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Intelligence Squared is the home of lively debate and deep-dive discussion. Follow Intelligence Squared wherever you get your podcasts and enjoy four regular episodes per week taking you to the heart of the issues that matter in the company of the world’s sharpest minds. 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. Follow Intelligence Squared wherever you get your podcasts and enjoy four regular episodes per week taking you to the heart of the issues that matter in the company of the world’s sharpest minds. Join the debate, live and online, at www.intelligencesquared.com and download our podcasts every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

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Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    The Sunday Debate: Were pre-Brexit predictions correct?

    The Sunday Debate: Were pre-Brexit predictions correct?

    This week marked the three year anniversary of Brexit, the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. On this episode of The Sunday Debate we’re revisiting what some would call a simpler time, pre-Brexit Britain. In May 2016, a month before the referendum, Intelligence Squared staged The Great Brexit Debate. Our chair for the debate was Jonathan Freedland, Guardian columnist, author and broadcaster, and he was joined by a panel of six influential voices including Nick Clegg and Gisela Stuart.

    Now we’re on the other side of this once in a generation vote, were the predictions correct? Did the fears or hopes come into fruition? 
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Ian Hislop on Satire and Becoming the Most Sued Man in England

    Ian Hislop on Satire and Becoming the Most Sued Man in England

    Samira Ahmed speaks to journalist, satirist, and editor of the magazine Private Eye, Ian Hislop. They speak about his life and career, from an upbringing in Nigeria, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Hong Kong before returning to Britain to attend boarding school where he began his satirical career. Ian Hislop became editor of the British satirical magazine Private Eye at just 25, in his 37 years as editor he has been reported as the most sued man in English legal history. This episode was recorded in April 2021 when Boris Johnson was still the prime minister of the UK.
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    • 50 min
    Muppets in Moscow: The Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia

    Muppets in Moscow: The Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia

    Between 1993 and 1997 Natasha Lance Rogoff, award-winning television producer and filmmaker, was the executive producer of Ulitsa Sezam, the Russian adaptation of Sesame Street. She joins us on Intelligence Squared to tell the extraordinary story of her determination to bring entertainment and democratic values to Russian children amid a backdrop of bombings, assassinations and a military pressure. Drawing on her new book, Muppets in Moscow, she shares her unique perspective of Russia’s people, their culture and their complicated relationship with the West. Hosting this discussion is Carl Miller, Research Director at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think tank, Demos.
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    • 43 min
    Bright Sparks, with Helen Castor

    Bright Sparks, with Helen Castor

    We put the Bright Sparks questionnaire to historian Helen Castor. The writer, broadcaster and academic whose expertise focuses on the medieval and Tudor periods, discusses the evolution of the royal family and how the leaders of today compare with those of the past. Helen Castor is the author of books including Blood and Roses, She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth, and Elizabeth I: A Study in Insecurity. Speaking with the author for this episode is Intelligence Squared's senior producer, Tom Hall.

    How Putin’s Wars Shaped Modern Russia

    How Putin’s Wars Shaped Modern Russia

    Mark Galeotti is one of the world’s leading experts on modern Russia. His new book, Putin’s Wars: From Chechnya to Ukraine, details how Vladimir Putin and his conflicts have shaped Russia in the 21st century. In conversation with the New Statesman’s Katie Stallard, Galeotti shows how Putin has used warfare through incursions into Georgia, Crimea and Ukraine, to influence both Russia’s domestic politics and the geopolitics that play out on the world stage. 
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Sunday Debate: The West Should Pay Reparations For Slavery

    The Sunday Debate: The West Should Pay Reparations For Slavery

    For this archive debate from 2019, we invited a panel of top speakers to discuss the motion: The West Should Pay Reparations For Slavery. Should there be a broad programme of reparations – not just financial compensation, but acknowledgement of the crimes committed and the lasting damage caused by slavery? Or would this just worsen social tensions by reopening old wounds? Arguing for the motion were Kehinde Andrews, Professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University; and Esther Stanford-Xosei, reparations activist and lawyer. Arguing against the motion were Katharine Birbalsingh, headmistress and co-founder of Michaela Community School in London; and Tony Sewell, educational consultant and CEO of the charity Generating Genius. The debate was chaired by social historian, author and academic, Emma Dabiri.
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    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
649 Ratings

649 Ratings

LisaIsHereForIt ,

A favorite in my feed! 🙌

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

happy_sad123 ,

Now we have to subscribe?

In the greatest monarch episode, the result of the debate was edited out of the free episode. So one now must subscribe to hear the result of the debate?

James Tripoli ,

Antitacism

Please stop giving attention to Ibram Kendi and his bigoted and childishly simplistic ideas about solving racial disparities.

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