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LEGALIZE IT? - Marijuana Policy Experts Debate Reefer Sanity
Nationwide, the public is divided about whether to legalize marijuana, though support has grown over the last decade. States that have legalized will serve as early test cases, providing at least some answers to the much-debated potential outcomes of legalization. Some say legalization will lead to negative health, road safety, and other social costs. Others champion legalization as a way to diminish the power of drug cartels, reduce incarceration, and put states back on solid financial ground.
GLOBAL WARMING DEBATE - Hoax, Doomsday, or What?
Back in the 1970s weren’t they worried about global cooling? If the Earth is getting warmer, why? Is it the result of natural forces like solar activity or volcanic outgassing, or is it caused by human activity such as the burning of fossil fuels that pour greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere? And if global warming is real and human caused, how much warmer will it get and what will the consequences be? Is it doomsday or do we have time to do something about it? If we do have time, what should we do? In this engaging and enlightening debate Michael Shermer and James Taylor will square off on what could be the most important subject of our time.
DEBATE ON PORNOGRAPHY - Pro vs. Con - Ron Jeremy, Nina Hartley, Susan Cole, Craig Gross and Michael Leahy
Pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States alone, but serious discussion of the issue is rare. In this intelligent and multi-faceted debate, all aspects of the pornography issue are discussed and examined.
THE GREAT GUN CONTROL DEBATE - Dr. John Lott vs. Paul Helmke
Oklahoma City, Columbine, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Aurora, Sandy Hook. The list of mass murders in America grows and grows. Why? And what can we do about it? In this Great Debate on Gun Control two of America's most prominent public intellectuals go head-to-head on this most contentious and timely topic.
DOES GOD EXIST? - A Debate Between Dr. Michael Shermer & Dr. Doug Geivett
This debate pushes the boundaries of our faith and how we believe. While three of the world's most widespread religions, Islam, Judaism, and Catholicism, sit atop the headlines, there are no clear answers to who's right and who's wrong. Drs. Shermer and Geivett challenge the audience to look directly into the eye of their beliefs and affirm their faith in God or to cast religion aside as an outdated way to explain the unexplainable.
THE GREAT ELECTION DEBATE: 2020 Edition - Jeff Cohen & Rich Lowry
Two of our country’s most engaging political pundits lead a lively debate on the upcoming 2020 campaign. They’ll duke it out over hot topics, such as: • How has the Trump campaign playbook changed the future of presidential campaigns? • Do Democrats have a chance to unseat President Trump? • Does President Trump deserve a second term? • In a crowded primary field, which Democrats are breaking through in the political horserace? • Are Democrats heading leftward over a cliff with talk of “democratic socialism” and “Green New Deal?” • Will Republicans be able to put Congressional investigations behind them, or is it good for solidifying their base? • Do corporate interests have too much power over both parties? • Is our political system so broken that it can’t fix our nation’s problems? In this town-hall style debate, the audience will be invited to ask questions and participate in the discussion.
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