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Intelligence Squared U.S. Begins Tenth Year of Debates with Syrian Refugees, Artificial Intelligence, Hunting, Campus Speech, and More

Jack Abramoff, Martine Rothblatt, David Miliband among participating debaters

To kick off their tenth year hosting stimulating debates, Intelligence Squared U.S. will tackle artificial intelligence, Syrian refugees, hunting, college free speech, human lifespans, and more this spring. Having held 115 debates to date, the "always intelligence and provocative" (Wall Street Journal) nonpartisan and nonprofit series brings an all-star lineup of debaters to their spring season including Jack Abramoff, Dr. Martine Rothblatt, David Frum, David Miliband, and Aubrey de Grey.

Recorded in front of live audiences in New York, Philadelphia, and Yale's campus in Connecticut, the debates will live stream for free online, then air on public radio and on the IQ2US podcast for an audience of millions. Founded in 2006, IQ2US is one of the top 25 most popular podcasts in iTunes and has won "Best Public Affairs Program" three years running at New York Festivals International Radio Awards. See lineup below, and go here for more info on individual debates:

Spring 2016 Intelligence Squared US Debates:

Jan. 13: "The U.S. Should Let In 100,000 Syrian Refugees"
Feb. 3: "Lifespans Are Long Enough"
Mar. 1: "Free Speech Is Threatened on Campus" (at Yale)
Mar. 9: "Artificial Intelligence: The Risks Outweigh the Rewards" (Co-presented with the 92nd Street Y, this debate will be featured during the 92nd Street Y's celebrated "7 Days of Genius" Festival)
Apr. 6: "Eliminate Corporate Subsidies"
May 4: "Hunters Conserve Wildlife"
June 8: The President Has Usurped the Constitutional Power of Congress (in Philadelphia)


A non-partisan, nonprofit organization, Intelligence Squared U.S. was founded in 2006 to restore civility, reasoned analysis and constructive public discourse to today's often biased media landscape. IQ2US reaches millions through multi-platform distribution, including radio, television, live streaming, podcasts and interactive digital content. The debates have attracted some of the world's top thinkers, including Malcolm Gladwell, Steven Forbes, Dr. Neal Barnard, Arianna Huffington, Paul Krugman, and Karl Rove. With over 100 debates and counting, Intelligence Squared U.S. has encouraged the public to "think twice" on a wide range of provocative topics. Author and ABC News correspondent John Donvan has moderated IQ2US since 2008. The executive producer is Dana Wolfe.

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