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. 

Series

Caption: Discourse Disrupters, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
5 Pieces

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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77 Pieces

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.


Pieces

Caption: Do U.S. prosecutors have too much power? , Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Autonomy and secrecy, complex criminal code and mandatory minimums -- in combination, these factors have given prosecutors enormous leverage, and t...

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  • Added: Nov 16, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Should college students be allowed to take 'smart drugs'? , Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
If you could take a pill that would help you study and get better grades, would you? Off-label use of pharmaceuticals ("smart drugs") are becoming ...

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  • Added: Nov 09, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Should the federal gas tax be raised to fund infrastructure?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
The Highway Trust Fund provides funding for road, bridge, and mass transit projects across the country and it’s running out of money. Its revenue s...

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  • Added: Nov 04, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Debate: Are China and the U.S. long-term enemies?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
China’s rise as an economic and military power, coupled with its aggression in the South China Sea, have led some to call for a major rebalance of ...

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  • Added: Oct 21, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
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High-profile cases have recently put campus sexual assault in the spotlight. One question that has repeatedly come up: why are these cases being ha...

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  • Added: Sep 23, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
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The region under the control of ISIS continues to expand, despite airstrikes and the deployment of U.S. military advisers. Should the U.S. goal be ...

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  • Added: Aug 18, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
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The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment provides: “No State shall … deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection...

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  • Added: Jun 08, 2015
  • Length: 54:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Smart technology grants us unprecedented access to knowledge and to each other. Is there a downside to this connectivity?

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  • Added: Jun 04, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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A recent Gallup poll found that Americans are still largely supportive of the death penalty. Legal in 32 states, it has come under renewed scrutiny...

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  • Added: Jun 04, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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In 2014, the European Union’s Court of Justice determined that individuals have a right to be forgotten, “the right—under certain conditions—to ask...

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  • Added: Jun 04, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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