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Cross Examined Life is the weekly audio program that improves the way we disagree with one another. In each episode, a guest advances and defends a controversial position on a social, economic, religious, political or ethical issue. The guest is then cross examined by the show’s host, Chris Tatem. The Cross Examiner challenges, pokes, prods and tests the position his guest is defending. Listeners decide for themselves whether the guest’s position has withstood the challenge, or perhaps is lacking in some way and ought to be reevaluated. In the final recap, you’ll receive take away tips, summarizing the effective and ineffective strategies both sides used to advance their point. Join us on the Cross Examined Life Community (on FB) to continue the controversial discussions online.

Cross Examined Life is the weekly audio program that improves the way we disagree with one another. In each episode, a guest advances and defends a controversial position on a social, economic, religious, political or ethical issue. The guest is then cross examined by the show’s host, Chris Tatem. The Cross Examiner challenges, pokes, prods and tests the position his guest is defending. Listeners decide for themselves whether the guest’s position has withstood the challenge, or perhaps is lacking in some way and ought to be reevaluated. In the final recap, you’ll receive take away tips, summarizing the effective and ineffective strategies both sides used to advance their point. Join us on the Cross Examined Life Community (on FB) to continue the controversial discussions online.
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Cross Examined Life is the weekly audio program that improves the way we disagree with one another. In each episode, a guest advances and defends a controversial position on a social, economic, religious, political or ethical issue. The guest is then cross examined by the show’s host, Chris Tatem. The Cross Examiner challenges, pokes, prods and tests the position his guest is defending. Listeners decide for themselves whether the guest’s position has withstood the challenge, or perhaps is lacking in some way and ought to be reevaluated. In the final recap, you’ll receive take away tips, summarizing the effective and ineffective strategies both sides used to advance their point. Join us on the Cross Examined Life Community (on FB) to continue the controversial discussions online.

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307-240-9190


Episodes

037 - Can Human Rights Exist?

10/20/2018
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Rob defends: Many human rights do not exist. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Clarify definitions of uncommon words or foundational terms at the beginning of your argument. 2. Don’t take laws or Supreme Court decisions for granted. 3. Try to employ hypothetical questions, even if they present absurd scenarios, to test the foundational beliefs of the person with whom you’re arguing. Get in touch! call or text (+1)...

Duration:00:50:09

036 - Should Bike Helmets Be Required?

10/13/2018
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Felicity defends: Bike Helmets Should Be Required by Law. Get in touch! call or text (+1) 307-240-9190 questions@crossexaminedlife.com crossexaminedlife.com facebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlife Tweet us: @CELpodcast Insta: @crossexaminedlife Keep the debate going in the Cross Examined Life Community on FB

Duration:00:40:59

035 - Behind the Scenes with Chris Tatem

9/29/2018
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Chris Tatem is interviewed by Jeshua from the Joshua D. Noel podcast. In this interview, Chris shares his thoughts on life and his motivations for creating Cross Examined Life. call or text 307-240-9190 to let Chris know your thoughts!

Duration:00:58:12

034 - [DEBATE] Should Everyone Have Access to Plans for 3D Printed Guns?

9/23/2018
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Gail & Jeremy debate whether 3D printed guns should be available online to anyone. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Don’t be afraid to verify that you heard the other side correctly. 2. Use series of questions with increasing specificity to drill down on a point you want to highlight. 3. If you disagree with a suggestion, don’t be afraid to voice that disagreement directly and specifically. 4. Resist the temptation to find support for your arguments in personal experiences. Instead, try to...

Duration:00:53:43

033 - Should Players Be Permitted to Kneel During the National Anthem?

8/25/2018
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Michael defends: Players should be permitted to kneel during the national anthem. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Provide facts that might support your opposition – since good arguments is not about a great quantity of facts, but using the consequences of those facts more persuasively. 2. Don’t be afraid to bring up uncomfortable moments in your life, as a way of helping your listener understand and empathize with you. 3. Keep in mind that the First Amendment is only relevant if the...

Duration:00:35:16

032 - Should Big Travelers Buy a 2nd Seat on an Plane?

8/17/2018
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Katie defends: Big travelers should buy 2 seats on a plane. Get in touch! call or text (+1) 307-240-9190 questions@crossexaminedlife.com crossexaminedlife.com facebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlife Tweet us: @CELpodcast Insta: @crossexaminedlife Keep the debate going in the Cross Examined Life Community on FB

Duration:00:18:41

031 - Should Hate Speech be Legal?

8/10/2018
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Bunmi defends: Hate speech should be illegal. Get in touch! call or text (+1) 307-240-9190 questions@crossexaminedlife.com crossexaminedlife.com facebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlife Tweet us: @CELpodcast Insta: @crossexaminedlife Keep the debate going in the Cross Examined Life Community on FB

Duration:00:39:51

030 - Does Identifying as Transgendered Promote Stereotypes?

7/23/2018
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Rob defends: Transgenderism Perpetuates Gender Stereotypes and Ignores Scientific Definitions. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. If you're asked a confusing question, ask that it be rephrased! 2. Acknowledge when your conversation partner is able to neatly restate or summarize a point you struggled to make earlier on. Get in touch! call or text (+1) 307-240-9190 questions@crossexaminedlife.com crossexaminedlife.com facebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlife Tweet us: @CELpodcast Insta:...

Duration:00:38:06

029 - Should Free Speech on the Web Be Absolute?

2/17/2018
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Jessica Defends: Interactive Services and Companies that help to facilitate online sex trafficking should not be protected by the 1 Amendment right to freedom of speech. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS --> Don't be too quick to run to the flagpole of "freedom of speech" when you are frustrated in an argument. Consider whether there are competing concerns for freedom or safety that might make the right to freedom of speech less important. call or text 307-240-9190 to let Chris know your thoughts!

Duration:00:25:45

028 - Is Provocative Language Helpful in Conversation?

2/3/2018
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Dylan defends: Provocative language is helpful in conversation. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. When your conversation partner says something you disagree with or find insulting, try to table that issue for later if it’s not the main point you’re discussing right now. 2. Even when your conversation partner challenges the very foundation of your purpose, continue listening, engaging and asking questions. 3. Don’t get distracted by names or words that aren’t relevant to the argument being...

Duration:00:38:10

027 - Will Tighter Gun Control Make America Safer?

11/7/2017
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Bob defends: Limiting America's access to firearms will not make America safer. Get in touch! call or text (+1) 307-240-9190 questions@crossexaminedlife.com crossexaminedlife.com facebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlife Tweet us: @CELpodcast Insta: @crossexaminedlife Keep the debate going in the Cross Examined Life Community on FB (request to JOIN)

Duration:00:46:39

026 - Is It Ok to Charge More for Water When Its in Short Supply?

9/24/2017
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Kwesi defends: In the wake of natural disasters (including hurricanes), companies should not inflate their prices on essentials, like water, gas and food. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. If you find yourself emotionally invested in a disagreement, take a step back and try to identify your own contradictions.

Duration:00:45:40

025 - Is it Time That Confederate Monuments Came Down?

8/23/2017
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Dave defends: Confederate Monuments Should Remain Standing. No Practical Takeaway Tips this week. Instead, let us know what you think by getting in touch via one of the methods below! call or text (+1) 307-240-9190 questions@crossexaminedlife.com crossexaminedlife.com facebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlife Tweet us: @CELpodcast Insta: @crossexaminedlife Keep the debate going in the Cross Examined Life Community on FB (request to JOIN)

Duration:00:52:20

024 - Should Charter Schools Exist?

8/13/2017
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Emily defends: Charter schools should not exist. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Don’t hold fast to your position, when your experience tells you the answer is more complicated. 2. Don’t insist on an immediate implementation for a policy that would harm the people the policy is designed to protect. 3. Be willing to concede facts you may disagree with, but take them as true for the purposes of advancing the argument. 4. When you see rabit holes emerge, try to save them for the end of your...

Duration:01:23:23

023 - Sometimes Might the Death Penalty be Appropriate?

7/21/2017
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Brandon defends: Sometimes, the death penalty is the only appropriate punishment. *No Practical Takeaway Tips this week* Get in touch! call or text (+1) 307-240-9190 questions@crossexaminedlife.com crossexaminedlife.com facebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlife Tweet us: @CELpodcast Insta: @crossexaminedlife Keep the debate going in the Cross Examined Life Community on FB (request to JOIN)

Duration:00:45:03

022 - Should Everyone Eat a Vegetarian Diet?

7/11/2017
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Duration:00:36:27

021 - Is Gentrification a Problem?

6/25/2017
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Moira defends: Gentrification is bad for diversity. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. If the example or analogy you're using is not resonating with your opponent; find a new one or a new strategy. Get in touch! call or text (+1) 307-240-9190 questions@crossexaminedlife.com crossexaminedlife.com facebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlife Tweet us: @CELpodcast Insta: @crossexaminedlife Keep the debate going in the Cross Examined Life Community on FB (request to JOIN)

Duration:00:39:03

020 - Should Teachers Be Allowed to Hit Children?

6/17/2017
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Eric defends: Corporal punishment should end in American public schools. Get in touch! call or text (+1) 307-240-9190 questions@crossexaminedlife.com crossexaminedlife.com facebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlife Tweet us: @CELpodcast Insta: @crossexaminedlife Keep the debate going in the Cross Examined Life Community on FB (request to JOIN)

Duration:00:50:25

019 - Should the Govt Sell National Parks?

6/10/2017
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Andrea defends: Public lands should be protected. Get in touch! call or text (+1) 307-240-9190 questions@crossexaminedlife.com crossexaminedlife.com facebook.com/groups/crossexaminedlife Tweet us: @CELpodcast Insta: @crossexaminedlife Keep the debate going in the Cross Examined Life Community on FB (request to JOIN)

Duration:00:33:56

018 - Should Children Be Allowed to Vote?

6/3/2017
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William defends: There should be no minimum voting age. PRACTICAL TAKEAWAY TIPS 1. Re-engage with the same question if it hasn’t been answered. Bonus points for finding a respectful and thoughtful way to do that. 2. Avoid cutting one another off. 3. Ask just a single question at a time

Duration:00:45:27