviews Connecting Vision to Long term goals, medium term goals, projects and actions Lacking vision and purpose Specifying Project outcomes The conversation then veers of course into a group invective about #MarchForOurLives, politics and intersectionality. Or click HERE Related PostsPre-Show 9-13-12Tags: a/vShit Has Gone Too Far (Bonus Content Preview)Tags: bonus, a/vHacky Sack 8-24-13Tags: a/vFood Is Not ...

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February, 2018

  • 27 February

    [BONUS] The Long, Bumpy, Endless and Essential Road of Personal Development

    Brett, Andrew and James Mastermind on a variety of personal development topics: Emotional Health, Fitness, Financial, Productivity, Organization, Focus Andrew identifies his reasons for wanting to improve: * Want to be confident in my decisions * Want to be more understanding * Want to master tasks and actions * Want to be successful * Want to stop squandering * Want to be more stable * Understand other's reasons How did each of us begin this journey? What are our strengths and weaknesses? (we tell each other) Or click HERE. Click HERE to jump to the right part of the video.

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