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    • Extra Credit

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
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    Ever get the feeling that not everything is cool with school? Best-selling author Neal Pollack is dissatisfied with what his teenage son, Elijah, is learning in his studies. Neal wants to fill in the gaps, while Elijah just wants him to chill out a little. Together, they embark on the father-son field trip of a lifetime, which includes stops in New York’s poetry-slam scene, a medical-marijuana dispensary, and a convention to discuss evolution with 1,700 biologists.

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    • Extra Credit, Season 2

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
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    In their continuing father-son field trip to end all field trips, writer (and one-time Jeopardy! champ) Neal Pollack and his teenage son set out to explore the many topics not covered in his high school curriculum. Among them: what really constitutes a healthy lunch, why dress codes exist, and how the largely phased-out “home ec” class can be beneficial.

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    • Ep. 1: Home Ec (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 23 mins
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    Concerned that Elijah has no life skills, Neal sets off to teach him some. Together, they learn to use power tools, forge a sword, and operate a sewing machine. They also visit an eccentric friend of Elijah’s who built his own backyard forge.

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    • Ep. 6: Yoga (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 20 mins
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    As a dedicated yogi, Neal thinks Elijah would benefit from a little practice himself. They do a high-octane yoga workout, learn how to meditate, and hang from a rope wall. In Colorado, they visit Neal’s guru, who teaches Elijah how to chant and reveals several arcane mystical secrets.

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    • Ep. 4: Medical Marijuana (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 19 mins
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    Annoyed at the hopelessly dated anti-drug program at his 13-year-old son Elijah's Texas public school, writer Neal Pollack decides to take Elijah to Colorado, for a more modern drug education. There, Elijah meets a marijuana journalist and a family of medical-marijuana activists, who teach him that there's more to learn about drugs than "just say no."

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    • Ep. 2: Native Americans (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 24 mins
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    In Texas, Native Americans are people relegated to the history books. But in Phoenix, where Neal grew up, they’re very much a part of the present. To learn what it’s like to grow up native in America, Neal and Elijah interview Miss Indian Arizona. They also get a tour of a former Native American boarding school.

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    • Ep. 9: Dress Codes (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 15 mins
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    Kids in Texas, especially girls, find themselves in constant battle with administrators about what they can wear to school. Neal and Elijah talk to a dress-code historian, meet a seven-year-old girl who was 'dress-coded,' and interview a reporter who dared to go sleeveless in the hallowed halls of Congress.

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    • Ep. 8: Labor Unions (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 19 mins
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    Labor history doesn’t exist in the Texas curriculum, so Neal decides to give Elijah a crash course in worker’s rights. Elijah lays a clover at the grave of the Haymarket Martyrs in Chicago, learns the lyrics to “Solidarity Forever,” and meets an actual union organizer and shop steward.

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    • Downward-Facing Death

    • A Matt Bolster Yoga Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Neal Pollack
    • Narrated by: Fred Stella
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
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    Blessed with uncanny deductive skills and a blasé disregard for authority, Matt Bolster was a rising LAPD homicide detective by the age of 35. He was also overworked, near-alcoholic, and miserable. Then, to impress a girl, he agreed to try yoga. Now Bolster has traded his badge for a three-day stubble and the life of an itinerant yoga teacher, dabbling in PI work to make rent. He mostly handles missing-persons cases, credit-card fraud - nothing too messy. But that's before Ajoy Chaterjee, the wealthy mogul behind one of the world's leading yoga-business empires, is found murdered inside his West L.A. flagship studio.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love Yoga and Satire - This is for you

    • By Amber Polo on 03-08-14

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Ep. 3: Nutrition (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 19 mins
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    Texas schools are notoriously bad at teaching nutrition, so Neal decides to give Elijah a weird crash course. They go for an edible plant walk with a holistic nutritionist and visit an urban farm. Meanwhile, Neal meets his archenemy, Gustavo The Goose.

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    • Ep. 2: Sex Ed (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 19 mins
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    In writer Neal Pollack’s opinion, the sex ed curriculum at his son's school has…shortcomings. In this episode, Neal sends Elijah to a sex ed program offered by a local church--one that involves practice midnight condom purchases, and lots and lots of lube.

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    • Public school sex ed vs. private sex ed curriculum

    • By Asheley on 06-07-18

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 4: Veterans Affairs (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 20 mins
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    Schools often try to interest young people in the military, but they rarely teach what happens after service ends. Neal and Elijah visit Operation Phantom Support, a food pantry for veterans and their families, and Elijah also talks to his Opa about a mysterious Vietnam War ice-cream barge.

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    • The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature

    • The Collected Recordings of Neal Pollack
    • By: Neal Pollack
    • Narrated by: Neal Pollack
    • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
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    At the dawn of human civilization, a blind prophet foretold the coming of one who would transform American literature forever, thrilling millions with his prose and debauching thousands with the meltingly seductive rhythm of his poetry. Now he has arrived. His name is Neal Pollack, the author of The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature, and he walks among us.

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    • Ep. 1: Slavery (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 18 mins
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    On Extra Credit, writer Neal Pollack augments his son's public school education with his own, somewhat questionable, life lessons. In this episode, after learning that some Texas schoolbooks refer to African slaves as "migrant workers," Neal takes Elijah on a road trip to Lousiana, where they visit a slavery museum on a former plantation.

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    • Neal and Elijah visit Whitney Plantation

    • By Asheley on 06-07-18

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    • Ep. 10: Punk Rock (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 20 mins
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    Neal and Elijah interview legendary British punk rockers Jon Langford and Sally Timms, meet the proprietors of Chicago’s Bloodshot Records, and learn about the punk-rock scene in Austin. Featuring original music by The Mekons, The Big Boys, and the greatest punk-rock band of all time—The Neal Pollack Invasion.

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    • Ep. 6: Poetry (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 16 mins
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    Alarmed by what passes for a poetry curriculum at Elijah's middle school, Neal takes Elijah to New York City to meet some actual working poets. Back in Texas, they visit a "Typewriter Rodeo," and along the way, Neal reveals the secrets of his own strange, poetic past.

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    • Ep. 5: Poker (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 20 mins
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    On a trip to Los Angeles, Neal tries to teach his nieces and Elijah the secrets of Texas Hold ‘Em with the help of a former professional poker player, leading to an epic showdown between Neal and Elijah for all the chips. But an even more sinister poker villain lurks.

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    • Ep. 5: Judaism (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 15 mins
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    When his 13-year-old son decides not to have a Bar Mitzvah, writer Neal Pollack plans an emergency cultural trip to "The Jewish American Homeland" -- New York City -- with decidedly mixed results.

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    • Ep. 7: Cheese (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 20 mins
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    Neal loves cheese more than anything. After a terrifying interview with a vegan doctor who warns them cheese is deadly, Neal decides to drag Elijah on a cross-country quest to prove the doctor wrong. In Vermont, they gorge at a cheese festival, learn the secrets of cheesemaking, and milk some very patient cows.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 3: Evolution (Extra Credit)

    • By: Neal Pollack, Elijah Pollack
    • Length: 15 mins
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    Writer Neal Pollack was shocked by the way his public school district teaches students about the origins of species. In this episode, Neal sends Elijah to a bar outside a convention of 1,700 biologists to learn about what he isn't hearing in school: evolution.

    Regular price: $2.99

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