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Embrace The Common Core

In K-12 education, Common Score has routinely proved controversial. In this episode of Intelligence Squared, panelists debate the merits of the national academic standards.

Intelligence Squared: Unlimited Campaign Financing

Friday, August 01, 2014

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was a groundbreaking decision by the Supreme Court that removed limits on how much money organizations could donate to political campaigns. Years later, this ruling has become the subject of contentious debate: do we really have a constitutional right to unlimited spending on our own political speech.

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Millennials Don't Stand A Chance

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Millennials have found themselves to be quite the popular subject in modern media. The world is changing quickly, and the millennial generation has seemed to keep up with the pace better than other age groups. The divide between younger and older is becoming apparent in all facets of life -- and this change has not always been met with open arms.

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Russia Is A Marginal Power

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Russia has long been considered a world power despite ongoing economic, social and political strife. And in recent years, the country has continued to place itself in the international spotlight under less-than-favorable conditions. Some have started to wonder if Russia is really as influential as they used to be.

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For A Better Future, Live In A Red State

Saturday, March 29, 2014

It's the great American debate: should you live in a red state or a blue state for a better quality life? There are many factors which go into making this decision: economic growth, education, health care, environment, ideological values, and more. Never before has this conversation been so prevalent than in modern political discourse.

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Was Snowden Justified?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Edward Snowden has managed to establish himself as one of the most polarizing names in the world. Beginning in June of 2013, the former CIA employee and NSA contractor leaked classified material that revealed a slew of secret US surveillance programs. Since then, he's been simultaneously championed as a patriot and traitor.

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Should you eat anything with a face?

Saturday, February 01, 2014

A doctor, a vegan, a researcher and a farmer recently waded into a hot-button topic in the food world: Is it a bad idea to eat meat?

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 country, most of us are blessed with an abundance of food and food choices. So taking into account our health, the environment and ethical concerns, which diet is best? Are we or aren’t we meant to be carnivores? The Debaters are Dr. Neal Barnard, Gene Baur, Chris Masterjohn, and Joel Salatin

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Intelligence Squared US: Is the FDA Killing Us?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Broadcast Times: Saturday 6am on 93.9FM, Saturday 2pm on AM 820 and Sunday 7am on AM 820 and 8pm on AM 820 

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 effectiveness. But is it a failing mandate? It’s long been argued that the FDA’s long and costly approval processes stifle innovation and keep life-changing treatments from the market. But the question remains: when it comes to public health, is it ever okay to sacrifice safety for speed?

 

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Intelligence Squared US: The GOP

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Broadcast Times: Saturday 6am on 93.9FM, Saturday 2pm on AM 820 and Sunday 7am on AM 820 and 8pm on AM 820 

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 conservative stance on social issues at odds with shifting American demographics? Or did the GOP embrace the right platform, but the wrong candidates? Our debaters are David Brooks, Mickey Edwards, Laura Ingraham, and Ralph Reed.

 

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Intelligence Squared US: Should We Abolish the Minimum Wage?

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Broadcast Times: Saturday 6am on 93.9FM, Saturday 2pm on AM 820 and Sunday 7am on AM 820 and 8pm on AM 820

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 signed into law a minimum hourly wage of 25 cents—$4.07 in today’s dollars. Three-quarters of a century later, we are still debating the merits of this cornerstone of the New Deal. Do we need government to ensure a decent paycheck, or would low-wage workers and the economy be better off without its intervention?

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Intelligence Squared US: Should We Prohibit Genetically Engineered Babies?

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Broadcast Times: Saturday 6am on 93.9FM, Saturday 2pm on AM 820 and Sunday 7am on AM 820 and 8pm on AM 820

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. Would it lead to eugenics and a stratified society where only the rich enjoy the benefits of genetic enhancement? Or would the real injustice be depriving our children of every scientifically possible opportunity? Our debaters are Sheldon Krimsky, Lord Robert Winston, Nita Farahany, and Lee Silver.

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Intelligence Squared US: Can Israel Live With a Nuclear Iran?

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Broadcast Times: Saturday 6am, 93.9FM, Saturday 2pm on AM 820 and Sunday, 8pm on AM 820

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. Can Israel live with a nuclear Iran, or could the time be near for a pre-emptive strike? Our debaters are James Dobbins, Reuven Pedatzur, Shmuel Bar, and Jeffrey Goldberg.

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Intelligence Squared US: Does Science Refute God?

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Broadcast Times: Saturday 6am, 93.9FM, Saturday 2pm on  AM 820 and Sunday, 8pm on AM 820

On the fundamental question--evolution or creation? -- Americans are on the fence. According to one survey, while 61% of Americans believe we have evolved over time, 22% believe this evolution was guided by a higher power, with another 31% on the side of creationism. For some, modern science debunks many of religion's core beliefs, but for others, questions like "Why are we here?" and "How did it all come about?" can only be answered through a belief in the existence of God. Can science and religion co-exist? Our debaters are Lawrence Krauss, Michael Shermer, Ian Hutchinson, and Dinesh D'Souza

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Intelligence Squared US: Are the Rich Taxed Enough

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Broadcast Times: Saturday 6am, 93.9FM, Saturday 2pm on  AM 820 and Sunday, 8pm on AM 820

How do we fix the economy? The U.S. government's budget deficit is nearing a trillion dollars for the fourth straight year and unemployment remains high. With the Bush-era tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of 2012, what is the best move for continued economic recovery? Are the nation's wealthiest not paying their "fair share," or should tax breaks be extended for everyone in the name of job creation? The Panelists are Glenn Hubbard, Robert Reich, Arthur Laffer, and Mark Zandi.

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Intelligence Squared US

Saturday, November 10, 2012

End of Life Care

BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Saturday 6am, 93.9FM, Saturday 2pm on  AM 820 and Sunday, 8pm on AM 820

Just because we can extend life, should we? The U.S. is expected to spend $2.8 trillion on health care in 2012. Medicare alone will cost taxpayers $590 billion, with over 25% going toward patients in their last year of life. If health care is a scarce resource, limited by its availability and our ability to pay for it, should government step in to ration care, deciding whose life is worth saving? In other words, how much is an extra month of life worth? The debaters are Dr. Art Kellermann, Peter Singer, Sally Pipes, and Ken Connor.

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Intelligence Squared US

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Is Arab democracy good for the US?

BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Saturday 6am, 93.9FM and Sunday, 8pm on AM 820

The popular uprisings of the Arab Spring have left a leadership void that Islamist parties have been quick to fill. Will the Islamists, who once embraced violence, slowly liberalize as they face the difficulties of state leadership? Or will it mean the growth of anti-Americanism and radicalization in the region? The Panelists are Reuel Marc Gerecht, Daniel Pipes, Brian Katulis, and Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Are Super PACS Good For Democracy?

The product of two court decisions, Citizens United and SpeechNow.org v. FEC, Super PAC spending is on course to make 2012 the most expensive presidential election in history. These supercharged political action committees may spend and receive unlimited amounts of money from individuals, corporations, and unions to advocate for political candidates, as long as they are independent of the candidates' campaigns. How have Super PACs changed the political landscape? Are they good for democracy? The Debaters are David Keating, Jacob Sullum, Trevor Potter, and Jonathan Soros.

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

No Fracking Way: The Natural Gas Boom is Doing More Harm Than Good

Can natural gas be part of a clean energy solution, or is it a dangerous roadblock to a fossil-free future?

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