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A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, Intelligence Squared U.S. was founded in 2006 to restore civility, reasoned analysis, and constructive public discourse to today's often biased media landscape.
Raise the level of public discourse in the United States by encouraging recognition that opposing viewpoints have intellectually respectable views.
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.
IQ2US has presented more than 120 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, IQ2US brings together the world’s leading authorities on the most important issues of the day.
IQ2US reaches millions through multi-platform distribution, including radio, television, live streaming, podcasts and interactive digital content. It has ranked as one of top 25 most popular podcasts on iTunes and has been recognized by Forbes as one of the "top podcasts to change the way you think."
The series is based on the traditional Oxford-style debate format, with one side proposing and the other side opposing a sharply-framed motion.
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
IQ2US is broadcast on more than 200 public radio stations nationwide, and our award-winning podcast is available on Panoply, the Slate Media Group’s podcast network.
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The debates have attracted some of the world's top thinkers, including: