55 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 • 173 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.

    Be it resolved: The end is in sight for fossil fuels. The future of energy is renewables.

    Be it resolved: The end is in sight for fossil fuels. The future of energy is renewables.

    The lowest oil prices in history thanks to stalled economies in lockdown. A President Elect and a Green New Deal that promises a carbon neutral America in a decade. Governments pledging to make the internal combustion engines illegal within a decade. It seems like the way we have powered our civilization for two plus centuries, using hydrocarbons, is on the way out as we welcome an energy revolution to combat climate change and environmental degradation. Fossil fuel proponents say that this is wildly wishful thinking that doesn’t take into account renewable energy’s infinitesimal contribution to current global demand. Moreover, most green energy is incredibly difficult to store and transit in the ways modern economies need, raising questions about whether hype has replaced common sense about replacing hydrocarbons as our dominant energy source. 

    Arguing for the motion is Ramez Naam, energy innovation advocate, and Co-chair for Energy and Environment at the Singularity University. He’s also the author of the award winning sci-fi Nexus Trilogy.

    Arguing against the motion is Mark Mills, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and co-founding partner of Cottonwood Venture Partners, an energy-tech venture fund. He served in the White House Science Office under President Reagan.

    Sources: Global, BBC, NBC, MSNBC, AP Archive, CBC, CNBC International, Global Warming Policy Forum

    The host of the Munk Debates is Rudyard Griffiths - @rudyardg.  

    For detailed show notes on the episode, head to https://munkdebates.com/podcast.

    Tweet your comments about this episode to @munkdebate or comment on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/munkdebates/

    To sign up for a weekly email reminder for this podcast, send an email to podcast@munkdebates.com.  

    To support civil and substantive debate on the big questions of the day, consider becoming a Munk Member at https://munkdebates.com/membership

    Members receive access to our 10+ year library of great debates in HD video, a free Munk Debates book, newsletter and ticketing privileges at our live events.

    This podcast is a project of the Munk Debates, a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to fostering civil and substantive public dialogue - https://munkdebates.com/

    The Munk Debates podcast is produced by Antica, Canada’s largest private audio production company - https://www.anticaproductions.com/

     

    Executive Producer: Stuart Coxe, CEO Antica Productions

    Senior Producer: Christina Campbell

    Editor: Kieran Lynch

    Producer: Marilyn Mazurek

    Associate Producer: Abhi Raheja

    • 46 min
    Be it resolved: We should embrace, not fear, populist politics

    Be it resolved: We should embrace, not fear, populist politics

    Some proponents of liberal democracy are interpreting the US election results - and Donald Trump’s near win - as a warning sign that the pulse of populist politics still beats strong in the American body politic, an ill tiding for other liberal democracies currently trying to fend off populist insurgencies. Critics of populism say it is not inconceivable, if action isn’t taken to strengthen liberal democratic institutions and values, that the politics of Spain, France, the UK, and the US could end up looking a lot like those in Hungary, Turkey, Russia, and Brazil today. Defenders of populist politics say the recent US election is proof that the rough and tumble spirit of democracy is alive and well. They credit populism with turning out historic numbers of voters on both sides of the ballot. Thanks to populist politics, citizens have the power to articulate their interests and anxieties during a period of massive demographic and social upheaval. They argue that populist politics - both right-wing and left-wing - is key to renewing democracy and giving its values and institutions a new lease on life in the 21st century. 

    Arguing for the motion is Donald Critchlow, Katzin Family Professor at Arizona State University’s Faculty of History. He has recently published In Defense of Populism: Protest and American Democracy. 

    Arguing against the motion is Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies at Oxford University. He is the author of The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of ‘89 witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin & Prague.

    Sources: MLive, Sky News, ITV News, WLKY Louisville, CBC, ABC, Al Jazeera, Daily Mail, Regan Library, Bedros Keuilen

    The host of the Munk Debates is Rudyard Griffiths - @rudyardg.  

    For detailed show notes on the episode, head to https://munkdebates.com/podcast.

    Tweet your comments about this episode to @munkdebate or comment on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/munkdebates/

    To sign up for a weekly email reminder for this podcast, send an email to podcast@munkdebates.com.  

    To support civil and substantive debate on the big questions of the day, consider becoming a Munk Member at https://munkdebates.com/membership

    Members receive access to our 10+ year library of great debates in HD video, a free Munk Debates book, newsletter and ticketing privileges at our live events.

    This podcast is a project of the Munk Debates, a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to fostering civil and substantive public dialogue - https://munkdebates.com/

    The Munk Debates podcast is produced by Antica, Canada’s largest private audio production company - https://www.anticaproductions.com/

     

    Executive Producer: Stuart Coxe, CEO Antica Productions

    Senior Producer: Christina Campbell

    Editor: Kieran Lynch

    Associate Producer: Abhi Raheja

    • 49 min
    Be it resolved: The public health response to COVID-19 should focus on protecting the old and letting the young get on with living normal lives

    Be it resolved: The public health response to COVID-19 should focus on protecting the old and letting the young get on with living normal lives

    We’re heading into the twelfth month of a global pandemic and in many places the spread of COVID-19 shows no signs of slowing down. As infections continue to surge, countries in the northern hemisphere have started to reimpose lockdowns restricting people's movement and social interactions and closing portions of their economies. Many political leaders and their public health advisors argue that these kinds of restrictions are necessary as a crisis measure when infections spiral out of control, threatening a collapse of hospitals and devastating health consequences. They also advocate a strategy of suppression to keep infections low once the crisis is brought under control. But some politicians and public health experts are criticizing what they believe is an overly draconian approach. They say that it makes no sense to prevent the healthy and young from going about their normal lives when their risk of dying from the virus is less than the flu and they suffer considerable collateral damage from lockdowns. They argue that countries should adopt a focused approach to fighting the pandemic that zeroes in on protecting elderly and vulnerable.

    Arguing for the motion is Martin Kulldorff, Professor of Medicine at Harvard University. He is one of the authors of the recently released Great Barrington Declaration which advocates an alternative, risk-based approach to combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Arguing against the motion is Stephen Reicher, Professor of Psychology at the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland. He sits on a subgroup of SAGE, the official scientific body advising the UK government on its COViD 19 response.

    Sources: Global, ABC, NBC, City TV, CBC, NDTV, CBS 6

    The host of the Munk Debates is Rudyard Griffiths - @rudyardg.  

    For detailed show notes on the episode, head to https://munkdebates.com/podcast.

    Tweet your comments about this episode to @munkdebate or comment on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/munkdebates/

    To sign up for a weekly email reminder for this podcast, send an email to podcast@munkdebates.com.  

    To support civil and substantive debate on the big questions of the day, consider becoming a Munk Member at https://munkdebates.com/membership

    Members receive access to our 10+ year library of great debates in HD video, a free Munk Debates book, newsletter and ticketing privileges at our live events.This podcast is a project of the Munk Debates, a Canadian charitable organization dedicated to fostering civil and substantive public dialogue - https://munkdebates.com/

    The Munk Debates podcast is produced by Antica, Canada’s largest private audio production company - https://www.anticaproductions.com/

     

    Executive Producer: Stuart Coxe, CEO Antica Productions

    Senior Producer: Christina Campbell

    Editor: Kieran Lynch

    Associate Producer: Abhi Raheja

    • 46 min
    How could the mainstream media and their pollsters once again get the U.S. election results so wrong?

    How could the mainstream media and their pollsters once again get the U.S. election results so wrong?

    The election wasn’t supposed to turn out this way, according to months of American election polling. Survey after survey and breathless media commentary predicted that Joe Biden would beat Donald Trump in popular vote by upwards of 6, 8, even 10 percent. The same polls and media commentators projected the Democrats with winning margins in the key battleground states of Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Idaho. Bullish predictions included a Democratic sweep of Senate, more Democratic seats in the House of Representatives, and Biden flipping the traditional Republican strongholds of Georgia and Texas. So far none of these predictions came to pass and, instead, a Democratic cakewalk into the White House has morphed into a contested election with possibly weeks if not months to go before a winner is officially declared. How did this happen? Why, after 2016, is much of the media, and seemingly the majority of pollsters, so clueless when it comes to fathoming voter’s intentions on election day? Is it time, once and for all, to give up on public opinion polling as predictive tool? What is the effect on democracies of faulty polling and a media only too happy to widely publicize survey results that 2020 would suggest have little real bearing on what voters actually think?

    Sources: DW News, MSNBC, NBC, NBC Local 33

    • 50 min
    James Carville on the likely outcomes of the U.S. Election

    James Carville on the likely outcomes of the U.S. Election

    On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, James Carville, U.S. Democratic Party political strategist and bestselling author, on the likely outcomes of the November 3rd U.S. Presidential election.

    • 41 min
    Newt Gingrich on President Trump’s first term and the future of U.S. politics

    Newt Gingrich on President Trump’s first term and the future of U.S. politics

    On this episode of the Munk Debates podcast, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and best selling author, Newt Gingrich, joins us to discuss the legacy of Trump’s first term as president and where U.S. politics might be headed after November 3.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
173 Ratings

173 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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