Intelligence Squared Debate

Documentary Special
2:00 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

An Intelligence Squared Debate - Does Income Inequality Impair the American Dream of Upward Mobility

11/13/2014 -  Income inequality has been on the rise for decades. In the last 30 years, the wages of the top 1% have grown by 154%, while the bottom 90% has seen growth of only 17%. As the rungs of the economic ladder move further and further apart, conventional wisdom says that it will become much more difficult to climb them.

http://intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/past-debates/item/1159-income-inequality-impairs-the-american-dream

Documentary Special
8:48 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Should We Embrace The Common Core

10/02/2014 - An Intelligence Squared Debate - In K-12 education, there is nothing more controversial than the Common Core State Standards, national academic standards in English and math. Adopted by more than 40 states, they were developed, in part, to address concerns that American students were falling behind their foreign counterparts. Has the federal government overreached and saddled our schools with standards that have been flawed from the start? The debaters are Carmel Martin, Carol Burris, Michael Petrill, and Frederick Hess.

Documentary Special
8:48 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Individuals and Organizations Have a Constitutional Right to Unlimited Spending

09/25/2014 - An Intelligence Squared Debate – Is independent political speech the linchpin of our democracy or its Achilles' heel?   For democracy to work, some say, citizens (and corporations, and unions, and media outlets, and other voluntary organizations) must be allowed to express their views on the issues, candidates, and elections of the day. This proposition, they say, is exactly why the First Amendment protects the freedom of speech and of the press. On this view, restrictions on independent political speech undermine and subvert our constitutional structure.

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Documentary Special
2:23 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Millennials Don't Stand A Chance - An Intelligence Squared Debate

07/10/2014 -

Millennials—growing up with revolutionary technology and entering adulthood in a time of recession—have recently been much maligned. Are their critics right? Is this generation uniquely coddled, narcissistic, and lazy? Or have we let conventional wisdom blind us to their openness to change and innovation, and optimism in the face of uncertainty, which, in any generation, are qualities to be admired? The debaters are Binta Niambi Brown, David D. Burstein, W. Keith Campbell, and Jessica Grose.

Documentary Special
8:36 am
Wed June 4, 2014

An Intelligence Squared Debate on the motion – “Is the future of the university online?”

06/05/2014 - Is the college of the future online? With the popularity of MOOCs (massive open online courses) and the availability of online degree programs at a fraction of their on-campus price, we are experiencing an exciting experiment in higher education. Does the traditional classroom stand a chance? Will online education be the great equalizer, or is a campus-based college experience still necessary? The debaters are Anant Agarwal, Jonathan Cole, Ben Nelson, and Rebecca Schuman.

Documentary Special
8:49 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Affirmative Action on Campus - Does More Than Good

04/24/2014 - Affirmative action, when used as a factor in college admissions, is meant to foster diversity and provide equal opportunities in education for under represented minorities. But is it achieving its stated goals and helping the population it was created to support? Its critics point to students struggling to keep up in schools mismatched to their abilities and to the fact that the policy can be manipulated to benefit affluent and middle class students who already possess many educational advantages. Is it time to overhaul or abolish affirmative action?  

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Documentary Special
9:15 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Don't Eat Anything With a Face

 

1/23/2014 - According to a 2009 poll, around 1% of American adults reported eating no animal products. In 2011 that number rose to 2.5%--more than double, but still dwarfed by the 48% who reported eating meat, fish or poultry at all of their meals. In this country, most of us are blessed with an abundance of food and food choices. So taking into account our health, the environment and ethical concerns, which diet is best? Are we or aren't we meant to be carnivores?

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Is the U.S. Drone Program Fatally Flawed:
1:31 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

An Intelligence Squared Debate

10/10/2013 -An Intelligence Squared Debate - Is the U.S. Drone Program Fatally Flawed?  Do drones hurt, or help, in our fight against terrorism? The debaters are Ahmed Rashid, John Kael Weston, Admiral Dennis Blair (USN, Ret.) and General Norton Schwartz (USAF, Ret.)

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