On March 12th The University of Montevallo was featured on the widely popular This American Life radio broadcast. This American Life is a weekly hour long broadcast that is predominantly journalistic non-fiction and hosted by Ira Glass.

The show decided to take a look at our annual Life Raft Debate which was created by our Philosophy professor Michael Patton. Patton describes the debate as so:

“In the Life Raft Debate, we imagine that there has been a nuclear war, and the survivors (the audience) are setting sail to rebuild society from the ground up.  There is a group of academic-types vying to get on the raft, and only one seat is left.  Each professor has to argue that his or her discipline is the one indispensable area of study that the new civilization will need to flourish.  At the end of the debating, the audience votes and the lucky winner climbs aboard, waving goodbye to the others.

Each professor gets to give an introductory account of his or her discipline, then give a brief rebuttal to the others, and, finally, the audience will be allowed to ask questions and vote.”

Download the mp3 of the Life Raft Debate segment from the This American Life episode “Save the Day” by clicking here. You can get the whole podcast episode on the This American Life home page.