A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, Open to Debate addresses a fundamental problem in America: the extreme polarization of our nation and our politics.

Join our mission to restore critical thinking, facts, reason, and civility to America’s public square. Help us bring balanced and respectful debate back to communities and classrooms across the nation.

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Historic levels of polarization are dividing our nation. Help us fix it. Here’s how you can get involved in Open to Debate: Become a Member of Open to Debate and get involved in weekly debates, live events, exclusive podcast recordings, and our archive of 200+ debates. Membership is free. Make a donation to Open to Debate to help sustain our work in public media, classrooms, and in digital platforms nationwide. Subscribe to the Open to Debate newsletter and share with friends, family, and coworkers to promote positive conversations on tough topics.


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Our work is supported by believers the role of debate to drive a healthy democracy. We are a 501(3)c nonprofit organization funded by individuals, institutions, partners, and the general public. Help us address extreme polarization in America by restoring the balanced exchange of ideas to the public square.

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