Program: Specials and Documentaries
Airing Sundays at 6 p.m.
IQ2 US is the program for listeners who crave a clear view of the big questions that divide Americans. Every episode brings together world thinkers, policy-makers and journalists, in 2 on 2 debates, to argue the pros and cons of issues like health care, foreign policy, clean energy, and the war. Then listeners weigh in. Expect ear-catching, provocative radio that enlightens, entertains and informs.
December 7 – Will Flexing America’s Muscles in the Middle East Make Things Worse?
The disintegration of Iraq, Syria’s ongoing civil war, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the promise and peril of the Arab Spring… What role should America play in the Middle East? For some America’s restraint has been a sign of disciplined leadership. But for others, it has been a sign of diminished strength and influence. Are we simply recognizing the limitations of our power, or does this embattled region require a bolder, more muscular, American presence?
December 14 – Does The Mass Collection of Phone Records Violate the Fourth Amendment?
Some say that indiscriminate collection
Some say that indiscriminate collection of U.S. phone records is a gross invasion of privacy. Others say that it is necessary to keep us safe. But what does the U.S Constitution say? Is collection of phone records a “search” or “seizure?” If so, is it “unreasonable?” Does it require a particularized warrant and probable cause? These are among the most consequential — and controversial — constitutional questions of our time.
December 21 – Does Income Inequality Impair the American Dream of Upward Mobility?
Income inequality has been on the rise for decades. In the last 30 years, the wages of the top 1% have grown by 154%, while the bottom 90% has seen growth of only 17%. As the rungs of the economic ladder move further and further apart, conventional wisdom says that it will become much more difficult to climb them. But inequality can also be seen as a positive, a sign of a dynamic and robust economy that, in the end, helps everyone. If the American dream is dying, is it the result of income inequality? Or is disparity in income a red herring where more complex issues are at play?
December 28 – Should We Legalize Assisted Suicide?
In 1994, Oregon voters passed the Death with Dignity Act, which legalized physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. Since then, it has become legal in 4 more states, including New Mexico, where the state court ruling that it is constitutional is under appeal. 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?