Current Affairs

To be a good debater, it’s important that you keep up with current affairs. Here is a list of news media and blogs that will be useful to you . Some of the sites, like The Economist, require a subscription; Your school may have a subscription to these sites – check with your librarian.  Blogs, like news media, are an excellent source of opinions. be sure to check them out, too.

Media:

  • The Economist
    • The number one resource for all debaters, and particularly good for coverage of international affairs. Take a look at The Economist’s various podcasts as well (available through iTunes). If you cannot get a subscription, browse incognito on Chrome – it won’t save your cookies, and you will be able to browse a large number of articles
  • The New Zealand Herald and Stuff 
    • For debates about New Zealand, be sure to check out our largest newspapers for information.
  • The Times
    • An important newspaper in the United Kingdom, the Times is great if you want to keep up with international affairs.
  • The Atlantic
    • One of the best online resources for a wide range of topics. The Atlantic also does a lot of long-form journalism, which can be a great help in developing indepth, compelling cases.
  • Slate
    • A daily online magazine published in the United States that profiles politics, news and culture. Takes an often unorthodox  view and provides good insight into the American political system. Be sure to check out their podcasts, too.
  • Arts & Letters Daily
    • Arts & Letters Daily is a web portal which links to a diverse array of news stories, features and reviews from across the humanities, each introduced with a short blurb or teaser. It sources information from a number of the above sites and more for some really interesting and important reading.
  • Longreads
    • A partner site of The Atlantic, Longreads features stories from hundreds of the best writers and publishers on the web, as well as exclusive stories never before published online

Blogs:

  • Tim Harford
    • Tim Harford is an English economist and journalist. He is the author of four economics books and writes his long-running Financial Times column, “The Undercover Economist“, revealing the economic ideas behind everyday experiences. His new column, “Since You Asked,” offers a skeptical look at the news of the week. 
  • Freakanomics
    • Steven D. Levitt is an economistStephen J. Dubner is a writer. They co-authored Freakonomics, a book about cheating teachers, bizarre baby names, self-dealing Realtors, and crack-selling mama’s boys. That, and their sequel SuperFreakonomics, is an excellent, and easy introduction to some very interesting behavioral economic theory. They maintain a blog, which is a continuation of much of what they covered in their books.
  • The Becker-Posner Blog
    • Nobel Prize-winning economist + legal scholar and federal judge = some fascinating reading. Gary Becker is University Professor in Economics, Sociology, the Booth School, and the Law School at the University of Chicago and the 1992 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. Richard Posner is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School and a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The Becker-Posner Blog was started in 2004 to explore current issues of economics, law, and policy in a dialogic format. This is another excellent economics blog.