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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.
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Debate: Is A Containment Strategy Enough For Isis?

Tuesday, August 18 2015 05:06 PM

Should President Obama shift his focus to destroying the Islamist group? Two teams face off over the motion, "Containment is Not Enough: ISIS Must Be Defeated" in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

Debate: Does The Equal Protection Clause Require States To License Same-Sex Marriage?

Tuesday, June 09 2015 05:21 PM

The Supreme Court is poised to answer the question of whether this is required under the 14th amendment. The issue is at the center of the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

Debate: Is Obama's Iran Deal Good for America?

Tuesday, June 02 2015 05:08 PM

Critics fear that a recent deal between the U.S. and Iran on nuclear weapons would strengthen Iran's hand in the Middle East. Experts face off over this in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

Debate: Is Smart Technology Making Us Dumb?

Wednesday, May 20 2015 04:19 PM

Are we smarter now that technology has put a lot more than a slide rule into our pockets? Experts take sides on the impact of technology in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

Debate: Is It Time To Abolish The Death Penalty?

Wednesday, April 22 2015 05:15 PM

The practice is under renewed scrutiny after a series of botched executions in several states last year. The emotionally charged issue is at the center of the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

Debate: Has The President Exceeded His War Powers Authority?

Tuesday, April 07 2015 05:30 PM

President Obama has launched a sustained, long-term military campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Four legal experts debate whether he had the constitutional power to do so.

Debate: Should The U.S. Adopt The 'Right To Be Forgotten' Online?

Wednesday, March 18 2015 04:53 PM

People don't always like what they see when they Google themselves. EU residents have a right to request that unflattering material be removed from online search results. Should the U.S. follow suit?

Debate: Do Liberals Stifle Intellectual Diversity On The College Campus?

Tuesday, March 03 2015 06:27 PM

Are conservative views stifled in academia? Is it censorship when colleges withdraw invitations extended to controversial speakers? Experts debate free speech in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

Debate: Are America's Best Days Behind It?

Wednesday, February 18 2015 05:35 PM

Is America in decline, or an unparalleled leader on the world stage? In the 100th debate from Intelligence Squared U.S., two teams face off over the motion, "Declinists Be Damned: Bet On America."

Debate: Is Amazon The Reader's Friend?

Thursday, January 22 2015 09:01 PM

Two teams of editors and writers, including best-selling author Scott Turow, face off over Amazon's influence over the publishing industry, in the latest debate from Intelligence Squared U.S.

Debate: Should We Genetically Modify Food?

Wednesday, December 10 2014 09:56 PM

Many crops we eat today are the product of genetic modifications that happen in a lab, not in nature. Scientists and consumers are divided how cautious we need to be about these foods.

Debate: Should Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?

Thursday, November 20 2014 09:46 PM

Several states allow doctors, in certain circumstances, to help terminally ill people end their lives. The emotionally charged issue is at the center of the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

Debate: Does Income Inequality Impair The American Dream?

Wednesday, October 29 2014 06:32 PM

A sign of a robust economy that ultimately lifts all boats — or a force that prevents low- and middle-income people from advancing? Experts debate income inequality for Intelligence Squared U.S.

Debate: Does Mass Phone Data Collection Violate The 4th Amendment?

Tuesday, October 14 2014 11:11 PM

In the latest Intelligence Squared debate, John Yoo and other legal scholars faced off over the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's phone surveillance program.

Debate: Does U.S. Military Intervention In The Middle East Help Or Hurt?

Tuesday, October 07 2014 06:31 PM

As the U.S. presses on with airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, two teams tackled the motion "Flexing American Muscles In The Middle East Will Make Things Worse," in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.