From Trumpian Comedy to Silicon Valley Soullessness, Intelligence Squared U.S. Celebrates the Most Varied and Acclaimed Year of Debates in Its History | Shore Fire Media

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3 May, 2019Print

From Trumpian Comedy to Silicon Valley Soullessness, Intelligence Squared U.S. Celebrates the Most Varied and Acclaimed Year of Debates in Its History

"Those debates are amazing. They're always really well produced and the host is excellent" – Bill Nye, 5/1/19

From social media to comedy, climate change to health care, progressive populism on the Left to re-nominating Trump on the Right, during its 2018-2019 year Intelligence Squared U.S. held debates on a wider variety of subjects than ever before. It raised its total debate count to 167 in its 13th year and reached new levels of acclaim in the media. Over eight packed months, leaders and luminaries like former Senator Jeff Flake, scientists George Church and David Keith, writers Kurt Andersen and P.J. O'Rourke, spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre, environmentalist Stewart Brand, European Parliament member Marietje Schaake, Minnesota Fed President Neel Kashkari, driverless cars innovator Chris Urmson and dozens more took the Intelligence Squared U.S. stage to engage in head-to-head debates on the key questions facing our society.

And their efforts did not go unnoticed, with widespread coverage from The New Yorker (a Talk of the Town on the "The Republican Party Should Not Re-Nominate Trump" debate) to The Washington Post (a magazine feature on the "Don't Bring Extinct Creatures Back to Life" debate) to Wired (exclusive live streams of "Silicon Valley Has Lost Its Soul" and "The Techononic Cold War with China"). Just this week, Bill Nye the Science Guy himself said: "Those debates are amazing. They're always really well produced and the host is excellent."

Intelligence Squared U.S. teamed up with a broad array of partners, including IBM - putting IBM's Project Debater A.I. to its toughest test yet - Foreign Affairs, Techonomy, National Constitution Center, and the Adam Smith Society. Upcoming partnerships include the German Marshall Fund and Aspen Strategy Group, for two special summer debates addressing the Trans-Atlantic Alliance and how our national security should handle China. 

Missed some of the action? Catch up with complete video and audio of Intelligence Squared U.S.'s 2018-2019 debates below (and email for transcripts to any).


All 2018-2019 Season Debates Available Now to Stream:

"Unresolved: U.S. National Security"

Debaters: Derek Chollet, Stephen Cohen, Reuel Marc Gerecht, John Mearsheimer, Kori Schake


"Retail Alliances – Not Washington – Will Save the U.S. Health Care System"

Debaters: Gregg Slager & Rajaie Batniji vs. Lisa Bielamowicz & Rosemarie Day


"Progressive Populism Will Save the Democratic Party"

Debaters: Jeff Weaver & Karine Jean-Pierre vs. Steven Rattner & Jonathan Cowan


"Trump Is Bad for Comedy"

Debaters: P.J. O'Rourke & Sara Schaefer vs. Kurt Andersen & Billy Kimball


"Silicon Valley Has Lost Its Soul"

Debaters: Noam Cohen & Dipatan Ghosh vs. Leslie Berlin & Joshua McKenty


"Ten Years After the Global Financial Crisis, the System Is Safer"

Debaters: Neel Kashkari & Jason Furman vs. Kenneth Rogoff & Robert Rosenkranz


"Don't Bring Extinct Creatures Back to Life"

Debaters: Ross MacPhee & Lynn Rothschild vs. Stewart Brand & George Church


IBM Project Debater

Debaters: IBM Project Debater vs. Harish Natarajan


"Unresolved: The Techonomic Cold War With China"

Debaters: Ian Bremmer, Michele Flournoy, Yasheng Huang, Parag Khanna, Susan Thornton


"Constitutional Free Speech Principles Can Save Social Media Companies from Themselves"

Debaters: David French & Corynne McSherry vs. Nathaniel Persily & Marietje Schaake


"The Republican Party Should Not Re-Nominate Trump"

Debaters: Jeff Flake & Bret Stephens vs. Kris Kobach & Liz Peek


"All Hail the Driverless Car!"

Debaters: Chris Urmson & Amitai Bin-Nun vs. Meredith Broussard & Ashley Nunes


"Engineering Solar Radiation Is a Crazy Idea"

Debaters: Clive Hamilton & Anjali Viswamohanan vs. David Keith & Ted Parson



A non-partisan, non-profit organization, Intelligence Squared U.S. was founded in 2006 to address a fundamental problem in America: the extreme polarization of our nation and our politics. Their mission is to restore critical thinking, facts, reason, and civility to American public discourse. The award-winning debate series reaches over 30 million American households through multi-platform distribution, including radio, television, live streaming, podcasts, interactive digital content, and on-demand apps on Roku and Apple TV. With over 150 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.


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