49 episodes

The Munk Debates podcast is an extension of the main stage events - in subject, speaker selection, tone and format. It will introduce the iconic brand - and its engaging debates about significant issues of our time. Audiences will hear strong and passionate arguments from both sides of an issue so they will have enough information to make up their own minds about where they stand.

The Munk Debates Podcast Antica Productions and iHeartRadio

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    • 4.7 • 171 Ratings

The Munk Debates podcast is an extension of the main stage events - in subject, speaker selection, tone and format. It will introduce the iconic brand - and its engaging debates about significant issues of our time. Audiences will hear strong and passionate arguments from both sides of an issue so they will have enough information to make up their own minds about where they stand.

    Robert Reich On COVID-19 And Its Shakeout Of The Global Economy

    Robert Reich On COVID-19 And Its Shakeout Of The Global Economy

    On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, former U.S. labour secretary, Robert Reich, joins us to discuss the once in a generation societal challenges presented by COVID-19.

    • 42 min
    Michael Eric Dyson On The Politics Of Race And The U.S. Election

    Michael Eric Dyson On The Politics Of Race And The U.S. Election

    On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, Michael Eric Dyson, best-selling author joins us to discuss the future of the politics of race in the shadow of the most consequential U.S. election in a generation.

    • 42 min
    Maggie Haberman On Trump’s High Stakes Re-election Bid

    Maggie Haberman On Trump’s High Stakes Re-election Bid

    On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast Maggie Haberman, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times’ White House correspondent, joins us for a behind the scenes look at President Trump’s re-election bid.

    • 42 min
    Be It Resolved: America’s Pandemic Response Can And Will Only Improve When Biden Is President

    Be It Resolved: America’s Pandemic Response Can And Will Only Improve When Biden Is President

    Flouting mask wearing as means to help control the pandemic. Forcing states to secure critical medical supplies and bootstrap their own testing capacity. Touting hydroxychloroquine as a key COVID therapy. These are some of the more memorable features of the national pandemic response of the United States to date. A response that has led the US to have the largest number of COVID deaths globally – 200,000 and counting. But millions of Americans believe that President Trump’s approach to the pandemic has been realistic, if not visionary. They say that stabilizing COVID cases and a declining death rate prove that President Trump was right not to panic, that the virus is not an existential threat. Joe Biden, his Democratic challenger, believes otherwise. He supports nation-wide mask wearing, targeted lockdowns, and a go-slow approach that privileges public health over the economy. In this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, Andy Slavitt, former Obama Chief of Medicare and Medicaid, and New York University law professor, Richard Epstein,  debate the essence of these two competing arguments.

    Sources: ABC News, Washington Post, CNN, The Telegraph, BBC, The Sun, Fox Business, NBC News

    • 45 min
    Be It Resolved: Don't Count Out President Trump’s Re-election Bid. He Has A Compelling Path To Victory On November 3.

    Be It Resolved: Don't Count Out President Trump’s Re-election Bid. He Has A Compelling Path To Victory On November 3.

    Weeks to go to one of the most consequential elections in a generation and the incumbent, President Donald Trump, is facing an increasingly challenging political environment. His Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, has enjoyed a consistent lead in the national polls as well in many key swing states. Add in a pandemic that has killed over two hundred thousand Americans and the conditions are ripe for political sea change on November 3. But seasoned election watchers say it’s far too early for the Biden’s campaign to be measuring curtains for the White House. They argue that Trump has an enthusiastic and loyal base and a highly sophisticated digital campaign tailor made for getting out the vote. Throw in a late October surprise vaccine announcement and more good job numbers and Joe Biden could find himself joining Hilary Clinton as a defeated democratic nominee.

    Sources: AZ Family, MSNBC, CBS News, MSN, Fox News, ABC News, NBC, Yahoo News

    • 43 min
    Be It Resolved: No One Is Illegal

    Be It Resolved: No One Is Illegal

    A wall that stretches 300 miles along the US-Mexico border. The suspension of the Dreamers program that shielded 800,000 children born to undocumented immigrants from deportation. The launch of a zero-tolerance policy that separates unauthorized migrants from their children. These are some of the hallmarks of the immigration policy of President Donald Trump’s administration. Tackling the growing number of unauthorized migrants was central to Trump’s election in 2016 and will be key to a second term. Supporters of Trump’s immigration policies argue that mass illegal migration is destabilizing the border, costing billions in social services, and driving down wages for struggling blue collar workers. Critics of President Trump’s immigration policies take issue with the very concept of a migrant being “illegal.” They argue that a realistic and humane immigration policy needs to recognize that undocumented immigrants are part of the fabric of America, with more than two-thirds having lived in the U.S. for over ten years. In this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast Rev. Sam Rodriguez, who leads the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, and Allen Orr, President Elect of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association debate the essence of these two competing arguments.

    Sources: KPIX, Financial Times, Fox Business, News Max TV, PBS Newshour, KPRC, Al Jazeera, Bloomber

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
171 Ratings

171 Ratings

fatblueman ,

Really appreciate this

Careful thoughtful debate. Such a rare bird right now. More of this. I learn from both sides and my understanding gets clearer. And that allows us to pursue solutions that actually work.

Thisheartofoak ,

Not as unbiased as I hoped

One only has to consider their choice of Maggie Haberman (CNN, New York Times) to discuss the US election after beginning their episode with a recognition that media is problematic in its divisive partisanship. Dropping the debate style for a lone opinion right before the election is suspect as well. I guess I will go elsewhere for open dialogue on issues.

Terry Stack ,

Billionaire Funded

The Munk Debates launders far right corporatist ideology through a debate format. They frame debates in a pro right wing narrative that benefits billionaires like founder like Peter Munk who wanted to destroy the public sector.

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