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Intelligence Squared is the world’s leading forum for debate and intelligent discussion. Live and online we take you to the heart of the issues that matter, in the company of some of the world’s sharpest minds and most exciting orators. Join the debate at www.intelligencesquared.com and download our weekly podcasts every Tuesday and Friday. Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared

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Intelligence Squared is the world’s leading forum for debate and intelligent discussion. Live and online we take you to the heart of the issues that matter, in the company of some of the world’s sharpest minds and most exciting orators. Join the debate at www.intelligencesquared.com and download our weekly podcasts every Tuesday and Friday. Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared

    From Bridgerton to Peaky Blinders; Historic Houses in Film & TV with World Monuments Fund Britain

    From Bridgerton to Peaky Blinders; Historic Houses in Film & TV with World Monuments Fund Britain

    In this week's episode ​international heritage charity World Monuments Fund Britain draws back the curtain to reveal the fascinating work involved when turning historic houses into fictitious screen locations.


    WMF Britain Executive Director John Darlington talks to actress Nell Hudson (Victoria, Outlander), director Julie Anne Robinson (Bridgerton), and Sally Ambrose, Head of Marketing and Visitor Experience at Chatsworth House about historic houses and how they are transformed into the settings of some of the most popular films and TV shows.


    If you are interested in extraordinary buildings, monuments and historic landscapes from across the globe join World Monuments Fund's international network of heritage advocates.


    New Keystone or Capital Members get a three month Intelligence Squared Plus trial for free. To claim your trial please email info@intelligencesquared.com with proof of your membership.


    For UK membership join here: https://wmf.org.uk/support/membership/.


    If you are based outside the UK, you can become a WMF member and take advantage of the offer at the $100 level or above - http://act.wmf.org/site/Donation2?df_id=2061&2061.donation=form1&mfc_pref=T.


    Alternatively, donate to WMFB here: https://wmf.org.uk/support/donate/

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    • 56 min
    The Handshake: A Gripping History, with Ella Al-Shamahi and Helen Czerski

    The Handshake: A Gripping History, with Ella Al-Shamahi and Helen Czerski

    Friends do it, strangers do it and so do chimpanzees - and it's not just deeply embedded in our history and culture, it may even be written in our DNA. The humble handshake, it turns out, has a rich and surprising history.


    In this week's episode palaeo-anthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi speaks to Helen Czerski about a funny and fascinating voyage of discovery - from the handshake's origins (at least seven million years ago) all the way to its sudden disappearance in March 2020.


    To find out more about the book click here: https://bit.ly/3mnA698

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    • 37 min
    Debate: Is The West Fundamentally Racist?

    Debate: Is The West Fundamentally Racist?

    The West is rich because the rest is poor. Capitalism is racism. So argues Kehinde Andrews, academic and self-described Black radical, who came to Intelligence Squared on March 29 to set out the ideas in his latest book, The New Age of Empire: How Racism and Colonialism Still Rule the World. 


    Wrong, says historian Jeremy Black. All that is a complete misrepresentation of the historical and present-day facts, Black counter argues. Who's right and who's wrong? Listen to the debate chaired by Anne McElvoy senior editor at The Economist and make up your own mind. 


    To buy Kehinde's new book click here: https://bit.ly/3sHl7sZ
    To buy Jeremy Black's latest book click here: https://amzn.to/3cEWUhy

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    • 53 min
    Was Jesus A Great Moral Teacher? With Julian Baggini and Mark Mardell

    Was Jesus A Great Moral Teacher? With Julian Baggini and Mark Mardell

    Even if we don't believe that Jesus was the son of God, we tend to think he was a great moral teacher. But was he? And how closely do idealised values such as our love of the family, helping the needy, and the importance of kindness, match Jesus's original tenets?


    In this week's episode Julian Baggini challenges our assumptions on Christian values with some surprising insights on who Jesus really was. The episode was hosted by former BBC Broadcaster and journalist Mark Mardell. 


    To buy Julian's book The Godless Gospel click here: https://amzn.to/31zejC2

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    Debate: The Time Is Right for Scottish Independence

    Debate: The Time Is Right for Scottish Independence

    Should Scotland be independent? In this week's podcast Alex Massie and Lesley Riddoch go head to head on the question of whether the time has come to break up Britain and for Scotland to go it alone. The debate was chaired by Manveen Rana. 

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    • 57 min
    A New Vision for Capitalism, with Anne Case, Angus Deaton and Francine Lacqua

    A New Vision for Capitalism, with Anne Case, Angus Deaton and Francine Lacqua

    Each year hundreds of thousands of Americans die as a result of drug abuse, alcoholism or suicide – and the numbers are rising. This has contributed to a fall in life expectancy in the past three years, reversing a trend towards increased life expectancy that began in 1918. In this week's episode we discuss, Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism, economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton new book which has identified a culprit for these ‘deaths of despair’: capitalism – or at least some aspects of it. The debate was chaired by Francine Lacqua television anchor and editor-at-large for Bloomberg Television.


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22 Ratings

22 Ratings

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Audio quality

The content is typically of a very high quality, however this is often frustrated by the poor quality of the audio. Speakers frequently are not close to, or talking into, a microphone.

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Objective and informative

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This is a fantastic podcast if you want a wide angle lens of the major forces and trends shaping our world. A wide range of exciting topics and world renowned speakers. I really enjoy listening to the weekly episodes on Friday’s.

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