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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!

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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