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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.

    Agree to Disagree: Are Election Lawsuits Good For Democracy?

    Agree to Disagree: Are Election Lawsuits Good For Democracy?

    Joe Biden delivered a victory speech. His team is planning to take power. But rather than concede, President Trump has instead turned to the courts, with election lawsuits in states like Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Arizona. It's a historic moment, and for many an unsettling one. But could these lawsuits actually be good for democracy? Two competing legal minds weigh in, with Intelligence Squared host and moderator John Donvan at the helm.   
     
    Arguing "YES," is Rebecca Roiphe, a Manhattan prosecutor and law professor who focuses on ethics and the history of the legal profession. 

    Arguing “NO” is Ian Bassin, a former attorney in the Obama White House and the co-founder of Protect Democracy.
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    #186 - Is a U.S.-China Space Race Good for Humanity?

    #186 - Is a U.S.-China Space Race Good for Humanity?

    China is ramping up its national space industry with huge investments in next-generation technologies that promise to transform military, economic, and political realities. Against this backdrop, we ask: Would a new U.S.-China space race be good for humanity? Michio Kaku, Avi, Loeb, Raji Pillai, and Bidushi Bhattacharya join us for a debate on the potential U.S.-China space race in our second episode of “That’s Debatable," our new series presented in partnership with Bloomberg Media and sponsored by IBM.

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    • 52 min
    Election Special: A Historian and Futurist Debate 2020

    Election Special: A Historian and Futurist Debate 2020

    In this special post-election podcast – amidst record mail-in voting, lawsuits, social unrest, and partisan polarization – we’re asking a simple question: Was the 2020 run for the White House as unprecedented as we might think? Those in favor of the motion often point to the tech influence, and Silicon Valley’s hand in everything from echo chambers to political advertising to conspiracy theories. Those against often nod to America’s track record of polarization. In 1860, after Abraham Lincoln’s electoral win, for instance, seven states decided to secede. It would be hard, some say, for even 2020 to compete with that. And so in this podcast, Intelligence Squared U.S. brings you those two perspectives: One focused on the past, and one focused on today’s tech, and its future. 
    Amy Webb, CEO, Future Today Institute 
    Amy Webb is among the nation’s leading futurists and founder and CEO of the Future Today Institute. She is an adjunct assistant professor at New York University's Stern School of Business, a nonresident senior fellow at Atlantic Council, and author of “The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity.”
     
    Michael F. Holt, History Professor, University of Virginia 
    Michael F. Holt is a professor of American History at the University of Virginia. He is the author of six books, including the award-winning “The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party and By One Vote: The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876.”
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    • 48 min
    Discourse Disruptors: A Divided Nation – One Perspective

    Discourse Disruptors: A Divided Nation – One Perspective

    In these final days of the race for the White House, some nations are paying especially close attention. Two men with competing visions of America’s place in the world are vying for the nation’s top job, and the balance of global power is in play. 

    In this episode of Discourse Disrupters, John Donvan sits down with Ian Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group, to examine the U.S. elections from a foreign policy perspective, the politics of the process itself, and what it all means for a global audience.
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    A Supreme Special Episode: Amy Coney Barrett & The State of SCOTUS

    A Supreme Special Episode: Amy Coney Barrett & The State of SCOTUS

    What would a Justice Amy Coney Barrett mean for American law and politics? Should Democrats try to reform the Court? Two of the nation's top constitutional minds weigh-in, with John Donvan as your intellectual referee in this special episode of Intelligence Squared. 
    Erwin Chemerinsky - Dean, University of California Berkeley School of Law
    Saikrishna Prakash - Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia
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    #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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    There’s nothing to lose from gaining a fresh perspective. IBM Watson® was built to help us look at an issue from all sides—from cultural debates to customer reviews. Using advanced natural language processing, Watson is making sense of data from a range of topics to help give us more informed perspectives, so we can make more informed decisions. See how Watson informs a human debate at ibm.com/debatable
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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

acavaminombre ,

Amazing!!

Informative, insightful, and thought-provoking. I’ve listened to a bunch of episodes on topics I know a lot and very little about — I’ve learned and question things greatly. Recommend!

P.Saenz ,

On “should we replace private insurance with Medicare for all” #171

Excellent podcast 👏🏻
Will be interesting to have an update of this podcast in view of this pandemic where many jobs are gone.
Also, there should be full disclosure about the debaters and what companies are behind or supporting them for full transparency.

Marty Gibbins ,

Dealing evenhandedly with tough issues

The best podcast I have encountered for examining tough issues from many perspectives. The debate format keeps everyone honest, and the panelists know the subject matter in depth.

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