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out of 1184 ratings.

Fair and respectful debating!

by rjadecanosa on
Rating: ★★★★☆

The debates are very clear and concise; there is no fighting for the spotlight or pointed comments. You can tell that each of the debaters have respect for each other and are willing to have a conversation about their different opinions which is very rare in the current social climate. This podcast is great for anyone to listen to, whether you are well versed in politics, or just a novice. The debaters articulate their thoughts well, and back up their opinions with facts to further explain their points. The follow up questions seem to be fair between different opinions as well, not one side is favored. It was a very engaging debate and kept me interested the entire time, even when I was in disagreement with the debater. It's interesting to hear opposing views bounce off of each other and how one side views the same concept differently than the other. I definitely learned a lot about both sides and opened my mind to different points of view on current issues in the U.S and around the world.

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates Review

by Natalie Garrido - MDC on
Rating: ★★★★★

I appreciate the podcast of Intelligent Squared U.S. Debates Unresolved National Security. It was a real engaging and informative and appeals to students as well as business professionals. The panelists were at times critical and expressed their true concerns for our national safety. The brainpower in that room was impressive! It was at times funny as they bounced ideas at each other. Other times it was passionate, while expressing credible and informative information. It seemed like more of a conversation than a debate which for me and was very enjoyable. I learned so much in such a short amount of time of what is going on in the world around us. There are so many things for us to be concerned about. I liked the podcast so much, that I watched the video as well to see the faces behind the voices. Thank you so much for posting this!


by TermLimits4All on
Rating: ★★★★★

Apolitical, insightful, and respectful. What should be the norm, but isn’t. A great way to learn about a variety of topics from experts in their fields.

IQ debates can open your eyes to a different point of view

by par in dc on
Rating: ★★★★★

What I love about Intelligence Squared debates is how it can open you up to a different point of view. More than I few times I came to a debate with my mind already made up about a subject, but after listening carefully to the debaters, choose the opposite side by the end of the debate. And when I end up sticking to one side, at least I understand the argument for the other side much better. Very mind expanding. I also recommend going to see a live debate if you can. It's a fun show....and you get to vote!

Most recent episode on Silicon Valley

by Randel317 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Normally I find this podcast to be a great place for debate. The host is even handed and is down the middle. This is in spite of the fact that every issue you can’t at least come in with an idea of where you stand. I’ve listened to episodes where I’m whole heartedly on one side of an argument but respect the debate on both sides and appreciate the host calling balls and strikes. The most recent episode however on Silicon Valley has forced me to unsubscribe and write and review this podcast. I’ve listened for over three years and have respected John Donvan until this episode. I don’t know if Intelligence Squared is getting donations from Silicon Valley or what, but I’ve never heard Mr. Donvan more opinionated in a debate where it felt like he was trying to tip the scales. Also the to debating for the proposition were two of the worst debate duo I’ve ever heard. I hate to say this about a podcast I’ve loved for a long time, but I’ve lost respect for the host and the integrity of the show. And those two things are the most important tenants a podcast like this can have.

What happen to intelligence?

by lkanay on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I used to love this program, they created insightful debates about important issues like health care and international diplomacy. The quality and preparedness of the debaters offered real insight. I always finished the show feeling like I had learned something. I recommended Intelligence Squared to all my friends. This season they are dealing with tough issues like: “Is Trump Bad for Comedy?” Huh? What happened? I can’t express my disappointment enough. Hoping I can start posting five star rating again soon.

You Bias Is Showing

by GettingACut on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I used to love this podcast when it was even handed and unbiased - or at least when it appeared to be. Now the anti-Trump rhetoric is inescapable, even in a place where vigorous debate is supposed to prevail. Hell, I didn’t even vote for the guy, but I’m just so tired of the hyperbolic, nonsensical, evidence-free, liberal hatred of all things Trump masquerading as intelligence. It’s gross. Its as if they still cannot figure out how Hillary lost and they’re frustrated hatred is oozing out uncontrollably. I’m done.

Brilliantly moderated

by Cytosin3 on
Rating: ★★★★★

An insightful and stimulating podcast with an excellent moderator that keeps things impartial and civil!

Used To Be Good

by RWAC1996 on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I used to listen to these debates almost daily a few years ago, and there was some extremely good content. Recently, however, this platform has taken a clear left-wing bias, and the debates now feel more like political speeches to win votes than they do conduits of facts and information. Please, get back to neutrality and objectivity.

The best

by samsonthewarior on
Rating: ★★★★★

Love this podcast!

Debate Lovers

by Loving Liberty on
Rating: ★★★★☆

Reasoned, structured debate at its best. Issues are fresh, debate is vibrantly cerebral on a variety of issues. And the best part is you aren’t distracted by viewing and casting decisions based on visuals.

The Great Debate(s)

by Bailey1011 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Great podcast if you love solid debates and learning from opposing view points.Guests are well mannered and the moderator does a very good job.I would definitely recommend it to friends looking to hear both sides to a topic.


by ajangilella on
Rating: ★★★★★

A respectable forum for people to debate relevant questions without all the talking past each other you see on cable news.

Cordial debates

by Tomas2011 on
Rating: ★★★★★

The debaters are typically top-notch! The audiences can get out of control and their voting seems, at times, to be dishonest. People asking questions are often simpletons interested only in making political comments.

My favorite piece of media out there

by Mclarkvail on
Rating: ★★★★★

Great discourse on relevant and interesting topics with a fantastic panel selection and phenomenal moderator. This podcast not only maintains the true spirit of debate but amplifies it and raises the bar for discourse in a day and age where it is much needed. I have had many deeply held beliefs brought into question, I have sometimes changed my mind, and I have always listened and learned. I love when in the course of an episode I find myself switching sides numerous times! Thank you for the intellectual and ethical stimulation.

Setting the Bar

by trekofftrail on
Rating: ★★★★★

What a different world it would be if our collective expectations of how we receive information and discuss issues mirrored the spirit of these debates. Thank you for this podcast.

The highest praise possible

by Flando Maltrizian on
Rating: ★★★★★

Sometimes, the arguments on theis podcast will actually change your mind.


by ansjdbrj on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Left vs Lefter, every week, both sides, passing cheap shots at the president and his administration. Semi-interesting debates that have the potential to be much more.


by JPthr33 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Important. Amazing. Stimulating. A+

Civil discourse for the win

by pbrowntexas on
Rating: ★★★★★

Intelligence squared accomplishes in less than an hour what a year of hours worth of TV news and presidential debates can’t. Well done.

One of my favorite podcasts.

by Jérôme J. on
Rating: ★★★★★

Well-structured and interesting debates on timely subjects.

An Oasis of Civil Society

by jolliechapz on
Rating: ★★★★★

Thank you for the immeasurably important work you are doing to bring civilized debate to the world, perhaps when we need it the most.

Very insightful

by KevinWeiTV on
Rating: ★★★★★

Unbiased and jam packed with good arguments

Entertaining, Informative, & Great Mental Training

by clozach on
Rating: ★★★★★

I try to change my mind on a regular basis. The best IQ2US debates change my mind three or four times in the course of an hour!As a bonus, the tone of these debates is generally civil enough for real things to be said: a calming antidote to the quite-opposite trend in modern politics.

Intellectually Stimulating!

by Cardioballet on
Rating: ★★★★★

The debates are indeed, intelligent, very civil in tone, often witty, and cutting edge! I absolutely DELIGHT in listening to IQ2US Debates! 5 Stars! Always a highlight of my day!

Mind expanding

by Language Puzzle on
Rating: ★★★★★

Always interesting. A different way to think about a subject, even if one does not agree.

Love it

by Stonberg1 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Sensible debate that doesn't simply place all ideas on an equal plane.

Excellent discussion and format

by Wesleydale1 on
Rating: ★★★★★


Civil discourse

by @mountainbadger on
Rating: ★★★★★

What this country needs

A pretty good debate podcast.

by Dash O'Pepper on
Rating: ★★★★☆

I appreciate the effort the show goes into to get well qualified professionals for each debate, and how the subject matter feels relevant to current events. I also like the Oxford debate scoring method used. There are a few things that bug me from time to time. John Donvan tries very hard to stay neutral, but his ideology often peaks through the moderation. Most often this occurs during the review of the opening statements, but it also happens sometimes when directing questions to the debaters. The other thing about IQ2 debates that can be frustrating is that the guests often don't know how to debate. They are extremely experienced and have an understanding of the topic but don't understand the principles of how to win a debate such as: not conceding on any point, using logic instead of emotion, backing up arguements with facts, etc. More often than not the debaters end up just cycling the same point over and over, trying to win the audience with pathos oriented, emotional outcries like "my opponent would rather kill the puppy than try to save it". I'm probably expecting too much from people who are extremely busy and are willing to come to the debate. But a little bit of homework would be nice.

One sided discussion

by laissezfaire100 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

There are plenty of places to go to get the progressive point of view. I look for sources where there is a balanced perspective. The Economic Outlook episode was far from balanced. Almost every topic was 3 to 2. And one of the 2 was a reluctant supporter of the minority position. It can’t be that hard to find people outside the progressive bubble.

Wonderful, check it out!!

by Jeremy from AR on
Rating: ★★★★★

These are extremely enjoyable to listen to, the debates are set up very well, moderator is incredible (he does a great job of keeping everyone in line, is funny, smart, quick minded and knows his material.) I wish more came out but I highly value the ones I have.

Quality topics and speakers

by m.fierro on
Rating: ★★★★★

Quality topics and speakers


by Doogledork on
Rating: ★★★★★

love the style of the debates, and the issues are almost always something I’m already interested in. If not, the debate brings me into the issue and I gain a lot of new understanding!


by ZebadiahM on
Rating: ★★★★★

I learn a lot from the debates, even with the occasional dud debater.

Favorite podcast

by jfleschn on
Rating: ★★★★★

Great job!

An oasis is a desert of misinformation

by edbjorgu on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is exactly what citizens should be listening to.

One the most intelligent podcasts around

by MettaKaruna on
Rating: ★★★★★

Oxford-style debates between two teams, for and against motions that are usually related to current social and political issues. Debates are moderated, and a winner is selected by a live audience. Recent debates include motions on universal basic income, charter schools, racially biased policing, and “giving Trump a chance.” The format and moderator provide the opportunity to hear cogent arguments on both sides of every issue.

Highly underrated

by angela024 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Thanks for this program. Should rank way higher.


by Mr. Man10 on
Rating: ★★★★★

At the risk of sounding like a reverse hipster: the American version is SO much better than the British.

How discourse should be

by wmcleod on
Rating: ★★★★★

Listening to this podcast is the best thing I do for myself all week.


by AJT987654321 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Excellent dialogue across the board. Respectful, spirited debate from qualified debaters is needed now, more than ever.

Fun to hear different opinions

by The1234567829572947284 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I enjoy listening to the podcast, although I don't always listen to every episode, I have a good time with it.

Well Done

by Jack32710 on
Rating: ★★★★★

The best thing about Intelligence Squared is that they usually manage to get the best and brightest for each side. If an issue being debated is one you already have an opinion on, prepare to have your views challenged.

Informed and interesting debate

by Laurynanneliese on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love these debates. I often use them to study for my law school exams as a way to better understand both sides of an issue

Very intelligent!

by AJ.the.Great on
Rating: ★★★★★

Love it! Listen to gain an open mind and learn about serious topics.

Great show

by Old Man of the Desert on
Rating: ★★★★★

You get to listen to all types of debates. John Donvan does a great job of moderating debates, he really should have been given a whack at the Hillary vs Trump debates. Although I wouldn't wish that pain on anyone, if anyone could've handled it, John could've handled it.

Informative and fair

by anaheata on
Rating: ★★★★★

I am impressed by the debate topics and John’s moderation

Pathetically liberal

by Coate on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

The blame the elites for the trump phenomenon episode was truest the straw that broke the camels back. It's not a constructive debate when both side just want to bash the Republican Party.

Adults talking!

by BigFan0065 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Nice to hear people disagreeing formally and responding (sometimes) to points. Few (if any) personal attacks.