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Intelligence Squared is the world’s leading forum for debate and intelligent discussion. Live and online we take you to the heart of the issues that matter, in the company of some of the world’s sharpest minds and most exciting orators. Join the debate at www.intelligencesquared.com and download our weekly podcasts every Tuesday and Friday. Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared

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Intelligence Squared is the world’s leading forum for debate and intelligent discussion. Live and online we take you to the heart of the issues that matter, in the company of some of the world’s sharpest minds and most exciting orators. Join the debate at www.intelligencesquared.com and download our weekly podcasts every Tuesday and Friday. Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared

    Jews Don't Count, with David Baddiel and Armando Iannucci

    Jews Don't Count, with David Baddiel and Armando Iannucci

    In this week's episode comedian and writer David Baddiel discusses his new book, Jews Don’t Count. He argues that the progressive movement which often prides itself on principles of equality, justice and protecting minorities overlooks these things when it comes to the Jews. He spoke to screenwriter and director Armando Iannucci about how and why Jews don't count. 


    To find out more about the book click here: https://www.primrosehillbooks.com/product/jews-dont-count-david-baddiel/

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    Gene Editing and the Future of the Human Race, with Walter Isaacson and Dr Guddi Singh

    Gene Editing and the Future of the Human Race, with Walter Isaacson and Dr Guddi Singh

    Walter Isaacson is the bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci, Einstein and Steve Jobs. His new book is The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing and the Future of the Human Race, a gripping account of how Nobel Prize-winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a scientific revolution that gives humanity the power to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and give birth to healthier babies.


    Doudna has invented a technology that has the potential to change human history: an easy-to-use tool that can edit DNA. Known as CRISPR, it has opened up a brave new world of medical miracles and moral questions. The past half-century has been a digital age, based on the microchip, the computer and the internet. Now we are entering a life-science revolution. Children who study digital coding will be joined by those who study genetic code.


    Doudna’s work raises huge questions: Should we use our new evolution-hacking powers to make us less susceptible to viruses? Should we allow parents, if they can afford it, to enhance the height or strength or IQ of their children?


    To answer these questions and more Walter spoke to presenter and paediatrician Dr Guddi Singh. 


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    • 48 min
    Amal Clooney, Geoffrey Robertson and Bill Browder on a Plan B for Human Rights

    Amal Clooney, Geoffrey Robertson and Bill Browder on a Plan B for Human Rights

    Geoffrey Robertson QC is one of Britain’s leading human rights champions. Twenty years ago he helped fuel the global justice movement with his groundbreaking book Crimes Against Humanity. In April 2021, alongside fellow human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and campaigner Bill Browder, he took part in a special Intelligence Squared online event in partnership with Doughty Street Chambers to set out what he calls his ‘plan B for human rights’. This would involve countries introducing and enforcing fresh laws to name, blame and shame human rights abusers, stripping them of their right to enter democratic nations, of the ill-gotten funds they seek to deposit in global banks, and barring them and their families from schools and hospitals in these countries.


    Expanding on the themes of his new book Bad People And How To Be Rid Of Them, Robertson makes the case for a group of laws known as Magnitsky legislation after Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in a Russian jail after exposing state corruption.


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    Bonus: The Economy and Markets After Covid-19

    Bonus: The Economy and Markets After Covid-19

    In this special bonus episode, brought to you in partnership with online trading platform IG, Joshua Mahoney, Senior Markets analyst at IG, speaks to Linda Yueh about how the pandemic has impacted trading and investing. From Netflix to Deliveroo, there have been winners and losers in the pandemic, but what will happen once we've all been vaccinated?


    To find out more about IG and the world of investing visit: https://www.ig.com/uk

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    • 30 min
    From Bridgerton to Peaky Blinders; Historic Houses in Film & TV with World Monuments Fund Britain

    From Bridgerton to Peaky Blinders; Historic Houses in Film & TV with World Monuments Fund Britain

    In this week's episode ​international heritage charity World Monuments Fund Britain draws back the curtain to reveal the fascinating work involved when turning historic houses into fictitious screen locations.


    WMF Britain Executive Director John Darlington talks to actress Nell Hudson (Victoria, Outlander), director Julie Anne Robinson (Bridgerton), and Sally Ambrose, Head of Marketing and Visitor Experience at Chatsworth House about historic houses and how they are transformed into the settings of some of the most popular films and TV shows.


    If you are interested in extraordinary buildings, monuments and historic landscapes from across the globe join World Monuments Fund's international network of heritage advocates.


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    For UK membership join here: https://wmf.org.uk/support/membership/.


    If you are based outside the UK, you can become a WMF member and take advantage of the offer at the $100 level or above - http://act.wmf.org/site/Donation2?df_id=2061&2061.donation=form1&mfc_pref=T.


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    • 56 min
    The Handshake: A Gripping History, with Ella Al-Shamahi and Helen Czerski

    The Handshake: A Gripping History, with Ella Al-Shamahi and Helen Czerski

    Friends do it, strangers do it and so do chimpanzees - and it's not just deeply embedded in our history and culture, it may even be written in our DNA. The humble handshake, it turns out, has a rich and surprising history.


    In this week's episode palaeo-anthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi speaks to Helen Czerski about a funny and fascinating voyage of discovery - from the handshake's origins (at least seven million years ago) all the way to its sudden disappearance in March 2020.


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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Ekes Gonini ,

Could learn from the IQ2US podcast

Some interesting discussions, especially the more lightweight and light-hearted ones - for example, the debate about whether Rembrandt or Vermeer is the greater artist was very entertaining. But in general this podcast could take a leaf from the US branch of Intelligence Squared. The IQ2US format is clearer and fairer (the "winner" of the debate is the side who increases their vote share the most, rather than whoever happens to come into the debate with the more popular position). The host of IQ2US is also a better moderator than the varying cast of hosts in the U.K. version.

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