There's a lot of material here, enough to bore you to death entertain you for a lifetime.

  • First off, there's Nostrum. More was written than voiced, but there's still an awful lot of material. You can also find it on iTunes.
  • The View From Tab was an occasional podcast, usually with Menick and some other friend coaches in various combinations. Also available on iTunes. It probably still contains some conversations of interest.
  • Every now and then I put together a lecture that seemed to have value beyond its original intended audience. I've bunched all of them under the category of philosophy.
  • The randomcasts are debate oriented, and worth my having saved them.


The legendary High School Debate Soap Opera, by Jules O'Shaughnessy and the Nostrumite.



The Postmodern Condition. A basic, relatively short, introduction to postmodernism for high school debaters.

Simulacra and Simulation by Jean Baudrillard
Part 1
, Part 2, Part 3.
A lecture to help you get your mind around a quintessential French postmodernist. I recommend reading the book, especially the essay "Precession of Simulacra," before listening to the lecture. I also recommend a visit to Disneyland or Disney World; feel free to take me along with you.

From Caveman to Frenchman
Menick explains art, from the earliest days to the latest at Dia. (Or read the illustrated pdf, if that's your preference.) There is also now a small pamphlet of Caveman art available, separate from the illustrated lecture.
Part 1: Introduction and Part One, Narrative
Part 2: The Ancients to the Renaissance, start, middle, conclusion
Part 3: The Birth of the Individual (from the Renaissance to the Romantics)
Part 4: Modernism: The Narrative Becomes Narration
Part 5: Postmodernism Start Some general ideas, and some Frenchies, Middle Postmodern art, literature and architecture, Conclusion A few things that didn't fit earlier, and an adieu.


Judging LD for parents. There are also some printed materials accompanying this lecture at the MHL judging site.

Research. A general guide to research, aimed primarily at newer LD and PF debaters. There is also a pdf for those who prefer to read these things.

Lexington tab revisited in 2008. Although I ran out of time and didn't talk about the Black Cloud Over Monticello or the Miracle of the Burrito, most of what happened is recorded here.

The tabbing of Yale, 2007.
Part 1
. We've done Lexington. Let's look at a college, this time out.
Part 2.
Part 3. (Sorry about the quality of this: too late to do anything about it now.)
If you only want to listen to the best part, on-site, go straight to #3.
As mentioned in the recordings, here's a copy of the Excel spreadsheet that concatenates team names. Those were the good old days.

Backstage at Lexington. What goes on in tab? Here's the answer.

Arguing the Resolution. Talk about lost causes: A general lecture on why it makes sense to argue the resolution at hand.
A pdf is also available.

Geopolitics. This incorporates the sovereignty material (below) but redirects the enterprise toward understanding the interplay of nations in the world today, with an eye on acquisition of nuclear weapons. A pdf is also available.

Business. A general lecture on how business works, to help get your mind around business resolutions. (This was my first attempt at recording, so it's a little warbly at tiimes.)