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The Half Hour w/ YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis: Episode 14, Omicron

Get ready, Extempers! The new episode of The Half Hour with YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis has landed. You are at the right place to learn, grab some research, and improve your extemporaneous craft. This week's episode of The Half Hour with YuYu and Spencer tackles the most recent variant of COVID-19 - Omicron.


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14 | Omicron

-----Description of Podcast-----

The recent Omicron variant has the world on edge. How threatening is this variant to the rest of the world? Will it create another lockdown similar to the start of 2020? In this episode of the Half Hour, YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis discuss the Omicron variant.

**DISCLAIMER: This video contains content pertaining to COVID-19. For information regarding the impact of COVID-19, please view the CDC’s website here:

-----Sources from this Video-----

  1. Revisit Half Hour 2 | Pfizer’s FDA Approval on YouTube: or on One Clap Speech and Debate:

  2. World Health Organization - Update on Omicron -

  3. CNBC - U.S. Tightens Travel Testing Requirements, Mask Mandates as Part of a Broader Plan to Fight COVID -

  4. NYT - Covid Live Updates: Biden Details New Strategy as Omicron Reaches U.S. -

  5. The Atlantic -Omicron’s Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios -

  6. NPR - A 3rd U.S. case of the omicron variant is reported in Colorado -

  7. NPR - Sending the right message about the omicron variant is tricky -

-----About The Half Hour-----

The Half Hour is a current events podcast designed with the intention of helping Extemp competitors (and other Speech and Debate members, as well as listening for the general public) understand the importance of political, social, or economical events on a domestic and international scale. As Extemp competitors only have half an hour to prep a speech, the podcast is designed to brief competitors in the same amount of time it would take for them to prep. Each episode looks at both sides of current events while providing background information to help expand upon the issue. The Half Hour also looks into common questions that people may be asked relating to current events and will work to answer them based on credible news sources from both sides.

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-----Credits and Credentials-----

Video/Audio Recording: Zoom Video Communications

Production Recording: OBS Studio

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Hosts: YuYu Yuan, Spencer Travis

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Produced By: Spencer Travis

Edited By: Spencer Travis

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Music By: Lyle Wiley (Production: GarageBand)

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