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BustED Pencils; Fully Leaded Education Talk is a powerful radio show/podcast dedicated to public education. BustED Pencils is known for its commitment to the hard facts with a humorous twist. Hosts Dr. Tim Slekar and Dr. Johnny Lupinacci cover the “real” issues in education. The show establishes an alternative space and discusses education reform from an entirely progressive perspective. Our approach is funny, edgy, passionate, witty and gritty and features an array of guests. BustED Pencils explores the political and commercial influences behind education policy. We deliver trending education news without the jargon, and most importantly, we promote a vision of public schools that all children deserve. BustED Pencils appeals to ”your neighbor”—parents, grandparents, guardians, teachers, policymakers, taxpayers and students alike.

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Voicemails and Running For Office

November 21, 2023 at 08:00:00 PM UTC

Dr. Tim, Dr. Johnny, and Board Member Katie all together in 1 place. Sounds like a pretty esteemed group (and they are) but mainly they’re here to talk to you about how to run for office!

STOP Moms for Liberty – Round 2!

November 14, 2023 at 08:00:00 PM UTC

Dr. Tim and Dr. Johnny are once again joined by the indomitable leader of STOP Moms for Liberty to discuss their recent big win and the hard work ahead of them.

Stopping Moms for Liberty with Liz Mikitarian

November 7, 2023 at 08:00:00 PM UTC

Dr. Tim and Dr. Johnny are back! Are bustin’ more pencils than ever. This week they are joined by Liz Mikitarian STOP Moms for Liberty discusses the REAL reasons MFL formed and what her group is doing to stop it.

Educational Freedom with Marla Kilfoyle and NFPE

October 24, 2023 at 08:00:00 PM UTC

At first Tim was afraid. He was petrified. He kept thinking he could never host without Johnny by his side. But then he spent this episode thinking about how he’d been so wrong. And he grew strong. And he learned how to get along. So now he’s back! With Marla Kilfoyle!He’s just walked in to […]

Our Students Are Not Okay

October 17, 2023 at 08:00:00 PM UTC

Dr. Tim, Dr. Johnny, and Not-A-Dr. Anya discusses how the ongoing escalation in the Middle East is affecting students, teachers, and learning at large.

Indigenous Ways of Knowing

October 10, 2023 at 08:00:00 PM UTC

Dr. Tim and Dr. Johnny are joined by Four Arrows, an indigenous scholar who joins us to discuss what Indigenous wisdom tells us about schools, community, and more.

What’s Driving the System?

October 3, 2023 at 08:00:00 PM UTC

Guests Michael Fullan and Joanna Rizzotto join the team of Dr. Tim and Dr. Johnny to discuss some of the most pressing issues in education today – Who abandoned whom? Who’s leaving who behind? The teachers – or, the system itself?

A Generation at Risk

September 19, 2023 at 08:00:00 PM UTC

Tim and Johnny are here to discuss the new era of No Child Left Behind, a relic of an older time in education that some Republicans are trying to resurrect for their own benefit.

How To Save Wisconsin Education

September 12, 2023 at 08:00:00 PM UTC

Dr. Tim and Dr. Johnny are live from outside the state with in-state expert Ruth Conniff to discuss how Wisconsin public schools are under attack.

Pursuing Parallel Possibilities with Dr. Ethan Siegel

September 5, 2023 at 08:00:00 PM UTC

After a 9th grader asked him how to study parallel universes, Astrophysicist Ethan Siegel was appalled. Not at the question, but at the opening of the child’s letter: a 9th grader that has already been asked to choose the career of the rest of their lives. How do we handle this? Tim and Johnny are […]