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Latest Podcasts

May, 2018

  • 24 May

    Star Wars Double Feature [PODCAST #565 – FREE A/V]

    I have some announcements about content and travel. And I have attached a couple Star Wars-related audios from the bonus section for your enjoyment. 1. [BONUS] How To Star Wars – Rogue One and A New Order Recorded December 18th, 2016 (1 hour, 8 minutes) Stephanie Murphy and Brian Sovryn (sexandsciencehour.com) join me in-studio for a live discussion about Star Wars Rogue One and the broader Star Wars universe. Is there a better order than Machete Order or Episode Order to watch all eight films? How do Brian and I rank all eight films (you might be surprised!!) And why does Stephanie dislike Star Wars? 2. [BONUS] The After School Sucks Special Recorded November 1, 2012 (23 minutes) Disney is ...

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  • 18 May

    LIVE In New Orleans With Thad and Brett [PODCAST #564]

    The tense and truculent final event of Renegade University and School Sucks Project Present A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell. Attendees grab the mic and question us on the following topics: Jason - Foreign policy and the military: how to close the physical and psychological distance between America and its enemies? Norm - Higher education: how do you introduce opposing and uncomfortable ideas to people who are not seeking them out? Joel - Altruism vs. selfishness, and reconciling Thad's "politics of self interest" with Brett's "intelligent selfishness;" integrity and moralism, the Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, Non-violent communication Brit - Parenting: the challenges of co-parenting with an authoritarian helicopter parent Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. ...

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  • 9 May

    Joanne Kaminski – What Children Need To Fall In Love With Reading [PODCAST #563]

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    Today, the story of a public school teacher who eventually found a much better way to connect with and teach young people. Joanne Kaminski joins me to discuss her path into and out of public school teaching, why she left, and the advantages of online tutoring she has discovered. We'll also cover some of her methods, so this conversation might be helpful to parents of children who are struggling with reading proficiency and interest. Joanne is the mother of 3 girls, a former public school teacher, and she now runs a successful tutoring company called The Online Reading Tutor. Joanne also has a blog called Become an Online Tutor, where she teaches others to enter this field and to thrive. ...

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  • 3 May

    Is Guilt Useful? Is Narcissism Natural? – With Thaddeus Russell [PODCAST #562]

    This is a follow-up to Podcast #558: God, Grant Me the Serenity. Thad's presentation in that episode produced a lot of upset among listeners, and there were several aspects of the conversation that left me feeling unsatisfied. I invited Thad back to address this lack of satisfaction, along with some listener feedback to our first conversation. Topics: - Why Thad and I weren't connecting in the first discussion - Shame and guilt are information - All behavior is narcissistic? - Empathy - Ayn Rand on altruism - Differing ideas about integrity - Nathaniel Branden and the Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Listener Input: Scott M. - I thought it was a fascinating conversation. I think the premise of Thad’s that I ...

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April, 2018

  • 26 April

    Find Your Focus With Ambition Mapping – With Zak Slayback, Part 2 [PODCAST #561]

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    (Part Two of Two) Zak Slayback returns for a marathon discussion on how to set and make progress towards meaningful personal and professional goals. Recorded April 9th in Pittsburgh, PA in the studio of good friend Andrew Mercer. I was really happy Andrew joined us; he added some great stories and thoughtful questions related to his own productivity journey. The first conversation focused on deschooling - how to unlearn and discard certain limiting beliefs that interfere with professional success and fulfillment. Today we go into detail on how to find your focus with "Ambition Mapping" - Zak's process for goal setting. Productivity - Being busy vs. being productive: what is the highest priority? - Andrew's productivity quest, Getting Things Done ...

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Premium Content

February, 2018

  • 4 February

    [BONUS] The Trials of A Young Autodidact

    (AUDIO, 1 HOUR, 45 MINUTES) Twenty-two-year-old Danny McCarthy showed up at A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell in August and impressed a lot of people. He had traveled to Salem, MA from Cleveland. Then he and his girlfriend Alice camped three miles away from the event. His story brought Thad to tears. The experience left me wanting to learn more about him. He worked in a pizza parlor. He didn't go to college. He was extremely intelligent and well-read. On October 26th in Columbus Ohio, I got a chance to sit down with Danny, along with Alice, Alex Bell and Drew Sample. And I learned a lot. Or click HERE.

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January, 2018

  • 27 January

    [BONUS] High School Janitor Confidential

    (AUDIO, 62 MINUTES) Michael works as a custodian in a public STEM high school in the western United States. Recently he started listening to the School Sucks Podcast and he wanted to share some of his observations from the inside. He offers some fascinating and uncomfortable insights (both big picture and small) on public schooling, which he refers to as a "subsidized pyramid scheme." He also has an impressive personal story beyond his job. We'll discuss it in the show. Or click HERE:

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  • 24 January

    [BONUS] Episode 540 Extras: Pre-Show, Outtakes, and Brett’s San Francisco Driving Meltdown

    (AUDIO, 45 MINUTES) This audio picks up at the end of the regular show. It includes a pre-show in which we discuss Conspira-Tour! Specifically Dealey Plaza and the JFK assassination. This is followed by a couple of outtakes that didn't fit in with the conversation I wanted to present. There is some commentary from me, attempting to clear up contradiction and confusion. Finally, you'll get an unreleased drive journal, back from early November in which I experience a small meltdown as I arrive in San Francisco. Make sure you listen to the regular show! HERE Or click HERE Related Posts[PODCAST] #540: School Sucks Across America - ConclusionTags: a/v, audio, ulbrick, nick, grove, richardPre-Show 9-11-13Tags: a/v, episode, pre-show, grove, richard

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  • 15 January

    [BONUS] The Deep End 024 – With Richard Grove and Kevin Cole

    (#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY TWO - OCTOBER 16 - Hartford, CT) This is one of my favorite Deep End episodes. Even though it was filmed three months ago, it features several topics that are always worth revisiting and many that are becoming increasingly relevant. Title: The Deep End episode 024 Date Filmed: October 16, 2017 | Published: October 30, 2017 Featuring: Brett Veinotte, Kevin Cole, Richard Grove Guest’s webpage: SchoolSucksProject.com Topics: Brett’s “School Sucks Across America Tour” (going on now), the new civil war, Trump and media, Thinking Fast and Slow (book), and Creating and Launching Digital Products as demonstrated in the Entrepreneur Expertise group Video Link: vimeo.com/240423052 Password: TheDeepEnd024 Or click HERE.

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December, 2017

  • 28 December

    [BONUS] Wheels Off Liberty Reunion – UNEDITED

    (#SchoolSucksAcrossAmerica - DAY THIRTY-FOUR - NOV 17 - Ardmore, OK) WARNING: This sucks worse than the actual show does. With 35 additional minutes of behind the scenes, out-takes and other material deemed not good enough for the final cut (believe it or not). Or click HERE to download. View all shows from School Sucks Across America View all shows from Brett On Wheels Off Liberty Related Posts066: School Sucks/Wheels Off Liberty Simul-(pod)-cast, AKA The Wheels Off Liberty Sucks PodcastTags: liberty, wheels, school, sucks, warning, maddux, crane, mike, jamie[PODCAST] #535: The Wheels Off Liberty ReunionTags: school, sucks, a/v, wheels, liberty, bonus, view, brett, mike, reunionWheels Off Liberty #95Tags: liberty, jamie, wheels, craneWheels Off Liberty #91Tags: liberty, wheels, crane, jamieWheels Off Liberty ...

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