The Half Hour with YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis: Ep. 38 - Prep for Midterms

Extempers, get your head in the game! Episode 38 of The Half Hour with YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis is live! You are at the right place to learn, grab some research, and improve your extemporaneous craft. In this new episode, YuYu and Spencer discuss upcoming midterm elections.


 

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38 | Prep for Midterms


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

Primaries are completed across the U.S. Now, the question turns to which party will gain control of the House and the Senate? In this podcast, YuYu and Spencer explore what is needed to know as the U.S. prepares itself for its midterm elections.


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

  1. Is it too late for Democrats to win the House?

  2. Is Former President Trump making it harder for Republicans to win control of the Senate this fall?

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

  1. NBC News - Rep. Liz Cheney loses her primary in Wyoming to Trump-backed challenger - https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2022-election/rep-liz-cheney-loses-primary-wyoming-trump-backed-challenger-rcna43379

  2. Vox - Marjorie Taylor Greene’s space laser and the age old problem of blaming the Jews - https://www.vox.com/22256258/marjorie-taylor-greene-jewish-space-laser-anti-semitism-conspiracy-theories

  3. NBC News [via YouTube] - Sen. Warren: When You Buy Crypto, Are You Buying Air? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUwnjWgQRTQ

  4. NYTimes - After Cheney’s Loss, Only Two of the ‘Impeachment 10’ Remain - https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/08/16/us/politics/liz-cheney-impeachment-10.html

  5. Newsweek - Democrats Edging Out Republicans for Midterms in 'Generic Ballot' Polling - https://www.newsweek.com/democrats-edging-out-republicans-midterms-generic-ballot-polling-1734035

  6. The New Yorker - Is There a Serious Case for a Not-Awful Election for Democrats This Fall? - https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-bidens-washington/is-there-a-serious-case-for-a-not-awful-election-for-democrats-this-fall

  7. Politico - A new, powerful signal that Dems’ midterm hopes aren’t lost - https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/16/democrats-midterms-hopes-washington-00052049

  8. US News - Republican Prospects for Midterm Pickups Dim Amid Democratic Wins - https://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2022-08-05/republican-prospects-for-midterm-pickups-dim-amid-democratic-wins

  9. FiveThirtyEight - Will This Be An Asterisk* Election? - https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/will-this-be-an-asterisk-election/

  10. CNN - With 100 days to the midterms, Democrats try to defy the odds as Republicans boast of coming wave - https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/31/politics/100-days-midterms-house/index.html

  11. The Gaurdian - Democrats’ midterm prospects perk up as Biden finally hits his stride - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/aug/11/democrats-midterms-win-projections-biden-republicans

  12. The Hill - Biden Approval Rating Ticks Up 3 Point in One Week: Poll - https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/3605531-biden-approval-rating-ticks-up-3-points-in-past-week-poll/

  13. United States Senate - U.S. Senate: Party Division - https://www.senate.gov/history/partydiv.htm

  14. Politico - Democrats gain momentum: 5 takeaways from the last big primary night of 2022 - https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/24/5-takeaways-as-the-2022-primary-season-winds-down-00053445

  15. NPR - Jan. 6 hearings chip away at Trump's hold on GOP, as 2024 hopefuls circle - https://www.npr.org/2022/07/30/1114578872/trump-desantis-pence-president-2024

-----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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Hosts: YuYu Yuan, Spencer Travis

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