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America feels divided. From the most salient questions about our national identity and place in the world, to fundamental concerns about technology, religion, the economy, and public policy, Intelligence Squared U.S. is here to help. A respite from polarized discussions, we bring together the smartest minds to debate and dissect issues in depth, restoring civility and bringing intelligence to the public square in the process.

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America feels divided. From the most salient questions about our national identity and place in the world, to fundamental concerns about technology, religion, the economy, and public policy, Intelligence Squared U.S. is here to help. A respite from polarized discussions, we bring together the smartest minds to debate and dissect issues in depth, restoring civility and bringing intelligence to the public square in the process.

    #176 - Is the Two-Party System Good for Democracy?

    #176 - Is the Two-Party System Good for Democracy?

    As the nation gears up for the 2020 presidential election, we ask: Is the two-party system good for democracy? Does relying on two hugely powerful political bodies drive division and push voters to the extremes? Or does the two-party system moderate the electorate and make the nation governable? 

    Keynote Conversation:
    Joanne Freeman - Professor of History and American Studies, Yale University

    For the Motion:
    Yascha Mounk - Author, "The People vs. Democracy"
    Norman Ornstein - Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

    Against the Motion:
    Lee Drutman - Author, "Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop"
    Katherine Gehl - Entrepreneur & Political Reformer
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    #175 - Is it Time to Expand Nuclear Power?

    #175 - Is it Time to Expand Nuclear Power?

    For decades, the development of nuclear power has sparked staunch debate among scientists, politicians, and activists alike. Proponents claim that nuclear energy is the most effective way to combat climate change while still meeting the world's growing demand for energy. But its critics argue that expanding nuclear energy is dangerous, costly, and ill-advised. Should nuclear energy fuel our future?

    Keynote Conversation:
    Bill Nye - Scientist and CEO of the Planetary Society

    For the Motion:
    Kirsty Gogan - Co-founder and Executive Director of Energy for Humanity
    Daniel Poneman - Former Deputy Secretary of Energy

    Against the Motion:
    Gregory B. Jaczko - Former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    Arjun Makhijani - President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research

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    Ezra Klein on Why We're Polarized

    Ezra Klein on Why We're Polarized

    Is the American political system broken? In his new book, Ezra Klein argues that the system isn't malfunctioning, it's doing exactly what it was designed to accomplish. In this special episode of Discourse Disrupters, John Donvan sits down with one of the nation's most prominent political journalists to ask one critical question: Why are we polarized?

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    Bonus Episode: Can Progressives Save Capitalism?

    Bonus Episode: Can Progressives Save Capitalism?

    Does capitalism need saving? In this special episode, Intelligence Squared partners with Foreign Affairs to take a nuanced look at the state of the capitalism debate in America, and the potential problems facing our economic system. Joining host John Donvan is Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz with recent Intelligence Squared alum and Reason editor-in-chief Katherine Mangu-Ward.

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    #97 - Should We Legalize Assisted Suicide?

    #97 - Should We Legalize Assisted Suicide?

    Now legal in nine U.S. states and the District of Columbia, physician-assisted suicide has a growing contingency that want to legalize the practice. Will these laws lead to a slippery slope, where the vulnerable are pressured to choose death and human life is devalued? Or do we need to recognize everyone’s basic right to autonomy, the right to end pain and suffering, and the right to choose to die with dignity?

    FOR THE MOTION:
    Peter Singer - Philosopher & Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University
    Andrew Solomon - Author, "Far From the Tree" & Prof. of Clinical Psychology, Columbia University

    AGAINST THE MOTION:
    Baroness Ilora Finlay - President, British Medical Association & Member, House of Lords
    Dr. Daniel Sulmasy - Prof. of Medicine and Ethics, University of Chicago & Member, Presidential Bioethics Commission
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    Bonus Episode: How Do We Make Our Debates Happen?

    Bonus Episode: How Do We Make Our Debates Happen?

    In this special episode of Intelligence Squared U.S., host and moderator John Donvan sits down with our newly appointed CEO Clea Conner to pull back the curtain on how we make our debates, choose debaters, and talk about what happens off the stage.

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