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Intelligence Squared U.S., a nonpartisan, nonprofit media platform, has launched a content partnership with education streaming video platform Wondrium. As of today, 19 debates from the Intelligence Squared archives are available to Wondrium members furthering Intelligence Squared’s philanthropic mission of fighting polarization by exposing audiences to smart arguments across a range of timely issues.


The debates span topics across politics, science, education, technology, culture, economics, and a diversity of other subjects. Author and ABC News correspondent John Donvan has moderated since 2008.


Debates feature noted Great Courses and Wondrium professors and other influential thought leaders such as John McWhorter, Michael Shermer, Deepak Chopra, Heather Berlin, Jared Bernstein, Ian Bremmer, Aubrey de Grey, Wendy Kaminer, Bernard-Henri Levy, John Mackey, Yascha Mounk, Bill Nye, Diann Rust-Tierney, Kori Schake, Peter Singer, Andrew Solomon, to name a few. Find the full list of debates below and on the Wondrium Intelligence Squared Collection page. 


“Debate is a proven model to enhance the learning process on almost any topic, which is why we are so excited to align with Wondrium as our exclusive streaming partner,” says Intelligence Squared U.S. CEO Clea Conner. “Wondrium delivers lifelong learners an exceptional online experience, and this collection of debates was curated with Wondrium’s open-minded, intellectually curious viewer in mind. We are grateful to have Wondrium’s support as we pursue our mission to restore critical thinking, facts, reason, and civility to the public square through informative, educational debate.”


As a company that seeks to offer diverse nonfiction experiences, Wondrium’s partnership with Intelligence Squared is a perfect fit,” adds Jason Smigel, SVP Content Development at Wondrium. “Through the debate format provided by Intelligence Squared, we can approach a wide variety of challenging topics for our audiences, presenting both sides in a way that allows our customers to draw their own conclusions.”


This new collection marks the beginning of an ongoing collaboration between Intelligence Squared U.S. and Wondrium, with an exclusive series of all-new live debates planned for 2022.


Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates Now on Wondrium:

  • Abolish the Death Penalty
  • College Students Should Be Allowed to Take Smart Drugs
  • Swipe Left: Dating Apps Have Killed Romance
  • Two Cheers for Two Parties
  • Capitalism Is a Blessing
  • Smart Technology Is Making Us Dumb
  • Western Democracy Is Threatening Suicide
  • Central Banks Can Print Prosperity
  • Automation Will Crash Democracy
  • Death Is Not Final
  • Free Speech Is Threatened on College Campus
  • It’s Time to Expand Nuclear Power
  • Genetically Modify Food
  • Legalize Assisted Suicide
  • Replace Private Insurance with Medicare for All
  • The More We Evolve, the Less We Need God
  • Universal Basic Income Is the Safety Net of the Future
  • Lifespans Are Long Enough
  • China and the U.S. Are Long-Term Enemies




Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) was founded to address a fundamental problem in America: the extreme polarization of our nation and our politics. Through its award-winning live debates and associated programming, the nonprofit company serves as a model for responsible media in a new age—fair, intelligent, nonpartisan—while restoring critical thinking, facts, reason, and civility to the public square. Recently recognized as "Best Podcast Event of 2020" by Adweek, Intelligence Squared U.S. reaches millions through multi-platform distribution, including public radio (the show airs in all top 25 markets that carry specials), podcasts, video live streaming, newsletters, interactive digital content, and on-demand apps including Roku and Apple TV. With over 190 Oxford-style debates and counting, plus additional podcast and video content, IQ2US has encouraged the public to "think twice" on a wide range of provocative topics for over a decade. Author and ABC News correspondent John Donvan has moderated since 2008.




Wondrium is a newly rebranded global subscription video on demand (SVOD) service offering over 7,500 hours of a broad slate of intellectually stimulating, nonfiction learning content. Wondrium takes the learning experience to the next level, combining the library and legacy of in-depth content from The Great Courses with the best in entertaining, engaging, and educational content. The service will provide a resource that complements people’s daily media habits, allowing them to pursue their passions, dig deeper into subjects, hone their habits, and find something they will love to learn about.


For more information on Intelligence Squared U.S., please contact Ray Padgett ( or Mark Satlof ( at Shore Fire Media.


For more information on Wondrium, please contact Lisa Hanlon ( at Beyond PR Group.

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