“Always intelligent and provocative, as well as disciplined and civil. A stimulating way to spend an evening.”

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A Discussion Grounded In Facts And Informed By Reasoned Analysis

The Program

Rethink your point of view with Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US), Oxford-style debates live from New York City. Based on the highly successful debate program in London, Intelligence Squared, Intelligence Squared U.S. has presented more than 85 debates on a wide range of provocative and timely topics. From clean energy and the financial crisis, to the Middle East and the death of mainstream media, Intelligence Squared U.S. brings together the world’s leading authorities on the day’s most important issues.

Since its inception in 2006, the goals have been to provide a new forum for intelligent discussion, grounded in facts and informed by reasoned analysis; to transcend the toxically emotional and the reflexively ideological; and to encourage recognition that the opposing side has intellectually respectable views.

The Rosenkranz Foundation initiated the Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate Series and continues to provide major support.

The Approach

The series is based on the traditional Oxford-style debate format, with one side proposing and the other side opposing a sharply-framed motion. Before the debate begins, the audience registers their pre-debate opinion using an electronic voting system. These results are announced later in the program. Alternating between panels, each debater gives a 7-minute opening statement. After this segment concludes, the moderator opens the floor for questions from the audience and inter-panel challenges. This adversarial context is electric, adding drama and excitement. The debaters have one final opportunity to sway audience opinion through their 2-minute closing arguments. The audience delivers the final verdict by voting again whether they are for, against, or undecided on the proposition. The two sets of results are compared and the winner is determined by which team has swayed more audience members between the two votes.

Live Debates

The debates are held at the Kaufman Center, located at 129 W. 67th Street, New York NY 10023. Evenings begin at 5:45 PM with a cash bar reception for panelists and audience members; the live debate starts at 6:45 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. For venue information, click here.

Radio Program And Podcast

NPR LogoIntelligence Squared U.S. Debates can be heard on over 220+ NPR stations across the nation. Contact your local station for scheduling information or click here to download the iTunes Podcast Series.

Live Webcasts

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about-award2013 Telly Award in Film & Video:
Silver Award for Live Events

2013 Telly Award in Film & Video:
Bronze Award for Political/Commentary

2013 New York Festivals International Radio Silver Award:
Best Public Affairs Program

2014 New York Festivals International Radio Bronze Award:
Best Public Affairs Program