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Posted in camp, Podcasts with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

I am hosting another debate site for the Gonzaga Debate Institute this summer,, that should have some great content on it. Tonight I posted a podcast that featured deb(k)ate author Izak Dunn. Those of you interested in running Ks on the High School Space Topic should probably check it out.

Podcast: Izak Dunn (USS Reliant) on the GDI 


Critical Issues in Debate: Democracy Assistance Topic Roundup

Posted in 2011-2012 College Democracy Topic, College, Critical Issues in Debate, Podcasts with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

Follow this link to view the resolutions on the ballot and download Stables’ country chart (it helps).

We are back for another roundup on this year’s slate of resolution choices. This is part one of a series dedicated to the upcoming vote for this year’s wording and what debaters have to expect from the democracy assistance debate.

This part features some great debate coaches:

Carly Wunderlich was one of the best 2As of her generation and in her senior year at Michigan State she won the NDT on a unanimous decision in the final round. While coaching last year at Gonzaga she helped the team of Moculski and Kannelopolous to a first round bid to the NDT. She is returning to coach at Michigan State this fall.

Chris Crowe is one of the most widely preferred judges in the country and is currently a coach for the University of Texas at San Antonio debate team. He is making he second appearance on the podcast while he works at the Dartmouth Debate Institute.

Sarah Spring coaches at the University of Iowa and is getting her PHD in Iowa’s world renowned communications department. Sarah is a very popular judge and all around great member of the community. She is making her second appearance on Critical Issues in Debate. Look for Sarah’s work in an upcoming issue in the communications journal Argumentation and Debate.

Jonah Feldman was a highly succesful debater at the University of Michigan and is going into his second year as the director of one of debate’s most storied programs, Cal Berkeley. This past year he coached one of the most successful partnerships in the country and judged a bunch of debates.

You can also download Critical Issues in Debate on iTunes or dowload it here by clicking this link: Democracy Assistance Topic Roundup Part 1

Critical Issues in Debate: Dr Kuswa on the Democracy Assistance Topic Meetings

Posted in Beating K Affs, tactics on June 20, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

Dr Kuswa was Putting the K in Debate’s person on the ground at this summer’s topic meetings on the upcoming democracy assistance topic. This conversation deals with how the topic committee came to define democracy assistance, kritik possibilities and preparation for the year’s upcoming topic, what makes the wording ballot choices different from one another, and the process that “K teams” go through to find an aff at the beginning of the year.

Critical Issues in Debate is now on iTunes. You can also download the podcast by clicking this link: Dr Kuswa on the Democracy Assistance Topic

View the entire slate of potential topics and a great visual representation of the choices made by Gordon Stables follow this link

CEDA Semis: Kansas State MZ v Liberty FH

Posted in College, elimination round, Video with tags , , on June 16, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

These were two of my favorite teams last year! I really enjoyed seeing how much work Liberty put in all year at getting better and was overjoyed to see them do so well at the end of the season. Thanks to all the participants (Beth Mendenhall, Derek Ziegler, Eddie Fitzgerald, and Benjamin Hagwood). K State would go on to win this debate and the rest of the tournament.



Critical Issues in Debate: Special NBA Edition

Posted in Critical Issues in Debate, Podcasts with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

Here the podcast makes its first forray into the realm of pop culture by focusing on the 2011 NBA Finals matchup between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. This podcast get fan reaction from Jim Schultz representing the Miami Heat, Paul Kanellopoulos representing the Dallas Mavericks, and lastly Scott calls one of his best friends and fellow Utah Jazz fans, Mike Shackelford, to discuss whether the Jazz ought to draft BYU star Jimmer Fredette.

Jim Schultz currently coaches debate at Idaho State University and the Head Royce School. As a debater he is a four time qualifier to the NDT, reaching elimination rounds and placing in the top 20 speakers three times. He participated in the elimination rounds of nearly every tournament in college. Jim has coached many high schools to deep elimination rounds of virtually every national high school tournament including Chattahoochee, Georgetown Day, Bishop Guertin, and Carrollton Sacred Heart.

Paul Kanellopoulos is a graduate of Mercer Island High School and currently on the top team at Gonzaga. Paul and his partner were award the 12th overall first round bid to the 2011 NDT where they advanced to the octa finals before losing on a 5-2 decision to Harvard. Paul has proven an exceptional coach at Saint Georges School in Spokane where he most recently coached two teams to TOC bids in 2011.

Mike Shackelford is a Utah Jazz season ticket holder, the head coach of the highly successful Rowland Hall St. Marks High School is Salt Lake City, and has coached teams to the highest levels of high school debate including deep outround runs at the TOC. He also coaches at Cal Berkeley who recently appeared in quarterfinals of the NDT. Mike and Scott have been close friends for over decade.

Search for the podcast on itunes! Download here by clicking this link  CIID 2011 NBA Finals.

Critical Issues in Debate: Jackie Massey on “The Loon” and OU Debate

Posted in Critical Issues in Debate, Podcasts with tags , , on June 3, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

Jackie Massey helped create and is the current director of the Oklahoma University Debate Team which has, in its brief 8 year existence, has had top level national success including 4 First Round at Large bids to the NDT, 3 CEDA Nationals Championships, and 1st Place at every major regular season college tournament. They have done all of this running kritiks on both sides of the resolution. Jackie also hosts one of the most interesting summer workshops geared specifically for kritik debaters named “The Call of the Loon.” This discussion covers The Loon, what it was like to coach the team of Giglio and Watts, Jackie’s reaction to the new college topic area, winning CEDA championships, and the keys to success for the Sooner debate team.

Here is a link to the Oklahoma Debate Website.

Download by clicking this link massey on the loon. Search for “” or “critical issues in debate” on itunes to get it there!

Critical Issues in Debate: Izak Dunn on the Role of Philosophy in Debate

Posted in Critical Issues in Debate with tags on May 10, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

Izak Dunn is an author on this site, he has participated in the Non-Trad Showdown, and written such posts as The Esoteric and Critique. As a debater he was very successful, clearing multiple times at the NDT, enjoying deep runs at big tournaments, and earning Idaho State University’s 1st First Round bid to the NDT in 2006. This conversation covers a lot of things under the general heading of the role of philosophy in policy debate including: a round between Harvard and Oklahoma, lived experience in identity politics, Michael Dillon, mutual preference judging and the marginalized, Zizek, where to start with things like Deleuze and Guatarri, Descartes and skepticism, Izak’s first exposure to the the kritik, ontology in debate, getting lost in Heidegger, being an angsty teenager, and more! Scott and Izak also issue a formal challenge. Currently he coaches at Gonzaga University, who earned a first round this year, and is also the director of the newly emerging program at Eastern Washington. This podcast epitomizes the phrase “philosophy on the street!”

also check out on iTunes! You can also download this podcast here: izak on philosophy.

Here is a link to the round Scott and Izak discuss between Harvard and Oklahoma.

Here is a link to Scott’s decision in which he discusses the application of Descartes in debate.