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Fast-Talk Debate in an Accelerated World

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Jacob Gartman is a debater from SUNY's Binghamton U. The fastest competitors in collegiate debate tournaments speak in excess of 400 words per minute. Some gasp. Some stutter. Some literally foam at the mouth.
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In 2005 when I walked into the Hardy House, where the Northwestern University debate team practices, I expected to see students at podiums debating issues I could understand in a clear and persuasive manner along the lines of presidential debates...

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