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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.


36 Pieces

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Caption: Your Private Data: Can Tech Companies Keep it from the Law? , Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Do you have a secret that no one else knows? Tech companies may promise to protect our data from prying eyes. But should that promise yield to law ...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, Troy Public Radio, and KCPW


  • Added: Jun 19, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
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As video games gain prominence, some game creators are turning to global issues, such as poverty alleviation, international diplomacy, and combatin...

Bought by Boise State Public Radio and Troy Public Radio


  • Added: May 17, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Walmart has long been a target for critics of corporate expansion. They say that the big-box retailer pushes out locally-owned businesses and mistr...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 11, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Imagine getting a check from the government every month. $600 guaranteed. It’s happening in Finland, where a pilot program is being launched to tes...

Bought by KCPW, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, and WCPN


  • Added: Mar 28, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
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In the last 25 years, charter schools have become a highly sought-after alternative to traditional public education. Between 2004 and 2014 alone, e...

Bought by KCPW, WOSU, and Northeast Indiana Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 07, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Since 1945, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have maintained a close relationship, with oil and military and intelligence cooperation at its foundation. B...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Feb 15, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Donald Trump’s opponents argue that his unpredictable, autocratic style is a threat to both democratic ideals at home, and stability abroad. But ot...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WSKG, and Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: Feb 06, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
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In 2014, the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, set off a wave of protests and sparked a movement targeting racial disparities in cri...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio


  • Added: Jan 18, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 1
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There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, and the question of what to do with them has sparked years of fierc...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WSKG, KCPW, WOSU, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Nov 01, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Almost everyone can think of something they would like to change in the U.S. Constitution. Some would like to update it to fit new technologies and...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio and WQCS


  • Added: Dec 13, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
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For many, Obama’s presidency will be defined by its accomplishments. Taking out Osama bin Laden, disengaging from fights in the Middle East that Am...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WOSU, and WQCS


  • Added: Dec 06, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
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It is alleged that the practice of gerrymandering—dividing election districts into units to favor a particular group—subverts democracy by making c...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WSKG, WOSU, and KCPW


  • Added: Nov 21, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: BigPharma Debate, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
Health care costs in the U.S. are some 18 percent of GNP, nearly double what other rich countries spend. We read of drug therapies that cost $100,0...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WSKG, WQCS, WMUU-LP, and XRAY.fm


  • Added: Oct 18, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: DEBATE: Are the elites to blame for the Trump phenomenon?, Credit: Intelligence Squared U.S.
The elites of both parties have expressed contempt for Donald Trump, and Trump has succeeded in part by channeling his voters’ contempt for the eli...

Bought by Troy Public Radio, KUNM, WMUU-LP, and XRAY.fm


  • Added: Sep 20, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Reducing carbon emissions is clearly good for the environment but often imposes substantial costs. The costs are most obvious when coal companies g...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, KSUT, KCPW, WMUU-LP, and WSKG


  • Added: Sep 13, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
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The Constitution provides that "All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States," and it goes on to grant ...

Bought by Troy Public Radio, WSKG, KCPW, Louisville Public Media, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Jun 15, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
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...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, Troy Public Radio, XRAY.fm, WSKG, KBBI and more


  • Added: May 17, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
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...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, KTOO, Troy Public Radio, WMUU-LP, and Delmarva Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 12, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
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...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, KERA, New Hampshire Public Radio, KGOU, Troy Public Radio and more


  • Added: Mar 22, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
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...

Bought by WDCB, WGCU, Prairie Public, Delmarva Public Radio, Troy Public Radio and more


  • Added: Mar 07, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 11