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LATEST SHOW | Thursday, November 23, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

Debate: Face-Off With China

Against the backdrop of North Korea's nuclear advances and escalating regional tensions, we ask: How should the U.S. respond to its most urgent national security threats?

Friday, May 5, 2017

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Debate: Is Walmart Good For America?

Walmart has long been a target for critics of corporate expansion. They say that it pushes out locally-owned businesses and mistreats its employees. Others say Walmart provides countless jobs to low-skilled workers. Has Walmart been good for America?

Friday, October 7, 2016

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Are The Elites To Blame For The Trump Phenomenon?

Does support for Trump reflect an uninformed populism and misplaced anger by a large swath of the American electorate? Or have the elites failed to empathize with their struggles, and failed to craft effective policies to help them cope?

Monday, July 4, 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016

IQ2: Eliminate Corporate Subsidies

The auto industry, agriculture, the energy sector. What do they have in common? These industries benefit from government subsidies in the form of loans, tax breaks, regulation, and other preferences. Do we need subsidies or is this corporate welfare?

Friday, January 22, 2016

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IQ2: The U.S. Should Let In 100,000 Syrian Refugees

Since the Syrian Civil War began in 2011, more than 4 million Syrians have fled the country, creating the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. Should the U.S. let in 100,000 Syrian refugees? Airs at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. in place of Insight.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

IQ2: Unlimited Spending on Political Speech

Intelligence Squared U.S., an Oxford-style debate. The topic debated here: Individuals and organizations have a constitutional right to unlimited spending on their own political speech. 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the News Station, in place of Insight.