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WVUM News Middle East Special

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | July 4th, 2014 |

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Every now and then we get topics that are so massive and so intricate that there simply isn’t enough time to cover them on air. This is the case for the Syrian crisis a few months back, so we decided to do a podcast of sorts so we could really get into it. As we started discussing it, we thought it would be cool to get some students in on the discussion to get their point of view, so Will set out to find and interview students with ties to the region for this piece (including our own Jordan Lewis). Since we were interviewing students, we thought “why not get a professor?” and we managed to snag Professor McGuinn, an expert (to say the least) on the subject. Admittedly, this piece is late; about 2-3 months late. Aside from production hurdles, coordination of interviewees’ schedules, and other first-time problems, we finished it at an awkward time: the news had shifted away from the topic to the Ukraine situation and more domestic affairs. However, with the ISIS situation in Iraq, we thought it would be appropriate to release it now. So without further adieu, here is WVUM News’ first Counterpoint Podcast! Enjoy!

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Special thanks to Will Ng, who nursed the project from the start and kept it going through all the rough patches, Hyan Freitas, who oversaw and green-lit the idea, and Meg McGee and Jordan Lewis, who were able to reach out and get students to come on.

Counterpoint June 27th

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | June 28th, 2014 |

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This week, we had Counterpoint: Mike and Mike Edition. We started by discussing the Supreme Court’s extremely productive week, covering everything from the banning of warantless cell phone searches (yay!) to the removal of anti-protesting distances outside of abortion clinics. We then discussed FIFA and the alleged corruption therein, and speculated about David Beckham’s plans to bring soccer to Miami. We ended with general speculation about 2014/2016 and the Eric Cantor upset again (correction: I misspoke and referred to him as the Speaker of the House when I meant to say Majority Leader) and the “poptart-gun” law that went into effect recently and dabbled a little into how we should raise our kids. Anyways, hit the link after the break for a recap. Keep it locked.

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Counterpoint June 20th

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | June 28th, 2014 |

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This week, Alex and I started by talking about the evolving crisis in Iraq and ISIS. Then we moved into discussing the Tea Party-fueled upset over Eric Cantor and some general 2014/2016 election points. Hit the link after the jump for a replay. Keep it locked.

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Counterpoint May 23

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | May 31st, 2014 |

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This week, we started with the Nigerian kidnapping situation and wandered all around the political make-up of the U.S., but it was a pleasant trek off the track. After that, we discussed the Clippers’ owner incident and what has changed since the initial revelations. We ended by talking about food. Sugars, fats, GMOs; everything we should or shouldn’t put in our bodies. Due to the large influx of texts related to the food segment, we’ll likely do something similar again. Catch the replay after the break. Keep it locked.

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Counterpoint May 16th

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | May 22nd, 2014 |

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This week I was joined by Ronald Fox (recently graduated; congrats) and Sophie Baez. We started by talking about the minimum wage debate. After that, we moved on to the Brandeis (Ms. Baez’s college) withdrawal of an honorary degree from Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a prominent critic of Islam and world-renowned advocate for human rights. We finished by talking about the Jay-Z/BeyoncĂ© fight(?), which admittedly, I know very little about, but it’s summer and we’ve entered “super-chill” mode, and it was a good discussion. Catch a replay after the break; apologies for the audio– it comes through a bit weaker on the left channel. We’re not sure what caused that, but it should be fixed for next week’s show. Keep it locked.

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Counterpoint May 9th

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | May 10th, 2014 |

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This week, we had special guest Vicky join us. We talked about the HGTV pull of a show due to the actor’s stance on gay marriage, and the general trend of having company political positions come under public scrutiny, despite being unrelated to the products they sell. We then transitioned to the recent issue of a man wanting to marry his computer, arguing along similar lines as gay marriage proponents. After that, we touched a little bit on the Benghazi committee situation. We received a ton of listener text-ins, making this show particularly fun; most of them were related to the computer marriage segment, but we’ll definitely try to do more listener-popular topics in the future. Catch a replay below the break. Keep it locked.

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Counterpoint May 2nd

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | May 3rd, 2014 |

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This week, like the rest of the nation, talked about the Clippers’ owner and his recent controversial remarks. Then we moved on to Jordan’s “favorite” governor, Rick Scott and the upcoming medical marijuana legalization. After that, we spent a while talking about the death penalty: we all seemed to feel that the question was not whether the government has a right to issue capital punishment, but whether the methods were fair. The go-to argument against it usually involves its over-use against minorities, but we debated whether that was inherent in the system or specific to capital punishment.

Anyways, catch the tape after the break. Keep it locked–

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Counterpoint April 25th

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | May 1st, 2014 |

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This week, we talked Affirmative Action, money in education, and conservatives in education. The question of how to improve racial relations is always a tricky one, and I thought Nicole and Jordan pulled off the discussion very well for this touchy subject. We then touched on the Kochs’ donations and ensuing veto power (and subsequent removal of said veto power) at FSU concerning the hiring process for professors. This led into a discussion about conservatives in academia in general. No surprise: college campuses are usually liberal. A relatively similar argument as the first half: what, if anything, should we be doing to promote diversity– in this case, diversity of opinion– in college? The questions were big– too big to cover in a short hour-long show, so maybe we’ll do a special on it sometime, but for now, the debate rages on.

I digress: catch a replay of the show after the break. Keep it locked.

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Counterpoint April 18th

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | April 20th, 2014 |

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This week, we touched on the Ukrainian situation concerning the pamphlets handed out to Jews “encouraging” them to register as such with the officials. Next, we covered the Nevada Rancher standoff and discussed how much power the government should be able to wield against its own citizens to uphold the law. We also talked about the Pope and the evolution of the Catholic Church (pun intended). After that, since it was a slow news week, we gave the floor to Nicole to talk about couponing, both regular and extreme. Anyways, for a recap, hit the jump after the break–

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Counterpoint April 11: Sebelius Resignation, Miami-Dade Voting Rights Concerns

By Mike Kanoff | Counterpoint | April 11th, 2014 |

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This week, we talked about the Sebelius resignation and various voting rights issues, stemming from the recent rule for Miami-Dade concerning bathrooms. I was incorrect in saying that it prohibited people from stepping out of line, and it apparently is about whether or not the buildings where people go to vote are required to provide access to bathrooms, specifically, handicap-accessible restrooms.

Catch the replay after the break. Keep it locked.