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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.

    #185 - Is It Time to Redistribute the Wealth?

    #185 - Is It Time to Redistribute the Wealth?

    Robert Reich, Yanis Varoufakis, Lawrence Summers and Allison Schrager join us for a debate on economic inequality in the premiere episode of “That’s Debatable," our new series presented in partnership with Bloomberg Media and sponsored by IBM. As nations around the world grapple with the financial impacts of the pandemic, we ask: Is it time to redistribute the wealth?

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    #184 - Unresolved: American Policing

    #184 - Unresolved: American Policing

    Historic protests calling for police reform have erupted across the nation. But just what could these reforms mean? And how should we see the criminal justice system today? Staged in our “Unresolved” format, this debate brings together five experts to tackle pressing questions on the history and future of policing in the U.S. including: Should we defund the police? Do police unions do more harm than good? And has policing become too militarized? 
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    • 53 min
    #154 - Has Globalization Undermined the American Working Class?

    #154 - Has Globalization Undermined the American Working Class?

    This Episode Originally Aired on August 3rd, 2018
    MOTION: Globalization Has Undermined America's Working Class
    Globalization ushered in an era of free trade, fluid borders, and unparalleled corporate profits. For its proponents, the global integration of states and their economies was a political and economic win that created a wealth of opportunities for workers and consumers around the world. But in the United States, jobs are disappearing. From construction zones to clerical offices to coal mines, the American working class is losing ground. Is globalization to blame? Did the push toward global integration leave our most vulnerable populations behind, making them the losers of this grand experiment? Or is globalization being used as a scapegoat for a wider range of failed public policies and unprecedented advances in technology? 
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    Newt Minow on the Presidential Debates

    Newt Minow on the Presidential Debates

    What does the father of American presidential debate think about modern electoral politics? In this episode, Newt Minow offers a first-hand account of some of the nation’s biggest political moments and just what role debate should play in our future. 
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    • 53 min
    Agree to Disagree: Should Washington Break Up Big Tech?

    Agree to Disagree: Should Washington Break Up Big Tech?

    Is Big Tech having its own "big tobacco moment"? As Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon face antitrust probes from state and federal investigators alike, we dive into the debate that will shape the tech industry for generations. Join John Donvan and two esteemed debaters for this special episode of our new series, "Agree to Disagree."
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    • 53 min
    Agree to Disagree: Broadband for All?

    Agree to Disagree: Broadband for All?

    Introducing "Agree to Disagree," a new series from Intelligence Squared U.S. In this episode, two guests join John Donvan to debate Broadband for All, the internet as a public utility, and just who should make sure you have the connection you need.

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

ElliotMadison ,

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Refreshing to have experts debate in a civil manner that uphold facts above all. I have had my mind changed on multiple occasions. Thank you for all the work you do

fauxmenco ,

I love the podcast

It’s great to have sensitive issues being discussed in a civil manner and hear articulate debaters presenting points that challenge me and make me consider other points of view. I agree with another listener that in the last episode, Mr. Donvan did not intervene when one debater engaged in personal attacks and attempts to discredit the other one. Too bad mansplaining was allowed on this otherwise respectable space.

akducks ,

Disappointed in last episode

Normally really enjoy, but was very disappoint in the big tech episode and how the moderator allowed Andrew to repeatedly interrupt Zephyr and then would end sections without letting her finish her answer.

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