IQ2US is the program for listeners who crave a clear view of the big questions that divide Americans. Every episode brings together world thinkers, policy-makers, and journalists, in 2 on 2 debates, to argue the pros and cons of issues like health care, foreign policy, clean energy, and the war. Then listeners weigh in. Expect ear-catching, provocative radio that enlightens, entertains, and informs.
IQ2US is produced by the Intelligence Squared US Foundation in New York City and distributed by NPR.
Some consider former NSA contractor Edward Snowden a hero for releasing classified material to the media; others argue that he has irreparably harmed national security. Famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and a former CIA director face off in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.
Two teams of medical doctors and political columnists face off over the hot-button health care law in the latest Intelligence Squared debate. Is Obamacare fundamentally flawed or poised to transform the health care system for the better?
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? They delve into the medical, ethical and environmental arguments in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S.
Some argue that spying on vast numbers of innocent people is a violation of privacy, as well as a waste of security resources. But others argue that mass electronic surveillance is vital to the fight against terrorism. A team of experts debates for the latest Intelligence Squared U.S.
Some argue that if Americans were writing the Constitution over again in 2013, it wouldn't make sense to include the right to bear arms. A group of experts faces off over whether Americans' Second Amendment rights are outdated in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
Some argue that workers should be able to move more freely in a global economy. But others push back, saying an influx of labor into the richest countries would devalue workers' worth and actually hurt more in the long run. A group of experts debates for Intelligence Squared U.S.
Some argue that red-state tendencies toward lower taxes and less regulated, more free-market systems make them ideal places to work and raise a family. But others counter that blue states are wealthier, offer more educational opportunities and are committed to a social safety net.
In the years since lawmakers bailed out the financial system in 2008, have we moved beyond "too big to fail"? Or would taxpayer money still have to come to the rescue in another financial crisis? A group of experts debates the wisdom of breaking up the largest banks for Intelligence Squared U.S.
Some argue that armed drones are a critical tool in U.S. counterterrorism and military operations abroad. But critics say their use raises difficult legal and moral questions, and generates ill will toward the United States. A group of experts face off on the issue for an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
So far, the Obama administration has been reluctant to intervene in a major way in the Syrian civil war. Is there a clear course of action the U.S. could take to help the Syrian people that would lead to a better outcome?
Some argue that there's plenty of room in the military's budget for cutbacks, but others say that could lead to more threats. A group of experts go head to head on the issue for an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
Some argue that the FDA's approval process — required before new treatments can be sold on the market — takes too much time and money. A group of experts face off over the balance between safety and urgency in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
Following the GOP's losses in the 2012 elections, there has been a lot of hand-wringing about what the party should do next. David Brooks, Laura Ingraham, Mickey Edwards and Ralph Reed take on the Republicans' future in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
For decades, Americans have been debating the need for the minimum wage. In the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate, four economic experts face off over whether the government should intervene or leave things up to the market.
Is a strong dollar good or overrated as a policy goal? Financial experts face off over what's in your wallet, in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.