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: 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...

  • Added: Apr 19, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
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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: 4
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
  • Purchases: 2
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...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2019
  • Length: 54:00
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
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Caption: Unresolved: Trump & U.S. National Security, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
For the United States, tensions are rising with both allies and adversaries. Rogue states are racing to master new technologies and create weapons ...

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  • Added: Sep 28, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Has Globalization Undermined the American Working Class?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
In the U.S., jobs are disappearing. From construction zones to clerical offices to coal mines, the American working class is losing ground. Is glob...

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  • Added: Aug 03, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Is Social Media Good For Democracy?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Critics argue that social media deepens political divisions and erodes trust in the democratic process. Will the power of social media be used as a...

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  • Added: Jul 19, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Are Safe Spaces Dangerous?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Deeply rooted in social justice movements of the past, safe spaces promise a reprieve from bigotry and oppression by allowing today’s students – th...

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  • Added: Jul 05, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Around the world, technology is disrupting the workforce, with automation poised to displace humans in the fields of medicine, agriculture, and bey...

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  • Added: May 25, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Less than a decade old, Bitcoin is worth billions. The cryptocurrency promises to revolutionize global finance by placing control of currency in th...

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  • Added: May 04, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
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Will all of the recent goodwill gestures between North and South Korea lead to the one thing Washington wants most? Can a deal be struck that denuc...

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  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
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What if a single policy could impact American democracy, culture, and competitiveness? The Federal Communications Commission’s decision to end net ...

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  • Added: Apr 27, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
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For many, belief in a higher power is the foundation of human consciousness and the soul of social, political, and scientific progress. Some claim,...

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  • Added: Apr 06, 2018
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5