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A Discussion Grounded in Facts and Informed by Reasoned Analysis

What is IQ2US?

Founded in 2006, Intelligence Squared U.S. addresses a fundamental problem in America: the extreme polarization of our nation and our politics. 

Our Mission

A non-partisan, non-profit organization, Intelligence Squared U.S. addresses a fundamental problem in America: the extreme polarization of our nation and our politics.

Our mission is to restore critical thinking, facts, reason, and civility to American public discourse.

What We Do

Provide a forum for balanced and intelligent debate that is widely distributed as a radio program, podcast, online broadcast, television, and digital video series.

Promote intellectual and viewpoint diversity by fostering respect for contrary opinions.

Curate thought-provoking conversations around the most important issues of the day.

Present  the world’s thought-leaders to illuminate complex topics from multiple perspectives.

Foster critical thinking in the next generation of leaders by making our extensive research archives and debate content available for classroom use.

Our Impact

We believe that to achieve our mission we must always measure our results.  

We systematically track our public radio coverage, our podcast reach, the headlines we garner, and our engagement with students and faculty.

Equally important, we track the percentage of our audience who change their minds after the debate.  But our most important metric cannot be quantified: our passionate commitment to bringing a higher level of intelligence to the public square. Intelligence Squared.

 


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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.

 
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7 Minute Opening Arguments
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Audience Q&A
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2 Minute Closing Arguments
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Vote Again
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Winner
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Where To Find Us

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

IQ2US is broadcast on more than 230 public radio stations nationwide, and our award-winning podcast is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Panoply, the Slate Media Group’s podcast network.

 

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Live Streaming

Watch all of our debates live, in real time, on YouTube, Facebook Live, Periscope, and our website, iq2us.org. Follow live debate shorts on Twitter with #IQ2USLive.

Debate On-Demand

Watch debates when you want, where you want, with the Intelligence Squared U.S. app on AppleTV and Roku Devices. Download the IQ2US App in the iTunes App Store or the Roku Channel Guide.

 

   

 

Our Awards

  • 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Gold Award:
    Best Public Affairs Program
  • 2016 New York Festivals International Radio Silver Award:
    Best Regularly Scheduled Talk Program
  • 2015 New York Festivals International Radio Silver Award:
    Best Public Affairs Program
  • 2015 New York Festivals International Radio Bronze Award:
    Best Regularly Scheduled Talk Program
  • 2014 Association for Women in Communications Clarion Award:
    Radio Regular Feature Program
  • 2014 New York Festivals International Radio Bronze Award:
    Best Public Affairs Program
  • 2013 New York Festivals International Radio Silver Award:
    Best Public Affairs Program
  • 2013 Telly Award in Film & Video:
    Silver Award for Live Events
  • 2013 Telly Award in Film & Video:
    Bronze Award for Political/Commentary

The debates have attracted some of the world's top thinkers, including:

  • Steve Forbes
  • Dr. Neal Barnard
  • Paul Krugman
  • Karl Rove
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • Arianna Huffington