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Intelligence Squared
Intelligence Squared U.S. brings Oxford-style debating to America
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Short Description:
Intelligence Squared U.S. brings Oxford-style debating to America -- one motion, one moderator, three panelists for the motion, and three against. With informed and provocative panelists and strong moderators taking on the hot-button issues of the day, Intelligence Squared will enlighten, entertain, inform and inflame.

Long Description:
Recently in the U.S., it seems as if partisan rancor has replaced reasoned debate; mainstream media has become contentious and ideological; and discussions of important issues are being dominated by emotion than by facts and analysis. The debate series Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) attempts to change this trend and raise the level of public discourse on the key issues of our day.

Modelled on the British program Intelligence Squared, IQ2US is an Oxford-style debate that is provocative, intellectually rich, humorous, and dramatic. For each debate a motion is proposed. Then, three panelists argue for the motion and three argue against it, with a moderator controlling the proceedings. After the formal arguments, the debate is thrown open to the floor for questions, triggering a lively interchange among the speakers and audience members. Each side attempts to persuade the audience to vote their way. This adversarial context is electric, adding drama and excitement to the proceedings. The live audience will vote on the motion both before and after hearing the arguments, so there is a clear measure of how far people have actually been swayed. Those votes are tallied during the evening and announced at the end with a clear side winning.

This series of one-hour debate specials is produced by WNYC and available free to all stations. ABC's John Donvan is the debate and radio program host.


Aired Jan. 29, 2009
"Major Reductions in Carbon Emissions Are Not Worth the Money"
Moderator: John Donvan
Speaking for the motion: Peter Huber, Bjorn Lomborg and Philip Stott
Speaking against the motion: Daniel Kammen, Oliver Tickell and Adam Werbach

Airs Feb 19, 2009
"The Art Market Less Ethical Than the Stock Market"
Moderator: John Donvan
Speaking for the motion: Richard Feigen, Michael Hue-Williams and Adam Lindemann
Speaking against the motion: Chuck Close, Amy Cappellazzo and Jerry Saltz

Airs April 2, 2009
"Blame Washington More Than Wall Street for the Financial Crisis"
Moderator: John Donvan
Speaking for the motion: TBD
Speaking against the motion: TBD

Airs May 7, 2009
"It's Wrong to Pay for Sex"
Moderator: John Donvan
Speaking for the motion: Melissa Farley, Catharine MacKinnon and Wendy Shalit
Speaking against the motion: Sydney Barrows, Tyler Cowen and Lionel Tiger

Airs May 28, 2009
"Diplomacy with Iran Is Going Nowhere"
Moderator: John Donvan
Speaking for the motion: Liz Cheney and Dan Senor
Speaking against the motion: Kenneth Pollack and Dennis Ross 

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