Intelligence Squared (iTunes Feed Web Site), a new series of NPR broadcasts, has a rather unique
format. It brings Oxford-style debates to America, and it features leading thinkers taking different positions on hot-button issues of our day. (You can get more precise information on the format here.) There will be eight debates in total, all recorded live, and each one revolves around three panelists arguing for, and three against, a "motion," such as "We must tolerate a nuclear Iran," "Freedom of expression must include the license to offend," and "A democratically elected Hamas is still a terrorist organization." And then there is the provocative topic of the most recent debate, "Is America Too Damn Religious?" This debate (see bios of participants) was held at the Asia Society in New York City in February, and you can catch the full debate here (Real Player) or a condensed version here (mp3).
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