Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

Airs Sunday, March 27, at 6 p.m. Central banks all around the world have been printing money. This policy, known as quantitative easing in banker jargon, has driven up the price of stocks and bonds. But will it lead to real and sustainable increases in global growth, or is it sowing the seeds of future inflation? The debaters are Roger Bootle, Edward Conard, Simon Johnson, and Andrew Huszar. 

Airs Sunday, March 20, at 6 p.m. The Highway Trust Fund provides funding for road, bridge, and mass transit projects across the country – and it’s running out of money. Its revenue source, the federal gas tax, has not been raised in over two decades. There are many arguments for a leaner fund, but proponents of the tax say that it still plays a vital role in supporting infrastructure. Should Congress raise the federal gas tax? The debaters are Shailen Bhatt, Adrian Moore, Alison Premo Black, and Stephen Moore.

Airs Sunday, January 17, at 6 p.m. If you could take a pill that would help you study and get better grades, would you? Off-label use of “smart drugs” – pharmaceuticals meant to treat disorders like ADHD, narcolepsy, and Alzheimer’s – are becoming increasingly popular among college students hoping to get ahead. But is this cheating? Should their use as cognitive enhancers be approved by the FDA, the medical community, and society at large? Do the benefits outweigh the risks? The debaters are Dr. Anjan Chatterjee, Eric Racine, Nita Farahany, and Nicole Vincent.

Airs Sunday, January 10, at 6 p.m. The Highway Trust Fund provides funding for road, bridge, and mass transit projects across the country – and it’s running out of money. Its revenue source, the federal gas tax, has not been raised in over two decades. There are many arguments for a leaner fund, but proponents of the tax say that it still plays a vital role in supporting infrastructure. Should Congress raise the federal gas tax? The debaters are Shailen Bhatt, Adrian Moore, Alison Premo Black, and Stephen Moore.

Airs Sunday, January 3, at 6 p.m. Is China’s ascendancy a threat to the U.S.? China’s rise as an economic and military power, coupled with its aggression in the South China Sea, have led some to call for a major re-balancing of U.S. policy and strategy. Can China be trusted to act as a responsible global stakeholder? And will they be a long-term ally, or adversary? The debaters are Peter Brookes, Robert Daly, John Mearsheimer, and Kevin Rudd.

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