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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.

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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!”

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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.

Critical Issues in Debate: Kansas State Wins CEDA Nationals: Koehle and Mendenhall.

Posted in Critical Issues in Debate, Podcasts with tags , , on April 27, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

On the heels of posting the CEDA Nationals final round I wanted to get a couple of the folks at Kansas State that I know on the podcast to talk about how they did it.

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Beth Mendenhall discusses what it took for her and her partner, Derek Ziegler, to win the 2011 CEDA National Championship, being a woman in debate and her thoughts on the visas topic.

Joe Koehle, formerly of WGLF fame, coached Kansas State over the past couple of years. He discusses what it took from the debaters and coaches to make K State a championship level program, the Chicago Bulls, and his thoughts on the visas topic.

Critical Issues in Debate: “Pigs in Space” a High School Topic Ride-A-Long with Kevin Kuswa

Posted in 2011-2012 High School Space Topic, Critical Issues in Debate with tags , on April 24, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

Kevin Kuswa was an incredibly successful college debater. He reached the octos at the NDT in four straight appearances and in 1992 he won the NDT while debating at Georgetown. He has been a very successful coach at the University of Richmond and will be the director at Fresno State University. He is also an author on this site and we are very lucky to have Kevin on the deb(k)ate team! This podcast is dedicated to the High School Space Topic for the 2011-2012 season.

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Here is a link to all the stuff Kevin has produced on Putting the K in!

Critical Issues in Debate: Luis M Magallon Garcia on the Immigration Topic

Posted in College, Critical Issues in Debate with tags , , on April 23, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

Luis Magallon is one of the best debaters I ever judged and one of the best judges/coaches in the college community. During his time at Cal State Fullerton he has contributed to many innovations in kritik debate. This discussion is focused on whether or not this year’s visa topic actually came to terms with the most important immigration issues. This podcast is centered on the experience of the undocumented in both debate and the broader immigration/visa system. We also discuss the way identity politics is being deployed in contemporary debates and Luis’ concern that many contemporary race theory is overly modernist. His perspective is essential to consider when asking the question: what did we learn from the immigration topic?

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Critical Issues in Debate: A Conversation with Dr. Ryan Galloway

Posted in Critical Issues in Debate, Podcasts with tags on April 21, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

Dr. Ryan Galloway is the director of the Samford University Debate team who recently cleared to the octos at the National Debate Tournament. Everyone who listens to this will be smarter after listening. Dr. Galloway provides insights on this year’s topic, succeeding in the contemporary college debate environment as a small school, what we should look for in next year’s topic, the purpose of the activity, what debaters should be doing in the off-season, and why the affirmative should have to defend a topical plan. I have been wanting to get Dr. Galloway on the podcast for over a year now and I feel lucky to have had him on. Enjoy!

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here is the link to the podcast by Repko and Paul that Galloway refers to.

Critical Issues in Debate: Paul Mabrey on the Madison Cup

Posted in College, Critical Issues in Debate, Podcasts with tags , , on April 20, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

Imagine a tournament where policy teams and parli teams meet to compete for prizes worth up to 5,000 dollars. Paul Mabrey, assistant director of the James Madison University Policy Debate Team, explains just such an event being hosted this week by JMU entitled the Madison Cup. Paul discusses the unique format of the tournament, the prize money, the debate space and also the intersection between live music and live debate. This is one of my favorite things I have done with the website. This year’s Madison Cup takes place this thursday.

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Click this link to watch the “final table” from the 2010 Madison Cup.

Thanks so much to Paul Mabrey. We will certainly be involving Paul in many more things with Putting the K in!