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The Half Hour with YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis: Ep. 40 - Iranian Protests

The Half Hour with YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis is back with Episode 40! Extempers, you are at the right place to learn, grab some research, and improve your extemporaneous craft. In this new episode, YuYu and Spencer highlight the Iranian Protests.


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40 | Iranian Protests

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

Citizens of Iran are pushing for change within the regime. The problem: There is a real uncertainty about whether the regime can change. Some speculate that the regime will win and things may stay the same. Others argue that theory is not applicable to practice. Yet, if things do not turn out well, Iran may be at the verge of a complete disaster. In this episode, YuYu and Spencer work through the current status of the Iranian protests.

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

  1. Why is the Iranian government struggling to stamp out recent protests?

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

  1. Council on Foreign Relations - Iran’s Protesters Want Khamenei Gone. Who Is Iran’s Supreme Leader? -

  2. CNBC - Mass protests in Iran, sparked by woman’s death in police custody, are the regime’s biggest challenge in years -

  3. New York Times - ‘They Have Nothing to Lose’: Why Young Iranians Are Rising Up Once Again -

  4. NPR - Iran's president tries to appease public anger as protests spread to schools -

  5. NPR - Around the world, protesters take to the streets in solidarity with Iranian women -

  6. CNN - Stalked, tortured, disappeared: Iranian authorities have a playbook for silencing dissent, and they’re using it again -

  7. BBC - Iran: A really simple guide to the protests -

  8. Transitions from Authoritarian Rule by Guillermo O’Donnell and Philippe C. Schmitter

-----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

Design Production: Adobe Express

Hosts: YuYu Yuan, Spencer Travis

Produced By: Spencer Travis

Edited By: Joshua Mitchell

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