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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 7 - Coolidge Analysis: “North Carolina should offer targeted tax incentives to businesses that relocate major parts of their operations to North Carolina.”

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 7 - Coolidge Analysis: “North Carolina should offer targeted tax incentives to businesses that relocate major parts of their operations to North Carolina.”

August 16, 2019

Josh and Ethan discuss the resolution for the first Luddy Debate League tournament of the 2019-2020 season - Resolved: The state of North Carolina should offer targeted tax incentives to businesses that relocate major parts of their operations to North Carolina. Tax incentives, business plans, crony capitalism, resource suggestions, affirmative and negative strategy - we cover all the bases! If you're interested in learning more about the Luddy Debate League, check out the website at https://www.coolidgefoundation.org/debate/luddy-schools/ - we'd love to see you at the Sept. 7th tournament!

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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 6 - Debate Techniques: Flowing, and Burdens

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 6 - Debate Techniques: Flowing, and Burdens

August 14, 2019

Josh describes "flowing," the debater method of taking notes in a round. While there are lots of modifications and advanced ways to flow, the basics are simple and described in this episode. Josh then lists three key burdens: Burden of Definition, Burden of Clash, and Burden of Evidence, and he goes over how those burdens play out in a debate round. Enjoy! And let us know what you think!

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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 5 - China’s Belt and Road Initiative: An Interview with Tyler Bonin

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 5 - China’s Belt and Road Initiative: An Interview with Tyler Bonin

August 12, 2019

Tyler Bonin (@tylermbonin) returns to What's the Res to help with the NSDA Public Forum Sept/Oct resolution - "The EU should join the Belt and Road Initiative." What exactly is the Belt and Road Initiative? Tyler has published on the topic (that article is here), and defines the goals and efforts of the Chinese government in understandable English. Josh and Tyler discuss the nature, history, potential advantages and harms of Chinese lending policy to create global infrastructure. Does this count as predatory lending? Listen in, and let us know what you think! 

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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 4 - Interview with Bob Luddy, Business and Educational Entrepreneur

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 4 - Interview with Bob Luddy, Business and Educational Entrepreneur

August 9, 2019

Bob Luddy is the founder and president of Captivaire, and the educational entrepreneur behind St. Thomas More AcademyFranklin Academy, and Thales Academy. He is also a great supporter of debate through the Luddy Debate League, the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, and specific debate programs at Thales Academy. Josh asks Bob about a variety of topics: leadership, his entrepreneurial journey, economics, and why he supports debate. Join us for this episode, and let know what you think!

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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 3: Types of Debate - PF/LD/Coolidge Formats

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 3: Types of Debate - PF/LD/Coolidge Formats

August 7, 2019

In this episode, Ethan breaks down three debate formats, and discusses the nuances of each style. If you are having trouble choosing a format, this episode should help out! Enjoy!

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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 2 - NSDA LD Novice: “Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified” (Resolution Analysis)

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 2 - NSDA LD Novice: “Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified” (Resolution Analysis)

August 5, 2019

Ethan and Josh describe Lincoln-Douglas debate, discuss traditional vs. progressive debate, value and value criterion elements of the LD case, and then launch into resolution analysis. They break down the resolution into three key terms, and then discuss research strategies and values for the Novice case. This episode is perfect for Novice debaters figuring out LD for the first time. Ethan and Josh also discuss important changes in Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship in 2019, and suggest good avenues for research in international politics and the Civil Rights Movement! Enjoy!

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What’s the Res - Premium Debate Episode 8 - “Resolved: Electric Cars are Good”
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What’s the Res - Premium Debate Episode 8 - “Resolved: Electric Cars are Good”

August 4, 2019

Josh faces off against the esteemed Dr. Ben Voth, Director of Forensics and Debate at Southern Methodist University! It's a high school coach against a college coach, using IPDA style. Who will win? Listen, and then vote here! The question at hand is whether or not electric cars are good - how, after all, do we measure the goodness of a technological innovation? These questions and more await in August's Premium Debate episode!

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 1 - Trade, Immigration, NAFTA, Economics: An Interview with Dr. Roberto Salinas-Leon

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 1 - Trade, Immigration, NAFTA, Economics: An Interview with Dr. Roberto Salinas-Leon

August 2, 2019

Josh and Ethan interview Dr. Roberto Salinas-Leon, the President of the Mexico Business Forum and the Alamos Alliance; he is also the Director of the Center for Latin America with the Atlas Network. Dr. Salinas-Leon holds an MA and PhD in Philosophy from Purdue, and triple majored at Hillsdale College in political economy, history, philosophy. He is also a Senior Debate Fellow and debate lecturer at the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. He was instrumental in the creation of NAFTA, and the conversation between Josh, Ethan, and Dr. Salinas-Leon ranges from Dr. Salinas-Leon's experiences as an international student to his views on President Trump's economic policies to the value of debate as an intellectual pursuit of truth. Check it out! And let us know what you think in the comments, or email us at WhatsTheRes@gmail.com!

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Analysis 1 - Good fiction has a Christian Subtext.
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Analysis 1 - Good fiction has a Christian Subtext.

July 24, 2019

Ethan gives you the play by play on Josh's debate with Dr. Will Begley over the resolution "Good fiction has a Christian subtext." If you haven't already, be sure to listen to the debate first (already included under your premium membership), to get the most out of this analysis from a debater's perspective.

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What’s the Res - Summer 10 - Res: Religion does more Harm than Good (Sample of Premium Debates)

What’s the Res - Summer 10 - Res: Religion does more Harm than Good (Sample of Premium Debates)

July 22, 2019

This episode is a sample of our Premium Debates - if you like it, check out https://whatstheres.podbean.com/premium for seven more debate episodes! Ethan has affirmative, and Josh takes negative on the resolution "Religion does more harm than good." Dr. Melissa Edwards gives her verdict at the end of the episode; we recorded this on her last day as administrator of our school, and the episode is dedicated to her. Once you've listened to the episode, click here to vote and let us know who you think won!

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