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A Discussion Grounded in Facts and Informed by Reasoned Analysis

What is IQ2US?

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.

Our Mission

Raise the level of public discourse in the United States by encouraging recognition that opposing viewpoints have intellectually respectable views.

Our Goals

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.

What We Do

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."

 


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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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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 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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Live Webcasts

Watch Intelligence Squared Debates U.S. live online, in real time, via Fora.tv, the leading online destination for video programs from the world's best conferences and events.

 

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Our Awards

  • 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