What is a podcast?
It’s basically YouTube without the video: so just the audio. Or for those who still listen to the radio, it’s like a show that would be hosted regularly – except that with a podcast, you can tune in and download the latest episode without having to worry about having recorded it.
The great thing about a podcast is that you can listen to it while you are on your commute, doing sports, or simply when you are relaxing at home. It’s very lightweight since it’s only an audio file and you have plenty of options to listen to it:
=> directly from our website by clicking the play button,
=> or using a dedicated podcast app (here are some popular podcast apps).
=> or downloading the audio files for offline consumption (from your app, from iTunes, or from our website).
Is this really for free? It says “subscribe”!
It will always be 100% free to listen to our podcast. “Subscribe” simple means that if you add your email address, we will notify you as soon as a new episode is published. And we will never spam you with anything else – because we are good guys ;-).
How can I subscribe?
We prepared two ways for you to sign up for our podcast: One is the good old email newsletter, the other one is a classic podcast subscription via a podcast app (see FAQ #1 “What is a podcast?”)
If you’re into mail newsletters, simply add your email address and press Enter or click on the plane/envelope icon at the right of the input field. You will then receive an email to confirm that this is indeed your correct email address. We will then notify you as soon as a new episode is published. And we will never spam you with anything else!
The more convenient way clearly is the podcast subscription. If you’re an iPhone user, then Apple pre-installed a podcast app for you but there are many good alternative choices out there. To subscribe, simple scroll down on the page and click on the subscribe button. A window opens in which you can select your app and from then on you’ll automatically receive every new 2debate episode automatically. No strings attached.
You ask your listeners to vote. How does that work exactly?
The audience votes before the debate and they vote after the debate and then it depends on the specific rules that sometimes it’s an absolute voting but most of the time, practically the side wins that one more people over to their side. So it’s the difference between the votes that counts.
Our actual debates will launch every two weeks and we have one episode in the middle where we announce the next motion and ask you to start voting on that motion. You can do so on the website and after we debated, you are encouraged to vote again. Those two are data points we intend to use to really determine how we did in the debate and we plan to share the data with you, together with possibly some interesting observations we make on the way. So you are effectively asked to really participate in this debating podcast.
Can I join the debate?
Yes! In fact, we strongly encourage you to participate, both for the sake of the discussion and for us to improve our debating techniques. There are multiple ways by which you can participate:
By voting on the motion as soon as we announce it and before we publish the actual debate a week later. Here is how it works: every other week, we release an in-between episode that announces the motion that we will debate upon a week later. You can already cast your vote whether you are genuinely in favour or against the motion. Why do that? Because we are eager to see if the debate, published a week later, will manage to change your opinion or not. This is why we would love if you vote again after you have listened to the debate.
By voting on the motion as soon as you have listened to the debate. Your votes are completely anonymous, we only record the time at which the vote was cast, and the vote itself. Nothing else! Your votes before and after the debate is published will allow us to get a sense of whether the debate has shifted your opinion.
By continuing the debate on any of our social media channels: Google+ community, Facebook group, Twitter channel. As soon as we publish our next debate, we will create a specific post and encourage our fellow listeners to carry on with the discussion, adding more and better arguments so it enriches the conversation.
2 minutes, 3 minutes, 1 minute: why that odd format? Aren’t podcasts supposed to be freely structured?
We are following an adaptation of an Oxford-style of debating in which speakers take turns to make their point and in which the winner is identified not by earning the majority of the votes but by having shifted opinions towards his side compared to votes cast prior to the debate. We could have opted for many different forms of debating. Yet this type suits the purpose of requiring us to fit within a given time constraint while still allowing each side to respond to the other’s arguments. The bonus of our podcast is that we actually very briefly carry on the conversation once the formal debate is over. You therefore get the best of both worlds: a highly-structured debate and some brief informal conversation afterwards. We thus hope to provide you with a highly-entertaining, highly-informative episode in about 15 minutes every other week.
I’m a fan! Anything I can do to help?
Thanks for asking :-). The best thing you can do right now would be to rate our podcast on iTunes at this link as it would allow other potential listeners to get a feel for the quality of the podcast. The next best thing would be for you to talk about 2debate.net to your friends: in person, on social media, you name it! And if you still want to help some more, give a look at our suggestions for collaboration on this form.