Alan Miller & Dr. David Overbey

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Greetings Pod People!

My apologies for the long stretch of silence here.  The IFPR studios underwent a bit of a technology collapse this year with far too many pieces of equipment malfunctioning or completely breaking (like the OS hard drive in the studio computer, the sound card, a main microphone, and the best mic preamp).  We are slowly pulling things back together and as you can see from your RSS feed new episodes are still trickling up for your enjoyment.  There will be some missing and/or late episodes because of these technical problems (including the one after the election for which a third of the audio is corrupted) but we're back up to date with last week's episode uploading tonight and a new episode recording tonight.  Please stick with us and e-mail us with any questions or comments.  - A

Monday, April 4, 2016

Continuing Discussion of Anti-intellectualism

Related links to our rambling talk:

More people should not go to college and should be able to find meaningful employment without a 4 year degree.  From PBS  From Slate

From the Washington Post:
...[H]ere’s what the Republican Party of Texas wrote into its 2012 platform as part of the section on education:

Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

Yes, you read that right. The party opposes the teaching of “higher order thinking skills” because it believes the purpose is to challenge a student’s “fixed beliefs” and undermine “parental authority.”

Beshear on Bevin's cuts to higher education.
Stumbo on Bevin's cuts to higher education.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

OK, we're up to episode 171 and I'm not going to fill in all the links to the episodes that have come since the last one I posted way back whenever that was.  Please find us on iTunes and subscribe or go to to download individual episodes if you hate iTunes.  You can also put this RSS feed in whatever alternative podcast catcher you use.