The Take: The art of the debate – What the Biden-Trump face-off was missing

After chaotic Biden-Trump debate, we hear from students about why school debate programmes are important to democracy.

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Democratic candidate, President Joe Biden, and Republican candidate, former President Donald Trump, attend a debate ahead of the US presidential elections, in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 27, 2024 [Brian Snyder/Reuters]

The first US presidential debate of 2024 left many watchers wondering about the state of debate and democracy in the United States. We hear debating lessons from students who still believe the skill is essential to keeping democracy alive.

In this episode: 

  • KM DiColandrea (@dico_nyc) – Founder and executive director of the Brooklyn Debate League
  • Jonathan Conyers (@iamjonconyers) – Debate coach and former student debater
  • Student Debaters: Gabrielle Lewis, Madison Wheeler, Karl McGhie, and Long Jiang

Episode credits:

This episode was produced by David Enders and Ashish Malhotra with Fahrinisa Campana, Sonia Bhagat, Mohamed Zain Shafi Khan, Veronique Eshaya, and our host Malika Bilal. 

The Take production team is Amy Walters, Ashish Malhotra, Catherine Nouhan, Chloe K. Li, David Enders, Duha Mosaad, Khaled Soltan, Manahil Naveed, Marcos Bartolomé, Sarí el-Khalili, Sonia Bhagat, Mohamed Zain Shafi Khan, Veronique Eshaya, and Tamara Khandaker. 

Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Our lead of audience development and engagement is Aya Elmileik and Adam Abou-Gad is our engagement producer.

Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer, and Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.

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Source: Al Jazeera