Intelligence Squared U.S.‘s Fall Season Debates Tech Regulation, Capitalism, The Middle East, Parenting, and Medicare For All | Shore Fire Media

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12 August, 2019Print

Intelligence Squared U.S.'s Fall Season Debates Tech Regulation, Capitalism, The Middle East, Parenting, and Medicare For All

As the campaign season heats up, Intelligence Squared U.S. will show how debate is meant to be done. This fall, the long-running debate series will dive deep into both sides of a number of issues being discussed by the candidates, from "Medicare for All" proposals to the state of capitalism in the United States, to shifting power dynamics in the Middle East, with a special focus on Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey. The series will also look at whether U.S. should enact Europe-style regulation of tech companies and whether parenting methods or genetic factors are more influential in determining a child's outcomes.

All debates will stream live from New York, then air soon after on public radio, cable television, and podcast. See the debate schedule below, with more debaters to be announced. Tickets will go on sale soon at


Intelligence Squared U.S. Fall 2019 Debate Lineup

* 9/12 – "Unresolved: Shifting Power in the Middle East"

DEBATERS: Michael Doran, Bernard Haykel, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Brett McGurk, Barbara Slavin


* 9/17 – "Replace Private Insurance With Medicare for All"

DEBATERS FOR: Dr. Adam Gaffney, Joe Sanberg

DEBATERS AGAINST: Sally Pipes, Nick Gillespie


* 10/22 – "Europe Has Declared War on American Tech Companies"



* 10/29 – "Parenting Is Overrated"

DEBATERS FOR: Robert Plomin, TBA

DEBATERS AGAINST: Paige Harden, Ann Pleshette Murphy


* 11/12 – "Capitalism Is a Blessing"

DEBATERS FOR: John Mackey, Katherine Mangu-Ward

DEBATERS AGAINST: Richard D. Wolff, Bhaskar Sunkara



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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