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The Half Hour w/ YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis: Episode 7, U.S. Debt Ceiling

Extemporaneous Speakers, if you are not on board The Half Hour Train, you best grab a free ticket and hop on! This is the spot to learn, grab research, and improve your extemporaneous craft. This week's episode of The Half Hour with YuYu and Spencer tries to make sense of the U.S. Debt Ceiling.


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

The controversial topic of the continuous raising of debt has sparked partisan debate for what seems to be no particular reason. But there are other methods to solving the debt crisis rather than just raising the debt, as some economists may note. In this episode, YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis tackle the problem of the U.S. Debt Ceiling.

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

  1. End This Depression Now! by Paul Krugman

  2. NYTimes - What a U.S. Debt Default Would Look Like -

  3. Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

  4. NYT - Explaining the U.S. Debt Limit and Why It Became a Bargaining Tool -

  5. Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget - Q&A: Everything You Should Know About the Debt Ceiling -

  6. CNBC - U.S. faces a recession if Congress doesn’t address the debt limit within 2 weeks, Yellen says -

  7. Fortune - What would happen if the U.S. doesn’t raise the debt ceiling? -

-----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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Video/Audio Recording: Zoom Video Communications

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Produced By: Spencer Travis

Edited By: Joshua Mitchell

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Music By: Lyle Wiley (Production: GarageBand)

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