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: 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...

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  • Added: May 12, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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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 ...

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  • Added: Apr 22, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

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  • Added: Apr 08, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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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 ...

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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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 ...

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  • Added: Mar 11, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

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  • Added: Feb 25, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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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...

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  • Added: Jan 28, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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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" ...

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  • Added: Jan 21, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
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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
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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
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