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  1. 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. Check it out! http://puttingthekindebate.com/2012/05/07/a-conversation-with-james-mollison-of-loyolla-marymount/
  2. Check it out! http://puttingthekindebate.com/2011/06/28/critical-issues-in-debate-democracy-assistance-topic-roundup-part-2/ 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.
  3. 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. Even though this podcast is about the college topic it would be useful for all levels of debaters to just listen to people this smart talk about debate. Check it out: http://puttingthekindebate.com/2011/06/26/critical-issues-in-debate-democracy-assistance-topic-roundup/ 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.
  4. These were two of my favorite teams last year! I really enjoyed seeing how much work Liberty put in all year at getting better and was overjoyed to see them do so well at the end of the season. Thanks to all the participants (Beth Mendenhall, Derek Ziegler, Eddie Fitzgerald, and Benjamin Hagwood). Check it Out! http://puttingthekindebate.com/2011/06/16/ceda-semis-kansas-state-mz-v-liberty-fh/
  5. 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. Check it out! http://puttingthekindebate.com/2011/06/03/critical-issues-in-debate-jackie-massey-on-the-loon-and-ou-debate/
  6. Here is the link: Critical Issues in Debate: Izak Dunn on the Role of Philosophy in Debate 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, and being an angsty teenager. 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!â€
  7. here is the link: http://puttingthekindebate.com/2011/04/27/critical-issues-in-debate-kansas-state-wins-ceda-nationals-koehle-and-mendenhall/ 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. 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.
  8. it is actually Derek Ziegler, not Kyle. don't know what I was thinking!
  9. Here is a good opportunity to see how to beat a race team's aff with a fast technical strategy with multiple conditional positions. Even though K State is fast they are very clear and fun to watch! Two great teams met in this years CEDA NAtionals Final Round. Kansas State was represented by Beth Mendenhall and Kyle Ziegler and Towson was represented by Ben Crossan and Fernando Kirkman. Kansas State would win this debate, and the championship on a 6-3. Thanks to all the participants! Check it out! http://puttingthekindebate.com/2011/04/26/2011-ceda-nationals-final-round/
  10. This is a great in-depth look at research and strategy for next years topic! You will definitely find cites to cut from this article. http://puttingthekindebate.com/2011/04/24/kritiking-space-exploration-and-development/ Thanks
  11. 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. Check it out! http://puttingthekindebate.com/2011/04/24/critical-issues-in-debate-pigs-in-space-a-high-school-topic-ride-a-long-with-kevin-kuswa/
  12. 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? Check it out! http://puttingthekindebate.com/2011/04/23/critical-issues-in-debate-luis-m-magallon-garcia-on-the-immigration-topic/
  13. Do not miss this "once-in-a-generation" elimination round featuring two of the very best teams of the last 4 years. In quarterfinals of this year's National Debate Tournament Oklahoma GW flipped aff against Michigan LZ. The debate that ensued is a classic. http://puttingthekindebate.com/2011/04/22/2011-ndt-quarters-oklahoma-gw-vs-michigan-lz/
  14. A new series of posts is coming out by a former debate coach that is inspired by space exploration. Michael “Bear” Bryant is the current chair of the General Education Department at Sullivan University System. Bear once earned 4 first round at large bids to the NDT and was known as a prolific and powerful debater. He was also a highly successful at the college level where he coached multiple first rounds. I was once coached by Bear when I was a sophomore in college during which I spent a lot of time with him. I can honestly say that Bear is one of the most interesting people I have ever known. One of his many interests is the universe. This is a reposting of a bunch of Bear’s “Space Posts” from facebook. check it out! http://puttingthekindebate.com/2011/04/22/space-explorations-by-legendary-former-coach-michael-bear-bryant-part-1/
  15. 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! http://puttingthekindebate.com/2011/04/21/critical-issues-in-debate-galloway/
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