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: Can Progressives Save Capitalism?
Does capitalism need saving? In this special episode, Intelligence Squared partners with Foreign Affairs to take a nuanced look at the state of the capitalism debate in America, and the potential problems facing our economic system. Joining host John Donvan is Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz with recent Intelligence Squared alum and Reason editor-in-chief Katherine Mangu-Ward.A message from our sponsors: Watch or listen to Argumentation – and any of The Great Courses Plus’ thousands of lectures - Free for an Entire Month! Get started now message from our partner: Go to and enter the promo code faiq2 for a discounted issue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#97 - Should We Legalize Assisted Suicide?
Now legal in nine U.S. states and the District of Columbia, physician-assisted suicide has a growing contingency that want to legalize the practice. Will these laws lead to a slippery slope, where the vulnerable are pressured to choose death and human life is devalued? Or do we need to recognize everyone’s basic right to autonomy, the right to end pain and suffering, and the right to choose to die with dignity?FOR THE MOTION:Peter Singer - Philosopher & Professor of Bioethics, Princeton UniversityAndrew Solomon - Author, "Far From the Tree" & Prof. of Clinical Psychology, Columbia UniversityAGAINST THE MOTION:Baroness Ilora Finlay - President, British Medical Association & Member, House of LordsDr. Daniel Sulmasy - Prof. of Medicine and Ethics, University of Chicago & Member, Presidential Bioethics Commission Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Bonus Episode: How Do We Make Our Debates Happen?
In this special episode of Intelligence Squared U.S., host and moderator John Donvan sits down with our newly appointed CEO Clea Conner to pull back the curtain on how we make our debates, choose debaters, and talk about what happens off the stage.A message from our sponsor: Get 20% off your first purchase by going to and entering promo code DEBATE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#174 - Is Capitalism a Blessing?
Capitalism has always had its critics. But now, a new generation of political leaders, scholars, and activists are calling the free-market system into question. Has capitalism been a force for good? And should it be the economic model of the future?FOR THE MOTION:John Mackey - Co-Founder & CEO, Whole Foods MarketKatherine Mangu-Ward - Editor-in-Chief, ReasonAGAINST THE MOTION:Bhaskar Sunkara - Founding Editor, JacobinRichard D. Wolff - Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Massachusetts AmherstGETQUIP.COM/debate for your first refill free! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
#173 - Is Parenting Overrated?
How much does our DNA shape who we become? Four experts in science and psychology debate the classic "nature versus nurture" question with a eye toward recent breakthroughs in genetic science and DNA testing.FOR THE MOTION:Robert Plomin - Professor of Behavioral Genetics, King’s College LondonNancy Segal - Professor of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton & Director, Twin Studies CenterAGAINST THE MOTION:Paige Harden - Psychology Professor, University of TexasAnn Pleshette Murphy - Author & Parenting ExpertCast your vote at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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6 days, 10 hours