3/11/2016, 10:00:00 PM , duration(0:0:3)
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<p>Unclasp your briefcase. It’s time for a showdown. In competitive debate future presidents, supreme court justices, and titans of industry pummel each other with logic and rhetoric.  But a couple years ago Ryan Wash, a queer, Black, first-generation college student from Kansas City, Missouri joined the debate team at Emporia State University. When he started going up against fast-talking, well-funded, “name-brand” teams, it was clear he wasn’t in Kansas anymore. So Ryan became the vanguard of a movement that made everything about debate debatable. In the end, he made himself a home in a strange and hostile land. Whether he was able to change what counts as rigorous academic argument … well, that’s still up for debate.</p> <p><em>Produced by Matt Kielty. Reported by Abigail Keel</em></p> <p><em>Special thanks to Will Baker, Myra Milam, John Dellamore, Sam Mauer, Tiffany Dillard Knox, Mary Mudd, Darren "Chief" Elliot, Jodee Hobbs, Rashad Evans and Luke Hill. </em></p> <p><em>Special thanks also to Torgeir Kinne Solsvik for use of the song h-lydisk / B Lydian from the album <a href="" target="_blank">Geirr Tveitt Piano Works and Songs</a></em></p>