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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Smart technology grants us unprecedented access to knowledge and to each other. Is there a downside to this connectivity?

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  • Added: Jun 04, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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In 2014, the European Union’s Court of Justice determined that individuals have a right to be forgotten, “the right—under certain conditions—to ask...

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  • Added: Jun 04, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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Hear the best arguments for and against Obama's Iran deal from an elite crew of insiders.

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  • Added: Jun 04, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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A recent Gallup poll found that Americans are still largely supportive of the death penalty. Legal in 32 states, it has come under renewed scrutiny...

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  • Added: Jun 04, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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The President has launched a sustained, long-term military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But did he have constitutiona...

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  • Added: Jun 04, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment provides: “No State shall … deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection...

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  • Added: Jun 08, 2015
  • Length: 54:30
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The region under the control of ISIS continues to expand, despite airstrikes and the deployment of U.S. military advisers. Should the U.S. goal be ...

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  • Added: Aug 18, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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High-profile cases have recently put campus sexual assault in the spotlight. One question that has repeatedly come up: why are these cases being ha...

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  • Added: Sep 23, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Debate: Are China and the U.S. long-term enemies?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
China’s rise as an economic and military power, coupled with its aggression in the South China Sea, have led some to call for a major rebalance of ...

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  • Added: Oct 21, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Should college students be allowed to take 'smart drugs'? , Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
If you could take a pill that would help you study and get better grades, would you? Off-label use of pharmaceuticals ("smart drugs") are becoming ...

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  • Added: Nov 09, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Should the federal gas tax be raised to fund infrastructure?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
The Highway Trust Fund provides funding for road, bridge, and mass transit projects across the country and it’s running out of money. Its revenue s...

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  • Added: Nov 04, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Do U.S. prosecutors have too much power? , Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Autonomy and secrecy, complex criminal code and mandatory minimums -- in combination, these factors have given prosecutors enormous leverage, and t...

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  • Added: Nov 16, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Can central banks print prosperity?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Central banks all around the world have been printing money. This policy, known as quantitative easing in banker jargon, has driven up the price of...

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  • Added: Nov 23, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Does the equal protection clause forbid racial preferences in state university admissions?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that: "No State shall … deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection ...

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  • Added: Dec 09, 2015
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Debate: Should the U.S. let in 100,000 Syrian Refugees?
Since the Syrian Civil War began in 2011, more than 4 million Syrians have fled the country, creating the greatest refugee crisis since World War I...

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  • Added: Jan 20, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
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What if we didn’t have to grow old and die? The average American can expect to live for 78.8 years, an improvement over the days before clean water...

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  • Added: Feb 09, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Debate: Is free speech threatened on campus?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Protests have erupted on university campuses across the country. To many, these students are speaking out against racial injustice that has long be...

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  • Added: Mar 07, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
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Caption: Debate: Should we trust the promise of artificial intelligence?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
As technology rapidly progresses, some proponents of artificial intelligence believe that it will help solve complex social challenges and offer im...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 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
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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
  • Purchases: 8