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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 40 (The Big 100) - Means-Tested Welfare vs. a UBI - February PF (NSDA)

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 40 (The Big 100) - Means-Tested Welfare vs. a UBI - February PF (NSDA)

January 20, 2020

Josh and Ethan celebrate audience growth, and also provide analysis for the March 7, 2020 Coolidge resolution, "Resolved: The United States should replace means-tested welfare programs with a universal basic income." They go over terms, where the UBI has been tried, and initial argument strategies. Thanks for all your support! It's amazing to see what has happened with this podcast over 100 episodes! Enjoy - and let us know what you think!

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Season 2, Episode 39 - Res Analysis: Venezuela Sanctions January 2020 PF Debate

Season 2, Episode 39 - Res Analysis: Venezuela Sanctions January 2020 PF Debate

January 13, 2020

Josh and Ethan walk through the January 2020 PF resolution, "Resolved: The United States should end its economic sanctions against Venezuela." They focus on the historical narrative of Venezuela's crisis, arguments for the Pro position, and arguments for the Con position. Be sure to check out our earlier interview episodes with Venezuela experts Analicia Vaamonde-Stolz and Tom Darin Liskey, and let us know what you think of this episode!

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“The USFG should decriminalize marijuana” - What’s the Res? - January 2020
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“The USFG should decriminalize marijuana” - What’s the Res? - January 2020

January 12, 2020

William affirms, and Josh negates, the resolution "The United States Federal Government should Decriminalize Marijuana." William argues economically, and Josh argues on the grounds of well being. What should happen? Listen, and decide! And vote here to let us know who you think won this month's Premium Debate!

Season 2, Episode 38 - Nuclear Arsenals and International Relations: A Conversation with Dr. Nathan Orlando

Season 2, Episode 38 - Nuclear Arsenals and International Relations: A Conversation with Dr. Nathan Orlando

January 6, 2020

Dr. Orlando comes back on the show to discuss the Jan/Feb 2020 LD resolution, "Resolved: States ought to eliminate their nuclear arsenals." Josh and Nathan discuss which countries have nukes, both officially and unofficially, as well as what it would take to effectively disarm all nuclear states. Nathan outlines three arguments on Aff and three arguments on Neg. He also recommends specific authors that debaters should read for their cases. Enjoy! And let us know what you think of the episode!

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Crime, Corruption, and Crisis: Interview with Tom Darin Liskey on the Jan PF Resolution “The United States should end its economic sanctions against Venezuela.”

Crime, Corruption, and Crisis: Interview with Tom Darin Liskey on the Jan PF Resolution “The United States should end its economic sanctions against Venezuela.”

December 31, 2019

Tom Darin Liskey is a journalist and photographer who spent a decade living in Latin America, including time in Venezuela. In this episode, he shares stories of his time living there and his perspective on Chavez, Maduro, and the current economic crisis. He goes into detail about the levels of crime and corruption that have contributed to Venezuelan collapse. You can find Tom's work at https://www.tomdarinphoto.com/. Let us know what you think of the episode!

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“People with PHD’s should be called by the title ‘Doctor’ - What’s the Res - December 2019
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“People with PHD’s should be called by the title ‘Doctor’ - What’s the Res - December 2019

December 28, 2019

Josh affirms the resolution, while Dr. Will Begley negates. Let us know what you think after listening to this debate! We intended to stick with a traditional format, but we got a little informal towards the end. Enjoy! Click here to vote and let us know who you think won the debate!

Season 2, Episode 36 - LD Jan/Feb 2020 - Can States Eliminate their Nuclear Arsenals? A Conversation with Dr. Robert Spalding

Season 2, Episode 36 - LD Jan/Feb 2020 - Can States Eliminate their Nuclear Arsenals? A Conversation with Dr. Robert Spalding

December 24, 2019

Ethan interviews Dr. Robert Spalding, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and experienced military strategist, for the January/February LD resolution, "Resolved: States ought to eliminate their nuclear arsenals." They discuss the status of global nuclear arsenals, the feasibility of disarmament, and further resources for both Aff and Neg case prep. Enjoy! And let us know what you think of the interview!

 

Season 2, Episode 35 - Where do Debaters go after Competition? A Conversation with Brad Birzer about Beyond Tenebrae

Season 2, Episode 35 - Where do Debaters go after Competition? A Conversation with Brad Birzer about Beyond Tenebrae

December 17, 2019

Josh interview Hillsdale College history professor Dr. Brad Birzer about his high school debate career, the ways debate has impacted his life, and his most recent book, Beyond Tenebrae. Click here to order Beyond Tenebrae on Amazon! Brad is a wonderful teacher, author, and communicator; debate, he explains, got him through high school. Let us know what you think of this episode!

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Dr. Birzer is also the co-founder of The Imaginative Conservative, an online journal of conservative thought. You can access his work here.

Season 2, Episode 34 - PF January 2020: “The United States should end its economic sanctions against Venezuela” - A Conversation with Analicia Vaamonde-Stolz

Season 2, Episode 34 - PF January 2020: “The United States should end its economic sanctions against Venezuela” - A Conversation with Analicia Vaamonde-Stolz

December 13, 2019

Josh interviews Analicia, a Venezuelan lawyer now working in Washington D.C. For 25 years, Analicia lived in Venezuela. She describes growing up during the Chavez years, the route to Venezuela's current crisis, the results of socialism, and how Venezuela has come to have two governments (Maduro, and Guaido). Analicia provides three solid arguments for the negative; she thinks the sanctions are a sound policy tool. This is a great episode for context on the Venezuelan crisis - let us know if it's helpful!

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Season 2, Episode 33 - LD Jan/Feb 2020 - “Resolved: States ought to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.”

Season 2, Episode 33 - LD Jan/Feb 2020 - “Resolved: States ought to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.”

December 10, 2019

Josh and Ethan analyze the January/February LD resolution, "Resolved: States ought to eliminate their nuclear arsenals." They focus on the nine countries with nuclear arsenals, the history of the cold war and nuclear proliferation, and value structures that could help with either side. Check it out, and let us know what you think!

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