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A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, Open to Debate, formerly known as Intelligence Squared U.S. addresses a fundamental problem in America: the extreme polarization of our nation and our politics.
Our mission is to restore critical thinking, facts, reason, and civility to American public discourse.
Welcome to our new platform and brand! The key word in the new name Open to Debate is “Open.” That means open to listening. Open to disagreeing. Open to learning. Open to “the other side.”
Open to Debate will use the framework of formal debate produced in a variety of innovative formats to serve as a national model for how we can combat echo chambers, information silos, and the tribal mentality that is dividing the country. Open to Debate will build on 15+ years of Intelligence Squared U.S. programming and audience polling data which proves that debate – done right — opens and changes minds.
Open to Debate will release WEEKLY episodes across platforms: national public radio, podcasts, video broadcasts, and live events.
Be curious. Be open-minded. Be Open to Debate!