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.


135 — Aquariums Are As Good As Zoos  

In which a perfectly normal episode takes place.  For the micro, a little debate about The Continents.  In host chat, Hely shares a memory.  For the main event, a classic summertime matchup. 

134 — Guest Debates with Dave Mandel  

In which the gents welcome Dave Mandel to the studios, and get right into it with a micro debate about micro TV-watching.  For the main event, a debate about improvements to the NBA.  

Great Debates Classics - Chest Hair  

In which we revisit the classic episode: “Chest Hair”.

133 — It’s Fun To Be A Gay Cop In Denver  

In which the guys wind down Long June with a bag of Hely Bring ‘ems.  To begin, a remembrance of Roger Ebert.  After a shout out to the listeners,  a consideration of the future of cheeseburgers.  For the final top, a discussion of law enforcement and lifestyles in Denver. 

132 — Wonder Woman Would Have Made More Money If Hillary Had Been Elected  

In which the Dog Days of Long June continue.  Steve and Dave attempt to address the Avocado Issue.  During Host Chat, Medina has big news.  For the main event, two men wonder about two Wonder Women.  

131 — Crying Feels Good / Pretzels Are A Top 5 Snack  

In which the gents jump right into it with a debate on the “reading” of audiobooks.  For host chat, Hely announces a discovery.  For the main event, the first-ever Double Barreled Debate. 

130 — Tilda Swinton Is An A-List Actress  

In which the band is really back together, in the Great Debates Studios, for some Long June ‘batin.  For the micro, the gents wonder about Trump voters at their high school reunions.  During host chat, Hely invites Medina and King to “sense-share”.  For the Great Debate, a Top Hollywood Actress is considered. 

129 — Hot Tubs Aren’t Gross  

In which the gents return to the studio for Long June.  Medina phones it in from Chicago.  For the micro, a consideration of Mac and Cheese.  During host chat, a Long June Top About ‘ems.  In the main event, things take a graphic turn.  

GD Classics — Freshly Cut Grass Is A Top 5 Smell  

Final episode before we return for Long June!  

GD Classics — Kanye West Would Make a Better President Than Donald Trump  

First aired in October 2015, this classic ep contains two early gems — a debate about the “paper method” vs. the “water method”, and a debate over who would make the better president: Kanye West or then-candidate Trump. 

GD Classics — The Gin Blossoms Are In The Top 1% of Artists Of All Time  

Another Classic Ep from the GD vault — the guys will return with new eps starting in Long June.  

GD Classics — You Don’t Want To Be Described As Cute  

The guys are taking a short hiatus in preparation for Long June 2017.  So until then, enjoy this classic from last summer:

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.   

GD Classics — Microdebates 1 & 2  

A pair of classic eps from Winter ‘14-’15, in which the guys invent the microdebate.  

128 — Spielberg Is Better Than Scorsese  

In which Medina declares it to be Movie Week.  The gents debate about the taste of Popcorn.  During host chat, a discussion of tastes leads to the hard numbers on Bathroom Day.  For the main event, an epic contest. 


127 — The Legacy Of Don Rickles  

In which Steve, Dave & Dan are finally together again in the Great Debates Studios with no one else around, and everything is fine.  For the micro, a debate about Mike Pence.  In host chat, the guys get into the architecture of chain restaurants.  For the Great Debate, a legacy is evaluated.  

126 Pirates of The Caribbean Is Better Than Willy Wonka  

In which comedy writer Owen Elickson joins Steve & Dan in the Great Debates Studios, as the gents grin and bear yet another week without Dave. Hely and Owen discuss Dunkin Donuts. A debate on the relative merits of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory breaks out. Finally, the debaters tackle an uncomfortable subject.

125 — Lots Of Women Want To Have Sex With Donald Trump  

In which Dave makes his triumphant return, and the gents welcome special guest Colin Jost to the Great Debates Studios.  Hely has bathroom-related top.  During host chat, March Madness proves to be an rich jumping-off point.  For the Great Debate, a troubling resolved.  

124 — It Would Be Kinda Fun To Be Trump’s Lawyer  

In which writer Dan Greaney pays a visit the Great Debates Studios, sparring with Hely on life after 40.  For the main event, a debate on the legal profession.  

123 — The Great Debates Is Farcical  

In which Dave is still absent, and Fabrizio inquires about full-time employment.  Hely and Fabrizio get into it about Avatar fans.  The guys miss Dave, and attempt to debate with him by voicemail.

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