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Founded in 2006, Intelligence Squared U.S. addresses a fundamental problem in America: the extreme polarization of our nation and our politics.
A nonpartisan, nonprofit 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.
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.
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.
The series is based on the traditional Oxford-style debate format, with one side proposing and the other side opposing a sharply-framed motion.
Intelligence Squared U.S. is a nationally broadcast debate series, travelling across the country to bring debates to a city near you. For specific information on a travelling debate, please check our debate page here. Local New York City debates are currently held at Florence Gould Hall in the French Institute, 55 East 59th Street, New York NY 10023. Evenings begin at 6:00 PM with a complimentary beer & wine reception for panelists and audience members; the live debate starts at 7 PM and ends at 9 PM.
IQ2US is broadcast on more than 230 public radio stations nationwide, and our award-winning podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and everywhere else you get your podcasts.
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.
The debates have attracted some of the world's top thinkers, including: