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Business Insider

At a time of rapidly growing political polarization, it can be exceedingly difficult (and exhausting) to fight over an issue — only to reach an impasse every time. And while there's no surefire way to get someone to agree with your views, there are tried-and-true tactics you can use to at least have a more productive conversation. 

Julia Pugachevsky
30 October 2020

The second U.S. presidential debate of 2020 was more sedate than the first, with its whining, braying, and general frothing at the mouth. We all remember how the human moderator at the first rumble struggled to cut through to the actual issues that people care about, such as jobs, the environment, and stopping the pandemic.

John R. Quain
23 October 2020

Is it time to redistribute the wealth?

Jeremy Kahn
9 October 2020

The fate of the remaining US presidential debates is in jeopardy after president Donald Trump declared he would not participate in a virtual face-off.

Nicolás Rivero
8 October 2020

Let’s make debating, like governing, a team sport. Three candidates sit together on each side, for a total of six. There’s a yay-and-nay side, and they present and then debate specific motions. The motions should be ones on which the candidates have meaningful disagreements, but on which some of the candidates agree, so teams can be formed.

20 November 2019
The New Yorker

Robert Rosenkranz, a financier and a philanthropist, believes in civility. Since 2006, his foundation has sponsored a series of public debates called Intelligence Squared U.S., in which two experts argue for a resolution—“Charter schools are overrated”; “Video games will make us smarter”—and two argue against. “The audience votes twice, on their phones, once before the debate and once after it’s over,” Rosenkranz said recently. “The hope is that a significant portion will change their minds, or will come away with a more nuanced understanding of the other side.”

Andrew Marantz
8 April 2019
The Washington Post

On a frigid January night, a Harvard genetics professor with a billowing white beard stood stage left in a theater on Manhattan's Upper East Side, an icon of the environmentalist movement in a fleece vest beside him. Both men were staring down a toothy problem: How could they convince their counterparts on the stage, along with the 300 people who'd filed into Hunter College's Kaye Playhouse for a debate, that the world should bring back velociraptors or, at the very least, an extinct pigeon?

Jason Nark
1 April 2019

We saw computers beat humans at chess in 1997, beat humans at Jeopardy in 2011 and vanquish the world's best human players of the ancient game of Go in 2017. On Monday, a computer edged out a victory over people in a far more nuanced competition: debate.


Stephen Shankland
18 July 2018

Can we all agree that Google Duplex demo was eerie? A robot, posing as a human being, scheduled a reservation over the phone. We all knew artificial intelligence was coming, but it was breathtaking to hear software come to life.

Theo Miller
21 May 2018

Press Releases

Intelligence Squared x Wondrium

Topics range from the two-party system to dating apps, with debaters dating apps, featuring a range of debaters, from Deepak Chopra to John Mackey, now available at


17 November 2021

On Friday, December 4 at 7:00 PM ET Bloomberg Television will present the third episode of "That's Debatable," presented in partnership with Intelligence Squared U.S. and sponsored exclusively by IBM, with an episode debating the motion "Stop Worrying About National Deficits ." As governments around the world have spent unprecedented sums to combat the economic impacts of coronavirus, what does rising government debt mean for our future? A new crop of economists has a bold proposition: Don't worry about it.

18 November 2020

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RT : “The ultimate purpose of higher education is not employment but human flourishing.” ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦…
Monday, Jan 10 at 02:12 pm
Thanks for listening!
Tuesday, Dec 28 at 12:53 pm
RT : It was fun to team up with the fabulous Rana Foroohar for this debate on Amazon. And nice to win!
Tuesday, Dec 28 at 12:52 pm