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America is more divided than ever—but it doesn’t have to be. Open to Debate offers an antidote to the chaos. We bring multiple perspectives together for real, nonpartisan debates. Debates that are structured, respectful, clever, provocative, and driven by the facts. Open to Debate is on a mission to restore balance to the public square through expert moderation, good-faith arguments, and reasoned analysis. We examine the issues of the day with the world’s most influential thinkers spanning science, technology, politics, culture, and global affairs. It’s time to build a stronger, more united democracy with the civil exchange of ideas. Be open-minded. Be curious. Be ready to listen. Join us in being Open to Debate. (Formerly Intelligence Squared U.S.)

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America is more divided than ever—but it doesn’t have to be. Open to Debate offers an antidote to the chaos. We bring multiple perspectives together for real, nonpartisan debates. Debates that are structured, respectful, clever, provocative, and driven by the facts. Open to Debate is on a mission to restore balance to the public square through expert moderation, good-faith arguments, and reasoned analysis. We examine the issues of the day with the world’s most influential thinkers spanning science, technology, politics, culture, and global affairs. It’s time to build a stronger, more united democracy with the civil exchange of ideas. Be open-minded. Be curious. Be ready to listen. Join us in being Open to Debate. (Formerly Intelligence Squared U.S.)

    Debate: Coleman Hughes and Jamelle Bouie on Color Blindness for Black History Month

    Debate: Coleman Hughes and Jamelle Bouie on Color Blindness for Black History Month

    During Black History Month, we reflect on a debate that confronts America’s complex history with racial and social inequality. How can we ensure fair treatment for all in the workplace, on campuses, and in our personal interactions? Is it possible to imagine a future beyond race? As we honor this month of remembrance and celebration, we revisit a conversation that confronts the challenges of our past and the promise of a future that aspires to secure equitable opportunities for all. 
      
    Arguing Yes: Jamelle Bouie, Columnist for the New York Times   

    Arguing No: Coleman Hughes, Host of the “Conversations with Coleman” podcast and Contributing Writer at The Free Press  
      
    Emmy award-winning journalist John Donvan moderates  
     
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    Unresolved: The Iran Threat

    Unresolved: The Iran Threat

    Iran’s regional role has changed post-October 7, but is Iran a bigger global threat than we think? In partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations, National Security Council and State Department veterans will debate in our Unresolved format Biden’s Iran diplomacy, Iran's use of proxies in the Middle East, its nuclear ambitions, and whether Iran now poses a threat to the global order. 
    Michael Doran, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Peace and Security in the Middle East at the Hudson Institute 
    Barbara Slavin, Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center 
    Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations 
    Emmy award-winning journalist John Donvan moderates 
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    How to Resolve Conflict in Relationships: A Conversation with Esther Perel

    How to Resolve Conflict in Relationships: A Conversation with Esther Perel

    Couples have arguments over many topics. However, it’s through resolving conflict that both people in the relationship feel heard and seen. Psychotherapist, relationship expert, and New York Times-bestselling author Esther Perel says conflict when navigated skillfully can lead to growth, resilience, and a stronger bond. In this conversation with John Donvan, Perel discusses her new online course, shares her experience working with different relationship types, strategies for transforming conflict into a constructive dialogue, and the importance of validating both sides’ perspectives.
    Our guest: Esther Perel, Psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author  
    Emmy award-winning journalist John Donvan moderates 
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    Is the Republican Party’s Refusal to Raise Taxes Fiscally Irresponsible?

    Is the Republican Party’s Refusal to Raise Taxes Fiscally Irresponsible?

    Whoever wins the 2024 election will soon face a critical decision about extending four trillion dollars in tax cuts expiring next year. Whether taxes will be raised, or cut is in question, against the backdrop of 34.1 trillion dollars in federal debt. For the past few decades, the Republican Party has embraced the belief that lower tax rates and less government spending boost the U.S. economy. However, there is disagreement among conservative thought leaders about the way forward on taxes for the Republican Party. Specifically, some argue that preferences for tax cuts ignore the looming deficit and that refusing to raise taxes further imbalances the federal budget. However, others continue to argue that our debt is caused by government overspending and will actually be helped by tax cuts and that these same cuts also help promote a flourishing economy. 
     
    With this background, we debate the question: Is the Republican Party’s Refusal to Raise Taxes Fiscally Irresponsible? 

    Arguing Yes: Oren Cass, Executive Director of American Compass   
    Arguing No: David McIntosh, President of the Club for Growth 
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    Is Engineering Solar Radiation A Crazy Idea?

    Is Engineering Solar Radiation A Crazy Idea?

    Right now, climate engineers are working on new technologies, called solar geoengineering, that would reflect the sun’s rays away from Earth as a way to cool the planet. Those in favor argue it would be inexpensive and effective, and could buy us time to get carbon emissions down before the worst impacts of climate change. But others argue it would distract from the underlying issues of climate change and express concern about who would control such a powerful technology. So we debate: Is Engineering Solar Radiation A Crazy Idea?
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    Is the American Dream in Decline?

    Is the American Dream in Decline?

    The American Dream – the idea that anyone can achieve success in the U.S. through hard work and determination – is under scrutiny, and some worry it’s no longer achievable for the broader population. Those who agree say increasing healthcare, education, and housing costs create difficulty in having financial stability. Those who disagree argue that the U.S. still offers more opportunities for personal and financial growth than elsewhere. Now we debate: Is the American Dream in Decline?

    Arguing Yes: David Leonhardt, Pulitzer Prize-winning Senior Writer for The New York Times and The Morning; Author of “Ours Was the Shining Future: The Story of the American Dream”  

    Arguing No: Michael Strain, Political Economy Scholar and Director of Economic Policy Studies at American Enterprise Institute; Author of “The American Dream Is Not Dead: (But Populism Could Kill It)”  

    Nayeema Raza, Journalist at New York Magazine and Vox, is the guest moderator. 
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Customer Reviews

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RebelSphinx ,

Jan 19th episode is great!

Loved Nayeema Raza's moderation on the debate on the American dream! She was excellent. Refreshing to hear some thought provoking debate instead of the echo chambers we've gotten used to.

Andante' ,

Open To Debate Podcast

I enjoyed both sides of the debate. 9/29/2023 Cultural Exchange is important. The 'but' analogy was horrific but funny at 27:32 minutes into the show, and I felt embarrassed for them. Funny.

Dated 9/29/2023

MHipple ,

What happened

Really enjoyed intelligence squared a few years ago and came back to start listening again - only to find a new title and format? Really confused how any of this is an improvement; miss the old show.

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