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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

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.

Debate: It May Be Flexing Its Muscles, But Is Russia A Marginal Power?

Wednesday, March 19 2014 06:05 PM

In the past year, Russia has given asylum to Edward Snowden, hosted the Olympics and attempted to annex Crimea. Teams debate Russia's role on the world stage in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S.

Debate: Should The President Be Able To Order Citizens Killed Abroad?

Thursday, March 13 2014 02:06 PM

In the latest Intelligence Squared debate, two teams face off over the constitutionality of targeting terrorist suspects abroad — particularly when those individuals are U.S. citizens.

Debate: Was Edward Snowden Justified?

Tuesday, February 18 2014 05:32 PM

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.

Debate: Is The Affordable Care Act Beyond Repair?

Wednesday, January 22 2014 08:07 PM

Two teams of medical doctors and political columnists face off in an Intelligence Squared debate. Is Obamacare fundamentally flawed or poised to transform the health care system for the better?

Debate: Should We Avoid Eating Anything With A Face?

Wednesday, December 11 2013 05:52 PM

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.

Debate: Does Spying Keep Us Safe?

Tuesday, November 26 2013 02:51 PM

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.

Debate: Has The Right To Bear Arms Outlived Its Usefulness?

Thursday, November 21 2013 05:45 PM

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.

Should Anyone Be Able To Take A Job Anywhere?

Wednesday, November 06 2013 04:58 PM

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.

Debate: For A Better Future, Live In A Red State?

Wednesday, October 30 2013 03:23 PM

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.

Debate: Should The U.S. Break Up Big Banks?

Wednesday, October 23 2013 03:41 PM

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.