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Hester and Odekirk Discuss Debate History and the Topic Process

Posted in Critical Issues in Debate, Podcasts with tags , , , , on June 8, 2012 by Scott Odekirk

Dr. Michael Hester, Dean of the Honors College and Director of Debate at the University of West Georgia, returns to react to the 2012 Energy Topic Meetings with Critical Issues in Debate host Scott Odekirk. Hester participated very closely in this year’s Topic Committee Meeting, making the crucial “cake analogy” that would move the process along on day 2. This conversation includes who Hester thought the ‘gold standard’ of debate was when he first started competing, the history of energy topics, a proposal to improve the topic process, and Hester’s preferences on the 2012 Topic Wording Ballot.

Listen to the podcast by using the audio player below or download by clicking this link: hester topic 2012

The following is the 2012 Topic Wording Ballot:

1.   Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce restrictions on, and/or substantially increase financial incentives for, energy production in the United States of one or more of the following: coal, crude oil, natural gas, nuclear power.

2.   Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce restrictions on, and/or substantially increase financial incentives for, energy production in the United States of one or more of the following: coal, crude oil, natural gas, nuclear power, solar power, wind power.

3.   Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce restrictions on, and/or substantially increase grants, direct loans, loan guarantees, and/or tax incentives for, energy production in the United States of one or more of the following: coal, crude oil, natural gas, nuclear power.

4.   Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce restrictions on, and/or substantially increase grants, direct loans, loan guarantees, and/or tax incentives for, energy production in the United States of one or more of the following: coal, crude oil, natural gas, nuclear power, solar power, wind power.

5.   Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase energy production in the United States via one or more of the following: a substantial reduction of statutory and/or regulatory restrictions on the production of crude oil, natural gas, and/or nuclear power; a substantial increase in grants, direct loans, loan guarantees, and/or tax incentives for electric power generation from coal, natural gas, nuclear power and/or renewable energy sources.

6.   Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase energy production in the United States via one or more of the following: a substantial reduction of statutory and/or regulatory restrictions on the production of crude oil, natural gas, and/or nuclear power; a substantial increase in financial incentives for electric power generation from coal, natural gas, nuclear power, and/or renewable energy sources.

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A Conversation with James Mollison of Loyolla Marymount

Posted in College, Critical Issues in Debate, Podcasts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2012 by Scott Odekirk

This edition of Critical Issues in Debate features one of the most prolific K debaters of the last decade. During this past season James Mollison, along with his partner Jack Ewing, earned the 3rd overall ranking at the end of the year, won tournaments, beat all the best, and blew minds. Scott Odekirk, the host, had a chance to work closely with LMU EM throughout the season so this conversation touches on LMU’s unique preparation process, their approach toward nationals, their entry of the DSRB Interview into the Semis of the NDT, and the general motivations of James when it comes to elite level debate competition. This conversation lightly touches on some mature subjects and uses adult language. This is one of the best interviews in the history of deb(k)ate’s interview project.

Play with audio player below or download this podcast by clicking this link:  mollison may 2012

James and Scott will be working together at the Xylum Debate Institute this summer. XDI is a unique debate camp focused on alternative and non traditional pedagogy with an eye toward using the K to defeat the very best. XDI is now accepting applications for their first ever session during the second week in August. Apply today and mention this podcast on your application!

Podcast: Dr Hester’s Relfection on the 2012 College Debate Season

Posted in 2011-2012 College Democracy Topic, College, Critical Issues in Debate, elimination round, Know Your History, Podcasts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2012 by Scott Odekirk

In our triumphant return to podcasting, Critical Issues in Debate welcomes back a long time contributor, Dr. Michael Hester. Dr Hester is the Director of West Georgia Debate and also a dean in the Honors College at West Georgia. Dr Hester is also a member of the Edebate Allstars. This conversation covers the 2012 NDT, the DSRB interview, the Loyolla v Georgetown semifinal round, preparing during the off-season, and more. Thanks Dr Hester for giving the website more great insights!

you can also download the postcast by clicking this link: hester 2012 reflection

This podcast is also available on itunes, just search “puttingthekindebate”

Critical Issues in Debate: Dr. Hester on the Democracy Assistance topic

Posted in 2011-2012 College Democracy Topic, College, Critical Issues in Debate, Podcasts with tags on June 29, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

In this podcast Dr. Michael Hester, and friend and frequent contributor to the podcast series talk about various aspects of the upcoming Democracy Assistance Topic.

Dr. Michael Hester is the Associate Dean of the Honors College at the University of West Georgia and has been the director of UWG Debate for 16 years. During his tenure, UWG Debate has won CEDA National championships twice (as well as reaching the finals and semifinals in other years), reached the semifinals, quarterfinals (3 times), and octafinals (4 times) of the NDT, and received 1st Round At-Large Bids to the NDT nine times. He coached the first African-American male to win a national championship, the first all-female team to win a national championship, the first team to win a national championship running a K, as well as the first teams to introduce arguments about gendered language into debate. He has worked at more than two dozen summer debate camps since 1989, including serving on the faculty of debate institutes at Arizona State, Bates, Berkeley, Emory, Gonzaga, and Michigan, as well as lecturing to the University of Kentucky Fellows.

 

Also look for the podcast on iTunes. You can download the podcast by clicking this link: hester on democracy assistance

Critical Issues in Debate: Democracy Assistance Topic Roundup Part 2

Posted in 2011-2012 College Democracy Topic, College, Critical Issues in Debate, Podcasts with tags , , , on June 28, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

In this podcast we continue our discussion of the upcoming college topic wording vote. Ballots are due by July 13!

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

Coaches on this edition include:

Andrea Reed is currently heading into her second year as the director of the University of Kentucky debate team. She has now attended 4 topic meetings through her years as a coach and has a lot of great thoughts on this year’s college topic. She also talks briefly about the high school space topic. This is her second appearance on Critical Issues in Debate.

Gabe Murillo was a very successful debater at Wayne State and has coached the University of Oklahoma to recent and well-known success. Gabe is making his second appearance on the podcast and has some interesting ideas about how topics like this could be crafted in the future.

Sarah PartlowLefevre is the director of the highly successful debate team at Idaho State University. She has won a number of college coaching awards including the coach of the year award given at the NDT. She is also currently serving as the Cross Examination Debate Association’s First Vice President which makes her highly involved in the topic process. This is her first appearance on the podcast.

 

You can listen to the podcast here, download it on iTunes, or download it here by clicking this link: Democracy Assistance Topic Roundup Part 2

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: 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.