Episode 147: Quebec's Model for Secularism, Errol Morris on Donald Rumsfeld, Is War Innate? and more

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The Values Charter Unveiled 

"You're working for the State. You shouldn't share this very special belief that you believe in Allah, or you believe in another god, or you believe in Jesus, or Jesus Loves You, or something like that."

-Frédéric Bastien, Dawson College history professor Listen


"The history of francophone secularism, which the word would be laïcité, evolves from French anti-clericalism during the revolutionary period."

 -Jackson Doughart columnist and a member of the Canadian Secular Alliance. Listen

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Rosalind Wiseman and the Problem With Boys

 

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 "A lot of [boys] feel that body image is just as pervasive and insidious and negative as it is for girls ... all costumes for boys of superheroes of pretty much any kind have 6-packs sewn into the costumes."

- Rosalind Wiseman, on the issues that plague young boys today Listen

 

Is War Innate?

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"It is incredibly easy to make young men band together and kill other people."

-Dr. Malcolm Potts, reproductive scientist and the co-author of Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare 

"I see war as a cultural invention... I like to think of war as a meme that infects societies even when they don't want it. "

-John Horgan, science journalist and the author of The End of War Listen


The Rumsfeld Enigma

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"It is wishful thinking to imagine that the Bush administration just came to an end with the election of Barack Obama. Many of the policies of the Bush administration are still with us. The attitudes of the Bush administration are still with us. We live in a Rumsfeld world."

 -Errol Morris, filmmaker, on Donald Rumsfled and his new film The Unknown Known Listen

 

Diana the Huntress and Murder in Juarez

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"My first thought was I don't believe this. I didn't disbelieve that two bus drivers had been murdered. I disbelieved this presentation or this narrative that a person identifying herself as Diana The Huntress was this kind of avenging killer."

-Molly Molloy is a research librarian and activist. Listen


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