Episode 07 - Mark Bettencourt on Alternatives to Academia and Schrödinger's Authority Figure

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 Lindsay and Mark demonstrate what it takes to be an intellectual.

Lindsay and Mark demonstrate what it takes to be an intellectual.

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I recommended that Mark should read Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire. Mark talked about Frederick Cooper's Colonialism in Question. In our discussion, we touched on the article "The Academy's Dirty Secret." This article is about the tenuous nature of adjuncting. This article is about what adjuncts to do make ends meet, teaching at multiple campuses and trying to get tenure-track jobs. This article is about controversial historian Steven Salaita and his lawsuit against the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. We briefly discussed Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States. Here are some reviews of Zinn, including one by Eric Foner. We talked about boyinaband's video "Don't Stay in School," which helped inspire my post about multilingual education. This article is about Johns Hopkins reducing its number of Ph.D. students.

Mark would listen to "Gay Bar" by Electric 6 for the rest of his life. Both Lindsay and Mark love Bo Burnham and his specials "Words, Words, Words" and "what."


Mark recommended Creatures of Empire by Virginia DeJohn Anderson and the movie Chappie.
Lindsay recommended episode 65 of the Cracked Podcast, "Why Pop-Culture Hates Poor People."
The outro song was "Wake Me Up" by Crown the Empire.