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Latest Podcasts

July, 2020

  • 20 July

    Isaac Morehouse – Burn Your Résumé [PODCAST #665]

    Isaac Morehouse is one of my favorite higher ed disrupters and he's here today to discuss the principles of the career launch platform. In a previous appearance, Isaac told us "degrees are dead." He's back with an update about another once-prized piece of paper quickly diminishing in value. But is resume-burning safe?! Listen to this episode to learn if this is good advice for you. Other options include throwing it away, or simply no longer sending it to people. The point is that for many industries and vocations, the résumé is an outdated mode of opening the right doors when launching or re-launching a career. Topics Include: - a Venn diagram for career planning - how obedience, conformity, and ...

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  • 17 July

    [preview] Ideological Purity Tests

    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. Today: In Pursuit of Utopia 5 - Committee of Public Safety The French Revolutionaries began by addressing genuine grievances and demanding liberation from oppressive structures. They declared equal rights for all men, and even addressed women's rights more than any other political movement had. Slavery was outlawed. But... once the new regime took power and killed the king, the people's rights were suspended in the name of national security. Neighbors ratted on neighbors, and blood filled the streets. Released Nov 17, 2019 on Patreon ...

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  • 15 July

    Zooming In and Zooming Out – Steve Patterson – 2 of 2 [PODCAST #664]

    Steve Patterson is an author, a philosopher, a polymath, and a frequent contributor to School Sucks. He is also the host of Patterson In Pursuit; his podcast is a rich collection of philosophical discussions and debates. I consider Steve to be one of "go-to" people in the world of ideas, and I always appreciate his takes on social and political hot topics. In the previous show, we looked back at the first half of what is proving to be a disastrous year for rational discourse. Today Steve and I are more solutions-oriented; we discuss a useful practice for more effective critical thinking. Steve's Book: Square One: The Foundations of Knowledge Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to ...

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Supporter-Only Content

April, 2020

  • 24 April

    [BONUS] Free Market Squad Exclusive: Nathan Fraser Interviews Brett

    My friend, copywriter and marketer, and Facebook World Champion Nathan Fraser and I discuss - how to stay focused and productive in times of high stress - Some tips on self-directed learning - are parents learning that homeschooling isn’t as bad as they thought it might be? - How this crisis might change the educational system for the better, parents being more involved, learning from home, people having access to the propaganda college professors try to keep behind closed doors

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  • 22 April

    [BONUS] Protest and Programming – AUTONOMY Mastermind 4-21-20

    The 1997 film Wag the Dog forever ruined photos like this for me. But if you've never seen Wag the Dog, enjoy this powerful piece of honest photojournalism. It allegedly shows nurses blocking protesters in Colorado, and more importantly, it clearly illustrates the ONLY two positions you can have on the COVID issue. So who's side are you on? The responsible science-and-medicine (dude has scrubs on!) heroes? Or the fat freedom-lovin' Trump-worshipers who are so angry and stupid that they're practically falling out of their gas-guzzling pickup trucks? What other choice could there be? A discussion about the current (largely misguided) lock-down protests, insulting media counter-narratives, use of celebrities in public perception management, competing groups of useful idiots, ideology, and ...

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  • 18 April

    [BONUS] Picture of the Month Club – April 2020 – Boogie Nights

    Installment #6 (AUDIO, 114 MINUTES) We felt that a Paul Thomas Anderson film was long overdue, and we both agreed that Boogie Nights had served as a very important stop on our personal film enthusiast journeys. Boogie Nights is an epic story of downfall (and possible redemption, but also possible continued downfall), set against the decadent and volatile adult film industry of the late 70s and early 80s. The film is both inspired and relentless, and it was a very impressive second feature for 27-year-old P.T.A. Important themes and elements we'll discuss: - Family: escaping dysfunction and building a new one; the unstable nature of synthetic families - Ego: how it interferes with human connection - Foreshadowing: how Anderson builds ...

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John Taylor Gatto

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Peter Gray - Self-Directed Education

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