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The Munk Debates Podcast

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

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.

55mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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

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

40mins

8 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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

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

47mins

11 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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

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.

39mins

29 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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

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.

43mins

22 Jan 2020

Rank #5

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

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

58mins

27 Mar 2020

Rank #6

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

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

41mins

19 Feb 2020

Rank #7

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

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

37mins

12 Feb 2020

Rank #8

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Be it Resolved: Tariffs Are Terrific

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

38mins

1 Jan 2020

Rank #9

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

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

40mins

5 Feb 2020

Rank #10

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

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

40mins

4 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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

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.

32mins

26 Feb 2020

Rank #12

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

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.

40mins

15 Jan 2020

Rank #13

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

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

46mins

12 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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

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.

41mins

18 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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

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.

39mins

25 Dec 2019

Rank #16

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How could the mainstream media and their pollsters once again get the U.S. election results so wrong?

The election wasn’t supposed to turn out this way, according to months of American election polling. Survey after survey and breathless media commentary predicted that Joe Biden would beat Donald Trump in popular vote by upwards of 6, 8, even 10 percent. The same polls and media commentators projected the Democrats with winning margins in the key battleground states of Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Idaho. Bullish predictions included a Democratic sweep of Senate, more Democratic seats in the House of Representatives, and Biden flipping the traditional Republican strongholds of Georgia and Texas. So far none of these predictions came to pass and, instead, a Democratic cakewalk into the White House has morphed into a contested election with possibly weeks if not months to go before a winner is officially declared. How did this happen? Why, after 2016, is much of the media, and seemingly the majority of pollsters, so clueless when it comes to fathoming voter’s intentions on election day? Is it time, once and for all, to give up on public opinion polling as predictive tool? What is the effect on democracies of faulty polling and a media only too happy to widely publicize survey results that 2020 would suggest have little real bearing on what voters actually think? Sources: DW News, MSNBC, NBC, NBC Local 33

50mins

10 Nov 2020

Rank #17

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James Carville on the likely outcomes of the U.S. Election

On this episode of the Munk Debates Podcast, James Carville, U.S. Democratic Party political strategist and bestselling author, on the likely outcomes of the November 3rd U.S. Presidential election.

41mins

2 Nov 2020

Rank #18

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Samantha Power on the future of international institutions after COVID-19

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.

46mins

5 May 2020

Rank #19

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Mohammed El-Erian on future of global economy after COVID-19

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.

52mins

28 Apr 2020

Rank #20