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.
4 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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73 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

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Almost everyone can think of something they would like to change in the U.S. Constitution. Some would like to update it to fit new technologies and...

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  • Added: Dec 13, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
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For many, Obama’s presidency will be defined by its accomplishments. Taking out Osama bin Laden, disengaging from fights in the Middle East that Am...

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  • Added: Dec 06, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
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It is alleged that the practice of gerrymandering—dividing election districts into units to favor a particular group—subverts democracy by making c...

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  • Added: Nov 21, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
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There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, and the question of what to do with them has sparked years of fierc...

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: BigPharma Debate, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Health care costs in the U.S. are some 18 percent of GNP, nearly double what other rich countries spend. We read of drug therapies that cost $100,0...

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  • Added: Oct 18, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: DEBATE: Are the elites to blame for the Trump phenomenon?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
The elites of both parties have expressed contempt for Donald Trump, and Trump has succeeded in part by channeling his voters’ contempt for the eli...

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  • Added: Sep 20, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
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Reducing carbon emissions is clearly good for the environment but often imposes substantial costs. The costs are most obvious when coal companies g...

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  • Added: Sep 13, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
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The Constitution provides that "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States," and it goes on to grant ...

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  • Added: Jun 15, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Debate: Do hunters conserve wildlife?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
In 2014, a permit to hunt a single endangered black rhino was sold for $350,000… as part of a program to support its conservation in Namibia. Count...

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  • Added: May 17, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Debate: Should the U.S. eliminate corporate subsidies?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
The auto industry, agriculture, the energy sector. What do they have in common? These industries benefit from government subsidies in the form of l...

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  • Added: Apr 12, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7