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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.

Latest Episodes

The Mindfulness Myth, with Ronald Purser and Helen Lewis

Mindfulness – the psychological practice of bringing one's attention to the present moment through meditation – has gone mainstream. It has been enthusiastically co-opted by Silicon Valley and other large corporations as well as schools, governments and even the U.S. military. But what if, instead of changing the world, mindfulness has become a banal form of capitalist spirituality that mindlessly avoids social and political transformation, reinforcing the status quo? That's the view of RonaldPurser, Professor of Management at San Francisco State University, Buddhist practitionerand author ofMcMindfulness. In this episode of the Intelligence Squared podcast, he was interviewed by Helen Lewis of The Atlantic on his radical critique of the mindfulness industry. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

32 MIN1 days ago
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The Mindfulness Myth, with Ronald Purser and Helen Lewis

How I Found My Voice: Elif Shafak

This is an episode from a new podcast strand launched by Intelligence Squared calledHow IFoundMyVoice. Presented by the prominent BBC journalistSamira Ahmed, the podcast explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. Samira Ahmed speaks to bestselling Turkish novelist Elif Shafak. From keeping a childhood diary and learning different languages to being taken to court on charges of 'insulting Turkishness' through the words of her fictional characters, Shafak talks about the moments that shaped and inspired her voice. To hear more episodes of How I Found My Voice go tohttps://play.acast.com/s/howifoundmyvoice. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

42 MIN4 days ago
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How I Found My Voice: Elif Shafak

An Evening With Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is one of the world’s greatest storytellers. He came to the Intelligence Squared stageto discuss his career, his life and his new novelQuichottewith the BBC’s Razia Iqbal. The book is a wild ride through modern America — a society on the verge of moral and spiritual collapse — and examines racism, father–son relationships, the opioid crisis, cyber-spies and the end of the world. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

60 MIN1 weeks ago
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An Evening With Salman Rushdie

How I Found My Voice: Lyse Doucet

This is an episode from a new podcast strand launched by Intelligence Squared calledHow IFoundMyVoice. Presented by the prominent BBC journalistSamira Ahmed, the podcast explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. In this episode Samira speaks to the BBC's Chief International CorrespondentLyse Doucet. Renowned as a foreign correspondent in some of the toughest war zones in the past thirty years, Doucet speaks about the moments that shaped her voice from growing up in a small Canadian town to reporting from the front lines in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen. To hear more episodes of How I Found My Voice go tohttps://play.acast.com/s/howifoundmyvoice. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

46 MIN1 weeks ago
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How I Found My Voice: Lyse Doucet

The Politics of Video Games, with Pete Etchells and Ros Urwin

Are video games harmful to society? Recently the World Health Organisation classified 'gaming disorder' as a clinical mental health disorder and a danger to public health. But how real is the threat of video game addiction, and what about the potential benefits that gaming can bring to all of us? In this episode of the Intelligence Squared podcast we were joined by Pete Etchells, researcher into the psychological effects of video games and author ofLost In A Good Game: Why We Play Video Games and What They Can Do For Us.He was interviewed by Ros Urwin of The Sunday Times. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

45 MIN2 weeks ago
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The Politics of Video Games, with Pete Etchells and Ros Urwin

How I Found My Voice: Philip Pullman

This is an episode from a new podcast strand launched by Intelligence Squared calledHow IFoundMyVoice. Presented by the prominent BBC journalistSamira Ahmed, the podcast explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. In this episode, Samira speaks to the best-selling author Sir Philip Pullman, most famous for the acclaimed His Dark Materials fantasy trilogy. From reading Rudyard Kipling as a child to discovering the power of poetry and how to be a storyteller as a teacher, they discuss the moments that shaped and inspired his voice. To hear more episodes of How I Found My Voice go tohttps://play.acast.com/s/howifoundmyvoice. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

40 MIN2 weeks ago
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How I Found My Voice: Philip Pullman

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, with Shoshana Zuboff and Rosamund Urwin

We live in an age of "surveillance capitalism" - where technologies that were meant to liberate us have deepened inequality and stoked divisions. Big tech companies gather our information online and sell it to the highest bidder, and entire industries now depend not only on predicting our behaviour but modifying it too. That's the view of ShoshanaZuboff, Harvard professor and author ofThe Age of Surveillance Capitalism. In this week's episode of the Intelligence Squared podcast she was interviewed by Rosamund Urwin on the risks to our freedoms in this new era of human civilisation. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

43 MIN3 weeks ago
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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, with Shoshana Zuboff and Rosamund Urwin

How I Found My Voice: Mark Millar

This is an episode from a new podcast strand launched by Intelligence Squared calledHow IFoundMyVoice. Presented by the prominent BBC journalist Samira Ahmed, the podcast explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. This episode's guest isthe best-selling comic-writer Mark Millar, most famous for creating and inspiring the Hollywood blockbusters Captain America: Civil War,Kingsman and Kick-Ass. From growing up in a small Scottish town to discovering Superman as a child and pursuing a career at Marvel and Netflix, Millar talks about the moments that shaped and inspired hisvoice. To hear more episodes of How IFoundMyVoicego to https://play.acast.com/s/howifoundmyvoice. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

37 MIN3 weeks ago
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How I Found My Voice: Mark Millar

Ibram X. Kendi and Razia Iqbal on How To Be An Antiracist

What's the difference between being merely non-racist and being anantiracist? And what will it take to completely uproot racism from our societies, institutions and our own selves? In this episode were were joined byIbramX.Kendi, the founding director of the Antiracism Research and Policy Center at American University and author ofHow To Be an Antiracist.He was interviewed by BBC presenter Razia Iqbal. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

40 MINAUG 23
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Ibram X. Kendi and Razia Iqbal on How To Be An Antiracist

Michael Pollan and Xand Van Tulleken on the New Science of Psychedelics

In this episode of the Intelligence Squared podcast we were joined by the acclaimed food writer Michael Pollan, whose most recent bookHow To Change Your Mindis a deep dive into the world of psychedelic drugsandwhat they can teach us aboutconsciousness, dying, addiction, depression andtranscendence. He was interviewed by the doctorandscience broadcasterXandVan Tulleken. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

47 MINAUG 16
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Michael Pollan and Xand Van Tulleken on the New Science of Psychedelics

Latest Episodes

The Mindfulness Myth, with Ronald Purser and Helen Lewis

Mindfulness – the psychological practice of bringing one's attention to the present moment through meditation – has gone mainstream. It has been enthusiastically co-opted by Silicon Valley and other large corporations as well as schools, governments and even the U.S. military. But what if, instead of changing the world, mindfulness has become a banal form of capitalist spirituality that mindlessly avoids social and political transformation, reinforcing the status quo? That's the view of RonaldPurser, Professor of Management at San Francisco State University, Buddhist practitionerand author ofMcMindfulness. In this episode of the Intelligence Squared podcast, he was interviewed by Helen Lewis of The Atlantic on his radical critique of the mindfulness industry. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

32 MIN1 days ago
Comments
The Mindfulness Myth, with Ronald Purser and Helen Lewis

How I Found My Voice: Elif Shafak

This is an episode from a new podcast strand launched by Intelligence Squared calledHow IFoundMyVoice. Presented by the prominent BBC journalistSamira Ahmed, the podcast explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. Samira Ahmed speaks to bestselling Turkish novelist Elif Shafak. From keeping a childhood diary and learning different languages to being taken to court on charges of 'insulting Turkishness' through the words of her fictional characters, Shafak talks about the moments that shaped and inspired her voice. To hear more episodes of How I Found My Voice go tohttps://play.acast.com/s/howifoundmyvoice. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

42 MIN4 days ago
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How I Found My Voice: Elif Shafak

An Evening With Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is one of the world’s greatest storytellers. He came to the Intelligence Squared stageto discuss his career, his life and his new novelQuichottewith the BBC’s Razia Iqbal. The book is a wild ride through modern America — a society on the verge of moral and spiritual collapse — and examines racism, father–son relationships, the opioid crisis, cyber-spies and the end of the world. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

60 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
An Evening With Salman Rushdie

How I Found My Voice: Lyse Doucet

This is an episode from a new podcast strand launched by Intelligence Squared calledHow IFoundMyVoice. Presented by the prominent BBC journalistSamira Ahmed, the podcast explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. In this episode Samira speaks to the BBC's Chief International CorrespondentLyse Doucet. Renowned as a foreign correspondent in some of the toughest war zones in the past thirty years, Doucet speaks about the moments that shaped her voice from growing up in a small Canadian town to reporting from the front lines in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen. To hear more episodes of How I Found My Voice go tohttps://play.acast.com/s/howifoundmyvoice. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

46 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
How I Found My Voice: Lyse Doucet

The Politics of Video Games, with Pete Etchells and Ros Urwin

Are video games harmful to society? Recently the World Health Organisation classified 'gaming disorder' as a clinical mental health disorder and a danger to public health. But how real is the threat of video game addiction, and what about the potential benefits that gaming can bring to all of us? In this episode of the Intelligence Squared podcast we were joined by Pete Etchells, researcher into the psychological effects of video games and author ofLost In A Good Game: Why We Play Video Games and What They Can Do For Us.He was interviewed by Ros Urwin of The Sunday Times. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

45 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
The Politics of Video Games, with Pete Etchells and Ros Urwin

How I Found My Voice: Philip Pullman

This is an episode from a new podcast strand launched by Intelligence Squared calledHow IFoundMyVoice. Presented by the prominent BBC journalistSamira Ahmed, the podcast explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. In this episode, Samira speaks to the best-selling author Sir Philip Pullman, most famous for the acclaimed His Dark Materials fantasy trilogy. From reading Rudyard Kipling as a child to discovering the power of poetry and how to be a storyteller as a teacher, they discuss the moments that shaped and inspired his voice. To hear more episodes of How I Found My Voice go tohttps://play.acast.com/s/howifoundmyvoice. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

40 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
How I Found My Voice: Philip Pullman

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, with Shoshana Zuboff and Rosamund Urwin

We live in an age of "surveillance capitalism" - where technologies that were meant to liberate us have deepened inequality and stoked divisions. Big tech companies gather our information online and sell it to the highest bidder, and entire industries now depend not only on predicting our behaviour but modifying it too. That's the view of ShoshanaZuboff, Harvard professor and author ofThe Age of Surveillance Capitalism. In this week's episode of the Intelligence Squared podcast she was interviewed by Rosamund Urwin on the risks to our freedoms in this new era of human civilisation. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

43 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, with Shoshana Zuboff and Rosamund Urwin

How I Found My Voice: Mark Millar

This is an episode from a new podcast strand launched by Intelligence Squared calledHow IFoundMyVoice. Presented by the prominent BBC journalist Samira Ahmed, the podcast explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. This episode's guest isthe best-selling comic-writer Mark Millar, most famous for creating and inspiring the Hollywood blockbusters Captain America: Civil War,Kingsman and Kick-Ass. From growing up in a small Scottish town to discovering Superman as a child and pursuing a career at Marvel and Netflix, Millar talks about the moments that shaped and inspired hisvoice. To hear more episodes of How IFoundMyVoicego to https://play.acast.com/s/howifoundmyvoice. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

37 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
How I Found My Voice: Mark Millar

Ibram X. Kendi and Razia Iqbal on How To Be An Antiracist

What's the difference between being merely non-racist and being anantiracist? And what will it take to completely uproot racism from our societies, institutions and our own selves? In this episode were were joined byIbramX.Kendi, the founding director of the Antiracism Research and Policy Center at American University and author ofHow To Be an Antiracist.He was interviewed by BBC presenter Razia Iqbal. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

40 MINAUG 23
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Ibram X. Kendi and Razia Iqbal on How To Be An Antiracist

Michael Pollan and Xand Van Tulleken on the New Science of Psychedelics

In this episode of the Intelligence Squared podcast we were joined by the acclaimed food writer Michael Pollan, whose most recent bookHow To Change Your Mindis a deep dive into the world of psychedelic drugsandwhat they can teach us aboutconsciousness, dying, addiction, depression andtranscendence. He was interviewed by the doctorandscience broadcasterXandVan Tulleken. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

47 MINAUG 16
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Michael Pollan and Xand Van Tulleken on the New Science of Psychedelics

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