A smart, lively debate series hosted by ABC's John Donvan which takes a substantial look at the pros and cons of relevant public affairs and cultural issues. With propositions such as "Ban College Football" to "It's Time To End the War on Terror" to "Too Many Kids Go to College" and "Men Are Finished," the conversations are always intelligent, provocative, disciplined and civil. A key component of the show includes audience voting at the beginning and end of the debate to determine which side was more persuasive.
Intelligence Squared Previous Broadcasts
Is The Fda Too Cautious? (Episode #107H)
KQED World: Sun, Sep 8, 2013 -- 10:00 PM
The Food and Drug Administration, the oldest comprehensive consumer protection agency in the U.S. federal government, is charged with protecting the public health. Under this mandate, it regulates drugs and medical devices for their safety and effectiveness. But is it a failing mandate? It's long been argued that the FDA's long and costly approval processes stifle innovation and keep life-changing treatments from the market. But the question remains: when it comes to public health, is it ever okay to sacrifice safety for speed?