Update by YuYu Yuan
Hello extempers, speech and debaters, and everyone else reading this blogpost! We have officially made it to season two of the Half Hour Podcast!!!! Thank you all for all of the love and support; we really appreciate you taking the time to listen to our episodes and sometimes peculiar rants about politics and international relations. This next season we’re expecting old and new listeners using the pod as an extemp or even current event source. We’re super excited for what’s in store for the next school year and wanted to give a quick sneak peak into what we have in store.
As you all may have noticed, we officially started off the season with our episode regarding the unfortunate overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court and with a Gun Control episode. Hopefully y’all have enjoyed our productions so far but please stay tuned for more. We would have a set list of episodes we have lined up, but as you know news moves fast and sometimes, it’s very unpredictable. However, we do have a Britain episode coming up as the United Kingdom is experiencing many changes the week this blogpost was written; so, be ready for that episode soon! Other things we can tell you to stay tuned for are: exciting national news as the midterms come up, the Biden administration still working on policy agendas and as our economy is still recovering from a pretty huge hit. Be sure to also look out for international news on the podcast as well like the episode planned on the United Kingdom, Myanmar and other news circulating the globe.
You should also be on the lookout for more social media interactions and posts! We’ll do more Q and As and also polls for what episode we should do next. Be sure to also be on the lookout for weekly summaries of what has been happening in the news that we think you should check out, but couldn’t cover on the pod, on our social media page! And yes, this was a plug to get all of you to follow us on social media! That being said, please follow @thehalfhourextemppodcast on twitter and instagram. :)
Our episode structure will stay the same as last season’s structure: we will do a short introduction and go into the background and public opinion on what is going on in the news before we give you a couple of example questions from Extemp Central and give you some answers that you could use for your speeches. For new listeners, we have included a little blurb in the introduction that lets you know what you can expect from the episode. As always we will list the sources we used for the episode in the description so that all of you have access to those as well to use for your extemp speeches!
Special guests are coming back! There will also be more special guests in the upcoming season, some of which you’ll recognize or won’t recognize but all of which will have lots of information that will be helpful in your extemp adventure! Special guests in season two will be more coach focused so we can get the expertise and inside scoop on how to succeed in extemp. Look out for the next special guests on episode 45 of the Half Hour Extemp Podcast. We don’t know what is next but we do know there will be a next episode!
We also once again would like to remind everyone that we are not experts in most of the fields that we cover! What we are are two former extempers that did the event all four years of high school and are using our knowledge as a way to help out novices and other extempers that may not have enough resources on their team. The pod is supposed to be a resource and not an actual source for your speeches! Use our episodes as a stepping stone to aid your outside research in finding sources for your speeches and also getting to know the current events happening in our world. In addition to our episodes be sure to check out websites like the NSDA’s website and Extemp Centeral’s website for more extemp resources!
Thank you to all of you that have stuck around for this whole year! We really appreciate all of the love and support. We honestly really couldn’t be doing this without your support. Hopefully our series will get a lot more growth in the upcoming year and we can’t wait to share with all of you what we have in store! Please keep watching, sharing, and liking our videos and don’t hesitate to reach out to either Spencer or me if you have any questions, we’re happy to help! Until next time extempers. :)