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Genetically Modify Food – Intelligence Squared Debate Wednesday (live webcast)

Intelligence Squared debates

Genetically Modify Food (click the LIVE STREAMING link)

The IQ2 webcasts are free.

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
Debate: 6:45-8:30 PM (Eastern)
Kaufman Center  129 West 67th Street
NY, NY 10023

Genetically modified (GM) foods have been around for decades. Created by modifying the DNA of one organism through the introduction of genes from another, they are developed for a number of different reasons—to fight disease, enhance flavor, resist pests, improve nutrition, survive drought—and are mainly found in our food supply in processed foods using corn, soybeans, and sugar beets, and as feed for farm animals. Across the country and around the world, communities are fighting the cultivation of genetically engineered crops. Are they safe? How do they impact the environment? Can they improve food security? Is the world better off with or without GM food?

Robert Fraley Executive: VP & Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto
Alison Van Eenennaam: Genomics and Biotechnology Researcher, UC Davis

Charles Benbrook: Research Professor, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources
Margaret Mellon: Science Policy Consultant & Fmr. Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists

John Donvan Author & Correspondent for ABC News

For debate related reading, go to IQ2′s research page here (click The Research link).

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The Next Billion – a forum about the connected world (live webcast – all day Wednesday)


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The Next Billion - a forum about the connected world

NOVEMBER  5  201
Bohemian National Hall
8:30 am to 6:00 pm

By 2016, global internet traffic is expected to double. The next billion—or two—will largely come online from the places one would least expect: mobile devices in emerging markets.

The creation of this connected world will profoundly impact society, politics, technology, education, commerce, and finance.

Quartz will explore the far-reaching implications for this connected world with the thought leaders and industry experts leading this change at The Next Billion, a full-day forum.

Join us for a day of conversation, demonstration, and networking in New York on November 5, 2014.

Please refer here for more information about The Next Billion program series.

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Obama’s Foreign Policy – Munk debate Wednesday (live webcast)


    Obama’s Foreign Policy

Wednesday morning email:

The Munk Debate on Obama’s Foreign Policy will be streaming live tonight from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EST. Simply click on the link below to access the FREE livestream:

Munk Debate Livestream

The hour and a half proceedings can be viewed on any computer with a high speed internet connection, as well as on your iPad, iPhone, or other mobile device.
We will be posting questions during the debate and tallying an instantaneous online vote of the viewing audience at

And be sure to join the debate about the debate on social media today:
On Twitter: #munkdebate
On Facebook:

Also: 4:30 to 5:30 PM EST
- Pre-Debate Interviews on Obama’s Foreign Policy

Debate: 7:00 PM EST
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
The live webcast will be free, but to get the link sent to you on Wednesday, you need to get a free membership by providing your email here.
Members will receive an email at 10 AM EST containing a link to where you can watch the debate live.

Be it resolved Obama’s foreign policy is emboldening our enemies and making the world a more dangerous place.

Bret Stephens: “And now it’s not even in dispute that this president’s foreign policy is a total failure…time and again, the president is caught flat-footed by events.”
Robert Kagan: “Superpowers don’t get to retire….in the international sphere, Americans have had to act as judge, jury, police, and, in the case of military action, executioner.”

Anne-Marie Slaughter: “The need to rebuild at home means ending the wars we have been in and keeping our troops out of new ones.”
Fareed Zakaria: “President Obama has not made a major mistake. He has done a skillful job steering the United States out of the muddy waters he inherited…and resisted plunging the country into another major conflict”

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World Science Festival: May 28-June 1 2014 (live streaming events)


The 2014 World Science Festival runs May 28 to June 1 in New York City.

Take a look at their schedule of free live webcasts (beginning Thursday).

Here are iCouchPotato’s best bets (times are Eastern):


Date: Thursday May 29, 2014
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

Throw a baseball and you can track its arc across the sky without disturbing it. Scientists don’t have that luxury with quantum particles. When no one is looking, a particle has near limitless potential: it can be nearly anywhere. But measure it, and the particle snaps to one position. This transition from the fuzzy quantum world to the sharp reality of common experience is as vital as it is controversial. How do objects shed their quantum weirdness when measured? Join a debate of current theories, including tales of infinite universes where anything and everything happens. This program is part of the Big Ideas series.


Date: Friday May 30, 2014
Time: 08:00 PM-09:30 PM
Venue: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

In March, a major breakthrough in understanding the origin of universe took the scientific community–and the general public–by storm. A team lead by astronomer John Kovac, using a powerful telescope at the South Pole, reported evidence of ripples in the fabric of space time produced by the big bang, a long-sought prediction of our most refined approach to cosmology, the inflationary theory. Amidst the worldwide celebration, though, some have been quietly suggesting that the champagne has been uncorked prematurely. Join a singular conversation, among the world’s most respected pioneers in cosmological theory and observation, that will explore the state of the art in the ongoing quest to understand the beginning of the universe. This program is part of the Big Ideas series.


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The President has Constitutional power to Target and Kill U.S. Citizens Abroad – Intelligence Squared debate Wednesday (live webcast)

Intelligence Squared debates

The President has Constitutional Power to Target and Kill U.S. Citizens (click the LIVE STREAMING link)

The IQ2 webcasts are free.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Debate: 6:30-8:00 PM (Eastern)
F.M. Kirby Auditorium at the National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street, Independence Mall
Philadelphia, PA 19106

With the drone strike on accused terrorist and New Mexico-born Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, President Obama has tested the limits of the executive branch’s powers. Does the president have constitutional authority under the due process clause to kill U.S. citizens abroad, or is it a violation of this clause to unilaterally decide to target and kill Americans?

Alan Dershowitz, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Michael Lewis, Professor of Law, Ohio Northern University School of Law

Noah Feldman, rofessor of Law, Harvard Law School
Hina Shamsi, Director of the ACLU National Security Project

For debate related reading, go to IQ2′s research page here (click The Research link).


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Snowden was Justified – Intelligence Squared debate Wednesday (live webcast)

Intelligence Squared debates

Snowden was Justified (click the LIVE STREAMING link)

The IQ2 webcasts are free.

Debate: 6:45-8:30 PM (Eastern)
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street
New York, NY

Has Edward Snowden done the U.S. a great service? There is no doubt that his release of highly classified stolen documents has sparked an important public debate, even forcing what could be a major presidential overhaul of the NSA’s surveillance programs. But have his actions—which include the downloading of an estimated 1.7 million files—tipped off our enemies and endangered national security? Is Snowden a whistleblower, or is he a criminal?


Daniel Ellsberg, Fmr. U.S. Military Analyst & Pentagon Papers Whistleblower
Ben Wizner, Legal Adviser to Edward Snowden & Attorney, ACLU

Andrew McCarthy, Fmr. Federal Prosecutor & Contributing Editor,National Review
Ambassador R. James Woolsey, Fmr. Director, CIA & Chairman, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

For debate related reading, go to IQ2‘s research page here (click The Research link).


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Obamacare is Now Beyond Rescue – Intelligence Squared debate Wednesday (live webcast)

Intelligence Squared debates

Obamacare is Now Beyond Rescue  (click the LIVE STREAMING link)

The IQ2 webcasts are free.

Debate: 6:45-8:30 PM (Eastern)
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street
New York, NY

With the disastrous launch of the website, critics of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” were given more fuel for the fire. Is this political hot potato’s inevitability once again at stake? And is the medical community really on board with the law, or resisting (rewriting?) it from the sidelines?

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Practicing Physician & Former Deputy Commissioner, FDA
Megan McArdle, Writer and Columnist,Bloomberg View

Jonathan Chait, Political Commentator and Columnist, New York Magazine
Dr. Douglas Kamerow, Family Physician & Former Assistant Surgeon General

For debate related reading, go to IQ2‘s research page here (click The Research link).


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The Best Science Videos of 2013 – Royal Institution Channel


For some light New Year’s Eve viewing, try The Best Science Videos of 2013 from the Royal Institution Channel.

A top ten list of this year’s best, most inspiring science videos curated by the Ri Channel team.

iCouchPotato’s personal favorite is Beyond the Gardens (the first one in the list and the one with the least interesting screen shot). The production values, the respect for the subject matter, the careful editing, the audio (close your eyes and listen to the library stepladder being pulled from right to left) and above all, the overlaid graphics that begin to unexpectedly appear around 1:20 in are wondrous things to behold. I wish I had videos like this when I took my otherwise excellent General Botany class in college. Every lab in the world ought to have something like this made for them to explain what they do. I want more!


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Popular Science Book Night Monday (live webcast)


Popular Science Book Night 

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (1:30-3 pm ET) on Monday 25 November 2013 at The Royal Society, London

A celebration of the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2013

Event details

Hosted by Dara O Briain, this free public event celebrates the shortlist of the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, the international award for popular science books. This year’s shortlist consists of the following books.

Bird sense by Tim Birkhead

The particle at the end of the universe by Sean Carroll

Cells to civilizations by Enrico Coen

Pieces of light by Charles Fernyhough

The book of barely imagined beings by Caspar Henderson

Ocean of life by Callum Roberts

The shortlisted authors will be reading from their books and discussing their thoughts with Dara O Briain. Come listen to the readings of these fascinating books and pose your questions to the authors. You’ll also get to find out the winner of this year’s prize.

A live video will be available on this page when the event starts and a recorded video will be available a few days afterwards.


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48 hour free viewing of Munk Debate on the End of Men (through noon Wednesday Nov. 20)


 News flash: email Monday morning from Munk Debates:

48 Hour Free Viewing through noon (ET) Wed Nov. 20

Dear Munk Debate Member,

For the next 48 hours we are making the Munk Debate on the End of Men free for online viewing. Friday’s debate saw Hanna Rosin and Maureen Dowd move audience opinion sharply against Caitlin Moran and Camille Paglia, and in favour of the motion: be it resolved men are obsolete.

Prior to the debate, 16% of the 3,000 audience members in attendance agreed with the resolution, and 84% disagreed. Following the debate, the “pro” team achieved an impressive 28% gain in audience support for a final result of to 44% in favour versus 56% opposed. This is the largest swing in audience opinion in the six year history of the semi-annual debates.

You can watch the debate in its entirety, free on our website until Wednesday, November 20 at noon, by clicking below:Munk Debate on the End of Men In addition, our panel of experts held a lively discussion and analysis of the debate at our post-debate video town hall. You can watch it here For full access to our library of commercial-free videos of past Munk Debates check out our one year, $10 unlimited video viewing pass by clicking here.If you like what we are doing with the Munk Debates please consider taking out a membership for friends or family by clicking here. All membership contributions are eligible for a Canadian charitable tax receipt.

Thank you for your support of the Munk Debates.

Yours sincerely,

Rudyard Griffiths
Organiser & Moderator
The Munk Debates

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