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Site News: 2014-2015 Season Content Rollout

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buzzTomorrow, Extemp Central will kick off the 2014-2015 season and begin its regular content schedule.  This season will feature the return of the National Points Race, an advice column, and an irregular silly column with AGD ideas entitled “Wasting Prep Time.”  The details of these content pieces will be discussed in subsequent weeks.

During August, Extemp Central will profile the top extempers to watch in 2014-2015, reveal the featured tournaments and format of this year’s National Points Race, post a topic brief on disproportionate minority confinement by Bill Thompson of LaRue County High School (KY), and hopefully post a few interview pieces with last year’s prominent national circuit competitors.

As far as regular content is concerned, the first premium topic brief will be posted on August 5th.  Those wishing to purchase premium content subscriptions can order them at SpeechGeek Market.  There will be three weekly R&D postings this season.  Wednesday and Thursday will feature R&D on a specific International or U.S. Extemp issue.  R&D on Friday will cover top news stories.  It is our hope that this R&D schedule will bolster the files of extempers on specific issues and give them useful articles on the eve of going to weekend tournaments.  Extemp Central also plans to have a “Weekend Results Rundown” to feature the results of local tournaments.  Extempers are highly encouraged to send us results as they take place for use in this feature.  Without results, it cannot happen!

Here is the regular content schedule for 2014-2015:

Monday: International and United States Extemp Questions
Tuesday: Premium Content Topic Brief, Premium R&D & Weekend Results Rundown
Wednesday: Extemp Central Weekly News Quiz & International or U.S. Extemp topic-centric R&D
Thursday: International or U.S. Extemp topic-centric R&D
Friday: Top News Stories R&D

Extemp Central will also use its social media outlets on Facebook and Twitter to feature useful articles, news about the national circuit, or breaking national and international news.  An example of this was our posting of Slate‘s Middle East friendship chart two weeks ago.

We look forward to bringing you all the action of the 2014-2015 season, so check back tomorrow for the first R&D of the year.

Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of July 28th-August 3rd, 2014

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quiz-01Here is this week’s Extemp Central news quiz.  Good luck!

To access a list of all our old quizzes, click here.

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of July 28th-August 3rd, 2014

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HOTtopics1. Will Israel’s campaign against Hamas trigger a wider regional war?
2. Should Japan investigate the treatment of “comfort women”?
3. How can ISIS expand their influence?
4. What should the post-MDGs development agenda look like?
5. Is the trial of Leopoldo Lopez a test of the quality of Venezuela’s democracy?
6. Does Africa need a “green revolution”?
7. Is the EU too fractured to present a united diplomatic front against Russia?
8. Does the Middle East need a vibrant Christian population?
9. How should South Africa implement land reform?
10. What should be Jokowi’s top priority?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 28th-August 3rd, 2014

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HOTtopics1. Do questions about the legality of federal health insurance exchange subsidies imperil the future of the Affordable Care Act?
2. Will Georgia’s Senate race decide control of the Senate?
3. Should investors be alarmed at Amazon’s recent losses?
4. Assuming it could be implemented, would Paul Ryan’s anti-poverty plan work?
5. Should Hondurans be granted refugee status?
6. Is an overhaul of the corporate tax code the best way to prevent inversions?
7. Should obesity be considered a disability?
8. Is desalinization the answer to future droughts?
9. Will Montana’s Senate seat turn red in November?
10. Is President Obama’s foreign policy to blame for the violence in the Middle East?

Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of July 21st-27th, 2014

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quiz-01Here is this week’s Extemp Central news quiz.  Good luck!

To access a list of all our old quizzes, click here.

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 21st-27th, 2014

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HOTtopics1. What impact would Rupert Murdoch’s purchase Time Warner have on the American media industry?
2. How can the Republican Party enhance its appeal to blue collar workers?
3. Would dividing California into six states produce a terrible economic outcome?
4. If there is a stock market bubble, how much of it is the result of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policies?
5. Will Cormac Carney’s ruling against California’s death penalty survive appeal?
6. Should the federal government have a reduced role in the terrorism insurance market?
7. Does the House’s IRS probe still have legs?
8. Should vaccinations become compulsory for all American citizens?
9. Does President Obama have the right recipe for fixing America’s infrastructure woes?
10. Is John Kasich a viable presidential candidate?

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of July 21st-27th, 2014

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HOTtopics1. What is the best way for Bolivia to eradicate extreme poverty?
2. Will the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 significantly damage the ability of Ukrainian separatists to achieve their goals?
3. Should nations be held legally liable when their peacekeepers fail to protect civilian populations?
4. Is the world making significant progress in fight against AIDS?
5. Will David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle enhance his electability?
6. What is wrong with Malaysia Airlines?
7. Will the Australian economy benefit from the abolition of the carbon tax?
8. Is the Russian economy heading into recession?
9. Are the BRICS too politically and economically diverse to make the NDB and CRA work?
10. Will Operation Protective Edge succeed?

Site News: Announcing the Availability of the 2014-2015 Extemp Central Season Subscription Package

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Extemp Central is happy to announce that 2014-2015 season subscription packages are now available for purchase in the SpeechGeek Market.  The season subscription package will give you access to all of Extemp Central’s premium content and strategy pieces dating back to 2008.  Premium subscribers will get access to a new topic brief, posted to the site each Tuesday, on an important domestic or international issue.  Each topic brief has links to all of the sources used to create it and a special R&D will be included with each brief.  This means that extempers will acquire 20-30 sources on the topic for their files after reading the brief.  The price of the 2014-2015 season subscription will be $25, which equates to a mere fifty-four cents per brief.

Also included in the package is the 2015 NSDA topic area analysis, which will be released on June 1, 2015.  Since purchasing this topic area analysis independently will cost $20, you can get this along with over forty 2014-2015 topic briefs for an extra $5 by purchasing a season subscription.

The first premium content topic brief will be posted to the website on August 5.  The last premium topic brief of 2014-2015 will be released the week of NSDA Nationals.

Those who subscribed to 2013-2014 content will have their accounts deactivated on July 31, so those wishing to renew should use the above link and purchase a new subscription.

Those wishing to see a sample premium topic brief can click here for Extemp Central’s November brief about women’s rights in Saudi Arabia.

2014 Extemp State Champion Roll Call

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TrophiesExtemp Central would like to recognize this year’s extemporaneous speaking state champions. Based on the state championships results that we gathered and that were submitted to us, here is our 2014 extemp state champion roll call.

This is a working document, so if you do not see the champion(s) of your state listed here, contact me at [email protected] and I will add them here and on our state champions page.

*-Denotes the number of times that a champion successfully defended their title.

Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of July 14th-20th, 2014

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quiz-01Here is this week’s Extemp Central news quiz.  Good luck!

To access a list of all our old quizzes, click here.

HotTopics: International Extemp Questions for the Week of July 14th-20th, 2014

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HOTtopics1. Is a third intifada looming?
2. Has the Syrian civil war damaged the United Nations credibility?
3. Is Joko Widodo the Indonesian Obama?
4. Why have international peacekeepers failed to reduce human rights violations in the Central African Republic?
5. Do Latin American countries need to enact more mine safety regulations?
6. Does Nicaragua’s canal plan carry significant environmental risks?
7. Will Tunisia’s constitution empower women?
8. Is Afghanistan’s complete election audit necessary?
9. Should Great Britain pass legislation legalizing assisted suicide?
10. Can Ekmeleddin Ihasanoglu beat Tayyip Erdogan for the Turkish presidency?

HotTopics: United States Extemp Questions for the Week of July 14th-20th, 2014

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HOTtopics1. Has the American public lost confidence in President Obama?
2. Does the border crisis help or hinder Rick Perry’s 2016 presidential prospects?
3. What steps should Rahm Emanuel take to reduce Chicago’s high crime rate?
4. Has the vilification of the Koch brothers gone too far?
5. Is Carl Icahn right about the need for investors to be cautious about U.S. stocks?
6. Should the federal government break up America’s largest banks?
7. Is GOP obstructionism the message that Democrats should double down on to win the 2014 midterms?
8. Should the FCC grant Amazon permission to test drones?
9. How important is Louisiana’s Senate race?
10. Does Kanerva v. Weems bode ill for Chicago’s economic future?

2013-2014 Year in Review (Part II)

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by Logan Scisco

Today, Extemp Central presents part two of its 2013-2014 Year in Review, covering the season’s top seven memorable, surprising, and controversial moments.

Part one of Extemp Central’s 2013-2014 Year in Review can be found here.

2013-2014 Year in Review (Part I)

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by Logan Scisco

The 2013-2014 season ended several weeks ago in Overland Park, Kansas.  The season yielded some record breaking moments, surprising upsets, and unusual situations.  Extemp Central compiled the top fifteen stories of the national circuit season as part of its review of 2013-2014, with stories chosen for their historical value, newsworthiness, and controversial nature.

This first part of our review will cover stories ranked #8-#15.  Check back tomorrow to see which stories cracked the top seven.

Extemp Central News Quiz for the Week of July 7th-13th, 2014

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quiz-01Here is this week’s Extemp Central news quiz.  Good luck!

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