Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

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Intelligence Squared U.S. is the program for listeners who crave a clear view of the big questions that divide Americans. Moderated by ABC News correspondent John Donvan, each episode brings together world thinkers, policy makers and journalists, two on two, arguing the pros and cons of cultural, domestic and foreign policy issues. Listeners weigh in and vote for a winning team. Expect ear-catching, provocative radio that enlightens, entertains and informs. One-hour programs, monthly. 


Caption: Discourse Disrupters, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
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Host John Donvan engages some of the sharpest minds shaping our national discourse today as part of the new Intelligence Squared U.S. radio series: Discourse Disrupters. From the academy to the media to the world of politics, these top thinkers are disrupting American discourse in bold new ways.

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Rethink your point of view with Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US), Oxford-style debates on the day’s most pressing issues. This award-winning series has produced more than 100 debates with topics ranging from the death penalty and GM foods, to the Middle East and same-sex marriage.


Caption: Why Are We So Polarized?, Credit: Discourse Disrupters from Intelligence Squared U.S.
Is the American political system broken? In his new book, Ezra Klein argues that the system isn't malfunctioning, it's doing exactly what it was de...

  • Added: Apr 01, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
Caption: Is the Maximum Pressure Campaign Against Iran Working? , Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
The targeted killing of General Qassim Suleimani sent shockwaves around the world and sparked staunch debate about the Trump administration's "maxi...

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  • Added: Mar 20, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Is Anti-Zionism the New Anti-Semitism?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Zionism — the belief that the Jewish people have a right to statehood in Israel — has been debated for decades. But recently, the Trump administrat...

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  • Added: Mar 06, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Is the Two-Party System Good for Democracy?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
As the nation gears up for the 2020 presidential election, we ask: Is the two-party system good for democracy? Does relying on two hugely powerful ...

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
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For decades, the development of nuclear power has sparked staunch debate among scientists, politicians, and activists alike. Proponents claim that ...

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  • Added: Feb 07, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
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Some Americans are starting to consider socialism as a viable economic and political model. Is capitalism here to stay? The debaters are John Macke...

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  • Added: Nov 21, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
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What shapes us more: our DNA, or the way we’re raised? This debate, commonly recognized as “nature versus nurture,” has drawn disagreement for thou...

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  • Added: Nov 06, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
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European regulators are taking on American technology companies, including Apple, Facebook, and Google, in a big way. Is Brussels waging war agains...

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Should We Replace Private Insurance With Medicare for All?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
As the nation gears up for the 2020 election, Democrats are promising bold new changes to the American health care system, including scrapping priv...

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  • Added: Sep 27, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
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Saudi Arabia and Iran are vying for regional dominance. Turkey is cozying up to Russia and China. And instability, conflict, and proxy wars have en...

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  • Added: Sep 19, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4