Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates
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Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates bring Oxford-style debate to America – one motion, one moderator, two panelists for the motion and two against. From clean energy and the financial crisis, to the Middle East and the death of mainstream media, Intelligence Squared U.S. brings together the world's leading authorities on the day's most important issues. Join the debate online and cast your vote for each topic at www.iq2us.org.
||SPECIAL PODCAST - TOO MANY KIDS GO TO COLLEGE||It's graduation season, a time for high school seniors to look backand celebrate their formative years before embarking on the next stepon their academic journey: college. But not every graduating senior attends college and perhapsnot every student should||5/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is Smart Technology Making Us Dumb||Smart technology grants us unprecedented, immediate access to knowledge and to each other — a ubiquitous and seamless presence in everyday life. But is there a downside to all of this connectivity? It's been said that smart technology creates dependency||5/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Should We Abolish the Death Penalty?||A recent Gallup poll found that Americans are still largely supportive of the death penalty, with 6 in 10 in favor as punishment for murder. At the heart of the debate are many complicated questions. Within a flawed criminal justice system, is it possible||4/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Has the President has Exceeded His Authority by Waging War Without Congress?||The President has launched a sustained, long-term military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But did he have constitutional power to do so? The Constitution carefully divides the war powers of the United States between Congress an||4/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Should the U.S. Adopt the Right to be Forgotten Online?||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 search engines to remove links with personal information about them." It is not absolute, but meant to||3/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Are Liberals Stifling Intellectual Diversity?||What is college for? For many, it's a time for personal and intellectual growth, to meet new people, and to explore ideas and philosophies that challenge their beliefs. Or is it? Recent cancellations of conservative speakers, rescinded honorary degrees, a||3/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Should the World Bet on America||America owes $6 trillion to China, our sprawling military complex often appears helpless against disparate threats abroad, and the War on Terror has stripped us of the moral high ground. Washington is paralyzed by bitter partisanship, our children are fal||2/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||IQ2US Tribute to David Carr||Upon hearing the news of the sudden passing of The New York Times's David Carr on February 12th, 2015, we assembled this rememberance. David appeared on our stage on October 27, 2009 arguing against the debate motion: Good Riddance to Mainstream Media.||2/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is Amazon the Reader's Friend||In late 2014, Amazon and the publishing house Hachette settled a months-long dispute over who should set the price for e-books. In Amazon’s view, lower prices mean more sales and more readers, and that benefits everyone. But for publishers, the price of||1/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||IQ2US Retrospective on the Freedom of Speech||With the world outraged by the attacks on satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, last week in Paris, we think back to our debate from 2006 on the motion: Freedom of Expression Must Include the License to Offend. The debaters were Philip Gourevitch, David Ces||1/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
Finally a Real Debate
Intelligence Squared is a refreshing program from NPR that takes a critical look at today’s issues. The strength of the program is that conflict between the debating sides is well mediated and respectful. When I watch shows like Crossfire, I end up feeling like I’m watching little kids competing for whose voice is more alienating. With Intelligence Squared, I feel like I’m listening to a discussion between teachers whom I respect. I might not agree with them, but the conversation is worth listening to.
NPR- You should have a podcast of the FULL UNEDITED debate. I prefer quality over brevity. Maybe two podcasts? One edited, one unedited. -A KPCC Member
I love the premise of intellectual debate without yelling, crosstalk, emotion-only appeals and without thought. Mostly Intelligence Squared delivers just that. I enjoyed a number of episodes before listening to the one on Hamas. In this one I started out listening to NPR and midstream it turned into Fox News. Where was the moderator? Yelling, ad hominem attacks...and worse yet, because this is an edited shortened version of the original this means that NPR purposefully included the "Crossfire"-esque bits in the podcast. Shame on you NPR. If I wanted to hear yelling instead of debate I would turn on my TV.
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