Category Archives: Podcast

The Return of The 3NR Podcast

The long-awaited third season of the 3NR Podcast kicks off with a special guest edition featuring James Herndon (of Emory University) and Whit Whitmore (of the University of Michigan) alongside Scott Phillips. Topics covered include international fiat, impact turning new block impacts after link turning in the 2AC, and research practices/qualifications. The Contemporary Argumentation & Debate issue discussed in the podcast is available here.

Interested? Head over to podcast.the3nr.com and download the new episode. If you haven’t done so already, you can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

New Podcast Episode Covers TOC, Summer Institute Preparation

The 3NR Podcast is back with a new hour-long episode that is divided between two conversations: one looking back on this year’s Tournament of Champions and the other looking forward to summer institutes. Our TOC debriefing covers a lot of ground from the schedule to the judging pool to the class of 2011. The student-centered portion of the episode then puts the focus on preparing for summer institutes. What can students do to improve between now and the beginning of camp? How can students make a good impression on their lab leaders? Many tips (as well as a few warnings) are provided.

Interested? Head over to podcast.the3nr.com and download the new episode. If you haven’t done so already, you can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

The Return of the Malgorcast

Recorded at the end of April (Apologies for the delay. – ed.), the latest episode of the podcast features the return of Malcolm Gordon (his previous appearances include s01e03, s01e12, and s01e13). Several topics are covered during this hour-long discussion: 

  1. Topicality: after judging two T debates together at the National Debate Tournament (round eight between Wake Forest HM and Kansas KP and the semifinals between Northwestern FS and Michigan LZ), Malcolm and Scott discuss trends in topicality debating, suggest strategies for improving topicality preparation and execution, and wonder about the way that topicality debates are commonly judged.

  2. Conditionality: Malcolm and Scott discuss the way that conditionality is debated and judged.

  3. Impact Turns: is the era of the impact turn over? Scott thinks so, and he and Malcolm explain why that’s a shame—and how to improve impact comparisons.

  4. Framework: Malcolm’s opus answering Scott’s defense of framework arguments is not yet complete, but he gives listeners a sneak preview of what they have to look forward to.

As always, you should head over to podcast.the3nr.com and download the new episode. If you haven’t done so already, you can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Podcast: Preparing For The TOC, Part 2

Scott Phillips and James Herndon are back for part two of their discussion of TOC preparation. This time, the goal is to help students prepare to debate on the negative. How can you prepare topicality arguments to protect yourself against new cases? How does the politics disadvantage fit into your preparation? What counterplans should you have ready to go? These and other questions are discussed by two of the coaches of this year’s Copeland Award winning team from Emory University. Head over to podcast.the3nr.com and download the new episode to find the answers. As always, you can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes

Podcast: Preparing For The TOC, Part 1

Preparing for the season-ending tournaments? Heading to Lexington in a few weeks for the TOC? The latest episode of The 3NR Podcast is here to help. In part one of a two-part series, Scott Phillips and James Herndon discuss affirmative preparation and strategy. When should you read a new case? What makes a new case strategic? How should you write your plan? How can you use add-ons strategically? Head over to podcast.the3nr.com and download the new episode to find the answers. If you haven’t already, you can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

You Ask, We Answer: Season 2, Episode 7 of The 3NR Podcast

As promised, the latest edition of The 3NR Podcast centers entirely around reader/listener-submitted questions. With the full crew on board, the discussion covers a lot of ground including email evidence, the way that judges should (and do) balance explanation versus evidence, debating the case against COIN affirmatives, and more. Click on over to podcast.the3nr.com to download the new episode or subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. We didn’t get to everything, so we will dedicate another future episode to the remaining questions we’ve received from our listeners. If you have something you’d like us to discuss, please let us know.

Special Guest Podcast: Affirmative Approaches to Critiques

The latest edition of The 3NR Podcast features two special guests: James Herndon (Director of Debate Programs and Debate Coach at Emory University) and John Turner (M.A. candidate in Communication and Assistant Debate Coach at the University of Georgia). James, John, and Scott discuss affirmative approaches to debating critiques. Click on over to podcast.the3nr.com to download the new episode or subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Prepare For The Rest of the Season With The Latest Podcast Episode

As promised, the latest episode of The 3NR Podcast was recorded today. From the description on the Podcast page:

As the first semester draws to a close, this episode of The 3NR Podcast assesses the evolution of this year’s topic and provides practical advice for students as they prepare for the rest of the season. The news is chock full of stories that are relevant to debates about U.S. military presence: the Lisbon NATO Summit, the North Korean attack on South Korea, and the Wikileaks disclosure are just the tip of the iceberg. What do these recent developments—and more, including the state of President Obama’s agenda in the new, split Congress—mean for the topic? How can students maximize the benefits of their Winter Break preparation? The discussion weaves into several other topics including the wiki, disclosure norms, and the “Warm Room” tabulation concept and concludes with (not so) rapid-fire responses to questions submitted by listeners.

Head over to podcast.the3nr.com to download the new episode or subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Podcast Tonight

We are going to record a podcast tonight, so if you have questions post them in the comments.

The more detailed your questions are the more likely they are to get answered. Questions that are super generic like “why is condo good” are most likely to be dismissed. Questions about how to answer specific arguments related to the topic are more likely to get answered, as are questions that give some background info.

For example, someone recently emailed me a question about a K and included the 2 cards the neg won on and their 3 answers and asked why they were insufficient. That is a good question because it gives a lot of ground for discussion. Saying “we lost on security, y?” is much harder to discuss/answer.