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Bringing a punk rock mindset to the classroom! Schools need passion, community, and some DIY attitude! Each week Mike Earnshaw (principal from Illinois) and Josh Buckley (teacher from Arizona) will discuss how punk rock shaped their education philosophy and show educators, punk or not, how they can bring a punk rock mindset into their classrooms and their schools!
 
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Season 3 Episode 05 – Let’s Get EmoOn this episode, Josh and Mike get emo and discuss emotional intelligence and psychological safety. How we recognize our own emotions and the emotions of other is an incredibly important part of working with students as an educator and in supporting and leading your staff as a school leader. Growing our own emotio…
 
The last year and a half has certainly been rough on teens across the country. But what else has it meant? Introspection? Growth? Connection? Action? For three high school students, all of the above. We hear from them about what it's really like to be a young person during the pandemic. Plus, how they're connecting with their community — and with t…
 
Since 2017, the podcast Ear Hustle has showcased the daily realities of life inside San Quentin State Prison in California. Eight seasons later, it's still going strong. Earlonne Woods is the show's co-host and co-producer. In 1999, he was sentenced to 31 years to life in prison. In November 2018, his sentence was commuted after 21 years served. Ni…
 
Last week, actor and producer Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his new film "Rust." The film's director, Joel Souza, was also hit and injured by a bullet and was hospitalized before being released. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees sent an email to its members alleging th…
 
If you've ever burnt your hand on a stove and someone told you it's "all in your head," they're technically not wrong. Our sensory receptors communicate with the brain to create the sensation of pain. But if pain is... painful, why do some of us seek it out?To find out, journalist Leigh Cowart interviewed ultramarathoners, spice aficionados, lovers…
 
The Freedom to Vote Act failed in the Senate this week. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the bill was an overreach by Democrats in an attempt to federalize elections. Members of the Trump administration clashed with the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. The committee recommended that former White House adviso…
 
As the power of Silicon Valley's tech companies has grown, so too has the number of people willing to air their dirty laundry. Facebook is the latest in the line of fire after whistleblower Francis Haugen's congressional testimony in early October. Apple is also reeling from an internal crisis. One of the organizers of the #AppleToo movement was fi…
 
Since the the Child Tax Credit went into effect in July, millions of children have been lifted out of poverty according to one study done by Columbia University. The program is set to end in a few weeks if Congress doesn't vote to make it permanent. But there's a fight unfolding around what a permanent Child Tax Credit should look like—and who shou…
 
Non-unanimous jury convictions are no longer constitutional according to a 2020 Supreme Court ruling. But earlier this year, the court decided the decision does not automatically apply retroactively to old cases. That's why more than 1,500 people in Louisiana are still imprisoned on non-unanimous verdicts — a law that originated in the Jim Crow era…
 
A new investigation by The Atlantic looks into Alden Global Capital, the secretive hedge fund that's gutted newsroom staff and owns more than 200 papers across the country including The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, and the New York Daily News. We speak to the reporter behind that investigation about what is lost when local newspapers are shu…
 
S3 Collaboration 01 with Gabbi BuckleyOne of the awesome things we would see in punk is at shows when musicians from different bands would join forces on stage or when one of your favorite punk singers would lend their growl to some gang vocals on another band's record.We wanted to create that same thing here at PRC.On this punk rock collaboration,…
 
Dave Grohl's shadow looms large over the music industry. He's the founder of the Grammy-winning rock group Foo Fighters. And he was the drummer for the groundbreaking grunge band Nirvana. His musical footprint is matched only by the life he's led. In his new book "The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music," Grohl recounts some of his life-changing m…
 
The Biden Administration's investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection is heating up. Former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen appeared before the committee to give testimony. Four other persons of interest have been subpoenaed this week and all have yet to appear. Approximately 78 percent of the country is now some degree of vaccinated. Reporti…
 
A major investigation by The Athletic has brought accusations of sexual and verbal harassment by coaches in the National Women's Soccer League to light. It prompted a weekend of game cancellations and calls for change. And when players returned to the field again last week, it was not to play as usual. How was this allowed to happen? And where does…
 
The CDC is amping up its plea for pregnant people to get vaccinated. Vaccination rates for pregnant people are far lower than those of the general public – fewer than one-third were vaccinated before or during their pregnancy despite pregnancy being on the CDC's list of conditions that increase the risk of contracting a severe case of COVID-19. Cli…
 
In the newest James Bond movie, "No Time to Die", the main villain in the film, Safin, has scars covering his face. This has been the case for many past Bond villains. But the trope isn't just limited to the Bond films. In Disney's "Black Widow," the main villain is revealed to have facial scarring covering her face. The same is true of the villain…
 
Last week, whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before Congress about Facebook's problems. A leaked trove of documents revealed that the company purposely hid research about its platform's negative effects on mental health in teenagers. Haugen also claimed that the company stoked division by allowing disinformation on the platform to go unchecked…
 
Season 3 Episode 04 – First Quarter Check-InJosh and Mike are wrapping up their first quarter of the 20-21 school year and they wanted to take a moment to share where they are at. They each discuss something they see as a success so far this school year, something they are struggling with, and something they want to work on for the next 9 weeks on …
 
A whistleblower has come forward to detail how Facebook's products "harm children, stoke division, and weaken democracy." Then, a worldwide outage of Facebook's products, including Instagram and WhatsApp, disrupted communication and business in multiple countries. A federal judge has placed a pause on Texas' draconian abortion restrictions. However…
 
The Indian Child Welfare Act was signed into law following decades of U.S. policies aimed at forcibly assimilating Native children — including sending them to boarding schools. Now, it's facing its most significant challenge yet: Brackeen v. Haaland. The case could be taken up by the Supreme Court this term. The second season of the podcast "This L…
 
The four-month-long stalemate over the fate of two big bills in Congress continues. Progressives refuse to budge on infrastructure until there's movement on a social policy package. Party leaders say Oct. 31 is the new deadline to act on these bills. But another huge deadline is on the horizon.The debt limit looms over both bills. Treasury Secretar…
 
The "Pandora Papers" investigation involves a massive leak of 12 million documents obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and examined by news organizations worldwide. These documents include private emails, spreadsheets, and other financial records. An analysis of the papers shows evidence of tax evasion and money la…
 
More than 20 animals and one plant were declared extinct by the Fish and Wildlife Service last week — one of the longer extinction announcements in the history of the agency. Declaring extinction is not as straightforward as you might think. Many of the species on this list likely disappeared decades ago but knowing for certain can be difficult. An…
 
S3 Reflection 04 - Mike on BoundariesOn this Punk Rock Reflection, Mike dives into work life balance and setting personal boundaries. We don’t need to be available 24/7 and we shouldn’t be. Striking that balance is key to being the best we can be when we are working and when we aren’t.So, get ready to draw the line and take some breaks.Intro/Outro …
 
When you think of Mt. Everest, you might picture towering, snow-covered peaks. But what do you hear? What does a snowstorm atop the world's highest peak actually sound like? Photographer and filmmaker Pete McBride has been photographing these wild places for years. But for his new book, he wants you to hear them, too. We ask him about the places he…
 
The Senate is expected to vote on a revamped spending bill that would forestall a government shutdown at the end of the week. In the face of Republican resistance, Democrats have left action on the debt limit out of the bill. Vaccine production and use continue to develop. The first booster shots for the elderly and high-risk individuals were admin…
 
On Monday, Facebook announced it was pausing the development of Instagram Kids — a service designed for children 13 and under. The move comes after a Wall Street Journal investigation revealed Facebook's own internal research about how its platforms are negatively impacting the mental health of young users. On Thursday, the Senate Commerce Committe…
 
The Biden Administration is attempting to curtail an uptick in ransomware attacks on American businesses. In June, the world's largest meat processing company was hit by a ransomware group and paid $11 million dollars to resume its operations. And in May, the Colonial Pipeline Company was attacked, disrupting gas supplies to the east coast for a we…
 
S3 Punk Rock Reflection 03 – Josh on Resilience and ReactionsOn this Punk Rock Reflection, Josh digs a little deeper into his conversation with Mike from our last episode. Sometimes serendipity strikes and you are hit with the right quote and the right thing to read and after our last episode Josh came across a excerpt from Elena Aguilar’s book Onw…
 
The FDA authorized a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine for people aged 65 and older. The company is also claiming that its vaccine is safe for children. Dr. Anthony Fauci says it could be available in "weeks," in time for Halloween. Haitian migrants are crammed into a tent city at the Texas border. Some have taken refuge under a bridge for more th…
 
A now-infamous tweet by rapper Nicki Minaj is the latest example of false messaging about the COVID-19 vaccines. It's reignited a conversation about how to fight vaccine misinformation online — and whether calling it out actually works. And it's not just those outside the medical establishment who are hesitant or actively spreading false informatio…
 
You may have been one of the many people recently glued to their screen watching Amazon's "LuLaRich" documentary. The series uncovers the rise and fall of the multi-level marketing clothing business LuLaRoe. The documentary exposed the inner workings of the MLM business model. These companies recruit contractors to sell their products and recruit m…
 
What role can schools play in making the country greener and cleaner? Public schools serve nearly one in six Americans, and a new commission concludes the role of schools in the U.S. has yet to be clearly defined. The K12 Climate Commission from the Aspen Institute seeks to make amends. Its report lays out a path that would see schools successfully…
 
According to AARP, at least 186,000 nursing home residents and staff have died from COVID-19. For many, the pandemic has exposed cracks in our long-term care system — such as staffing shortages and unenforced rules. Some have seen those cracks for much longer. Most Americans prefer to age at home, according to a 2018 AARP survey. But the need for f…
 
Season 3 Episode 03 – ReactionsIt seems like we are all dealing with a lot this year. That instead of the normal juggling we do as educators we are actually juggling flaming chainsaws. You might have noticed that you're quickly going from zero to sixty. Or in Spinal Tap fashion, we go right to eleven. How we react is one thing we can work on. We ar…
 
Carmelo Anthony has spent his adulthood at the top of the NBA. He was drafted in 2003 after leading Syracuse University to an NCAA championship win his freshman year. Since then, the ten-time NBA all-star has worked his way onto the league's list of all-time scorers. But after nearly two decades in the NBA, Anthony wants to be known as more than a …
 
One in 500 Americans has died of COVID-19. Intensive Care Units in many states, especially in the South, are critically full, causing those without the disease to wait to see a physician or receive treatment. House Democrats prepped a plan to bump the corporate tax rate to pay for President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion infrastructure package. Despite …
 
Congress is back in session and one of its most important tasks now is to figure out how to pay for President Joe Biden's $3.5 trillion dollar plan to expand the social safety net. Democrats hope to fund it by raising taxes for wealthy corporations and individuals, which Republicans are pushing back on. So how does Congress move forward? Want to su…
 
A week after the Supreme Court declined to block Texas' new abortion restrictions, the Justice Department sued the state of Texas. Attorney General Merrick Garland, who announced the lawsuit, says the statute is unconstitutional. We talk about the new lawsuit — and answer your questions about the most restrictive abortion law in the country. Want t…
 
As the delta variant rages on, President Joe Biden says he will issue an executive order that would require certain businesses to mandate the Covid-19 vaccine for their employees. There's a high likelihood this move will spur legal challenges, and it also raises the question of what the federal government can and can't mandate. Biden's executive or…
 
S3 Punk Rock Reflection 02 – Mike: PivotOn this Punk Rock Reflection, Mike talks about the need to pivot. How sometimes the unexpected happens and we have to change the whole game plan and do a 180. Educators are flexible and we need to be able to make that change in order to overcome what’s in our way, support our students and staff, and ourselves…
 
It's wedding season... during a pandemic. Many couples set their eyes on 2021 to host their big day with hopes of a semi-normal summer after a year of uncertainty. That normal summer didn't come, but still, nearly half of couples with wedding dates in 2020 postponed their receptions until 2021 according to a study by The Knot. That means we're seei…
 
As the new school year starts, current cases of Covid-19 have now topped 40 million. A fourth of these cases are children. President Joe Biden warned the nation of a "code red" climate emergency. His administration is laying out a solar plan to provide half of the nation's electricity by 2050. Meanwhile, the Taliban has named its interim cabinet as…
 
As we near the 20-year anniversary of the September 11th attacks, many Americans are reflecting on that moment and its fallout. For Muslim Americans, that fallout included a rise in Islamophobia. Hate crimes against Muslims spiked 500 percent from 2000-2009, according to data from Brown University. Our panel of experts reflects on the anti-Muslim d…
 
In less than a week, Californians will head to the polls in a recall election to decide the fate of their governor, Gavin Newsom. It's the second recall of a California governor in the state's history and 46 candidates are hoping to take his job — including conservative talk show host Larry Elder, reality television star Caitlyn Jenner, and financi…
 
At the age of 18, a Yemeni man named Mansoor Adayfi says he was traveling in Afghanistan when he was kidnapped and sold to the CIA by Afghan warlords. The U.S. government had distributed flyers across the region offering bounties in exchange for "suspicious people." He became "Detainee 441" and was held without charge at Guantánamo Bay Detention Ce…
 
The world of work has inspired some of our best-known classical music. From Schumann to Shostakovich, to one of the most respected American classical composers of the twentieth century: Aaron Copland. For Labor Day, Copland is our focus. Leonard Bernstein called him "the best we've got." Works like "Appalachian Spring," "Rodeo," "A Lincoln Portrait…
 
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