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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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
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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
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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: 3
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Caption: Will Free Speech Save Social Media?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
How should the world's largest social media companies respond to a pernicious online climate, including hate speech and false content posted by use...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Unresolved: The Techonomic Cold War With China, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
President Xi Jinping has made it clear: When it comes to big data, advanced weaponry, and other innovations in tech and AI, China has plans to surp...

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  • Added: Mar 08, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Can AI Change Your Mind? , Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Intelligence Squared U.S. has debated Artificial Intelligence (AI) before – the risks, the rewards, and whether it can change the world – but for t...

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Should We Bring Extinct Creatures Back To Life? , Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Once a sci-fi fantasy explored in films like “Jurassic Park,” recent biological and technological breakthroughs indicate that reviving extinct crea...

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  • Added: Feb 08, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Ten Years After The Global Financial Crisis, Is The System Safer? , Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
In 2008, the world witnessed one of the worst financial crises in global history. Ten years later, has the world learned its lesson? Panelists deba...

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  • Added: Jan 25, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
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Silicon Valley once promised to solve many of the world’s problems with a technological revolution. But now, the tech hub is the center of much scr...

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  • Added: Nov 09, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Has Silicon Valley Lost Its Soul? , Credit: In
Silicon Valley once promised to solve many of the world’s problems with a technological revolution. But now, the tech hub is the center of much scr...

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Will Progressive Populism Save the Democratic Party? , Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Is embracing progressive populism the key to leading the Democratic party out of the political wilderness? Or should the left champion centrist pol...

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  • Added: Oct 19, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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What will save, U.S. health care? Some argue that the bargaining power and data competencies of retailers entering into the healthcare business wil...

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  • Added: Oct 05, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5