Intelligence Squared U.S.

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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.

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.


100 Pieces

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Caption: Can Employers and Schools Require Vaccines?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
As more Americans become vaccinated, schools, employers, and health care facilities are facing a tough decision: Will they require students, employ...

Bought by Boise State Public Radio, WRGY, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., Interlochen Public Radio, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and more


  • Added: Jul 01, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
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How do you know that you’re right? Modern business, politics, and even culture, tend to favor strident opinions and decisive action. To “flip flop”...

Bought by Boise State Public Radio, KCPW Salt Lake City, WWNO, WRGY, Maine Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jun 17, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Is Taiwan Indefensible?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
The fate of Taiwan is uncertain. As a revanchist China builds up forces near the island, the Biden administration is warning Beijing against an inv...

Bought by WGCU, KICI Iowa City, Spokane Public Radio, KCPW Salt Lake City, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass. and more


  • Added: May 20, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Do We Need Vaccine Passports?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Will you need a digital passport to prove that you’ve been vaccinated the next time you board a flight, get into a concert, or travel to another co...

Bought by Nevada Public Radio, WFCR, WGCU, Interlochen Public Radio, WKMS and more


  • Added: May 12, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Should Society Legalize Psychedelics?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Psychedelics, in medical terms, is an inexact category of drugs that affect perceptions and cognition. Their proponents say psychedelics should be ...

Bought by WRGY, WKMS, Boise State Public Radio, WCNY, Interlochen Public Radio and more


  • Added: Apr 22, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
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India and South Africa have petitioned the World Trade Organization to suspend intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines. These natio...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, Interlochen Public Radio, WRGY, Wyoming Public Radio, KICI Iowa City and more


  • Added: Apr 08, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
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Facing growing discontent over the rising cost of higher education, many prominent Democrats – and some Republicans – are calling on Washington to ...

Bought by WGCU, WCNY, Interlochen Public Radio, WLIW, Troy Public Radio and more


  • Added: Mar 26, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Is It Time for Slavery Reparations?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Between 1525 and 1866, more than 12 million Africans were shipped to the New World as slaves. After some 200 years, slavery was abolished, and yet ...

Bought by WJCT, Interlochen Public Radio, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., WLPR , KUT and more


  • Added: Mar 11, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Has the GOP Lost Its Way? , Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
What should the Republican party look like after Donald Trump? For many prominent establishment figures, including those behind The Lincoln Project...

Bought by Interlochen Public Radio, WJCT, Spokane Public Radio, KCPW Salt Lake City, WUGA (part of GPB) and more


  • Added: Feb 25, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Did America Get the Middle East Right?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Joe Biden’s approach to the Middle East will likely be very different than Donald Trump’s. But should it be? For some, the Trump legacy was the rig...

Bought by WJCT, Interlochen Public Radio, WGCU, Spokane Public Radio, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass. and more


  • Added: Jan 28, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Is America Still a Model for the World?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
When Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol and halted the Electoral College certification, European leaders decried the violence as "horrible" ...

Bought by WJCT, Interlochen Public Radio, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, Spokane Public Radio, Nevada Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jan 21, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Who Gets Vaccinated First? , Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
As the first rounds of the Covid-19 vaccines become available, a growing debate has emerged as to who should get it first. It’s a profound debate w...

Bought by WYAP, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., WGCU, and KUOW


  • Added: Jan 14, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Do Genes Affect Your Vote? , Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Were you an adventurous baby? Or were you risk averse? According to Dr. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist who studies genopolitics, your a...

Bought by Interlochen Public Radio, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., KUOW, and KBUT Crested Butte, Colo.


  • Added: Jan 07, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Are Identity Politics A Way To Win?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
The public and pundits alike are still processing the most recent election, but this much we know: 2020 marks the most diverse Congress in American...

Bought by Interlochen Public Radio, KCPW Salt Lake City, Troy Public Radio, MPR News Stations, KBUT Crested Butte, Colo. and more


  • Added: Dec 16, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Should We Stop Worrying About National Deficits?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Governments around the world have spent unprecedented sums to combat the economic impacts of coronavirus. In the U.S., the national deficit surpass...

Bought by WJCT, Interlochen Public Radio, Prairie Public, WGCU, KCLU and more


  • Added: Dec 06, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Is a U.S.-China Space Race Good for Humanity? , Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Nearly 70 years ago, the Space Race galvanized international support for scientific achievement and ushered in a new era of technological advanceme...

Bought by WJCT, Interlochen Public Radio, KCLU, WGCU, KCPW Salt Lake City and more


  • Added: Nov 08, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Is it Time to Redistribute Wealth? , Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Economic inequality has become a linchpin of modern politics. As nations around the world face a reckoning on racial and social justice and work to...

Bought by WJCT, Interlochen Public Radio, KCLU, WLPR , Spokane Public Radio and more


  • Added: Oct 12, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
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Should we defund the police? Do police unions do more harm than good? And has policing become too militarized? Staged in our “Unresolved” format, t...

Bought by KUNM, KCLU, Interlochen Public Radio, Georgia Public Broadcasting, WUGA (part of GPB) and more


  • Added: Oct 01, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Is Nationalism a Force for Good?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
From Brexit to “America First,” Modi in India, Erdoğan in Turkey, and Bolsonaro in Brazil, nationalism – or allegiance to a nation-state over other...

Bought by KCLU, Interlochen Public Radio, WJCT, KUOW, Spokane Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jul 10, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Will Coronavirus Reshape the World Order in China’s Favor? , Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
How might coronavirus reshape geopolitics? For some, the answer is clear: China is on the rise. While Washington embraces “America First” and abdic...

Bought by Interlochen Public Radio, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., KRPS, KCPW Salt Lake City, and WGCU


  • Added: Jun 12, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5