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.
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Are Elected Islamists Better Than Dictators? (Episode #101H)
KQED World: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
The popular uprisings of the Arab Spring have left a leadership void that Islamist parties have been quick to fill. A longtime supporter of former strongmen like Egypt's Mubarak and Tunisia's Ben Ali, the U. S. now faces the uncomfortable result of Arab democracy-the rise of Islamist parties that are less amenable to the West than their autocratic predecessors. Will the Islamists, who once embraced violence, slowly liberalize as they face the difficulties of state leadership? Or will it mean the growth of anti-Americanism and radicalization in the region?