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BustED Pencils

BustED Pencils

Listen Live: Monday - Friday 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Host: Civic Media

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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Its just Johnny, Tim, and the latest hits in education news, namely the so-called ‘science’ of reading.

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May 14, 2024


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It’s almost like putting the tests ahead of the students was a bad idea… Join Dr. Johnny on a solo show with guest Dr. Amanda Fraiser as they discuss the wide differences between the charter school conundrum from Wisconsin to Tennessee to Washington. Dr. Amanda Fraiser is a well-published researcher who has been in and […]

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May 13, 2024


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Dr. Tim Slekar and Dr. Johnny Lupinacci, along with guest Teacher Hallie, dive into the profound impact of educators during Teacher Appreciation Week. They share personal anecdotes and heartfelt tributes to teachers who have significantly influenced their lives, underscoring the transformative power of education. The conversation extends beyond mere appreciation as they critically examine the […]

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May 8, 2024


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Continuing Teacher Appreciation Week, Dr. Tim and Dr. Johnny are excited to welcome Dr. Diane Ravitch to the program! She is an esteemed educator and education historian, and you can check out her books at dianeravitch.com. She talks with Tim and Johnny about the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on education. In 2020, she published […]

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May 8, 2024


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Bust-ed Pencils is glad to break up your Monday monotony by bringing you TWO excellent guests! You know her as “Matt Damon’s Mom” but we get to call her Nancy Carlsson Paige – she joins us to discuss all that’s happening in her wild world. Plus, Alex Bohr of the University of Michigan’s ‘Grow Your […]

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May 6, 2024



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In this insightful episode of “Busted Pencils,” hosts Dr. Tim Slekar and Dr. Johnny Lupinacci delve into urgent discussions around Title IX, campus safety, and the evolving educational landscape. Recorded amidst a backdrop of significant societal shifts, they unpack the layered issues impacting LGBTQ+ students and explore the intersections of policy, public sentiment, and student […]

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May 2, 2024


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Live and in living color, it’s the Bust-ed Pencil guys from the Minocqua Taproom with special guests Kirk of MBC, Educators Ampliphied, and more!

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Apr 30, 2024


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Dr. Tim and Dr. Johnny are in the Civic Media headquarters for their first live show, together, EVER! The two recap the status of Title IX across the nation. Then Tim and Johnny provide an update on the proposal, now law, for arming teachers in Tennessee. Your thoughts always welcome as the doctors guide us […]

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Apr 29, 2024


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Tennessee State Representative Gloria Johnson joins the show to discuss her staunch opposition to recent legislation allowing teachers to carry concealed firearms in schools. Johnson, a fervent advocate for public education, shares insights from the Tennessee state legislature, highlighting the intense emotions and protests surrounding this controversial bill. The episode delves into the broader implications […]

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Apr 26, 2024

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