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Podcast about the history of performance debate

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I really thought this podcast was interesting. 

http://www.radiolab.org/story/debatable/

 

"Unclasp your briefcase. It’s time for a showdown. 

In competitive debate future presidents, supreme court justices, and titans of industry pummel each other with logic and rhetoric. 
 
But a couple years ago Ryan Wash, a queer, Black, first-generation college student from Kansas City, Missouri joined the debate team at Emporia State University. When he started going up against fast-talking, well-funded, “name-brand” teams, it was clear he wasn’t in Kansas anymore. So Ryan became the vanguard of a movement that made everything about debate debatable. In the end, he made himself a home in a strange and hostile land. Whether he was able to change what counts as rigorous academic argument … well, that’s still up for debate."

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