Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates bring Oxford-style debate to America – one motion, one moderator, two panelists for the motion and two against. From clean energy and the financial crisis, to the Middle East and the death of mainstream media, Intelligence Squared U.S. brings together the world’s leading authorities on the day’s most important issues. Join the debate online and cast your vote for each topic at www.iq2us.org.

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Your Private Data: Can Tech Companies Keep it from the Law?

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

With Stewart Baker, Michael Chertoff, John Yoo, and Catherine Crump

51 Min

Jun 14, 2017

Will Video Games Make Us Smarter?

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

With Daphne Bavelier, Elias Aboujaoude, Asi Burak, and Walter R. Boot

50 Min

May 17, 2017

BONUS PODCAST - Unresolved: Trump's First 100 Days

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

With Jamelle Bouie, Ian Bremmer, Kris Kobach, Rich Lowry, and Jennifer Rubin

55 Min

May 1, 2017

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51 min
Apr 12, 2017
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With John Tierney, Richard K. Vedder, Nelson Lichtenstein, Amy Traub

51 min
Mar 29, 2017
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With Charles Murray, Andrew Stern, Jared Bernstein and Jason Furman

52 min
Mar 8, 2017
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With Gary Miron, Jeanne Allen, Julian Vasquez Heilig, and Gerard Robinson

50 min
Feb 15, 2017
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With Madawi Al-Rasheed, F. Gregory Gause, Mark P. Lagon, and James Jeffrey

50 min
Feb 7, 2017
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With Clive Crook, David Frum, Gayle Trotter, and Michael Waldman

50 min
Jan 18, 2017
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With Gloria Browne Marshall, Heather Mac Donald, Marq Claxton, and Harry Stern

50 min
Dec 14, 2016
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The debaters are Lawrence Lessig, David Super, Mark Meckler, and Walter Olson

50 min
Dec 7, 2016
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With Eliot Cohen, Derek Chollet, Kristen Silverberg, and Vikram Singh

50 min
Nov 23, 2016
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With Caroline Fredrickson, Nolan McCarty, David Daley, and Chris Jankowski

50 min
Nov 2, 2016
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With Angela Kelley, Steven Camarota, Marielena Hincapié, and Rich Lowry

53 min
Oct 19, 2016
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With Ezekiel Emanuel, Lori Reilly, Neera Tanden, and Paul Howard.

50 min
Sep 21, 2016
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With Timothy Carney, Jennifer Rubin, Ben Domenech, and Bret Stephens

50 min
Sep 14, 2016
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With Charles McConnell, Carl Pope, Michael Nasi, and Jody Freeman.

6 min
Jul 13, 2016
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With David Brooks, Laura Ingraham, Mickey Edwards, and Ralph Reed

46 min
Jun 24, 2016
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With Roger Clegg, Deborah Archer, Stuart Taylor, Jr., and Erwin Chemerinsky

51 min
Jun 15, 2016
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With Michael McConnell, Adam Cox, Carrie Severino, and Eric Posner.

55 min
May 18, 2016
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With Anthony Licata, Catherine Semcer, Wayne Pacelle, and Adam Roberts

54 min
Apr 13, 2016
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With Jack Abramoff, Kate Gordon, Zephyr Teachout, and Michael Lind.

51 min
Mar 23, 2016
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With Andrew Keen, Jaron Lanier, James Hughes and Martine Rothblatt

51 min
Mar 8, 2016
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With Wendy Kaminer, Shaun Harper, John McWhorter, and Jason Stanley

53 min
Feb 10, 2016
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With Ian Ground, Aubrey de Grey, Paul Root Wolpe, and Brian Kennedy

50 min
Jan 20, 2016
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With Robert Ford, David Frum, David Miliband, and Jessica Vaughan

52 min
Dec 9, 2015
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With Roger Clegg, Deborah Archer, Erwin Chemerinsky, and Stuart Taylor, Jr.

53 min
Nov 25, 2015
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With Roger Bootle, Edward Conard, Simon Johnson, and Andrew Huszar

50 min
Nov 17, 2015
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With Paul Butler, David Hoffman, Nancy Gertner, and Reid Schar

50 min
Nov 9, 2015
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With Dr. Anjan Chatterjee, Eric Racine, Nita Farahany, and Nicole Vincent

50 min
Nov 4, 2015
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With Shailen Bhatt, Adrian Moore, Alison Premo Black, and Stephen Moore

46 min
Oct 29, 2015
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With Dr. Eben Alexander, Sean Carroll, Dr. Raymond Moody, and Dr. Steven Novella

55 min
Oct 21, 2015
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With Peter Brookes, Robert Daly, John Mearsheimer, and Kevin Rudd

52 min
Sep 23, 2015
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With Jed Rubenfeld, Michelle Anderson, Stephen Schulhofer, and Jeannie Suk

48 min
Sep 4, 2015
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With James A. Dorn, Jared Bernstein, Russell Roberts, and Karen Kornbluh

50 min
Aug 18, 2015
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With Michèle Flournoy, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Philip Zelikow, and Dov Zakheim

50 min
Jul 20, 2015
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James Dobbins, Reuven Pedatzur, Shmuel Bar, Jeffery Goldberg

47 min
Jul 14, 2015
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Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Megan McArdle, Jonathan Chait, Dr. Douglas Kamerow

50 min
Jun 19, 2015
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Hannah Rosin, Dan Abrams, Christina Hoff Sommers, David ZIncZenko

50 min
Jun 9, 2015
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With John Eastman, Evan Wolfson, Sherif Girgis, and Kenji Yoshino

50 min
Jun 2, 2015
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With Philip Gordon, Michael Doran, Thomas Pickering, and Mark Dubowitz.

48 min
May 29, 2015
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With Peter Thiel, Charles Murray, Henry Bienen and Vivek Wadhwa

50 min
May 20, 2015
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With Nicholas Carr, Genevieve Bell, Andrew Keen, and David Weinberger.

50 min
Apr 22, 2015
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With Diann Rust-Tierney, Robert Blecker, Barry Scheck, and Kent Scheidegger.

50 min
Apr 7, 2015
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With Gene Healy, Akhil Reed Amar, Deborah Pearlstein, and Philip Bobbitt

50 min
Mar 18, 2015
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With Paul Nemitz, Andrew McLaughlin, Eric Posner, and Jonathan Zittrain.

50 min
Mar 3, 2015
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With Greg Lukianoff, Angus Johnston, Kirsten Powers, and Jeremy Mayer.

50 min
Feb 18, 2015
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With Josef Joffe, Chrystia Freeland, Peter Zeihan, and James Rickards

6 min
Feb 15, 2015
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Upon hearing the news of the sudden passing of The New York Times's David Carr on February 12th, 2015, we assembled this rememberance. David appeared on our stage on October 27, 2009 arguing against the debate motion: Good Riddance to Mainstream Media.

50 min
Jan 22, 2015
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With Joe Konrath, Franklin Foer, Matthew Yglesias, and Scott Turow

11 min
Jan 12, 2015
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Thinking back to a 2006 debate in the context of the Charlie Hebdo attack

51 min
Dec 10, 2014
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The debaters are Robert Fraley, Charles Benbrook, Alison Van Eenennaam, and Margaret Mellon.

51 min
Nov 20, 2014
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In 1994, Oregon voters passed the Death with Dignity Act, which legalized physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. Since then, it has become legal in 4 more states, including New Mexico, where the state court ruling that it is constitutional...

51 min
Oct 29, 2014
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With Elise Gould, Edward Conard, Nick Hanauer, and Scott Winship.

51 min
Oct 14, 2014
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Some say that the mass collection of U.S. phone records is a gross invasion of privacy. Others say that it is necessary to keep us safe. But what does the U.S. Constitution say? "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers,...

51 min
Oct 7, 2014
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The disintegration of Iraq, Syria’s ongoing civil war, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the promise and peril of the Arab Spring... What role should America play in the Middle East? For some America’s restraint has been a sign of...

51 min
Sep 19, 2014
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 In K-12 education, there is nothing more controversial than the Common Core State Standards, national academic standards in English and math. Adopted by more than 40 states, they were developed, in part, to address concerns that American...

16 min
Jul 11, 2014
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Revisiting a debate from 2006

51 min
Jul 2, 2014
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Is independent political speech the linchpin of our democracy or its Achilles' heel?   For democracy to work, some say, citizens (and corporations, and unions, and media outlets, and other voluntary organizations) must be allowed to express...

50 min
May 14, 2014
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If consciousness is just the workings of neurons and synapses, how do we explain the phenomenon of near-death experience? Is the prospect of an existence after death “real” and provable by science, or a construct of wishful thinking about...

51 min
Apr 16, 2014
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Millennials—growing up with revolutionary technology and entering adulthood in a time of recession—have recently been much maligned. Are their critics right? Is this generation uniquely coddled, narcissistic, and lazy? Or have we let...

13 min
Apr 15, 2014
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 Women's rights activist, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, became the center a media firestorm last week, when Brandies University reversed its decision to grant her an honorary degree. While they commend her for being "a compelling public figure and advocate...

51 min
Apr 10, 2014
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Is the college of the future online? With the popularity of MOOCs (massive open online courses) and the availability of online degree programs at a fraction of their on-campus price, we are experiencing an exciting experiment in higher education. Does...

50 min
Mar 26, 2014
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Affirmative action, when used as a factor in college admissions, is meant to foster diversity and provide equal opportunities in education for underrepresented minorities. But is it achieving its stated goals and helping the population it was created...

50 min
Mar 20, 2014
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Disarming Syria. Asylum for Edward Snowden. Arming Iran. Deploying troops to Crimea. Is Vladimir Putin flexing his muscles, while our own president fades into the background of world politics, or is it all a global game of smoke and mirrors? Russia is...

50 min
Mar 12, 2014
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With the drone strike on accused terrorist and New Mexico-born Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, President Obama has tested the limits of the executive branch’s powers. Does the president have constitutional authority under the due process clause to...

50 min
Feb 18, 2014
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Has Edward Snowden done the U.S. a great service? There is no doubt that his release of highly classified stolen documents has sparked an important public debate, even forcing what could be a major presidential overhaul of the NSA’s surveillance...

50 min
Jan 22, 2014
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With the disastrous launch of the HealthCare.gov website, critics of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” were given more fuel for the fire. Is this political hot potato's inevitability once again at stake? And is the medical community...

12 min
Jan 8, 2014
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Although widespread retail-worker strikes failed to enact a rise of the federal minimum wage in 2013, on the state level, the tide is turning. Last week 13 states started the New Year by raised their minimum wage, and as many as 11 states, and...

50 min
Dec 11, 2013
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According to a 2009 poll, around 1% of American adults reported eating no animal products. In 2011 that number rose to 2.5%--more than double, but still dwarfed by the 48% who reported eating meat, fish or poultry at all of their meals. In this...

50 min
Nov 27, 2013
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The NSA collects data on billions of phone calls and internet communications per day. Are these surveillance programs legal? Do they keep us safe? If not for the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, most Americans would be unaware of the vast amounts...

50 min
Nov 21, 2013
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Recent mass shooting tragedies have renewed the national debate over the 2nd Amendment. Gun ownership and homicide rates are higher in the U.S. than in any other developed nation, but gun violence has decreased over the last two decades even as gun...

50 min
Nov 6, 2013
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If we value a free market in goods and free movement of capital, should we embrace the free movement of labor? Reciprocal treaties would allow citizens of the U.S. and other countries to work legally across borders. Would the elimination of barriers...

50 min
Oct 31, 2013
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While gridlock and division in Washington make it difficult for either party or ideology to set the policy agenda, single-party government prevails in three-quarters of the states. In 24 states Republicans control the governorship and both houses of...

50 min
Oct 23, 2013
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To prevent the collapse of the global financial system in 2008, The Treasury committed 245 billion in taxpayer dollars to stabilize America’s banking institutions. Today, banks that were once “too big to fail” have only grown bigger....

14 min
Oct 13, 2013
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The government shutdown is a dramatic display of the growing strife not only between the Republican and Democratic parties, but also, among the GOP itself.  For some, the shut down has even called into question the effectiveness of the American...

14 min
Oct 13, 2013
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The government shutdown is a dramatic display of the growing strife not only between the Republican and Democratic parties, but also, among the GOP itself. For some, the shut down has even called into question the effectiveness of the American...

17 min
Sep 26, 2013
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Although President Obama signed it into law in March of 2010, the Affordable Care Act remains one of the nation’s most divisive issues. Over the past nearly four years, House Republicans  have voted 40 times to repeal the law in part or in...

50 min
Sep 17, 2013
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Remotely piloted aircraft, or drones, have been the centerpiece of America’s counterterrorism toolkit since the start of the Obama presidency, and the benefits have been clear.  Their use has significantly weakened al Qaeda and the Taliban...

50 min
Aug 28, 2013
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Is there a clear course of action the U.S. could take to help the Syrian people that would lead to a better outcome for the country? Or is greater U.S. involvement likely to do little good in the end? The question has taken on a new sense of urgency...

50 min
Jun 24, 2013
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Political gridlock in Washington triggered across-the-board spending cuts, known as the sequester, in March. As a result, the Pentagon was given six months to eliminate $41 billion from the current year’s budget, and unlike past cuts, this time...

50 min
May 14, 2013
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The Food and Drug Administration, the oldest comprehensive consumer protection agency in the U.S. federal government, is charged with protecting the public health.  Under this mandate, it regulates drugs and medical devices for their safety and...

50 min
Apr 23, 2013
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2012 was a disappointing year for Republicans. The failure to win key swing states in the presidential election and surprising losses in the House and Senate have prompted some reflection. Was their embrace of small government, low taxes, and a strong...

50 min
Apr 9, 2013
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The first attempt at establishing a national minimum wage, a part of 1933’s sweeping National Industrial Recovery Act, was struck down by the Supreme Court in 1935. But in 1938, under the Fair Labor Standards Act, President Franklin D. Roosevelt...

50 min
Mar 22, 2013
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It’s often taken for granted that America needs a strong dollar.  When the value of the U.S. dollar is strong relative to other currencies, it becomes attractive to investors and allows Americans to buy foreign goods and services...

50 min
Feb 22, 2013
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Imagine a world free of genetic diseases, where parents control their offspring’s height, eye color and intelligence.  The science may be closer than you think.  Genes interact in ways that we don’t fully understand and there...

50 min
Jan 22, 2013
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Over the summer of 2012, despite increased international pressure and economic sanctions, Iran doubled the number of nuclear centrifuges installed in its underground Fordow site, stopping just short of the capacity to produce nuclear fuel.  ...

50 min
Dec 11, 2012
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Can science and religion co-exist?

50 min
Nov 24, 2012
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It was 1971 when President Richard Nixon declared a "war on drugs." $2.5 trillion dollars later, drug use is half of what it was 30 years ago, and thousands of offenders are successfully diverted to treatment instead of jail. And yet, 22 million...

50 min
Oct 29, 2012
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How can America's economy recover? By taxing the 1% or extending tax cuts to all?

50 min
Oct 16, 2012
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Just because we can extend life, should we? Two teams of debaters are arguing for and against this motion. The U.S. is expected to spend $2.8 trillion on health care in 2012. If health care is a scarce resource, limited by its availability and our...

50 min
Oct 9, 2012
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Reuel Marc Gerecht, Brian Katulis, Daniel Pipes and Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser debate the motion: "Better elected Islamists than dictators."

50 min
Oct 2, 2012
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It's free speech versus possible corruption in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

50 min
Jul 17, 2012
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Some people are embracing the wave of increased natural gas extraction in the United States. Others, concerned about the risks, are saying no fracking way. A panel of experts weighs the pros and cons of a boom sparked by hydraulic fracturing in the...

50 min
May 15, 2012
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In recent years, college football programs have been hit by a series of scandals. And observers have long raised questions about the risks of head injuries. A panel of experts looks at the state of college football in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S.

50 min
Apr 23, 2012
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On the Internet, it's easy to find like-minded people and to frequent sites where you agree with the content. And algorithms are serving up more personalized search content. Are we running the risk of getting trapped in information bubbles? A panel of...

50 min
Mar 20, 2012
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As China experiments with its own form of state-run capitalism, the country has managed to maintain a strong economy while many Western countries are faltering. A team of experts faces off in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on the motion,...

50 min
Feb 13, 2012
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In the U.S., more than 78 million adults and 12 million children are obese, prompting some to argue that it's in the government's interest to combat the problem. But others say the government should stay away from people's personal habits. A group of...

50 min
Jan 18, 2012
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In the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate held Jan. 10, four experts on the Middle East face off on the motion "The U.N. Should Admit Palestine As A Full Member State." Could this approach help resolve or exacerbate the long-standing conflict between...

50 min
Nov 21, 2011
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A rabbi, a descendant of Charles Darwin, a philosopher and a scholar face off over religion in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

50 min
Nov 21, 2011
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Supporters say if lawmakers do nothing, the U.S. economy may fall into another recession. But critics say the jobs package just recycles policies that have failed in the past. A group of experts argue the merits of the president's proposals in the...

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