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The Half Hour with YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis: Ep. 34 - Student Debt Crisis

How's that hot summer treating you, Extempers? Episode 34 of The Half Hour with YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis is here to cool us all off! You are at the right place to learn, grab some research, and improve your extemporaneous craft. In this new episode, YuYu and Spencer explore the intricacies of the student debt crisis.


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34 | Student Debt Crisis

Isn’t it funny that colleges talk about the student debt crisis? If it is so bad, then why don’t colleges just fix it themselves? In this episode of The Half Hour, YuYu and Spencer unveil what is going on with the student debt crisis in the United States.

-----Possible Extemp Questions-----

  1. Would a cancellation of student debt improve Democrats chances in the midterm elections?

  2. Is U.S. higher education in need of significant structural reforms?

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

  1. CNBC - This is How Student Loan Debt became a $1.7 Trillion Crisis -

  2. SDCC - We are the Student Debt Crisis Center (SDCC) -

  3. Forbes - The Student Loan Crisis is Worse than You Think -

  4. Business Insider - Mitt Romney and fellow Republicans introduce bill that would stop Biden from canceling student-loan debt -

  5. CNN - Biden nears decision on student loans as inflation worries mount -

  6. Forbes - Democrats Say Student Loan Forgiveness Can Help Win Votes, But Their Plan May Backfire -

  7. Washington Post - The political case for forgiving student loan debt -

  8. Washington Post - Biden goes for the safer play on canceling student loan debt -

  9. USA Today - 'Windfall for the rich': Republicans warm up attacks as Biden weighs forgiving student debt -

-----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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Edited By: Joshua Mitchell

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Music By: Lyle Wiley (Production: GarageBand)

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