Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates
America feels divided. From the most salient questions about our national identity and place in the world, to fundamental concerns about technology, religion, the economy, and public policy, Intelligence Squared U.S. is here to help. A respite from polarized discussions, we bring together the smartest minds to debate and dissect issues in depth, restoring civility and bringing intelligence to the public square in the process.
Agree to Disagree: Can Small Investors Beat The Street?
Friday 13 May 2022
: In a modern-day battle of David and Goliath on Wall Street, thousands of amateur retail investors banded together to bid up stocks in a...
Agree to Disagree: Is It Right to End Roe?
Tuesday 10 May 2022
: The Supreme Court is poised to make a decision so controversial that even a leaked draft majority opinion can send shockwaves across the...
It's Time to Expand Nuclear Power
Friday 22 April 2022
: The calls for nuclear are growing louder. The Biden administration recently announced that it was putting $6 billion toward saving...
Thinking Again with Adam Grant: The Power of Debate, and Knowing What You Don’t Know
Friday 08 April 2022
: The hallmark of a productive debate is not persuasion, but insight. So says Adam Grant in this wide-ranging conversation with John Donvan...
#200 - Are Big Cities Past Their Prime?
Friday 25 March 2022
: New York. Los Angeles. Boston. San Francisco. With mega populations, these urban hubs have long reigned as the nation's economic, social,...
Agree to Disagree: Is It Time to End the Covid Emergency?
Friday 18 March 2022
: Is it time to end Covid emergency measures? With President Biden's plan to transition to a new normal, more than 70% of Americans recently...
Agree to Disagree: Ukraine
Friday 11 March 2022
: As escalation ratchets higher between Russia and the west over Ukraine, Intelligence Squared U.S. examines a core question: Is a...
#199 - Should We Use Gene Editing to Make Better Babies?
Friday 18 February 2022
: A genetic disease runs in your family. Your doctor tells you that, should you wish to have a child, that child is likely to also carry the...
Agree to Disagree: Is True Love a Myth?
Friday 04 February 2022
: If you are an old-fashioned romantic, true love has a nice ring to it. Our films, novels, poems, and music are all steeped in the notion,...
#198 - Is America Retreating from Global Leadership?
Friday 28 January 2022
: It’s been a year of the Biden administration. And for many around the world, the question is simple: Can America still lead like it used...
IQ2 Conversation: A New University Offers "Forbidden" Courses
Friday 07 January 2022
: They say that colleges have become too censorious. That our most prestigious institutions have abandoned their mission of fostering critical...
The Pandemic: Year-In-Review
Wednesday 22 December 2021
: Two years ago in January, the Covid-19 virus made its way to American shores. And so … as we wrap up 2021, we thought we’d bring you an...
#197 - Is Amazon Good for Small Business?
Friday 10 December 2021
: Amazon has come a long way since online book sales. In fact, when it comes to revenue, Jeff Bezos’ creation is the world’s biggest...
Agree to Disagree: Meritocracy
Friday 26 November 2021
: The hereditary lottery, in many democracies, has effectively been replaced by a system in which talent, grit, and ability are meant to...
#196 - Is Cancel Culture Toxic?
Friday 12 November 2021
: You know the drill. Someone does, or says, something offensive. A public backlash -- typically on Twitter -- ensues. Then come the calls to...
Agree to Disagree: Booster Shots
Friday 29 October 2021
: The boosters are rolling out. In places likes the U.S., Britain, and Israel, authorities are providing additional Covid-19 vaccines with the...
Agree to Disagree: Cyber War and Hacker Ransoms
Friday 15 October 2021
: With cyber threats and ransomware on the rise globally, the Biden administration has enlisted America’s tech titans to help blunt their...
#195 - Should We Expand the Supreme Court?
Friday 01 October 2021
: Nine justices hold tremendous power. Advocates on the left see a Supreme Court out of touch with the electorate, obstructed by partisan...
#194 - Is the United Nations Obsolete?
Saturday 18 September 2021
: As world attention descends on the United Nations General Assembly, Intelligence Squared U.S. casts a critical lens on this nearly...
Agree to Disagree: Build Back Better
Friday 03 September 2021
: The Biden administration wants to spend big. Its $4.5 trillion "Build Back Better" plan includes hefty investments in infrastructure,...
Agree to Disagree COVID Series: Vaccine Mandates (Updated)
Friday 27 August 2021
: As more and more Americans become vaccinated, schools, employers, and health care facilities are facing a tough decision: Will they require...
Agree to Disagree: Leaving Afghanistan
Saturday 21 August 2021
: The Taliban have won. Twenty years after the 2001 invasion, the U.S.-backed government in Kabul has fallen. The Afghan president has fled....
Debate Roundup: America's Guns
Friday 13 August 2021
: Gun violence is surging. Despite lockdowns and social distancing, 2020 ended up as one of America’s most violent years in decades. 2021 is...
#193 - Has the New York Times Lost Its Way?
Friday 30 July 2021
: What's happening at The New York Times? The paper of record is under fire. Critics argue it has sacrificed journalistic and intellectual...
Is It Time to Redistribute the Wealth?
Friday 16 July 2021
: Economic inequality has become a linchpin of modern politics. As nations around the world face a reckoning on racial and social justice and...