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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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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 […]

BustED Pencils

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!

BustED Pencils

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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In this thought-provoking episode of Busted Pencils, hosts Dr. Tim Slekar and Dr. Johnny Lupinacci delve deep into the critical issues surrounding safety, protest, and education in our current social climate. They tackle the controversial topic of arming teachers in Tennessee, a reflection of the broader anxieties about safety in schools across the United States. […]

BustED Pencils

Apr 25, 2024


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After years of asking for it, the right has finally gotten their way: Tennessee will now allow teachers to arm themselves with firearms in schools. Will this stop school shootings? Will this increase them? Will this do anything??? Between Dr. Tim, Dr. Johnny, Teacher Hallie and Teacher Joanna… we don’t know. But this is maybe […]

BustED Pencils

Apr 24, 2024


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In this electrifying episode of Busted Pencils, hosts Dr. Tim Slekar and Dr. Johnny Lupinacci dive into the heart of educational discourse, focusing on the newly proposed expansions of Title IX. They provide a compelling commentary on the impact of these changes on LGBTQ+ students and pregnant women, emphasizing the necessity of inclusive and equitable […]

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Apr 23, 2024


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From now on, Dr. Tim and Dr. Johnny will be joined every third Monday by educators from Wisconsin Public Education Network! Today, we have their Executive Director, Heather DuBois Bourenane, and Christian Phelps, their Director of Digital Organizing and Communications. In the wake of recent referendums around the state, Heather and Christian update us on […]

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Apr 22, 2024

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