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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”

2011 NDT Octos: Loyolla EM vs Northwestern BK

Posted in Battles, College, elimination round, Ks on the Aff, Video with tags , , on April 20, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

This was a great debate between Jack Ewing and James Mollison from Loyolla and Layne Kirshon and Ryan Beiermeister from Northwestern. Don’t miss the order for the 1ac, by the way, it is 3 off! 3 off for the 1ac! Northwestern would go on to win this debate on a 3-2 decision.




Critical Issues In Debate: End of the Season College Debate Roundup

Posted in College, Critical Issues in Debate, Podcasts with tags , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

click this link for a downloadable version for audio players end of the year college season roundup 2011

I thought this weekend was a great time to talk with some great coaches around the country about what they thought about the past season and the visas topic. This conversation involves four coaches and goes in a lot of different directions. If you participated in the past college season, are a student of debate, or are interested in what we do at all this should be very educational and entertaining. Guests include:

Lindsey Shook is getting her PHD at Kansas University and is one of the coaches that helped Kansas earn two first rounds to the NDT this past season during which she worked closely with Kansas KQ who won the Wake Forest Tournament. In this podcast Lindsey explains why she liked the visas topic, the counterfactual aff Kansas KQ broke in quarters of the NDT, and what it means for her to participate in the activity.

Jeff Buntin is one of the main argument coaches and lead researchers for the 2011 NDT Championship debate team at Northwestern University. He is known for his fantastic research and his strong work ethic. Jeff talks about the parts of the 2010-2011 college topic that he really enjoyed, including the human trafficking portion of the topic. He also describes what it was like to coach two teams in semifinals of the NDT. He discusses the strategic utility of the H1-B affs this year and a number of important counterplan strategies that occured this year. 

Lawrence Grandpre is a coach for the Towson Debate Team. Lawrence is a great judge and very wel researched on contemporary theory on race and critical theory. He explains the unique perspective those on his debate team had on this year’s topic and and some of the arguments they made this year. Lawrence discusses the work of Frank Wildersen and a few other key authors that one could read to learn more about the history of race politics in America. 

 Jarrod Atchison is one of the best debate coaches in the country and just completed his first year as the directer of the Wake Forest Univesity Debate Team. He is one of the most highly preferred judges in the country and one of the brightest people in the community. Jarrod discusses what he loves about debate, judging, Wake Forest Debate, and the most recent class of college seniors in debate. Jarrod explains what he liked about the visas topic, specifically the ways that affs innovated throughout the season. He also suggests some things that debaters can do in the offseason to get better.

Thanks to all those that participated! Look for another installment of the these end of the year round ups soon.

Northwestern BW vs Oklahoma GW – Octos at Kentucky – Feb. 2011

Posted in Beating K Affs, College, elimination round, Ks on the Aff, Video with tags , , on February 22, 2011 by Scott Odekirk

Thanks to all the participants (Nick Watts, Rj Giglio, Zane Waxman, and Jordan Blumenthal). Sorry for the lack of decision video. The panel was Ken Strange (Dartmouth Director, his head is prominently featured here), Scott Harris (Kansas Director), and Nick Miller (Emory Coach and former debater). The panel voted in a 2-1 in favor of Oklahoma. Scott Harris sat.



Critical Issues in Debate: a conversation with NDT Champion Eric Lanning

Posted in Critical Issues in Debate, Podcasts with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2010 by Scott Odekirk

Scott Odekirk and Eric Lanning, the 2010 National Debate Tournament champion, discuss debate, politics, life, language, and disability. This is an interesting discussion revealing the multifaceted nature of Eric and his vibrant care for the community. Download the podcast below for mobile devices and other media players.

critical issues in debate eric lanning

thanks to eric for a great conversation

NDT 2010: Octas: West Georgia BS vs Northwestern FS

Posted in Battles, elimination round, Ks on the Aff, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2010 by Scott Odekirk



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