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Intelligence Squared is the home of lively debate and deep-dive discussion. To listen ad-free, enjoy exclusive content and early access to new episodes, hit subscribe for a 7-day free trial of IQ2 Extra via Apple Podcasts Subscriptions. Our bonus content includes Bright Sparks: quick-fire Q&As bringing you closer to some of the brightest minds on the planet. First up is Nobel Prize-winning psychologist, Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow. Early access brings you our Friday shows in advance and you can enjoy all of our upcoming listens ad-free. Follow Intelligence Squared wherever you get your podcasts for our four regular episodes per week taking you to the heart of the issues that matter in the company of the world’s sharpest thinkers and most exciting orators. Join the debate, live and online, at www.intelligencesquared.com and download our podcasts every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

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Intelligence Squared is the home of lively debate and deep-dive discussion. To listen ad-free, enjoy exclusive content and early access to new episodes, hit subscribe for a 7-day free trial of IQ2 Extra via Apple Podcasts Subscriptions. Our bonus content includes Bright Sparks: quick-fire Q&As bringing you closer to some of the brightest minds on the planet. First up is Nobel Prize-winning psychologist, Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow. Early access brings you our Friday shows in advance and you can enjoy all of our upcoming listens ad-free. Follow Intelligence Squared wherever you get your podcasts for our four regular episodes per week taking you to the heart of the issues that matter in the company of the world’s sharpest thinkers and most exciting orators. Join the debate, live and online, at www.intelligencesquared.com and download our podcasts every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

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    Eton, Oxford, Westminster: The Formative Pipeline of Britain's Ruling Elite, with Simon Kuper

    Eton, Oxford, Westminster: The Formative Pipeline of Britain's Ruling Elite, with Simon Kuper

    Across Britain, it’s no secret that the people who make up the country's elected government have gone through the same familiar educational pipeline. Eton, Oxford, Westminster. Born into families of privilege, it’s unsurprising that these men, and it is largely men, have risen to the top in a country obsessed with social class. But while it’s clear how they got there, we should ask how does this affect the way that they run the country today? To help answer these questions and understand the tiny world of the uber elite, Simon Kuper, FT columnist and author of Chums: How a Tiny Caste of Oxford Tories Took Over the UK, joins us on the podcast. Our host for this episode is Gabriel Pogrund, Whitehall Editor for The Sunday Times.
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    • 50 min
    The Sunday Debate: Has Sex Positivity Harmed Feminism?

    The Sunday Debate: Has Sex Positivity Harmed Feminism?

    In today's world, we're often encouraged to think that sex is no longer a subject burdened with shame or repressed feelings. Rather, it is pleasurable, exciting and even empowering – as long as all parties are consenting. But do women really have the same sexual freedom as men, or are they still living in a man's world, conforming to male heterosexual desires and tastes? How do young women who’ve grown up in a sexually celebratory and supposedly shame-free society navigate sex? To discuss it, our host, the cultural historian and broadcaster Shahidha Bari, is joined by the authors of two books taking differing approaches to the debate: Christine Emba, columnist for The Washington Post and author of Rethinking Sex: A Provocation, and Dossie Easton, therapist and co-author of The Ethical Slut.
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    • 44 min
    IQ2 Extra: Questions from the Floor – Extended Brexit Q&A

    IQ2 Extra: Questions from the Floor – Extended Brexit Q&A

    Love it or loathe it, Brexit is a debate that’s not going away. You may have caught our debate on the motion, We Were Right to Brexit, earlier this month. The questions from the floor came thick and fast on what is still a very contentious issue in UK and European politics. So, let’s dive back in on this bonus episode to a special extended audience Q&A with extra content and extra questions from our attendees putting their thoughts to our expert guests live and direct. The panel includes former Conservative politician and current advisor to the UK Board of Trade, Daniel Hannan, Labour MP Stella Creasy, historian Robert Tombs, and Dominic Grieve, former Conservative MP and former Attorney General for England and Wales. Stella and Dominic argued against the motion. Daniel and Robert were for it. Our host was Johnny Dymond, BBC News presenter and Royal Correspondent.

    Escaping Xinjiang, with Nury Turkel

    Escaping Xinjiang, with Nury Turkel

    In recent years China has been accused of committing crimes against humanity and possibly genocide against the Uyghur ethnic group in the northwestern region of Xinjiang province. Nury Turkel was born in a re-education camp in Kashgar, Xinjiang in 1970. In 1995 he had the opportunity to leave China as a student and was never to return to his home and family. Nury has since dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of Uyghurs – he is Chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom and Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, specialising in national security and foreign policy. His new book is No Escape: The True Story of China's Genocide of the Uyghurs. Turkel is joined in conversation by our host for this discussion, Yasmeen Serhan, staff writer at The Atlantic, where she focuses on populism and nationalism.
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    • 38 min
    Why We Fight, with Christopher Blattman

    Why We Fight, with Christopher Blattman

    Christopher Blattman is an economist, political scientist and Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at The University of Chicago. His new book is Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace, which explores why societies turn to violence and how poverty and oppression often go hand in hand with conflict. Chris's work has taken him from studying poverty in Uganda to street gangs in Medellin, investigating the likes of dictators, monarchs, mobs and football hooligans along the way. Joining him to discuss the book is our host, Carl Miller, Research Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at Demos.
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    • 59 min
    The Sunday Debate: The Northern Ireland Question: Is it Time to Abandon The Protocol?

    The Sunday Debate: The Northern Ireland Question: Is it Time to Abandon The Protocol?

    The Northern Ireland Protocol – agreed between the United Kingdom and the European Union in 2019 – has been a source of tension since it came into force at the start of 2021. The protocol, which creates a special trading arrangement for goods coming in and out of Northern Ireland (the only part of the UK with a land border with the EU), was supposed to protect the integrity of the EU single market, maintain the peace on the island of Ireland and provide Boris Johnson with a way to finally get Brexit done. 

    But fast-forward to today and the protocol is as contentious as ever. Unionists in Northern Ireland say the protocol is undermining the region’s place within the UK. Brexiteers say it is hampering Britain’s ability to make trade deals with the rest of the world. And the Government has now proposed a bill to make unilateral changes to the protocol which they say will preserve the Good Friday Agreement, changes which EU leaders say they will resist with legal action. 

    How do we make sense of this thorny issue? Should the protocol be kept intact to maintain trust between the UK and the EU, or should it be rewritten to preserve the UK’s political stability? 

    Speakers:
    Jill Rutter - Senior research fellow of UK in a Changing Europe
    Claire Hanna MP - SDLP Member of Parliament for South Belfast since 2019
    Darren McCaffrey - Political Editor and Breakfast Presenter at GB News

    Moderator:
    Emma Vardy- BBC Ireland Correspondent covering both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

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627 Ratings

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A favorite in my feed! 🙌

No matter the subject, you’re guaranteed to gain something from every episode - can’t recommend Intelligence Squared enough!

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On mass migration episode

Global climate change is the challenge of the century. On top of all the seemingly countless societal and ethical struggles us humans find ourselves in today, we must remember the ticking time bomb that is slowly advancing.

Global climate change is the subtext of our century. It frames and intersects with each and every societal problem we now face

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Pandora Papers Mislabeled

Not much information on the contents of the leaked documents but a heavy, far left diatribe on the ills of the world. More a ideologue’s rage against the rich and especially the Republican Party in the US.
It’s a real turn off.
Disappointed in the show for an ever increasing diet of social commentary. Fair and balanced, not to mention titles that reflect the content, is dead.

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