The Great Debates

The Great Debates

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Without any preparation, or really any thought at all, Steve Hely and Dave King debate the great issues of the day. Moderated by Dan Medina. Produced by Marc Carusiello.


104 — The Human Body Is Disgusting With Guest Megan Amram  

After a cool, Lin-Manuel Miranda Micro, the guys are joined by special guest Megan Amram.   Megan takes the pro against Hely for “The Human Body Is Disgusting,” and then faces off against King for “The Hamburglar Is One Of The Three Best Things About McDonald’s”.

103 — The Town Hall Debates  

In which the gents participate in a Town-Hall Debate, answering questions important to the lives of everyday Americans.   

102 — Great Debates Live at the 2016 Musack Carnival  

In which Donald Trump’s knowledge of the Beatles’ catalog is considered.  The friendships of Tom Cruise are examined.  The weather is topical, as are the Musack Carnivalgoers.

101 — You Can Judge A Book By Its Cover with Fabrizio Copano  

In which Steve and Dave debate baby names.  The guys then welcome special guest Fabrizio Copano to the Great Debates Studios.  Fabrizio takes the Con vs. Steve for “You Can Judge A Book By Its Cover”, and the Pro vs. Dave for “Tom Cruise”.  

The 100th Episode  

In which, while attending the World Podcasting Championships in Banff, the guys get stuck in a cabin in the Canadian Rockies, and must fend for themselves.  

99 — Great Debates Junior!  

In which Steve and Dave are joined by Dave’s niece and nephew, Kate and Ben.  The question of whether Dogs Should Be Allowed On The Beach is answered, as is whether or not Turkey Is The Best Luncheon Meat.  In a final debate, the Junior Debaters square off over Pokémon Go.  

98 — School Is Stupid  

In which the guys debate about the chance that their great grandfathers would have been friends.  After a Back-To-School top about ‘ems, a scholastic debate.  

97 — Oops All Top About ‘ems  

In which an incorrectly routed Vekkler causes the top machine to go haywire we end up with all top about ‘ems.  

96 — Bugs Bunny Is A Top 5 Cartoon Character  

In which the sexiness is of Sunday night is evaluated.  During host chat, new moral questions around cats, and a Trump-supporter weighs in.  For the Great Debate: Toons.  

95 - 23andMe Results Reveal  

In which the guys get their results back, and things go a little off the rails.  To begin, an Olympic-themed micro debate.  

GD Classics — It Would Help Hillary Clinton if Her Email Contained a Draft Of Big Bang Theory Erotic Slash Fiction  

A free-form discussion lands us on “It Would Help Hillary Clinton’s Campaign If Her Email Contained A Draft of Big Bang Theory Erotic Slash Fiction.”  

94 — Republican National Convention Day 2  

The conclusion of our trip to the Republican National Convention.  

93 — Republican National Convention Day 1  

In which the guys travel to Cleveland and attend the Republican National Convention

92 — Great Debates Casual: “Ghostbusters”  

In which the appropriate frequency for showering is explored.  Hely employs “starters” in Host Chat.  A vibrant Top about ‘ems leads to a Casual Great Debate.   

91 — There Are Greater Than 12 States Worth Visiting  

In which Weddings are considered, as are hundred-person dance parties.  In host chat, King hits a Twitter milestone.  For the Great Debate, a discussion of summer vacation destinations.  

90 — 4th of July Spectacular!  

In which the great Long June of 2016 begins to wind down.  Hely and King investigate the heroics of dogs.  A lively top about ‘ems ensues.  After dark, a 4th of July Debate Spectacular: Hot Dogs, Watermelon, Fireworks, Block Parties.  Which are overrated, which under?  

89 — Beer Is Better Than Wine  

In which the Steve and Dave play around with the subject of pranks.  The King / Medina administration takes part in a Presidential Challenge.  And because it had to happen sometime, the boys ‘bate on beer and wine.  

88 — You Don’t Want To Be Described As Cute  

It’s the 3rd Episode of Long June, (and, coincidentally the 3rd episode of regular June), so naturally the guys give their take on the graduates of accredited colleges, in “The Average College Graduate Can Name an Architect”.  During a breezy host chat some Song of the Summer candidates are tossed around, and, after a brief Top about ‘ems, an adorable Great Debate unfolds.   

87 — Boxing Should Be Outlawed  

In which the gents further explore their interests in head injury, being knocked unconscious, fainting, and stand-up comedy.  A vigorous micro debate weighs the pain of bombing on stage against the pain of accidentally being knocked out.  A satisfyingly lengthy host chat ensues, including the introduction of Top o’ ‘bout ‘ems, a new segment on the Great Debates.  For the main event — the guys go blow-for-blow on Boxing.  

86 — June Is Better Than July  

In which the topic of Acoustic Guitar Playing at Parties is addressed, at long last.  During Host Chat, real talk from King re: bacon, and in the Great Debate, Hely suggests an improvement to the Gregorian calendar.  

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