These 5 Programs Prove Intellectual Debate Isn't Dead
Recently, political discussions relegated to cable news anchors and Twitter feeds have come to share a common criticism of lacking intelligent, nuanced debate. There's even a new documentary, "Best of Enemies," that looks back at the 1968 TV debates between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal during the Democratic and Republican conventions with a nostalgic eye. The end of the film laments the current state of the news, which mimics the combativeness of the Buckley-Vidal debates without achieving the same intellectual quality.
While the film did a fine job ' balancing the events of the time and the personalities of the two debaters ' it's unfair to dismiss the (albeit rare) high-quality political back-and-forth of today, even if without the once-in-a-generation magical reputation of the Buckley-Vidal debates.
If you're hungry for arguments more comprehensive than what's offered at presidential debates, feast on one of these five programs:
1. Intelligence Squared U.S.