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March, 2020

  • 13 March

    [preview] Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Picture of the Month Club #5)

    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. (FULL 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, ...

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  • 9 March

    Advocating For Educational Freedom (With Marc Clair) [PODCAST #647]

    Today I answer a series of school vs. education questions from Marc Clair and his Lions of Liberty audience, including how self-directed education is far more productive and far more fulfilling, whether for adults or children. The downloadable version of The Ideas Into Action Summit is now available. Visit to learn more about the presenters, topics, bonus materials and encore presentation. Please Support School Sucks We do cool things! Thanks to your support. School Sucks is one of the longest running liberty-minded podcasts on the web, and the only one completely devoted to the issue of education (versus public school and college). Your support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options ...

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  • 6 March

    [preview] #Happiness911 – The Discomfort Zone s02e15

    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. Actually, your enjoyment today cannot be guaranteed. Have you ever listened to something because it was so bad and you just wanted to see what was going to happen next? This audio is kind of like that, but nothing ever happens. The most recent episode of The Discomfort Zone is out: (s03e06)Discomfort Phone. But I can't preview it here due to its personal nature. Instead you'll hear an agonizing clip from this earlier episode: The Discomfort Zone (s02e15) #Happiness911 Released September 12th, 2019 on ...

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  • 4 March

    Don’t Pursue Your Passion? (With Jim Hood) [PODCAST #646]

    Part Three of the Test Drive Your Future college and career guidance series. In the previous episode we covered some questions we'd love to see more young people ask themselves: - Have you ever stopped to reflect on how you became who you are? To question your values, beliefs, where they came from? - Once you stop to think about it, is that what you really want? Or who you really are? Today, we discuss how applying self-discovery to career can actually be a serious misstep for young people. It's the familiar debate between passion and practicality. And while I say you ultimately want to be following your passions, you can't always start there. As Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe ...

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August, 2019

  • 22 August

    [BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia – Episode 3 – Noble Lies

    Daniel McCarthy and I continue on monthly discussion on the history of Utopian visions and their consequences. In this episode: "The development from Aquinas through Locke and Newton represents more than four hundred years of stumbling, tortuous, prodigious effort to secularize the Western mind, i.e., to liberate man from the medieval shackles. It was the buildup toward a climax: the eighteenth century, the Age of Enlightenment. For the first time in modern history, an authentic respect for reason became the mark of an entire culture; the trend that had been implicit in the centuries-long crusade of a handful of innovators now swept the West explicitly, reaching and inspiring educated men in every field. Reason, for so long the wave of ...

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  • 8 August

    [BONUS] Picture of the Month Club – August 2019 – The King of Comedy

    Installment #2 (AUDIO, 160 MINUTES) Dutch and Brett dive extremely deep into Martin Scorsese's obscure 1982...comedy? Not exactly. The King Of Comedy is a dark and uncomfortable film, very difficult to watch in many parts. It stars Robert de Niro as a troubled loner obsessed with the idea of fame. But why? What's driving him? And what price is he willing to pay to achieve what he thinks he wants? While de Niro received minimal praise for his portrayal of Ruppert Pupkin, Martin Scorsese commented that he believed it to be de Niro's best performance in any of their collaborations. Also explored is the psychology of Ruppert, and his connections to other tortured protagonists like Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver ...

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July, 2019

  • 30 July

    [BONUS] The Discomfort Zone (s02e13) – This Is A Tough One.

    There is no appropriate, respectful description for this show, other than it's an exploration of how to un-thread (and preserve) positive memories from painful ones (that need to be processed), and that it's the most difficult conversation you've ever heard us have.

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  • 21 July

    [BONUS] In Pursuit of Utopia – Episode 2 – Illumination

    Daniel McCarthy and I continue on monthly discussion on the history of Utopian visions and their consequences. In this episode: In the 17th century a small group of religious luminaries built a colonial society around the mission of preparing their tremulous followers for ascension to heaven. In the 18th century, an even smaller group of scientific and political luminaries draw up plans to bring about their conception of heaven on Earth. In the following episode, we'll discuss how these two visions collide in the new world. About Your Instructor: Danny is a 24-year-old SSP listener, blogger and researcher, and the author of an upcoming book on the historical pursuit of utopia. About This Series: In the 21st century, we're living ...

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CORE TOPIC - Why does school suck?

John Taylor Gatto

CORE TOPIC - What does real learner-driven education look like?

Peter Gray - Self-Directed Education

The realization that school sucks actually marks the beginning of a new and exciting educational journey.

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