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February, 2014

  • 10 February

    Podcast #263: The Libertarian Homeschooler – A Discussion With Ana Martin

    Today I am joined by Ana Martin, who has built a Facebook following of over 40,000 people at The Libertarian Homeschooler. Discussion Outline: -Were you a homeschooler who found libertarian or vice versa? -What/who led to you to (whichever came first)? -Austrian economics -How does the philosophy of liberty inform your educational environment? -Have you found challenges in developing a consistent philosophy of parenting and education? -Recommendations to parents who are starting to question traditional or compulsory schooling? -How have you incorporated the Trivium?(methods/resources/successes/challenges) -History discussions through the lenses of economics and motivations -Developmental stages (Sayers): Poll-Parrot, the Pert, and the Poetic Look Closer: The Well-Trained Mind - - T&H Trivium Resources - The Lost Tools ...

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January, 2014

  • 28 January

    Podcast #259: From Libertarianism to Liberalism – How Does That Work?

    A (close to) real-time reaction to an article from Listen as I try to maintain my composure while reading and analyzing a piece by Scott Parker called Confessions of a former Libertarian: My personal, psychological and intellectual epiphany. Despite my best efforts to do this in one take, the show contains three edits.

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  • 14 January

    Podcast #256: 2 Weird Tips To Make School Suck Less

    Today I am joined by a new listener named Duncan, a high school senior from Virginia who has devoted some his own time and curiosity to the question: what is school good for? In our conversation we'll cover some of his tested strategies for making high school tolerable and even enjoyable at times, and a smarter approach to a college education. Look Closer: Duncan's Blog: The Question Academy -

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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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  • 22 September

    A/V CLUB: Full Unedited Video of the “Behold A Dictator” Discussion (Parts 1 and 2), With Thaddeus Russell

    Podcast #297: Behold A Dictator (1 of 2) - The Brains Trust Part 7 in the survey series, A Renegade History Course. This is a live discussion with historian Thaddeus Russell, the author of A Renegade History of the United States. Antigone Darling of Sex, Lies & Anarchy co-hosts. Discussed Today: -Objectivism vs. Relativism -The organic connection between Nazi Germany and New Deal America -What is Thad’s problem with science? -How church and state destroy community -Corporatism parallels between the US, Italy and Germany -Was the New Deal Fascist? -The Brains Trust (FDR) -American eugenics Podcast #305: Behold A Dictator (2 of 2) - Good Taste and Good Breeding Part 8 in the survey series, A Renegade History Course. This ...

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