Intelligence Squared U.S. Top thinkers debate today's most important issues

Bioethicist Peter Singer argues that, under certain circumstances, people should have the right to die at a time of their choosing. Samuel La Hoz/Intelligence Squared U.S. hide caption

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Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, with Elise Gould, argues that a robust economy relies on large numbers of innovators and affluent consumers — and that too much inequality prevents too many Americans from joining those groups. Samuel LaHoz/Intelligence Squared U.S. hide caption

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John Yoo, a former lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice, argues that the NSA's phone records surveillance program is constitutional. Jeff Fusco /Intelligence Squared U.S. hide caption

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Paul Pillar (right), a former national intelligence officer, with teammate Aaron David Miller, argues that the U.S. should have a smaller military footprint in the Middle East. Samuel LaHoz/Intelligence Squared U.S. hide caption

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Education experts faced off on the motion "Embrace the Common Core" at an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate, moderated by John Donvan (center). Samuel LaHoz/Intelligence Squared U.S. hide caption

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Burt Neuborne and Zephyr Teachout convinced audience members that the right to unlimited spending on political speech is not guaranteed by the Constitution. Intelligence Squared U.S. hide caption

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Sean Carroll (left) and Steven Novella argue that testimonies about near-death experiences are not evidence of an afterlife. Samuel LaHoz/Intelligence Squared U.S. hide caption

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Jessica Grose, who writes for Slate, Bloomberg Businessweek and Fast Company, says that millennials have been mischaracterized in the media. Samuel LaHoz/Intelligence Squared U.S. hide caption

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Two teams debated the value of online education in an Intelligence Squared U.S. event at Columbia University. Samuel LaHoz/Intelligence Squared U.S. hide caption

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Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU's National Security Project, argues against the motion, "The president has constitutional power to target and kill U.S. citizens abroad." Samuel LaHoz/Intelligence Squared U.S. hide caption

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Ben Wizner (left) and Daniel Ellsberg argue in favor of the motion "Edward Snowden Was Justified" in an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate on Feb. 12. Samuel LaHoz/Intelligence Squared U.S. hide caption

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Dr. Scott Gottlieb and Megan McArdle face off against Jonathan Chait and Dr. Douglas Kamerow over the Affordable Care Act in a debate moderated by John Donvan in January. Samuel LaHoz/Intelligence Squared US hide caption

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