Intelligence Squared Debates


Sun June 1, 2014
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

Intelligence Squared U.S. - The President Has Constitutional Power To Target And Kill U.S. Citizens

Airs Sunday, June 1 at 6 p.m. With the drone strike on accused terrorist and New Mexico-born Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, President Obama has tested the limits of the executive branch’s powers. Does the president have constitutional authority under the due process clause to kill U.S. citizens abroad, or is it a violation of this clause to unilaterally decide to target and kill Americans?

Read more


Sun February 2, 2014
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Intelligence Squared U.S. - Obamacare is now beyond rescue

Airs Sunday, February 2 at 6 p.m. With the disastrous launch of the website, critics of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” were given more fuel for the fire. Is this political hot potato's inevitability once again at stake? And is the medical community really on board with the law, or resisting (rewriting?) it from the sidelines?

Arguing for the resolution are: Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Practicing Physician & Former Deputy Commissioner of the FDA and Megan McArdle, Writer and Columnist for Bloomberg View.

Arguing against the resolution are: Jonathan Chait, Political Commentator and Columnist for New York Magazine and Dr. Douglas Kamerow, Family Physician & Former Assistant Surgeon General.


Sun May 19, 2013
Intelligence Squared US

Intelligence Squared US: The Internet Is Closing Our Minds

Airs Sunday, May 19 at 6 p.m.  Does the internet poison politics? It's been argued that the rise of 'personalization,' the use of algorithms to filter what you see online, and easy access to the like-minded, have served to reinforce our pre-conceptions. Is the information bubble a myth, or is it undermining civic discourse? Is the rise of social media really broadening our world views, or narrowing them? The debaters are Eli Pariser, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Evgeny Morozov, and Jacob Weisberg.


Sun May 5, 2013
IQ2 Debates

Intelligence Squared US: Should We Prohibit Genetically Engineered Babies?

Airs Sunday, May 5 at 6 p.m.  Imagine a world free of genetic diseases, where parents control their offspring's height, eye color and intelligence. The science may be closer than you think. Would it lead to eugenics and a stratified society where only the rich enjoy the benefits of genetic enhancement? Or would the real injustice be depriving our children of every scientifically possible opportunity? Our debaters are Sheldon Krimsky, Lord Robert Winston, Nita Farahany, and Lee Silver. 

Read more