“From wherever you stood, the opposing side offered respectable, credible views. In today's fractured culture the evening struck a blow for civility.”

- The Huffington Post

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Our Pre-and Post-Debate Results Graphs

For? Against? Undecided? How Your Vote Works Online

By IQ2US Staff — September 26, 2012

Ever miss the debate, but wish you could vote anyway? Looking to compare how online audiences voted vs. live audiences?


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Premiere Debate at Kaufman Center

IQ2US Premieres Sold-Out Debate on Super PACs

By IQ2US Staff — September 14, 2012

We kicked off our Fall 2012 debate season with a sold-out audience at Kaufman Center in New York City. The topic of the evening? How Super PAC spending has changed the face of politics.
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John Donvan Moderates "Two Cheers for Super PACs"

CHA-CHING! Sounds like Politics

By John Donvan — September 12, 2012

Money talks. And money corrupts. What language does money speak, anyway?


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John Donvan: Fall 2012 Debates

Countdown to Infinity

By John Donvan — August 16, 2012

Infinity minus 62. Figure that one out and you know how many more questions, propositions, arguments, resolutions, and formal motions remain for Intelligence Squared U.S. to bring to our stage.


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John Donvan Moderates No Fracking Way

Frick and Frack

By John Donvan — June 28, 2012

A short note on Frick and Frack -- and then on "Frickin' Frackin'" "Frick and Frack," you may know, is a common term used to describe two guys who get on well with each other. The original Frick and Frack? A Swiss comedy ice skating duo in the 1930s. Now you know. Frickin' Frackin' -- on the other hand? Well, we made that up (we think) to capture the spirit of the debate we're staging at the Aspen Ideas Festival. It's on the way we're getting energy out of the ground these days. Here we have two sides who, to put it mildly, are NOT getting along.


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Yin Meet Yang

By John Donvan — May 11, 2012

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Yin, meet Yang. Ideally, that's what happens when two sides debate. Or does it? Not to be overly self-referential, but in our upcoming Intelligence Squared U.S. debate – one week from today (Tuesday, April 17), the topic up for debate, is the state of debate itself – the quality of our political discourse in the age of the blog, the Facebook page, and a relentlessly rolling twitter feed.


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Behind The Scenes With IQ2US

By IQ2 Staff — May 11, 2012

China Dinner Blog Gallery

After each debate, we continue the conversation at an intimate dinner with the panelists.


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Do We Need To Be More Like China?

By John Donvan — May 11, 2012

like china blog picReading into the research for our next debate —"China Does Capitalism Better than America" — I'm seeing what this motion really asks: "Since China is growing faster than us, does that mean we need to be more like China?" Hm. A "yes" answer would pretty much turn on its head every assumption we make about ourselves as Americans -- namely, that we're the model for the rest of the world; that capitalism is "ours"; that maybe, just maybe, a little authoritarianism is a good thing


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Returning to Chicago Ideas Week

By IQ2 Staff — May 11, 2012

Returning to Chicago Ideas WeekWe are thrilled to announce our return to the Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) on Wednesday, October 10! “For one week each October, CIW brings together some of the world's most outstanding speakers to present their ideas and inspire the innovations of tomorrow at 80+ sessions across the city of Chicago."


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Preparation For Upcoming Debate

By John Donvan — May 09, 2012

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I've been reading a good amount of background in preparation for our upcoming debate – on obesity and government responsibility – and I suspect this could be one of those debates where conventional wisdom gets shredded. Or at least, I am guessing that is what the side arguing AGAINST our motion is going to try to do.


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