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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.

    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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    • 53 min
    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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    • 48 min
    #174 - Is Capitalism a Blessing?

    #174 - Is Capitalism a Blessing?

    Capitalism has always had its critics. But now, a new generation of political leaders, scholars, and activists are calling the free-market system into question. Has capitalism been a force for good? And should it be the economic model of the future?

    FOR THE MOTION:
    John Mackey - Co-Founder & CEO, Whole Foods Market
    Katherine Mangu-Ward - Editor-in-Chief, Reason

    AGAINST THE MOTION:
    Bhaskar Sunkara - Founding Editor, Jacobin
    Richard D. Wolff - Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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    • 54 min
    #173 - Is Parenting Overrated?

    #173 - Is Parenting Overrated?

    How much does our DNA shape who we become? Four experts in science and psychology debate the classic "nature versus nurture" question with a eye toward recent breakthroughs in genetic science and DNA testing.
    FOR THE MOTION:
    Robert Plomin - Professor of Behavioral Genetics, King’s College London
    Nancy Segal - Professor of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton & Director, Twin Studies Center

    AGAINST THE MOTION:
    Paige Harden - Psychology Professor, University of Texas
    Ann Pleshette Murphy - Author & Parenting Expert

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    • 53 min
    #172 - Has Europe Declared War on American Tech Companies?

    #172 - Has Europe Declared War on American Tech Companies?

    Should we look to Europe for the future of big tech regulations? Four leading thinkers in tech, governance, and law debate the state and future of big tech, and whether it's time to impose greater regulations on companies like Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Twitter.
    FOR THE MOTION:
    Roslyn Layton - Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
    Berin Szóka - Founder and President, TechFreedom

    AGAINST THE MOTION:
    Marietje Schaake - International Policy Director, Stanford's Cyber Policy Center & Fmr. Member, European Parliament
    Ramesh Srinivasan - Director, UC Digital Cultures Lab & Professor, UCLA

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