Debatable May 6, 2022

from Radiolab Podcasts (Radiolab)· ·

In competitive debate future presidents, supreme court justices, and titans of industry pummel each other with logic and rhetoric. Unclasp your briefcase. It’s time for a showdown. Looking back on an episode originally aired in 2016, we take a good long look at the world of competitive college debate. This is Ryan Wash's story. He's a queer, Black, first-generation college student from Kansas City, Missouri who joined the debate team at Emporia State University on a whim. When he started going up against fast-talking, well- funded, “name-brand” teams, from places like Northwestern and Harvard, it was clear he wasn’t in …