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John Donvan

John Donvan is a four-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, broadcaster and debate moderator whose bestselling book, In a Different Key. He also hosts the show Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates.
Recent episodes featuring John Donvan
Bonus Episode: Are We In a New Authoritarian Era?
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates
In this special episode, host John Donvan sits down with two of America's leading thinkers on politics and foreign policy: Susan Glasser and Yascha Mounk. They discuss the rise of authoritarian leaders around the world and their featured articles in the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs magazine. Go to and enter the promo code faiq2 for a discounted issue.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chris Anderson on Ideas & Inspiration
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates
How do good ideas and persuasive arguments change the world? In this episode, host John Donvan speaks with TED curator Chris Anderson about how bringing people together to share new and innovative ideas will shape our collective future.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#169 - Is U.S. Policy Toward China Productive?
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates
Are recent U.S. policies toward China tough and focused enough to achieve key economic and strategic objectives? Or will U.S. policy escalate tensions too much, ultimately reducing the chances that the world’s two major powers can achieve a sensible accommodation? Join four leading experts for a debate on the motion, “The Recent U.S. Policy Toward China Is Productive.” Learn more about Intelligence Squared U.S. and cast your vote to decide the winner at Charles Duhigg's "How To" podcastLearn more about your ad choices. Visit
Simon Johnson on Science & the Economy
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates
Can focusing on science and technology transform how Americans think about the economy and the future of the nation's working class? In this episode of Discourse Disrupters, former IMF chief economist Simon Johnson joins host John Donvan for a conversation about his new book, "Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream."Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Allison Schrager on Risk and Reason In Everyday Life
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates
What happens when an economist walks into a brothel? In this episode, economist and author Allison Schrager talks with host John Donvan about her new book, “An Economist Walks Into a Brothel,” and how you can use reason to assess risk in your everyday life.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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