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The Munk Debates podcast is an extension of the main stage events - in subject, speaker selection, tone and format. It will introduce the iconic brand - and its engaging debates about significant issues of our time. Audiences will hear strong and passionate arguments from both sides of an issue so they will have enough information to make up their own minds about where they stand.

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The Munk Debates podcast is an extension of the main stage events - in subject, speaker selection, tone and format. It will introduce the iconic brand - and its engaging debates about significant issues of our time. Audiences will hear strong and passionate arguments from both sides of an issue so they will have enough information to make up their own minds about where they stand.

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Best podcast I’ve found in the genre. Whether in debate or interview format the moderator is prepared but not promoting his personal agenda. Rather he gets great insights from amazing public intellectuals. Civility sans outrage is so welcome and so needed.

Finally!

By Abowlbs - Dec 05 2019
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So excited for this! I have been watching on YouTube for years 😉

iTunes Ratings

37 Ratings
Average Ratings
32
4
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5 Stars

By adoreman - May 17 2020
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Best podcast I’ve found in the genre. Whether in debate or interview format the moderator is prepared but not promoting his personal agenda. Rather he gets great insights from amazing public intellectuals. Civility sans outrage is so welcome and so needed.

Finally!

By Abowlbs - Dec 05 2019
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So excited for this! I have been watching on YouTube for years 😉
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The Munk Debates Podcast

Latest release on Oct 20, 2020

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The Munk Debates podcast is an extension of the main stage events - in subject, speaker selection, tone and format. It will introduce the iconic brand - and its engaging debates about significant issues of our time. Audiences will hear strong and passionate arguments from both sides of an issue so they will have enough information to make up their own minds about where they stand.

Rank #1: Be it Resolved: The Capitalist System is Broken - It's Time to Try Something Different

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Is capitalism broken?

On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, David Brooks and Arthur Brooks square off against Yanis Varoufakis and Katrina vanden Heuvel to debate the motion be it resolved, the capitalist system is broken. It's time to try something different.

Dec 18 2019

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Rank #2: Be it Resolved: Liberal Democracy Will Not Survive the 21st Century

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Will Liberal Democracy survive the century?

On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, historian Niall Ferguson and academic Michael Ignatieff debate the motion be it resolved, liberal democracy will not survive the 21st century

SOURCES: CNN, CTV NEWS, EXPRESS UK, SKY NEWS, HETEREDOX ACADEMY, DAILY WIRE, FOX NEWS

Jan 08 2020

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Rank #3: Be it Resolved: Trump’s Sanctions Regime is the Right Response to Iran’s Regional Ambitions

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Will Trump's 'maximum pressure' campaign against Iran force them back to the bargaining table, or are increased sanctions destabilizing the region and making the world a more dangerous place?

In this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, Mark Dubowitz and Robert Malley debate the motion Be it resolved, Trump’s sanctions regime is the right response to Iran’s regional ambitions.

SOURCES: CNN, ABC, NBC, New York Times, whitehouse.gov

Dec 11 2019

47mins

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Rank #4: Be it Resolved: Religion is a Force for Good in the World

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Is God Great?

This week we are airing a special edition of the Munk Debates Podcast—a rebroadcast of a classic debate that launched our series on the world stage. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and the late Christopher Hitchens - an avowed atheist - debating the motion Be it resolved, religion is a force for good in the world.

Jan 29 2020

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Rank #5: Be it Resolved: Donald Trump Has Committed High Crimes and Misdemeanours

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Should Donald Trump be removed from office?

On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, The Atlantic's David Frum and The Wall Street Journal's Kimberly Strassel debate the motion Be it resolved, Donald Trump has committed high crimes and misdemeanours.

Jan 22 2020

43mins

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Rank #6: Be it Resolved: We Are Making High-Stakes Decisions About the COVID-19 Pandemic Without Reliable Data

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COVID-19: Are we making decisions without reliable data?

On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, epidemiologists John Ioannidis and Sten Vermund debate the motion Be it resolved, we are making high-stakes decisions about the COVID-19 pandemic without reliable data.

SOURCES: ABC News

Mar 27 2020

58mins

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Rank #7: Be it Resolved: Bernie Sanders is a Compelling Candidate to Beat Donald Trump in the 2020 US Presidential Election

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Can Bernie Sanders beat Donald Trump?

On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, New York Magazine columnist Jonathan Chait and The Intercept's DC Bureau Chief Ryan Grim debate the motion Be it resolved, Bernie Sanders is a compelling candidate to beat Donald Trump in the 2020 US Presidential Election.

SOURCES: MSNBC, CNN, The Guardian, CCTV, bitesizedhistory, CBC

Feb 19 2020

41mins

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Rank #8: Be it Resolved: Justice Demands the Payment of Reparations for the Victims of Slavery and their Descendants

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Are the descendants of slaves owed compensation?

On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, economist and author Dr. Julianne Malveaux and Quillette columnist Coleman Hughes debate the motion Be it resolved, justice demands the payment of reparations for the victims of slavery and their descendants.

SOURCES: CBS News, C-Span, Washington Post

Feb 12 2020

37mins

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Rank #9: Be it Resolved: Tariffs Are Terrific

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Is Trump winning the global trade war?

One this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, Jason Furman squares off against Alan Tonselson to debate the motion be it resolved, tariffs are terrific.

SOURCES: CNN, AFP

Jan 01 2020

38mins

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Rank #10: Be it Resolved: Politics as Usual Isn't Working. It's Time for a Revolution

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Is it time for a revolution?

On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, New York Times columnist David Brooks and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges debate the motion Be it resolved, politics as usual isn't working. It's time for a revolution.

SOURCES: CNN, The Guardian, Bernie Sanders

Feb 05 2020

40mins

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Rank #11: Be it Resolved: A Society that Allows Billionaires to Exist is Immoral

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Should billionaires exist?

On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, the editor of Jacobin Magazine, Bhaskar Sunkara, debates American Enterprise Institute's James Pethokoukis on the motion Be it resolved, a society that allows billionaires to exist is immoral.

SOURCES: NBC, CNBC, SXSW, CBS NEWS

Mar 04 2020

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Rank #12: Be it Resolved: Baby Boomers Have Ruined the Future for Millennials

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Are Boomers to blame?

On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, The Federalist's Lyman Stone and The Heritage Foundation's Stephen Moore debate the motion Be it resolved: Baby Boomers have ruined the future for millennials.

SOURCES: CBS News, Nightly Business Report, CNN.

Feb 26 2020

32mins

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Rank #13: Be it Resolved: Social Media is a Force for Good in the World

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Is social media a force for good?

On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, Open Web advocate Jeff Jarvis squares off against Wired Magazine and former New York Times columnist Noam Cohen to debate the motion be it resolved, social media is a force for good in the world.

Jan 15 2020

40mins

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Rank #14: Be it Resolved: Joe Biden is the Democratic Party's Best Hope of Winning in 2020

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Can Joe Biden win the White House?

On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, US President Barack Obama's former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel debates The Intercept's Mehdi Hasan on the motion Be it resolved, Joe Biden is the Democratic Party's best hope of winning in 2020.

SOURCES: NBC, MSNBC

Mar 12 2020

46mins

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Rank #15: Be it Resolved: Cut Public Spending for Universities. It's a Waste of Time and Money.

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Is university a waste of time and money?

On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, Bryan Caplan, author of The Case Against Education, debates Professor Nicholas Dirks, the former Chancellor of UC Berkeley, on the motion Be it resolved, cut public spending for universities. It's a waste of time and money.

SOURCES: CNN, Newsweek, EWTN, Global News.

Mar 18 2020

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Rank #16: Be it Resolved: The Next Recession is Sooner Than You Think

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Are we headed for a recession?

On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, economist David Rosenberg and former Bush economic advisor Pippa Malmgren debate the motion be it resolved, the next recession is sooner than you think.

SOURCES: CBS, Bloomberg, CNBC.

Dec 25 2019

39mins

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Rank #17: Samantha Power on the future of international institutions after COVID-19

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On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, former US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power joins us for a conversation about the fate and future of global institutions in a post-pandemic world.

May 05 2020

46mins

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Rank #18: Mohammed El-Erian on future of global economy after COVID-19

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On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, famed economist Mohamed El-Erian joins us for an in-depth discussion about how COVID-19 will reshape the global economy.

Apr 28 2020

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Rank #19: Fareed Zakaria on the future of geopolitics after COVID-19

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On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, acclaimed journalist, author, and CNN host Fareed Zakaria joins us for a wide-reaching and in-depth conversation about the coronavirus pandemic and its long term impact on geopolitics and international affairs.

Apr 21 2020

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Rank #20: Malcolm Gladwell on the future of society after COVID-19

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On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, renowned author and thinker Malcolm Gladwell joins us for an in-depth conversation about the coronavirus pandemic and its long term impact on health care, refugees, and the economy.

Apr 14 2020

55mins

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Robert Reich On COVID-19 And Its Shakeout Of The Global Economy

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On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, former U.S. labour secretary, Robert Reich, joins us to discuss the once in a generation societal challenges presented by COVID-19.

Oct 20 2020

42mins

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Michael Eric Dyson On The Politics Of Race And The U.S. Election

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On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, Michael Eric Dyson, best-selling author joins us to discuss the future of the politics of race in the shadow of the most consequential U.S. election in a generation.

Oct 14 2020

42mins

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Maggie Haberman On Trump’s High Stakes Re-election Bid

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On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast Maggie Haberman, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times’ White House correspondent, joins us for a behind the scenes look at President Trump’s re-election bid.

Oct 07 2020

42mins

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Be It Resolved: America’s Pandemic Response Can And Will Only Improve When Biden Is President

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Flouting mask wearing as means to help control the pandemic. Forcing states to secure critical medical supplies and bootstrap their own testing capacity. Touting hydroxychloroquine as a key COVID therapy. These are some of the more memorable features of the national pandemic response of the United States to date. A response that has led the US to have the largest number of COVID deaths globally – 200,000 and counting. But millions of Americans believe that President Trump’s approach to the pandemic has been realistic, if not visionary. They say that stabilizing COVID cases and a declining death rate prove that President Trump was right not to panic, that the virus is not an existential threat. Joe Biden, his Democratic challenger, believes otherwise. He supports nation-wide mask wearing, targeted lockdowns, and a go-slow approach that privileges public health over the economy. In this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, Andy Slavitt, former Obama Chief of Medicare and Medicaid, and New York University law professor, Richard Epstein,  debate the essence of these two competing arguments.

Sources: ABC News, Washington Post, CNN, The Telegraph, BBC, The Sun, Fox Business, NBC News

Sep 30 2020

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Be It Resolved: Don't Count Out President Trump’s Re-election Bid. He Has A Compelling Path To Victory On November 3.

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Weeks to go to one of the most consequential elections in a generation and the incumbent, President Donald Trump, is facing an increasingly challenging political environment. His Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, has enjoyed a consistent lead in the national polls as well in many key swing states. Add in a pandemic that has killed over two hundred thousand Americans and the conditions are ripe for political sea change on November 3. But seasoned election watchers say it’s far too early for the Biden’s campaign to be measuring curtains for the White House. They argue that Trump has an enthusiastic and loyal base and a highly sophisticated digital campaign tailor made for getting out the vote. Throw in a late October surprise vaccine announcement and more good job numbers and Joe Biden could find himself joining Hilary Clinton as a defeated democratic nominee.

Sources: AZ Family, MSNBC, CBS News, MSN, Fox News, ABC News, NBC, Yahoo News

Sep 23 2020

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Be It Resolved: No One Is Illegal

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A wall that stretches 300 miles along the US-Mexico border. The suspension of the Dreamers program that shielded 800,000 children born to undocumented immigrants from deportation. The launch of a zero-tolerance policy that separates unauthorized migrants from their children. These are some of the hallmarks of the immigration policy of President Donald Trump’s administration. Tackling the growing number of unauthorized migrants was central to Trump’s election in 2016 and will be key to a second term. Supporters of Trump’s immigration policies argue that mass illegal migration is destabilizing the border, costing billions in social services, and driving down wages for struggling blue collar workers. Critics of President Trump’s immigration policies take issue with the very concept of a migrant being “illegal.” They argue that a realistic and humane immigration policy needs to recognize that undocumented immigrants are part of the fabric of America, with more than two-thirds having lived in the U.S. for over ten years. In this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast Rev. Sam Rodriguez, who leads the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization, and Allen Orr, President Elect of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association debate the essence of these two competing arguments.

Sources: KPIX, Financial Times, Fox Business, News Max TV, PBS Newshour, KPRC, Al Jazeera, Bloomber

Sep 16 2020

43mins

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Be It Resolved: The Scientific Community Has Overreacted To The Threat Of COVID-19 And The Data Prove It

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Six months into the pandemic researchers continue to be perplexed by COVID-19. There are many unknowns with the virus, and one of the most controversial is its deadliness. Leading health institutions have warned that COVID-19 is much more dangerous than the seasonal flu and that without expansive public health measures millions of people could die from the virus. But there are some in the scientific community who disagree.  Antibody testing of large population groups indicates that we could be underestimating the number of people who have been infected – which means we are overestimating the death rate. Given these findings they question whether lockdowns are the way to approach a possible second wave of COVID-19 this autumn. In this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast medical experts Jay Bhattacharya and Sten Vermund debate the essence of these two competing arguments.

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Associated Press, TIME, BBC, TRT World, Bloomberg, CNBC, Unherd.com, Yahoo Finance, AZ Family, MSNBC, The Sun, RTE News

Sep 09 2020

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Be It Resolved: Sweden Is The Model For How To Fight This Pandemic And The Next

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In a world where shutdowns and quarantines have become the norm, Sweden stands out for choosing a pandemic strategy that is markedly different than its peer nations.  In Sweden, bars, restaurants, public spaces, and most significantly, elementary schools have continued to operate since COVID-19 began its spread through the country last March. Supporters of the Swedish model argue that its strength lies in being sustainable over the long haul. Critics say this strategy has come at way too high a price. Almost 6,000 citizens have died from the virus, one of the highest per capita death rates in the world. In this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast leading Swedish medical experts Dr. Jonas F. Ludviggson and Lena Einhorn debate the essence of these two competing arguments.

Sources: Reuters, CBC, BBC, Sky News, PBS, WION, CNN, MSN, ITN

Sep 02 2020

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Be It Resolved: Men Are Obsolete

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Since the beginning of human civilization, men have been the dominant sex. But now, for the first time, a host of indicators suggest that women are not only achieving equality with men but are fast emerging as the more successful sex of the species. Critics of the argument that men are in decline argue that the age-old power structures associated with “maleness” remain as entrenched as ever. They say men still retain significant control over the workplace, the family, and society at large. The Munk Debates shares an abridged version of the 2013 debate about gender in the 21st century featuring four female public intellectuals: Hanna Rosin, senior editor at The Atlantic, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Maureen Dowd, world famous academic on gender and culture, Camille Paglia, and Caitlin Moran, author of the global best seller “How to be a Woman”.

Sources: CTV, CBS, CNBC, MSNBC

Aug 26 2020

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Be it resolved: The future of Western politics is populist not liberal

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Throughout the Western world, politics is undergoing a sea-change. Long-held notions of the role of government, trade and economic policy, foreign policy and immigration are being challenged by populist thinkers and movements. Does this surging populist agenda in Western nations signal a permanent shift in our politics? Or, is it a passing phenomenon that will remain at the fringes of society and political power? On the eve of a contentious US election, the Munk Debates shares an abridged version of the 2018 stage debate about the rise of populism as an ideology between Steve Bannon, former chief strategist for President Donald Trump, and David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic and former speechwriter for George W. Bush.

Sources: City TV, CBC, Canadian Press, Garry Bakuniec

Aug 19 2020

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Be it resolved: The reintroduction of shutdowns needs to be considered in U.S. states where COVID-19 infections are surging.

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Over five million cases. More than 160,000 deaths and counting. The US currently leads the global tally for the highest number of COVID-19 cases. Meanwhile some countries, originally devastated by the coronavirus, are reopening successfully after driving new infections down to manageable levels. Some say the only way to prevent tens of thousands of more deaths in the U.S. is a second wave of shutdowns targeting the hardest hit areas. Critics argue that with shutdowns the supposed “cure” is worse than the disease. Millions will be denied essential medical treatment, including mental health. Jobs and businesses will be permanently lost. And, closed schools will prevent a much-needed return to normalcy for children and parents alike.  In this episode of the Munk Debates podcast leading epidemiologists, John Ioannidis and Andrew Noymer, debate the essence of these two competing arguments.

Sources: MSN.com, NBC News, ABC, MSNBC, CNBC, WHAS11.com, 11Alive, Reuters, Fox News

Aug 12 2020

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Be it resolved: The COVID-19 bailout of financial markets and big business will end up hurting not helping the economic recovery

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To address the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19 Western governments have unleashed an unprecedented wave of monetary and fiscal stimulus. The US stimulus package includes trillions of dollars of liquidity for financial markets, the direct purchase of billions in corporate debt by central banks, and billions more in low interest loans and wage supports for big businesses. Supporters of these measures believe they are vital to preventing a severe recession from turning into a Great Depression. Critics charge that we are repeating the mistakes of the Great Financial Crisis by once again bailing out big business on the backs of taxpayers.  In this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, Nomi Prins, a former senior Wall Street insider, and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former Director of the Congressional Budget Office, debate the essence of these two competing arguments.

Sources: CTV News, Global News, MSNBC, MSN, Bloomberg Politics, Quick News, CBS, WNCT-TV9, CNBC, Universal

Aug 05 2020

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Be it resolved: Debt and deficit fears are overblown as advanced economies address the COVID-19 pandemic

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The economic fallout from COVID-19 has compelled governments around the world to launch the largest fiscal and monetary aid programs in living memory, incurring massive deficits in the process. This is happening at the same time as a radical, new approach to economic policy making is gaining momentum: Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). Its proponents believe that governments that issue their own currencies are not limited by revenues when it comes to spending. What governments choose to spend money on is a political, not an economic decision. Opponents of MMT and deficit spending argue that there are no free lunches in modern economics. Too much government spending leads to slow growth, devalued currencies and wasteful, politicized public expenditures. On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, Stephanie Kelton, author of the new bestseller, The Deficit Myth, and Jacob Funk Kirkegaard, from the Peterson Institute, debate the essence of these two competing arguments.

SOURCES: CBC, ABC, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, Yahoo Finance, Fox Business

Jul 29 2020

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Be it Resolved: COVID-19 spells the end of the big city boom

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COVID-19: Have we seen the last of the big city boom?

On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, renowned urbanists Richard Florida and Joel Kotkin argue the motion Be it resolved COVID-19 spells the end of the big city boom.

SOURCES: KHOU 11, CBS Miami, New York State, WGN News, Fox Business, CTV News, BBC News

Jul 22 2020

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Be it Resolved: The #MeToo movement has gone too far

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Has #MeToo gone too far?

On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, Harvey Weinstein’s attorney, Donna Rotunno, and Jane Manning, a former sex crimes prosecutor, argue the motion Be it resolved the #MeToo movement has gone too far.

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MSNBC, Global News, thedailybeast, ABC News, CBSN

Jul 15 2020

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Be it Resolved: It is time to defund police and reimagine public safety in our communities

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Is it time to defund police?

On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, Minneapolis City Council Member Alondra Cano and Retired Deputy Chief Wayne Harris argue the motion Be it resolved it is time to defund police and reimagine public safety in our communities.

SOURCES:
Lexington Herald Leader, ABC News, Reuters, CBC Television, ABC10, Global News, CBSN

Jul 08 2020

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Be it Resolved: The COVID-19 pandemic proves that globalization is a failed experiment

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COVID-19: Is globalization a failed experiment?

On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, former World Bank VP, Ian Goldin, and economics commentator Marshall Auerback argue the motion Be it resolved the COVID-19 pandemic proves that globalization is a failed experiment.

SOURCES:
Sky News, Global News, Politico, The Whitehouse, Yahoo Finance, Deutsche Welle, France 24, RT America

Jun 30 2020

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Be it Resolved: China’s ability to defeat Covid-19 proves its system of governance is a better model than liberal democracy

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COVID-19: Is China’s system of governance better than liberal democracy?

On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, Chinese scholar Zhang Weiwei and Oxford professor Timothy Garton Ash argue the motion Be it resolved, China’s ability to defeat Covid-19 proves its system of governance is a better model than liberal democracy.

SOURCES: CNBC, CNN, PBS Newshour, Fox News, Bloomberg News, BBC, NDT Television.

Jun 24 2020

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Victor Gao on China’s role after COVID-19

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On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, VP of the Center for China and Globalization, Victor Gao on China’s role in global affairs post pandemic.

Jun 16 2020

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Ian Bremmer on growing civil unrest and the future of the global economy after COVID-19

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On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, political scientist Ian Bremmer on rising U.S.-China tensions, the global economy, and growing civil unrest in the U.S. and around the world.

Jun 09 2020

53mins

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iTunes Ratings

37 Ratings
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4
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5 Stars

By adoreman - May 17 2020
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Best podcast I’ve found in the genre. Whether in debate or interview format the moderator is prepared but not promoting his personal agenda. Rather he gets great insights from amazing public intellectuals. Civility sans outrage is so welcome and so needed.

Finally!

By Abowlbs - Dec 05 2019
Read more
So excited for this! I have been watching on YouTube for years 😉