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The Extemper's Bible

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With interviews, the news, extemp strategy, and more, the Extemper's Bible is the desperately needed podcast for the extemper community. Check out our website ( or Instagram (@theextempersbible)!
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The Extemp Central Crossover | Interview with Logan Scisco Part Two
If you didn't listen to part one, go do that now! Now that you're back for part two, McKinley and Kevin ask Scisco about the creation of Extemp Central, ongoing trends at the national level, and concerns over a post-pandemic world of speech and debate.
September 09, 2022
The Extemp Central Crossover | Interview with Logan Scisco Part One
The man, the myth, and the legend Logan Scisco has been running Extemp Central for over a decade. So, what does it take to go from an NFL (now called the NDSA) Final Round champion to leading one of the largest websites for free extemp briefs? In part one, McKinley and Kevin dive into the days of early 2000's competition, Scisco's coaching style, and (of course) which national tournament has the best judge's lounge. Look out for part two, where the conversation shifts towards the upcoming season.
September 07, 2022
Extemp's Many Layers | USX Finalists Group Call
The best is saved for the last and 3rd episode of our national finalist series! Kevin and McKinley (!!!) talk to the 2022 NSDA USX finalists: Peter Alisky, Kush Narang, Ananth Veluvali, Kyle Letterer, Dev Ahuja, and William Chien. Kyle contemplates life on a long bus ride, Dev can’t figure out how to cross a particular someone, and Peter remarks on his winning speech! Warning: a third of this episode is dedicated to roasting layered analysis.
July 31, 2022
DiCaprio's Iceberg, International Heatwaves, and Brazil | IX Finalists Group Call
Treading our way into the 2nd episode of a 3-part series, Kevin rings up the 2022 NSDA IX finalists: McKinley Paltzik, Daniel Kind, Majid Shabbeer, Ajay Gupta, and Gabriel Bo (Jack Ververis low-key forgot about the call). The cross clash of two titans, complaining about this year’s (and next year’s) heat, and a now-infamous on-top moment are all included.
July 31, 2022
B.D.E. | NCFL Group Call
In the first of a 3 part series on national finalists, Kevin chats with the 2022 NCFL finalists in Extemp: Daniel Kind, Ananth Veluvali, Rhea Rajvansh, Siri Ural, Rishika Bansal, and Mukta Dharmpaurikar. Enjoy a dose of travel stories and extemp tips from the people at the very top of the game! Also, they wanted a laugh track at one moment in particular, so watch out for that…
June 30, 2022
Cameron Roberts’ Trickle Down Popularity - Interview with the ETOC Champ
Cross-ex catfights, DX slander, and Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Barring further hypotheticals, Kevin and surprise host McKinley Paltzik chat with the reigning Queen of ETOC, McKinley’s words I promise.
May 20, 2022
Russia Sucks and Here’s Why | The Global Toll of War
In a special spin-off episode of our news series, Kevin delves into the Russo-Ukrainian war just in time for you to absorb the info before TOCs. Take notes, simply memorize, whatever. Just don't use any of this if you hit Kevin or Chirag in a room.
April 04, 2022
The MBA Superstar on Equity and Notecards | Interview with McKinley Paltzik
The champion of Yale, Bronx, Arizona States, and (the most prestigious tournament in all of extemp) MBA, McKinley Paltzik herself goes over her extemp finesse with Chirag and Kevin. With a learning curve that probably matches her MBA graph, Paltzik talks about time and trophies in the 2nd-ever interview we've done with an MBA Champion!
March 18, 2022
Stopping Kind and Predicting the Future of America | Interview with Marc Zavarro
In a surprise to the extemp community, Marc Zavarro ended up winning Harvard. Then, he added to his tally by being Florida's USX Champion. In this episode of the Extemper's Bible, Kevin chats with Marc about his victories and his thoughts on a couple of key events to America's future. P.S. Danny, we know you're already planning revenge.
March 12, 2022
The World Sucks and Here’s Why | World War III Edition?
In this episode, Chirag walks through the admittedly complicated conflict in Ukraine so far. Hopefully, the editing isn't bad this time!!
February 27, 2022
The Benefits of Impromptu | With Mukta Dharmapurikar
In this episode, Director of Content Mukta Dharmapurikar talks about the importance of Impromptu, despite the event frequently being the butt of jokes made by extempers.
February 20, 2022
The World Sucks and Here's Why | January Edition
Another month, another opportunity to complain about the world. In this episode, Chirag and Kevin talk about the retiring Supreme Court Justice, a military-led coup in Burkina Faso, and most dangerously, the whole Russia situation. Grab your dose of news and depressing impacts with The World Sucks and Here's Why, January Edition!
January 29, 2022
Conquering the Out Rounds
In the second part of a two-part series, Chirag offers his advice on doing your best in the dreaded and esteemed out rounds. We know it is hard to consistently break past your first out round, but hopefully this episode helps make breaking a bit easier. We believe in you!!
January 22, 2022
Conquering the Prelims
In the first part of a two-part series, Kevin gives some tips on approaching the preliminary rounds. A little bit of strategy, psychology, and more coming up! Be sure to check out the next part too!
January 21, 2022
The World Sucks and Here's Why | December/New Year's Edition
Everyone's favorite segment of the Extemper's Bible Podcast is back! Today, Chirag and Kevin tackle the omicron variant and a number of elections to wrap up a conflicted and controversial year as we head into the second half of the extemp season.
December 31, 2021
At the End of the (Extemp) Road | Interview with Daniel Kind
Our holiday gift to the extemp community is an interview with the extemper at the top of pretty much every single results list. That’s right, in this episode, Chirag and Kevin have a chat with Daniel Kind and his experience in extemp. The winner of the Season Opener, Blue Key, and probably a dozen more, gives us insight into what it takes to be a great extemper and how much extemp can truly mean.
December 24, 2021
Engaging with the Extemp Community and Alumni | Interview with Nicholas Blauz
Learning extemp isn't easy. Today, we talk to Nick Blauz from Nova High School about how his connections with alumni have shaped his experience in extemp. Learn more about the importance of alumni to the extemp community in this interview!
December 10, 2021
The World Sucks and Here's Why | November Edition
Oil. Africa. High-profile American legal cases, and more. This isn't just a bad parody of Avatar, but our new series on the most applicable news for extempers: The World Sucks and Here's Why...
November 26, 2021
How to Bounce Back
We've all had bad tournaments, but it's always important to bounce back. In this episode, Chirag and Kevin talk about ways to improve and come back better for your next competition.
November 26, 2021
Extemp in and Online Era, and a Couple of Changes for This Season
Chirag and Kevin talk about the future of the podcast and reflect on the past year and a half of online extemp.
November 19, 2021
Creating Effective Statements of Significance
On this episode of the podcast, I'll take a deep dive into creating effective statements of significance in extemp, so you can maximize your extemp ethos! 
April 05, 2021
Framing Extemp Speeches: Answering "How" vs "Should" vs "Why" Questions
On this episode of the Extemper's Bible, I'll take a look at how to frame your question, depending on the exact wording of it. Then, we'll take a look at a few examples and some sample outlines:  - What should Pete Buttigieg's biggest priority be as head of the Department of Transportation? - Should the United States withdraw troops from Afghanistan? - Will Iran develop nuclear weapons in the near future? - Is peace possible in Yemen? - How can _____ country grow their economy?
March 26, 2021
Interview with Gary Arndt (part 2)
On this episode of the Extemper’s Bible, I interview Gary Arndt, a nationally-acclaimed former extemp coach. While coaching several state champions and national finalists is certainly an accomplishment in itself, it’s Gary’s other exploits that make him a truly interesting interviewee. From traveling to over 130 countries to running his own successful podcast (Everything Everywhere), Gary is an incredibly knowledgable source of information. This is an episode you won’t want to miss! Sorry for the big gap between episodes, I have some exciting developments lined up for the podcast that I hope to share soon (including getting more hosts and posting more frequently)! In the meantime, check out our website! Gary can be reached out to on Discord:
January 17, 2021
Interview with Gary Arndt (Part 1)
On this episode of the Extemper’s Bible, I interview Gary Arndt, a nationally-acclaimed former extemp coach. While coaching several state champions and national finalists is certainly an accomplishment in itself, it’s Gary’s other exploits that make him a truly interesting interviewee. From traveling to over 130 countries to running his own successful podcast (Everything Everywhere), Gary is a truly knowledgable source of information. This is an episode you won’t want to miss! Stay tuned for part 2 and check out our website in the meantime! Gary can be reached out to on Discord: Time Stamps:  Extemp Portion: 0:46 Traveling Portion: 15:25
November 02, 2020
Interview with MBA & National Impromptu Champion Mo Marks
Check out the condensed version of this interview on our website!  Interview Timestamps:  0:00 - Introduction to Mo Marks. 0:35 - How did you got started in extemp? 1:20 - What specific qualities drove you to extemp? 3:11 - What was that aha! moment where everything clicked and you realized that you could be successful in this activity? 5:03 - Who were your extemp role models & whose speaking styles did you most appreciate? 7:10 - Mo’s harrowing source check story with Olivia Shoemaker. 8:40 - What was it like going to Roosevelt in the wake of Jacob Thompson, Lily Nellans, and Nathan Leys? 10:10 - Are there any particularly good or bad questions you remember drawing throughout your extemp career? 13:13 - Do you have any books or pieces of theory that you really enjoy using in extemp speeches? 17:27 - How do you answer really broad questions in extemp? 18:57 - What has been the most helpful piece of advice you’ve received in your extemp career? 23:17 - What are you favorite sources to read in extemp? 25:15 - What are some structural changes / rule changes you’d like to see in extemp? 28:28 - Why Mo doesn’t like autofilers. 29:14 - How did you win the most prestigious extemp round robin in the nation (MBA)? 35:28 - MBA is known for its very creative questions. Are there any really memorable questions that stand out from the round robin? 40:15 - One of the experimental rounds you discussed allowed extempers to write their own questions. What was the weirdest question you remember someone writing? 41:41 - How do answer really specific questions while still having relevant & up-to-date sources? 44:20 - You’re someone who comes from a smaller school. Do you have any pieces of advice for other extempers who come from smaller schools? 48:16 - What has been your proudest extemp achievement? 50:45 - If you didn’t extemp, what event would you do? 54:07 - Mo’s funny story on how she unintentionally got into informative speaking & wrote her info days before the tournament. 59:26 - What are you future plans now that you’ve graduated high school?
September 04, 2020
Interview with 2020 USX NSDA National Champion Jimmy Gao
On this episode of the podcast, I interview the national champion Jimmy Gao. Check out our new website for all-things extemp!
July 27, 2020
What Makes a National Champion: Interview with Nathan Fair
What do the national champions of speech & debate have in common? How can members of this community give back? What are some practice routines to improve delivery?   On this episode of the Extemper's Bible, I interview Nathan Fair, founder of Debating for America's Youth. Over his illustrious career, Nathan has interviewed countless national champions in speech and debate events, and has instilled their knowledge (and his own!) into this episode. Make sure to check out the links below!  My YouTube channel: Nathan's YouTube channel: Nathan's website: Follow us on Instagram! My handle is @theextempersbible, Nathan's is @debatingyouth.
June 11, 2020
George Floyd & Police Brutality
On this episode of the Extemper's Bible, I dive into the history of police violence in the US, the current protests, proposed solutions, the political implications of everything, and more. Linked below is a comprehensive list of ways to support the black community: Quick update: It has been brought to my attention that I misspoke. The four officers involved in George Floyd's murder have been charged, not convicted. 
June 05, 2020
Some Important Updates: A Camp & 3 New Series
On this episode of the Extemper's Bible, I give some important updates about the future of this podcast, including a new camp that I am launching and three new podcast series that I'm really excited to host. Sign up for the camp below!
May 31, 2020
The 3 Most Helpful Pieces of Extemp Advice I've Ever Received
No nonsense, and straight to the point :) 
May 13, 2020
Economics 101: Government Tools During a Recession
On this episode, I go in-depth, explaining interest rates, the zero lower bound, fiscal vs monetary policy, factors to consider during a recession speech (including the distinction between a "how likely" & a "how to") question. Also, keep a look out for camp information & LMK if there are any other economic concepts you want me to cover, this is only part one of many! 
May 08, 2020
Interview with NCFL champion & two-time TOC finalist Brian Zheng
Today I interview Brian Zheng. He is a two-time TOC finalist, two-time MBA invitee, and NCFL champion. On the podcast, we discuss Brian's best advice, how to approach questions through a more creative lens, research strategy & his favorite sources, approaching topics you've never heard about, and more. Brian is an incredibly intelligent extemper, and, as you'll see, he fully answers each question, providing very helpful advice. 
May 04, 2020
Coronavirus 101: Everything You Should Know for Extemp
In this episode, I explain what the coronavirus is, it's environmental, social, & economic impacts, and how to limit the spread of the disease. Considering how often we'll draw questions about the coronavirus, it is important that we understand the topic both as extempers and as civically-engaged citizens. Link to free extemp sessions:
April 27, 2020
Interview with Harvard Champion & Two-Time MBA Invitee Jack Silvers
On this episode, I interview Jack Silvers, champion of Harvard and two-time MBA invitee. Together, we discuss extemp strategy, keeping a calm composure during tournaments, great sources to read, and more. Jack truly offers a unique perspective on how to succeed in this activity! 
April 24, 2020
The Online TOC - My Experience & What it Means for Nationals
Over the weekend, I was competing at the online tournament of champions, where I had a blast of a time! On this episode of the Extemper's Bible, I dissect my experience with the tournament and what I think this means for online nationals. Intro: Say Good Night by Joakim Karud Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 Music promoted by Audio Library
April 21, 2020
Interview with National Champion René Otero
In this episode, I interview the talented and impressive national champion René Otero, where we discuss mental health, extemp strategy, inclusion in this activity, and more. His philosophy on extemp presented me with a unique and new way of thinking, so hopefully it does the same for you! 
April 16, 2020
Interview with National Runner-Up Pranav Pattatathunaduvil
Today I interview MBA invitee, Bronx Champion, and Harvard and NSDA Runner-Up Pranav Pattatathunaduvil. On the episode, we discuss extemp strategy, his experience at nationals, his best pieces of advice, what makes a good extemper, and more. This is an episode you surely don't want to miss! 
April 12, 2020
Bernie Has Dropped Out: What Went Wrong & What Now?
After months of extensive campaigning, Senator Bernie Sanders has suspended his presidential campaign, leaving former VP Joe Biden as the presumptive nominee. In this episode of the Extemper's Bible, we'll take a look at what went wrong, what went right, and what this means for the general election and the ideological future of the Democratic Party.  
April 12, 2020
Extemp 101: Speaking with Knowledge
Keeping your analysis simple & concise, while simultaneously adding complex analysis that the judge can understand is one of the most difficult parts of any extemp speech. In this episode of the Extemper's Bible, you'll hopefully utilize the tips & tricks mentioned in order to become a more successful competitor. Intro and Outro Credits: Say Good Night by Joakim Karud Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported— CC BY-SA 3.0 Music promoted by Audio Library 
April 08, 2020
Interview with Blue Key & Glenbrooks Finalist Sinan Kassim
On this episode of the Extemper's Bible, I talk with Sinan Kassim, a truly inspiring extemper who founded the Kassim Legacy Foundation--an excellent non-profit. In the interview, we talk about the foundation and Sinan's experience with extemp and advice for other extempers. Check out the episode! 
April 06, 2020
Interview with Glenbrooks Runner-Up Sam Padmanabhan
On this interview we ask Samuel Padmanabhan about his newly-created book for extempers, his politics website, and his personal experiences with extemp. You won't want to miss it!  
April 06, 2020
Afghanistan - Is Peace on the Horizon?
In this episode of the Extemper’s Bible, we look at the negotiations taking place between the Trump Administration and the Taliban, explaining the challenges to come and why peace isn’t a guarantee yet.
April 03, 2020
Interview with National Finalist Tanner Jones
In our very first interview we ask national finalist and my former captain Tanner Jones questions about extemp that touch up on strategy, his personal relationship with extemp, inspiration in this activity, and more. 
April 02, 2020
Is IX or DX the Better Fit For You?
On the episode of the Extemper's Bible, we'll help you decide if international or domestic extemp is the better choice for you.
April 01, 2020
Dealing with Burnout: A Motivational Episode
Burnout is a common part of extemp & other speech/debate activities. With that said, the real question is how do we deal with it? Hopefully this video remotivates you and reminds you of why you are part of the NSDA community. 
April 01, 2020
Will This Case Decide the Fate of Abortion?
A deeper look and explanation of the transformative June Medical Services, LLC v. Russo. case currently being heard by the Supreme Court. 
April 01, 2020
Online Nationals? How to Practice Now.
With the NSDA's recent decision to go online, for the time being, the future of extemp tournaments is virtual. The question now: how do we prepare? 
April 01, 2020
March 31, 2020
March 31, 2020