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Limited series - can be heard on WNYC as scheduled throughout the year

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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Latest Stories from Intelligence Squared US

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

Wednesday, March 18 2015 03:53 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 05:32 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 10:11 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 05:31 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.

Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?

Friday, September 19 2014 03:17 PM

The Common Core has arguably become the most contentious issue in American education. Experts face off over the new state standards in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.

Is Unlimited Spending On Political Speech A Protected Right?

Wednesday, July 02 2014 09:58 PM

Do individuals and organizations have a constitutional right to unlimited spending on their own political speech? Legal experts face off on the issue in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

Debate: Is Death Final?

Wednesday, May 14 2014 05:54 PM

The idea of an afterlife has fascinated humans for millennia. In a recent Intelligence Squared debate, two teams faced off over the concept of life after death from a scientific perspective.

Debate: Millennials Don't Stand A Chance

Wednesday, April 16 2014 06:52 PM

Narcissistic and ill-prepared for the future? Or civic-minded and entrepreneurial? Two teams tackle stereotypes and realities about young Americans in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S.

Debate: In An Online World, Are Brick And Mortar Colleges Obsolete?

Wednesday, April 09 2014 05:00 PM

Proponents of online education say it's flexible and economical. But skeptics say "college by Internet" is a pale substitute for real-world exchanges with instructors and peers inside the classroom.

Debate: Does Affirmative Action On Campus Do More Harm Than Good?

Wednesday, March 26 2014 03:26 PM

Colleges that use race as a factor in admissions say the approach creates opportunity for students who might otherwise be excluded. Critics argue the practice hurts the students it's intended to help.