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Intelligence Squared is the world’s leading forum for debate and intelligent discussion. Live and online we take you to the heart of the issues that matter, in the company of some of the world’s sharpest minds and most exciting orators. Join the debate at www.intelligencesquared.com and download our weekly podcast every Friday.

Episodes

  • From Bridgerton to Peaky Blinders Historic Houses in Film  TV with World Monuments Fund Britain

    From Bridgerton to Peaky Blinders; Historic Houses in Film & TV with World Monuments Fund Britain

    09/04/2021 Duration: 56min

    In this week's episode ​international heritage charity World Monuments Fund Britain draws back the curtain to reveal the fascinating work involved when turning historic houses into fictitious screen locations.WMF Britain Executive Director John Darlington talks to actress Nell Hudson (Victoria, Outlander), director Julie Anne Robinson (Bridgerton), and Sally Ambrose, Head of Marketing and Visitor Experience at Chatsworth House about historic houses and how they are transformed into the settings of some of the most popular films and TV shows.If you are interested in extraordinary buildings, monuments and historic landscapes from across the globe join World Monuments Fund's international network of heritage advocates.New Keystone or Capital Members get a three month Intelligence Squared Plus trial for free. To claim your trial please email info@intelligencesquared.com with proof of your membership.For UK membership join here: https://wmf.org.uk/support/membership/.If you are based

  • The Handshake: A Gripping History, with Ella Al-Shamahi and Helen Czerski

    The Handshake: A Gripping History, with Ella Al-Shamahi and Helen Czerski

    06/04/2021 Duration: 37min

    Friends do it, strangers do it and so do chimpanzees - and it's not just deeply embedded in our history and culture, it may even be written in our DNA. The humble handshake, it turns out, has a rich and surprising history.In this week's episode palaeo-anthropologist Ella Al-Shamahi speaks to Helen Czerski about a funny and fascinating voyage of discovery - from the handshake's origins (at least seven million years ago) all the way to its sudden disappearance in March 2020.To find out more about the book click here: https://bit.ly/3mnA698 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Debate: Is The West Fundamentally Racist?

    Debate: Is The West Fundamentally Racist?

    02/04/2021 Duration: 53min

    The West is rich because the rest is poor. Capitalism is racism. So argues Kehinde Andrews, academic and self-described Black radical, who came to Intelligence Squared on March 29 to set out the ideas in his latest book, The New Age of Empire: How Racism and Colonialism Still Rule the World. Wrong, says historian Jeremy Black. All that is a complete misrepresentation of the historical and present-day facts, Black counter argues. Who's right and who's wrong? Listen to the debate chaired by Anne McElvoy senior editor at The Economist and make up your own mind. To buy Kehinde's new book click here: https://bit.ly/3sHl7sZTo buy Jeremy Black's latest book click here: https://amzn.to/3cEWUhy Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Was Jesus A Great Moral Teacher? With Julian Baggini and Mark Mardell

    Was Jesus A Great Moral Teacher? With Julian Baggini and Mark Mardell

    30/03/2021 Duration: 41min

    Even if we don't believe that Jesus was the son of God, we tend to think he was a great moral teacher. But was he? And how closely do idealised values such as our love of the family, helping the needy, and the importance of kindness, match Jesus's original tenets?In this week's episode Julian Baggini challenges our assumptions on Christian values with some surprising insights on who Jesus really was. The episode was hosted by former BBC Broadcaster and journalist Mark Mardell. To buy Julian's book The Godless Gospel click here: https://amzn.to/31zejC2 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Debate: The Time Is Right for Scottish Independence

    Debate: The Time Is Right for Scottish Independence

    26/03/2021 Duration: 57min

    Should Scotland be independent? In this week's podcast Alex Massie and Lesley Riddoch go head to head on the question of whether the time has come to break up Britain and for Scotland to go it alone. The debate was chaired by Manveen Rana.  Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • A New Vision for Capitalism, with Anne Case, Angus Deaton and Francine Lacqua

    A New Vision for Capitalism, with Anne Case, Angus Deaton and Francine Lacqua

    23/03/2021 Duration: 56min

    Each year hundreds of thousands of Americans die as a result of drug abuse, alcoholism or suicide – and the numbers are rising. This has contributed to a fall in life expectancy in the past three years, reversing a trend towards increased life expectancy that began in 1918. In this week's episode we discuss, Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism, economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton new book which has identified a culprit for these ‘deaths of despair’: capitalism – or at least some aspects of it. The debate was chaired by Francine Lacqua television anchor and editor-at-large for Bloomberg Television.To buy the book click here: https://bit.ly/3lIWlGg Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • NFTs and Why Blockchain Means Business, with Sheila Warren and Carl Miller

    NFT's and Why Blockchain Means Business, with Sheila Warren and Carl Miller

    19/03/2021 Duration: 46min

    In this week's episode we discuss the explosive rise of NFT's as well as the long terms trends in blockchain that will change how we do business and live our lives. The interview is taken from our new podcast Intelligence Squared Business and our guest is Sheila Warren, member of the Executive Committee and Head of Blockchain and Data Policy at The World Economic Forum.To subscribe to Intelligence Squared Business click here: https://apple.co/2OEn5feTo listen to more podcasts from the World Economic Forum click here: https://www.weforum.org/focus/podcasts Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Science of Friendship, with Robin Dunbar and Helen Czerski

    The Science of Friendship, with Robin Dunbar and Helen Czerski

    16/03/2021 Duration: 56min

    Robin Dunbar is the world-renowned psychologist and author who famously discovered Dunbar’s number: how our capacity for friendship is limited to around 150 people. In this week's episode he explains why friends matter to us – more than we think. The single most surprising fact to emerge out of the medical literature over the last decade or so has been that the number and quality of the friendships we have has a bigger influence on our happiness, health and even mortality risk than anything else except giving up smoking.To find out more about his new book Friends click here: https://amzn.to/3rPrcTQ Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Accidental President, with James Fletcher and Mark Mardell

    The Accidental President, with James Fletcher and Mark Mardell

    12/03/2021 Duration: 32min

    In 2016, almost anyone you asked, or any poll you consulted, pointed you to a Hillary Clinton landslide. The Accidental President is a balanced feature documentary that is seeking to answer one question - How the hell did Donald Trump win? In this week's episode we were joined by the director James Fletcher who spoke to Mark Mardell about making the documentary and the future of Trump's style of politics. THE ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENT is available to rent and buy on Apple TV+, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and YouTube now Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Intelligence Squared Recommends – Climate Solutions: Is COVID-19 good or bad for the climate?

    Intelligence Squared Recommends – Climate Solutions: Is COVID-19 good or bad for the climate?

    11/03/2021 Duration: 17min

    We have a special bonus episode for you today - we wanted to introduce you to a podcast we think you'll really enjoy, called Climate Solutions, from our partners, the European Investment Bank.What would you give up to solve the climate crisis? Flights to exotic holiday destinations? Red meat? Your car? Climate Solutions surveyed 30 000 people in every EU country, in China, the US and the UK to find out what they’re ready to do to fight climate change. And whether, facing the threat posed by COVID 19, they’re even worried about climate change at all. The team at Climate Solutions then spoke to experts about what it all means for the future of our planet.In this brand new episode of season 2 of Climate Solutions, host Matt Rees and guests ask, has COVID-19 changed our behaviour in ways that might be good for climate change? Teleworking, instead of commuting to an office, means fewer carbon emissions and is therefore good for the climate. And what about the econo

  • BONUS: International Womens Day Special with Margaret Atwood, Bernardine Evaristo, Rose McGowan and more

    BONUS: International Women's Day Special with Margaret Atwood, Bernardine Evaristo, Rose McGowan and more

    08/03/2021 Duration: 49min

    For International Women's Day we bring to you a special bonus episode of our award-winning podcast, How I Found My Voice presented by the BBC journalist Samira Ahmed. This episode features clips from some of our favourite female interviewees including novelists Margaret Atwood, Bernardine Evaristo and Elif Shafak, actors Kate Winslet, Rose McGowan and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, singer Paloma Faith, Labour politician and Member of Parliament Jess Phillips, businesswoman Gina Miller, and comedian Katharine Ryan.SUBSCRIBE TO HOW I FOUND MY VOICE ON APPLE PODCASTS: https://podcasts.apple.com/za/podcast/how-i-found-my-voice/id1455089930SUBSCRIBE TO HOW I FOUND MY VOICE ON SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/show/3tFAb0IODQLDaVksmi2YHi?si=XGkuGCnmTxej2lHKSeYHuA How I Found My Voice is an Intelligence Squared podcast that explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. The Executive Producer is Farah Jassat. Support this show http://support

  • Jon Sopel on Fear and Loathing on the US Campaign Trail

    Jon Sopel on Fear and Loathing on the US Campaign Trail

    05/03/2021 Duration: 57min

    In this week's episode BBC North America Editor Jon Sopel takes us behind the scenes of perhaps the most extraordinary election campaign ever in American politics – when a global pandemic threw the country into turmoil and threatened not just the presidency but the very institutions of American democracy itself. Sopel revealed the inside story of how the presidential race became a battle for the very soul of the nation – and what lies ahead with the new administration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The podcast was hosted by Manveen Rana senior investigative journalist at the Times and Sunday Times.To find out more about the book click here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/unpresidented/jon-sopel/9781785944406 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Intelligence Squared Recommends – Change Makers, with Yanis Varoufakis

    Intelligence Squared Recommends – Change Makers, with Yanis Varoufakis

    04/03/2021 Duration: 35min

    We have a special bonus episode for you today – we wanted to introduce you to a podcast we think you'll really enjoy, called Change Makers. Change Makers presents fresh ideas and inspirational life stories from people with a passion – the campaigners, creators, connectors and contrarians – all making a difference.In this episode economist, author, economist and former finance minister of Greece Yanis Varoufakis spoke to Michael Hayman, co-founder of the campaigns firm Seven Hills. They discussed Yanis's blueprint for ‘another now’, why – as an avowed critic of the establishment – he entered political life, and his belief that Star Trek presents the ultimate model of Marxist ideals.Click here to find out more about Change Makers, and to subscribe, or search Change Makers in Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The Cyber Weapons Arms Race, with Nicole Perlroth and Josh Glancy

    The Cyber Weapons Arms Race, with Nicole Perlroth and Josh Glancy

    02/03/2021 Duration: 50min

    Zero day: a software bug that allows a hacker to break into your devices and move around undetected. One of the most coveted tools in a spy's arsenal, a zero day has the power to silently spy on your iPhone, dismantle the safety controls at a chemical plant, alter an election, and shut down the electric grid (just ask the Ukraine).For decades, under cover of classification levels and non-disclosure agreements, the United States government became the world's dominant hoarder of zero days. U.S. government agents paid top dollar-first thousands, and later millions of dollars- to hackers willing to sell their lock-picking code and their silence.Then the United States lost control of its hoard and the market. In this week's episode Nicole Perlroth of The New York Times speaks with Josh Glancy about her new book on the dangers and risks of the new world of cyber weapons and the potential catastrophic consequences. To find out more about the book click here: https://amzn.to/3rbatKu Support this show http:/

  • BONUS: Kate Winslet on Titanic, Hollywood and Finding Her Voice

    BONUS: Kate Winslet on Titanic, Hollywood and Finding Her Voice

    28/02/2021 Duration: 51min

    This bonus podcast features an episode from another Intelligence Squared podcast called How I Found My Voice. In this episode Hollywood star Kate Winslet speaks to the BBC journalist Samira Ahmed. They speak about her life and career, from discovering her love of acting in childhood and becoming a Hollywood sensation in Titanic to never-before-told stories of her and Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as her reflections on how the film industry deals with recording intimate scenes and her latest movie Ammonite, which looks at the Victorian fossil hunter Mary Anning.SUBSCRIBE TO HOW I FOUND MY VOICE ON APPLE PODCASTS: https://podcasts.apple.com/za/podcast/how-i-found-my-voice/id1455089930SUBSCRIBE TO HOW I FOUND MY VOICE ON SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/show/3tFAb0IODQLDaVksmi2YHi?si=XGkuGCnmTxej2lHKSeYHuA How I Found My Voice is an Intelligence Squared podcast that explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. Guests include Mich

  • Facebook, Free Speech and the Fight for Digital Democracy, With Marietje Schaake and Carl Miller

    Facebook, Free Speech and the Fight for Digital Democracy, With Marietje Schaake and Carl Miller

    26/02/2021 Duration: 36min

    In this week's episode Marietje Schaake International Director of Policy at Stanford University's Cyber Policy Centre speaks to Carl Miller about Facebook's recent legal battle with Australia, Trump's deplatforming from Twitter and how we can preserve democracy and civil liberties in the age of Big Tech. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • The New Climate War, with Michael Mann and Clover Hogan

    The New Climate War, with Michael Mann and Clover Hogan

    23/02/2021 Duration: 49min

    In this week's episode renowned climate scientist Michael Mann speaks to Clover Hogan about the thirty-year war to deflect blame and delay action on climate change. They discuss the new tactics and psychological battle to confront the causes of climate change and offer a roadmap winning the war to save the planet.To find out more about the book click here: https://amzn.to/2NQzjR8To find out more about Forces of Nature click here: https://www.forceofnature.xyz/ Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Debate: Big Tech was Right to Deplatform Trump

    Debate: Big Tech was Right to Deplatform Trump

    19/02/2021 Duration: 59min

    Shortly after a pro Trump mob stormed the Capitol on January 6th - Big Tech unplugged the President. For years he’d used social media to communicate directly with his supporters. Even on the day, as lawmakers in the Capitol scurried to find places of safety during the siege, Trump posted: ‘STOP THE STEAL’, and proclaimed ‘You will never take back our country with weakness.’ Then, came the crack down. Reddit removed the “DonaldTrump subreddit”. YouTube tightened its policy on posting videos, that called the outcome of the election into doubt. TikTok took down posts with hashtags like #stormthecapitol. Facebook suspended Trump’s account indefinitely, and Twitter, the former President’s favoured form of communication, took his account away permanently.So did Big Tech make the right decision? And was this censorship or accountability?Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, James Bosworth, Nadine Strossen and Freddie Sayers debate. The event was chaired by Manveen Rana host the of Stories of Our Times podcast

  • No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram, with Sarah Frier and Linda Yueh

    No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram, with Sarah Frier and Linda Yueh

    16/02/2021 Duration: 40min

    In 2010, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger released a photo-sharing app called Instagram, with one simple but irresistible feature: it would make anything you captured look more beautiful. The cofounders cultivated a community of photographers and artisans around the app, and it quickly went mainstream. In less than two years, it caught Facebook's attention: Mark Zuckerberg bought the company for a historic $1 billion when Instagram had only thirteen employees. In this week's episode Sarah Frier author of the new book 'No Filter' speaks to Linda Yueh about the inside story of the company, how it's shaping our culture and the future of the company under the ownership of Facebook. The episode was hosted by economist and broadcaster Linda Yueh.Subscribe to Intelligence Squared Business here: https://apple.co/37ihtNI Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • Britain Alone: From Suez to Brexit, with Philip Stephens and Mark Mardell

    Britain Alone: From Suez to Brexit, with Philip Stephens and Mark Mardell

    12/02/2021 Duration: 42min

    In this week's episode Philip Stephens the Financial Times chief political commentator speaks to Mark Mardell about why Britain is a nation struggling to reconcile its waning power with past glory. Drawing on his new book 'Britain Alone' Stephens argues Britain is a proud nation struggling to admit it is no longer a great power. It is an indispensable guide to how we arrived at the state we are in.To buy the book click here: https://amzn.to/3b2tl7l Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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