EP 161: Social Culture Warriors

Patrick invites Cassidy Robinson of the podcast, Jabber and the Drone, to discuss how YouTube helped reignite the culture wars that lay dormant for a decade.  We run through how electoral politics have become social politics and how regulation and gate keeping can help clean up the algorithmic mess of social media and streaming services.

Notes

Jabber and the Drone podcast

History on Trial: Culture Wars and the Teaching of the Past

The ‘Intellectual Dark Web’ Is Just Rehashing History on Trial: Culture Wars and Old P.C. Controversies in New Media

Meet the Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web

HOW MEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ARE FINDING UNLIKELY ALLIES IN NEW ATHEISM: #METOO, THE MANOSPHERE, AND THE “CHURCH OF FEMINISM”

Mattress Protest and Its Aftermath

Columbia Settles With ‘Mattress Girl’ Victim, Who Is Not Mattress Girl, Somehow

Facebook’s Alleged Role in Myanmar’s Violence Is “Deeply Concerning,” Says Facebook’s News Feed Chief

Exclusive: YouTube ran ads from hundreds of brands on extremist channels

Roger Ailes’ Secret Nixon-Era Blueprint for Fox News

Dan Savage It Gets Better NPR

 

EP 160: The Uncanny Tax-Men

Dennis and Patrick delve into their Economic textbooks and attempt to explain the American tax system, Modern Monetary Theory, The Two Santa System, school district funding, student loan crisis and why deficits never mattered.

MMT Again

Modern Monetary Theory Explained

The Deficit Doesn’t Matter

Two Santa Clauses or How The Republican Party Has Conned America for Thirty Years

Cardi B: Here’s where your tax money is going

Why America’s Schools Have A Money Problem

Property Tax System is Killing American Public Schools

How Tax Breaks Help the Rich

Seattle Corporate Tax Fight

Has Student Loan Debt Reached A Crisis Point?

EP 157: Ready Player One

Patrick is joined by guest host and fellow teacher, Jesse Kiefer from @jessekiefer  the Grawlix Podcast to discuss the concepts in Ernest Cline’s book Ready Player One.  We discuss the themes of pop culture overdosing, the future of education, and the inherent dangers of big tech.  

It is All Elseworlds

Why are we trying to create Ready Player One’s terrifying, nostalgia-fueled dystopia?

Ready Player One: Ernest Cline on how his gamer fantasy became a Spielberg film

Ready Player One’ is a terrible book and it will be a terrible movie

Why won’t 541,000 young Japanese leave the house?

Study: Virtual schools tend to attract and harm lowest-performing students

Laptops And Phones In The Classroom: Yea, Nay Or A Third Way?

EP 156: Very Online Problems

Patrick is joined by guest host Hinton to have a wide-ranging conversation about the areas in which internet subculture bleed into American political culture.

Gamergate

Timeline of Gamergate

Comicsgate Is Gamergate’s Next Horrible Evolution

Gamergate vs. Trump

What the Alt-Right Learned from the Left

Worst of Reddit

Reddit Bans ‘Incel’ Group for Inciting Violence Against Women

Exclusive: Reddit Says It’s Cooperating With Russia Investigations. They’ve Handed Over Zero Documents.

EP 144: The 25th Amendment

This week we discuss how the president can is able to launch nuclear weapons, codes, bombers, footballs included.  How the heck did we get the 25th amendment and more importantly how does it really work?  Should we really trust the “generals” and what the hell happens when Trump tries to fire Robert Mueller?  

Raven Rock how the government will survive nuclear war

The 25th Amendment explained: how a president can be declared unfit to serve

Waiting for World War III

15 Minutes:  General Curtis LeMay and the Countdown to Nuclear Annihilation

John Kelly Intercept

Power without Constraint: The Post-9/11 Presidency and National Security

The Constitution does not have a do-over clause

Article One of the United States Constitution

EP 143: Werewolf Study Session

Patrick invites oldest and best friend of the show Professor Winston Conrad of the Red Lodge podcast to discuss all things lycanthropy.  What do werewolves have in connection to the witch trials? Why no chick werewolves?  How awesome is the Howling?  

Show Notes

The Book of Werewolves: Being an Account of a Terrible Superstition

A Lycanthropy Reader 

15-Minute History: Episode 55: Witch-hunting in Early Modern Europe

The Howling Film review Rotten Tomatoes 

Winston Conrad’s Website

 

EP 135: Teaching 1984 in 2017

This week Dennis and Patrick explore how they teach 1984.  Is it a true literary work of fiction or is it a science fiction masking a philosophical treatise?   How well does French existentialism marry with Orwellian thought?  How does one teach 1984 under the era of Trumpism?

Anti-Semite and Jew

1984 Explainer

Teaching 1984 Lesson Plans

A Complete Reading of George Orwell’s 1984: Aired on Pacifica Radio, 1975

Teaching 1984 in 2016