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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 25 - Policy Debate from Two Debaters’ Perspectives: An Interview with Nate and Ruth

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 25 - Policy Debate from Two Debaters’ Perspectives: An Interview with Nate and Ruth

October 14, 2019

Ethan interviews Nate and Ruth, two policy debaters in Texas about their experiences in debate! Check it out, and let us know what you think!

 

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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 24 - Nov/Dec LD Res Analysis - Resolved: “The United States ought to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels.”

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 24 - Nov/Dec LD Res Analysis - Resolved: “The United States ought to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels.”

October 11, 2019

Josh and Ethan discuss the Nov/Dec 2019 Lincoln Douglas resolution - "Resolved: The United States ought to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels." They go over definitions, strategies, a couple of article (links below), and suggestions on Aff and Neg for value structures. The Neg ground is harder to find in this one, but Ethan has the strategy angle covered! Enjoy! And let us know what you think!

Links:

- https://www.eesi.org/papers/view/fact-sheet-fossil-fuel-subsidies-a-closer-look-at-tax-breaks-and-societal-costs

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/05/how-much-does-world-subsidize-oil-coal-and-gas/589000/

https://www.vox.com/2019/5/17/18624740/fossil-fuel-subsidies-climate-imf

 

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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 23 - Bonus: Should Vaping be Banned?

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 23 - Bonus: Should Vaping be Banned?

October 7, 2019

Josh and Ethan discuss the implications of a vape ban, reasons for an against such a ban, and recent articles arguing for banning vape/e-cigarettes for those under 18. Josh maintains that a conservative can support a ban in this case, while Ethan remains skeptical. With shout out to fellow podcast Louder with Crowder, this episode is a lot of fun. Check it out, and let us know what you think!

 

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“The US should adopt a Universal Basic Income” - What’s the Res: Premium Debates, Episode 10
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“The US should adopt a Universal Basic Income” - What’s the Res: Premium Debates, Episode 10

October 5, 2019

Imagine a world where Andrew Yang's Freedom Dividend version of then Universal Basic Income was passed, where the #YangGang could remove previous welfare funding, and give every American citizen over age eighteen $1000 a month. Could it work? Has it been tested? What's the evidence? Find out in this month's Premium Debate! Andrew Wood argues for the affirmative, and Josh Herring argues for the negative. After you've listened, click here to vote for the winner!

 

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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 22: Bonus Philosophical Conversation

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 22: Bonus Philosophical Conversation

September 30, 2019

In this episode, Ethan interviews Patrick, who runs a philosophy memepage on Instagram (@memes.philosophy). They have a conversation about the nature of reality and reason, and whether or not life has meaning. Ethan particularly enjoys conversations of this nature, and we are happy to have more of them in the future. So contact us about it!

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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 21 - An Introduction to Policy Debate: An Interview with Bryan Brooks

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 21 - An Introduction to Policy Debate: An Interview with Bryan Brooks

September 27, 2019

Josh interviews Bryan Brooks, debate coach for Grace Academy in Georgetown, Texas. They discuss the unique format of policy debate, the kinds of analysis pertinent to this debate, k-debate, spreading (with a demonstration of Bryan spreading), and the 2019-2020 policy resolution, "The United States federal government should substantially reduce Direct Commercial Sales and/or Foreign Military Sales of arms from the United States." Bryan describes the major arguments he sees on Affirmative and Negative, and he closes with advice for novices. Check it out, and let us know what you think!

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What’s the Res - Bonus Episode - Classical Literature, Science Fiction, and Clear Communication: An Interview with Christopher Ruocchio

What’s the Res - Bonus Episode - Classical Literature, Science Fiction, and Clear Communication: An Interview with Christopher Ruocchio

September 25, 2019

In early September, Josh found two new books to read at the Knightdale Public Library - Empire of Silence and The Howling Dark, each by Christopher Ruocchio. Christopher graduated from North Carolina State University with a major in English rhetoric and a minor in classics. In this interview, Josh and Christopher discuss The Sun Eater series, the relationship between past literature and present writing, wisdom, and what it takes to be an excellent writer. Christopher is well connected, and shares about encounters with George R.R. Martin and Jordan Peterson. Enjoy! And let us know what you think! You can find out more about The Sun Eater at https://sollanempire.com/.

 

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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 20 - Reason in a Postmodern Age: An Interview with Dr. Kelly Burton

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 20 - Reason in a Postmodern Age: An Interview with Dr. Kelly Burton

September 23, 2019

Dr. Kelly Fitzsimmons Burton is a philosophy professor at Paradise Valley Community College, and the founder of both the Public Philosophy Society and Public Philosophy Press. She is a graduate of Faulkner University's doctoral program in humanities, and is the author of Retrieving Knowledge: A Socratic Response to Skepticism and Reason and Proper Function. In this interview, Josh asks Dr. Burton about the role of reason in the aftermath of the postmodern turn in philosophy; they discuss LD, philosophy, Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, and a lot more! Check it out! Click here to support Dr. Burton's work through the Public Philosophy Patreon Page, and here to access her website

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 19 - Shop Talk with Ethan and Josh

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 19 - Shop Talk with Ethan and Josh

September 20, 2019

Ethan and Josh take an episode to think back on What's the Res?, think about what's worked and what they've changed, favorite interviews, and funny moments. Tune in to hear some of the behind the scenes thoughts about where we've been, and where we're going!

 

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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 18 - LD Paradigm: Teleology

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 18 - LD Paradigm: Teleology

September 18, 2019

Josh describes the philosophical framework, first articulated by Aristotle, called teleology. This framework looks at the nature of a thing, and from that nature derives a purpose; that purpose then becomes the measurement of goodness (or badness). A thing is good to the extent that it achieves the given purpose. This paradigm could be helpful for those preparing for the Sept/Oct 2019 Varsity LD Resolution (In the United States, colleges and universities ought not consider standardized tests in undergraduate admissions decisions) by considering the purpose of collegiate education and/or the purpose of standardized tests. Good luck! And let us know if this idea is helpful!

 

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