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The Half Hour w/ YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis: Ep. 23 - Russia & Ukraine, Part 2

Updated: Mar 6, 2022

Hey, Extempers! I bet you are cramming to get ready for culminating tourneys, and I've got good news for you... Episode 23 of The Half Hour with YuYu and Spencer is live! You are at the right place to learn, grab some research, and improve your extemporaneous craft. In this week's episode, our hosts continue their discussion of the Russia and Ukraine situation in part two of their two part series.


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23 | Russia & Ukraine, Part 2

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

Even though the conflict may still be at large, there may be political losses if Russia invades Ukraine. In this episode, YuYu and Spencer break down whether or not Russia’s intent is really to invade Ukraine or if it is all about political pressure.

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

  1. EATA - NATO Member States -,%2C%20United%20Kingdom%2C%20United%20States

  2. CFR - Conflict in Ukraine -

  3. Washington Post - Russia planning massive military offensive against Ukraine involving 175,000 troops, U.S. intelligence warns -

  4. CNN - US alleges Russia planning false flag operation against Ukraine using 'graphic' video -

  5. New York Times - U.S. Exposes What It Says Is Russian Effort to Fabricate Pretext for Invasion -

  6. NPR - U.S. says Russia is planning a staged attack in Ukraine to justify an invasion -

  7. Reuters - Ukraine hails Turkey drone deal, Erdogan offer to mediate in Russia standoff -

  8. Politico - U.S. deploys troops to Eastern Europe; thousands more on standby -

  9. NYTimes - Europe Thinks Putin is Planning Something Even Worse than War -

  10. The Dragons and the Snakes by David Kilcullen

-----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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