Home Ed: An Investigative Podcast

An investigative podcast about homeschooling in America and the culture wars that are shaping it

When a West Virginia state legislator introduced a bill that he thought could help protect children at risk of abuse, he never dreamed there would be national backlash. 

But Shawn Fluarty unwittingly found himself up against a powerful advocacy group with interests far beyond his individual bill. 

This podcast will introduce you to the Home School Legal Defense Association, which advocates for homeschooling as part of a larger conservative agenda.

You’ll also hear from a 30-year-old woman who was homeschooled as she recounts how HSLDA’s  mission shaped her family’s life by tapping into a culture war over politics and religion—and how she learned to change her mind.

Read the transcript.


This episode was produced and reported by Mary Steffenhagen. Alana Casanova-Burgess was the editor. Chad Bernard and Curtis Fox provided engineering and editorial feedback. Art by Mary Steffenhagen.


Checkered Blue, Tionesta, Throughput, Two Dollar Token by Blue Dot Sessions, Isolated, Thinking Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/


HSLDA: GHEC 2012: “An International Human Right” – Dr. Michael P. Farris and Renewing Focus on Biblical Worldview with HSLDA Online Academy

Arizona Families for Home Education: 2018 Homeschool Day at the Capitol – Michael Farris

Family Renewal LLC Podcast: Harvard Homeschool Summit — Michael Donnelly HSLDA

Liberty Core News: Dr. Michael Farris and the Growth of the Homeschooling Movement

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