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.
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!
Apolitical, insightful, and respectful. What should be the norm, but isnât. A great way to learn about a variety of topics from experts in their fields.
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!
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 canât at least come in with an idea of where you stand. Iâve listened to episodes where Iâm 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. Iâve listened for over three years and have respected John Donvan until this episode. I donât know if Intelligence Squared is getting donations from Silicon Valley or what, but Iâve 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 Iâve ever heard. I hate to say this about a podcast Iâve loved for a long time, but Iâve 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.
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: âIs Trump Bad for Comedy?â Huh? What happened? I canât express my disappointment enough. Hoping I can start posting five star rating again soon.
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 didnât even vote for the guy, but Iâm just so tired of the hyperbolic, nonsensical, evidence-free, liberal hatred of all things Trump masquerading as intelligence. Itâs gross. Its as if they still cannot figure out how Hillary lost and theyâre frustrated hatred is oozing out uncontrollably. Iâm done.
An insightful and stimulating podcast with an excellent moderator that keeps things impartial and civil!
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.
Love this podcast!
Reasoned, structured debate at its best. Issues are fresh, debate is vibrantly cerebral on a variety of issues. And the best part is you arenât distracted by viewing and casting decisions based on visuals.
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.
A respectable forum for people to debate relevant questions without all the talking past each other you see on cable news.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes, the arguments on theis podcast will actually change your mind.
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.
Important. Amazing. Stimulating. A+
Intelligence squared accomplishes in less than an hour what a year of hours worth of TV news and presidential debates canât. Well done.
Well-structured and interesting debates on timely subjects.
Thank you for the immeasurably important work you are doing to bring civilized debate to the world, perhaps when we need it the most.
Unbiased and jam packed with good arguments
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.
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!
Always interesting. A different way to think about a subject, even if one does not agree.
Sensible debate that doesn't simply place all ideas on an equal plane.
What this country needs
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.
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 canât be that hard to find people outside the progressive bubble.
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
love the style of the debates, and the issues are almost always something Iâm already interested in. If not, the debate brings me into the issue and I gain a lot of new understanding!
I learn a lot from the debates, even with the occasional dud debater.
This is exactly what citizens should be listening to.
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 âgiving Trump a chance.â The format and moderator provide the opportunity to hear cogent arguments on both sides of every issue.
Thanks for this program. Should rank way higher.
At the risk of sounding like a reverse hipster: the American version is SO much better than the British.
Listening to this podcast is the best thing I do for myself all week.
Excellent dialogue across the board. Respectful, spirited debate from qualified debaters is needed now, more than ever.
I enjoy listening to the podcast, although I don't always listen to every episode, I have a good time with it.
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.
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
Love it! Listen to gain an open mind and learn about serious topics.
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.
I am impressed by the debate topics and Johnâs moderation
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.
Nice to hear people disagreeing formally and responding (sometimes) to points. Few (if any) personal attacks.