The Great Debates
402 — There’s Too Many (The Democratic Field Week)

402 — There’s Too Many (The Democratic Field Week)

April 4, 2019

In which the debaters consider, at this far too early stage, the breadth of the Democratic Field, with a series of micro debates.  

401 — Makeup Is A Net Negative

401 — Makeup Is A Net Negative

February 28, 2019

In which Esther Povitsky joins the gang for a cozy ep focused on self-care.  For the micro, Esther faces Dave is a battle over soap. During Host Chat, Hely has big news of the Great Debates Family.  For the main event, a dazzling debate about the merits of makeup.

 

 

OSCAR SPECIAL 2019

OSCAR SPECIAL 2019

February 21, 2019

In which the annual Oscar throw-down and vibes-fest is faithfully executed.  

SUPER BOWL SPECIAL 2019

SUPER BOWL SPECIAL 2019

January 31, 2019

In which Special Guest Mina Kimes returns to Great Debates Studios, by remote link, direct from the scene in Atlanta, for some punishing pre-game debate action.  

309 — Our Traditional Holiday Gathering With BJ & John

309 — Our Traditional Holiday Gathering With BJ & John

December 20, 2018

For the fourth year in a row we enjoy the company of our dear friends BJ Novak and John Mayer, and engage in the seasonal delights of holiday-spirited debating.  

308 — Hitler Would Get Nervous Before A Big Rally

308 — Hitler Would Get Nervous Before A Big Rally

November 29, 2018

In which Medina goes camping and is not present for the episode.  The gents welcome esteemed guest and listener Natalie Tran to the Great Debates Studios as part of our ongoing Listener Engagement program. 

307 — Weed Has Peaked

307 — Weed Has Peaked

November 15, 2018

In which the episode begins with a micro workplace dynamics, with specific attention on The New Haircut.  During Host Chat, we dive into the mailbag.  For the main, we consider the preponderance of Weed. 

306 — 90s TV vs. the Field

306 — 90s TV vs. the Field

November 8, 2018

In which we begin, naturally, with Rage Against The Machine.  To follow, a debate about Dave’s college roommate.  During host chat, Hely wonders who from the 90s we’d like to interview.  For the Great Debate, we tackle 90s TV. 

305 — Your Neighbor Is Your Friend

305 — Your Neighbor Is Your Friend

November 1, 2018

In which the getting right into it occurs, after a brief delay, with King taking the pro on “Flossing Sucks.”  During host chat, we have a good, old-fashioned chat about a movie.  For the Great Debate, a discussion of your friends and neighbors.  

304 — Halloween Spooktacular 2018

304 — Halloween Spooktacular 2018

October 25, 2018

In which we observe an annual tradition, our Halloween Celebration.

303 — The Middle Seat Isn’t Worse Than the Window Seat

303 — The Middle Seat Isn’t Worse Than the Window Seat

October 18, 2018

In which the micro wonders when it comes to a comedy special, what’s in a name?  During host chat, we talk football.  For the Great Debate, Dave takes the pro with a take on air travel.

302 — Brett Kavanaugh Is On The Supreme Court

302 — Brett Kavanaugh Is On The Supreme Court

October 11, 2018

In which the dudes debate about some guys in Washington.  First, a micro on how fun Jeff Sessions is or isn't.  In Host Chat, Hely has a civic-minded idea.  For the main event, we publish a previously recorded time-capsule-future-provable.

301 — Kurt Cobain Would Not Have Embarrassed Us

301 — Kurt Cobain Would Not Have Embarrassed Us

October 4, 2018

In which the gang returns to the studio for Season 3!  No time is wasted in getting into a Micro Debate on tall women vs. short men. In Host Chat, the guys catch up on what went on over the summer.  For the main event, one of the great questions of our time is explored. 

225 — Life Is Easier Today Than It Was In The 1980s

225 — Life Is Easier Today Than It Was In The 1980s

June 28, 2018

In which the debaters gather for Long June merriment.  For the micro, King argues that FIFA is Blowing It.  During host chat, Hely opens the mailbag, which gradually leads us to our Great Debate for the episode.  

224 — Comedy Is Lame Now

224 — Comedy Is Lame Now

June 21, 2018

In which the gents take a break from whatever they’ve been doing and grace us with their presence for a summer micro on the ideal temperature for a pool.  During Host Chat, Hely has a a time travel game.  For the main event, a topic near and dear to the Debaters’ hearts. 

223 — A Basketball Team Would Beat A Hockey Team At Football

223 — A Basketball Team Would Beat A Hockey Team At Football

June 7, 2018

In which the debaters pause the Long June revelry long enough for couple of important debates.  For the micro, Hely thinks Rudy Giuliani knows what he’s doing.  During host chat, Dave takes a higher office.  For the main, a consideration of a confusing sports event.

 

GD Classics — June Is Better Than July

GD Classics — June Is Better Than July

May 31, 2018

A Classic from the GD Vaults -- the ep when Long June was born:

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. 

222 — Wine Isn’t Dumb

222 — Wine Isn’t Dumb

May 24, 2018

In which the micro debate tackles movies that are “so bad they’re good”. During Host Chat, Hely has a question for Medina.  For the main, a simple proposition gives King a tough time.

221 — Bostonians Are Uglier Than the Average American

221 — Bostonians Are Uglier Than the Average American

May 17, 2018

In which the gents are back in the same studio together for the first time in a while.  Naturally, tensions are high.  For the micro, a debate about Solo’s prospects.  During Host Chat, the ever popular Defending Your Likes is played.  For the main, a difficult question about the debaters’ home town. 

220 — Sneezing Is A Pleasant Experience

220 — Sneezing Is A Pleasant Experience

May 10, 2018

In which it’s the Listener’s Feast.  After a Listener Appreciation Week in which no Listener Tops were debated, we present to you four Listener Micros, hotly contested, cooly moderated.