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.


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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 WJCT, KUOW, Spokane Public Radio, WRGY, KCPW Salt Lake City and more


  • Added: Jul 10, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
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...

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  • Added: May 28, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
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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...

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  • 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...

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2020
  • Length: 53:57
  • Purchases: 5
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: 2
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
  • Purchases: 7
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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
  • Purchases: 5
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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
  • Purchases: 9
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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
  • Purchases: 5
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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
  • Purchases: 4
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
  • Purchases: 8
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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
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Caption: Is Recent U.S. Policy Towards China Productive?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
For decades, the U.S. has struggled to create an effective policy towards China. From trade wars to technology to Taiwan, experts disagree on wheth...

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  • Added: Aug 23, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Is the Transatlantic Relationship Irreparably Damaged?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
The transatlantic relationship has been a hallmark of the liberal international order for decades and, for many, a source of global peace and stabi...

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  • Added: Jul 12, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Should You Love Your Enemies? , Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
In this special episode, Intelligence Squared U.S. host John Donvan sits down with Arthur Brooks, one of America's leading political thinkers, to d...

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  • Added: May 17, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Is Engineering Solar Radiation a Crazy Idea?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Solar geoengineering, an ambitious set of experiments that aim to reduce the amount of sun and heat that reaches the planet, has gained momentum in...

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  • Added: May 02, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: All Hail The Driverless Car? , Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
What if the next car you buy or taxi you hail drives itself? Driverless cars, also known as autonomous or self-driving vehicles, are currently in t...

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  • Added: Apr 19, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Former Senator Jeff Flake and the New York Times’ Bret Stephens argue the motion, “The Republican Party Should Not Re-Nominate Trump.” They face Kr...

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  • Added: Apr 04, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5