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
Does Science Refute God? (Episode #103H)
KQED World: Sat, Jun 8, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
On the fundamental question--evolution or creation?--Americans are on the fence. According to one survey, while 61% of Americans believe we have evolved over time, 22% believe this evolution was guided by a higher power, with another 31% on the side of creationism. For some, modern science debunks many of religion's core beliefs, but for others, questions like "Why are we here?" and "How did it all come about?" can only be answered through a belief in the existence of God. Can science and religion co-exist?
Should College Football Be Banned? (Episode #104H)
KQED World: Sat, Jun 1, 2013 -- 5:00 PM
Corruption and a growing concern for head injury have put college football in the spotlight. Are football programs' millions in profits exploitation? Or are they still a celebration of amateur sport? Does football's inherent danger and violence have any place in institutions of higher learning? Or does it provide young men with educational opportunities they would not otherwise have?