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 - ISRAEL CAN LIVE WITH A NUCLEAR IRAN||The U.S., Iran, and other world powers have reached a final deal to limit Iran's ability to build a nuclear weapon. According to President Obama, "every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off." But to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, this deal will go d||7/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||IQ2 SPECIAL PODCAST - OBAMACARE IS NOW BEYOND RESCUE||With the recent Supreme Court ruling that upholds the Affordable Health Care Act, President Obama seems to have secured the legislative cornerstone of his Presidential legacy. But is Obamacare now finally on the road to permanence or is the recent Supreme||7/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||SPECIAL PODCAST - MEN ARE FINISHED||More women than men are enrolling and graduating from college and their participation in the labor force has grown. So on this Father's Day, alongside the many deserving gestures of love and appreciation, we'd like to take a moment to reflect on what coul||6/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Should States be Required to License Same-Sex Marriages?||The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment provides: "No State shall ... deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." And now, the Supreme Court is poised to answer the question of whether this clause requires||6/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is Obama's Iran Deal Good for America?||In April 2015, the P5+1, the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, negotiated an interim nuclear accord with Iran. Among the key parameters: Iran's enrichment capacity, enrichment levels, and stockpile would be limited; its Fordow s||6/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||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|
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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