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What’s the Res? Season 2, Episode 46: March PF - “Resolved: The United States should Increase its use of Nuclear Energy for Commercial Energy Production” - A Conversation with Dr. Spence Spencer

What’s the Res? Season 2, Episode 46: March PF - “Resolved: The United States should Increase its use of Nuclear Energy for Commercial Energy Production” - A Conversation with Dr. Spence Spencer

March 9, 2020

Josh interviews Dr. Andrew "Spence" Spencer about the nuances of commercial nuclear power. Dr. Spencer's career path combines several years in US Navy (nuclear submarines), a PhD focused on theological ethics, and current work as a nuclear engineering supervisor. He is a great voice to help the non-expert understand the world of commercial nuclear power; several of his analysis points lend themselves to climate change impacts of commercial nuclear power. Let us know what you think of the episode!

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It’s a Big World out There: Reflections on a Small School going to the 46th Annual Harvard Forensics Tournament

It’s a Big World out There: Reflections on a Small School going to the 46th Annual Harvard Forensics Tournament

March 2, 2020

Josh and Ethan think through their experiences at Harvard, and what they learned. We encountered NatCirc debating in LD and PF, and we're learning how to be more competitive next year! Let us know what you think!

 

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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 44 - March/April LD - “Predictive Policing is Unjust” (AKA: What do Charles Murray, Michel Foucault, and Predpol have in common?)

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 44 - March/April LD - “Predictive Policing is Unjust” (AKA: What do Charles Murray, Michel Foucault, and Predpol have in common?)

February 22, 2020

Josh and Ethan discuss the March/April NSDA LD resolution, "Predictive policing is unjust." They discuss this Rand Corporation article (which summarizes the findings of this much longer report), the philosophy behind just policing, the obvious racial argument against predictive policing, and the insights Foucault's Panopticon offers to the Aff framework. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!

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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 43 - Kritiks: A Debate Strategy for National Competition at Harvard University

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 43 - Kritiks: A Debate Strategy for National Competition at Harvard University

February 15, 2020

Ethan and Josh discuss kritiks, a debate tactic they've been working in preparation for competing at the 46th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament (@harvardhsdebate). The Kritik is a divisive strategy, but common in national Lincoln-Douglas competition. Josh and Ethan provide a loose overview, discussion of the philosophical problems inherent n employing the K, and their attempts to break Ks. Enjoy - and wish us luck at Harvard!

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What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 42 - Comprehending the Welfare State: February 2020 PF with Elliot Gaiser

What’s the Res - Season 2, Episode 42 - Comprehending the Welfare State: February 2020 PF with Elliot Gaiser

February 7, 2020

Josh interviews Elliot Gaiser to build a well rounded perspective on means-tested welfare for the February 2020 PF resolution, "The United States should replace means-tested welfare programs with a universal basic income." They discuss the foundations of welfare, the effectiveness of current programs, and the feasibility of a universal basic income. Elliot debated for the NCFCA and an Ohio-specific debate league in high school, as well as being a Hale Scholar on the Hillsdale College debate team. Since Hillsdale, Elliot has spent time in the think-tank world and has now embarked on a career as a lawyer. Let us know what you think of this conversation!

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What’s the Res - Season 2 - Episode 41 - Medicare for All (Coolidge March 7)

What’s the Res - Season 2 - Episode 41 - Medicare for All (Coolidge March 7)

January 28, 2020

Josh and Ethan analyze the Coolidge Foundation's March 7 resolution, "Resolved: The United States should adopt Medicare For All, thus instituting a single-payer system of healthcare." This resolution will be debated at Thales Academy Rolesville on March 7. The Coolidge Foundation has prepared a research brief for this resolution (located here), and if you want to learn more, click here to learn more about the Coolidge Debate League! This episode goes over terminology, affirmative and negative arguments, and weighs advantages and disadvantages of putting this policy change into effect. Let us know what you think!

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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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