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Through a series of intellectually charged debates, Intelligence Squared U.S. brings ideas from across the political spectrum to millions of listeners on public radio, podcasts, and digital platforms. We do this – free of charge – because we believe a true democracy requires balanced debate on the issues we all face as a nation. With the support of our members, we’ve hosted more than 500 leading thinkers, debated more than 140 topics, and built a widespread community of open-minded and intellectually curious listeners who prove that the demand for reasoned debate is not lost on the American public. But we know there’s more to be done.


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