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Recommended Podcast Episode: Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò on Deference Epistemology and Standpoint Epistemology

Podcasts are an excellent educational resource for debaters. I will occasionally recommend specific episodes that debaters might find particularly helpful.

Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò is a philosophy professor at Georgetown. He recently wrote two provocative articles about the concept of deference epistemology and its relationship to standpoint epistemology: “Identity Politics and Elite Capture” (in the Boston Review) and “Being-in-the-Room Privilege: Elite Capture and Epistemic Deference” (in The Philosopher). Both have significant potential applications to popular debate arguments; Jenny Zhang explicitly made that connection in a Gawker article. Táíwò is also working on a book-length version of these articles; its title is Elite Capture: How the Powerful Took Over Identity Politics (And Everything Else) and it will be published by Haymarket Books in mid-2022.

Cards from Táíwò’s articles are already being cited in debates, and I expect that they will become increasingly popular going forward. To help students understand how to defend and answer Táíwò’s arguments, I recommend two podcast episodes: “Identity, Power, and Speech with Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò” from The Dig and “Constructing New Rooms with Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò” from The End of Sport.

The former episode is a long, in-depth conversation about Táíwò’s articles. Daniel Denvir is a talented interviewer, and his questions give Táíwò an opportunity to unpack, explain, and expand his position. Listening to this conversation will help students better understand the concepts and arguments in Táíwò’s work.

In the latter episode, hosts Nathan Kalman-Lamb, Johanna Mellis, and Derek Silva ask Táíwò to apply his arguments to sports. The conversation begins with a basic introduction to the idea of racial capitalism and then moves to a discussion of elite capture and how it plays out inside and outside of sports, including in last year’s WNBA and NBA player protests and in Colin Kaepernick’s exclusion from the NFL. Then, Táíwò offers a succinct explanation of what he means by the concept of deference epistemology, how it differs from standpoint epistemology, and how it might be applied to college football during the pandemic. Sports fans will find this episode particularly helpful for understanding Táíwò’s arguments, but I think it will be helpful even for students who aren’t familiar with the specific details of the sports examples.

Recommended Podcast Episode: Bracewell Environmental Law Monitor on WOTUS

Podcasts are an excellent educational resource for debaters. I will occasionally recommend specific episodes that debaters might find particularly helpful.

I recently wrote about the Arizona District Court’s WOTUS decision and what it means for the water resources protection topic. Students looking for a deeper dive into the subject should check out two recent episodes of the Bracewell Environmental Law Monitor podcast. The first (from September 15th) is a very wonky discussion of WOTUS, its history, its current status, and its future. It is a conversation between three Bracewell attorneys: Daniel Pope, Ann Navaro, and Brittany Pemberton. Its target audience is lawyers and other professionals in industries affected by WOTUS, but I think debaters will appreciate its depth.

The second episode is a five minute update from later that day. In it, Pope explains the EPA’s announcement that it will no longer be enforcing the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. At the time the earlier episode was recorded, this had not yet been determined.

Recommended Podcast Episode: Ray Levy Uyeda on California’s Water Futures Index and Water Commodification

Podcasts are an excellent educational resource for debaters. I will occasionally recommend specific episodes that debaters might find particularly helpful.

This Is Hell! is a long-running radio show and podcast that is frequently useful for debaters. In this episode, host Chuck Mertz interviews freelance writer Ray Levy Uyeda about “A Bleak Future for Water,” an article she wrote for The Baffler. Uyeda begins by describing California’s water futures index and explains how the concept of commodity futures trading is now likely to be increasingly applied to water. She then unpacks the many serious implications of the commodification of water on agriculture, water access, the right to water, inequality, and poverty. Students preparing to debate the water resources protection topic should find this interview useful as they prepare arguments about resourcism, capitalism, and water rights and water protector activism. (Note: There is a second segment of this episode about the failure of the Texas electrical grid and how neoliberal politicians responded to it. It is unrelated to the water commodification interview.)

Recommended Podcast Episode: Aziz Rana on U.S. Hegemony, the Liberal International Order, and Biden’s Foreign Policy

Podcasts are an excellent educational resource for debaters. I will occasionally recommend specific episodes that debaters might find particularly helpful.

Leftist foreign policy analysts Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison have a new podcast about U.S. foreign policy called American Prestige. The third episode (“Some Like it Cold (War)“) is particularly valuable for debaters. It includes a lengthy conversation with Aziz Rana, a Cornell law professor whose work has been cited often by debaters in recent seasons to make arguments about hegemony, imperialism, security, capitalism, and related topics.

In this conversation, Rana explains the historical context of U.S. hegemony and the domestic politics that have supported it. He then uses this history to establish several arguments about the contemporary politics of U.S. foreign policy. This wide-ranging discussion will help debaters better understand not just Rana’s arguments about Biden’s foreign policy, but also leftist critiques of U.S. hegemony and imperialism more broadly.

Podcasts About The Criminal Justice Reform Topic (Part 2)

In the first part of this two-part series, I shared five podcasts that are entirely about criminal justice reform and related issues. In this article, I will suggest individual episodes from other podcasts that are relevant to the criminal justice reform topic.

Some of the recommended episodes are from podcasts that regularly cover these issues; others are “one-off” episodes from podcasts that don’t normally cover them. Either way, all of these recommended podcast episodes are potentially useful resources for students preparing to debate the criminal justice reform topic.

This is not a comprehensive list; there are many more episodes from many other podcasts that students might find helpful when researching criminal justice reform-related topics. When curating this list, I focused heavily on episodes about prison and police abolition and on episodes from the last few weeks.

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