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, Jul 27, 2013 -- 4:00 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 Drugs Be Legalized? (Episode #102H)
KQED World: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
It was 1971 when President Richard Nixon declared a "war on drugs." $ 2.5 trillion dollars later, drug use is half of what it was 30 years ago and thousands of offenders are successfully diverted to treatment instead of jail. Still, 22 million Americans - nine percent of the population - still use illegal drugs; and with the highest incarceration rate in the world, we continue to fill our prisons with drug offenders, leaving shattered families and communities in the wake. Is it time to legalize drugs or is this a war that we're winning?
Should Genetically Engineered Babies Be Prohibited? (Episode #105H)
KQED World: Sat, Jul 13, 2013 -- 4:00 PM
Imagine a world free of genetic diseases, where parents control their offspring's height, eye color and intelligence. The science may be closer than you think. Genes interact in ways that we don't fully understand and there could be unintended consequences, new diseases that result from our tinkering. But even if the science could be perfected, is it morally wrong? Would it lead to eugenics and a stratified society where only the rich enjoy the benefits of genetic enhancement? Or would the real injustice be depriving our children of every scientifically possible opportunity?
Are Elected Islamists Better Than Dictators? (Episode #101H)
KQED World: Sat, Jul 6, 2013 -- 3:00 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?