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Episode 57: Renegade University Live from New Orleans



Renegade University continued the revolution in higher education in New Orleans earlier this month. Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Project helps me host a live podcast at the end of our third weekend. Big ideas and great people are such a wonderful mix, I can’t wait for the next one.
For full show notes, go to: thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/57


Episode 56: Shayne Lee



Shayne Lee is a professor of sociology at the University of Houston and the author of four books: Tyler Perry’s America: Inside His Films; Erotic Revolutionaries: Black Women, Sexuality and Popular Culture; Holy Mavericks: Evangelical Innovators and the Spiritual Marketplace; and T.D. Jakes: America’s New Preacher. He has appeared as a guest on CNN, ABC, and Fox, while also providing commentary in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Atlantic, Huffington Post, U.S.A. Today, CNN.com, Christian Science Monitor, and numerous other periodicals.
For full show notes, go to: thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/56


Episode 53: Swami Prem Niren



Swami Prem Niren, also known as Philip Toelkes, was the chief counsel for the Rajneesh spiritual organization and for its leader, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho. Niren is featured in the Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country, which covers the dramatic conflict in the 1980s between the Rajneesh community in Oregon and local, state, and federal governments. Niren now works as a counselor at his own practice, Niren Conscious Coaching. He is working on a book about his time with Osho.
For full show notes, go to: thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/53


Episode 52: Kliph Nesteroff



Kliph Nesteroff is the author of The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels & The History of American Comedy. His work has appeared in Vice, The New York Times, CNN, LA Weekly, and the National Post. He also worked as a stand-up comic for many years and he is the chief curator of George Carlin’s personal archive.
For full show notes, go to: thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/52


Episode 50: Nadine Strossen



Nadine Strossen is the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School. She was the president of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1991 to 2008, and has written, taught, and advocated extensively in the areas of constitutional law and civil liberties. Her newest book, HATE: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship, is available now on Kindle and for pre-order in hard cover.

For show notes, go to: thaddeusrussell.com/podcast/50


Episode 48: Dar Williams



Dar Williams is a musician and author. The New Yorker has described her as “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters.” Her latest album is the self-produced and critically acclaimed Emerald, and her new book, What I Found in a Thousand Towns, combines anthropological field work she conducted as a touring musician with scholarly research on the renaissance of American towns and small cities.