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. 


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Hosted by Intelligence Squared U.S. moderator John Donvan, the "Agree to Disagree" series brings leading experts together to discuss an issue.

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: 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 KCPW Salt Lake City, KUNM, WLPR Merrillville, IN (Chicago metro area), KAZU Seaside, Calif., and WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.

  • Added: Nov 08, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
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 Spokane Public Radio, KUNM, KCPW Salt Lake City, WCNY, and WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.

  • Added: Oct 12, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
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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 Georgia Public Broadcasting, WUGA (part of GPB), Prairie Public, KCPW Salt Lake City, MPR News Stations and more

  • Added: Oct 01, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Discourse Disrupters: Conversation with Newt Minow, Credit: Discourse Disrupters from Intelligence Squared U.S.
What does the father of American presidential debate think about modern electoral politics? In this episode, Newt Minow offers a first-hand account...

Bought by Interlochen Public Radio, Spokane Public Radio, WRGY, and Red River Radio Network (E. Texas/Louisiana/Arkansas/Mississippi)

  • Added: Aug 21, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Should Washington Break Up Big Tech?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
As the internet giants face more probes from the FCC, DOJ, and a host of state attorneys general, some are calling this big tech’s “big tobacco mom...

Bought by WLPR Merrillville, IN (Chicago metro area)

  • Added: Aug 06, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
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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 Interlochen Public Radio, WJCT, KUOW, Spokane Public Radio, WRGY and more

  • Added: Jul 10, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
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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
Caption: Has the Electoral College Outlived its Usefulness? , Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Five American presidents — two in the last 20 years — have assumed office without winning the popular vote. As the nation gears up for another cont...

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

  • Added: May 28, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
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More than a decade ago, Lehman Brothers collapsed, and the world witnessed one of the worst financial crises in global history. In January 2019, In...

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

  • Added: May 15, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Is the Defense Production Act Being Underutilized?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
As health professionals and leaders around the nation rush to procure the supplies Americans need to combat coronavirus, we ask: Is the Defense Pro...

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

  • Added: Apr 23, 2020
  • Length: 53:57
  • Purchases: 5