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Moses Znaimer's ideacity Conference - Augmenting Ourselves

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ideacity is a three-day gathering of minds held each June in Toronto, produced and presented by Moses Znaimer. IDEAS features highlights from the conference. In this episode: Humans love tools, and speakers explore new devices for doing things -- maybe even leaving the earth. For more information about ideacity and future conferences, visit the ideacity website....

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Beyond Human Rights

Beyond Human Rights
Payam Akhavan teaches international law at McGill University and has worked in and appeared at international courts in The Hague. In the 2014 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture, Payam Akhavan argues that our world needs more than laws and legal niceties: it has to be built on empathy. The Vancouver Human Rights Lecture is presented by The Laurier Institution and UBC Continuing Studies, in partnership with alumni UBC.

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Dissolving Borders

What will the world look like in seven years?

Dissolving Borders

Spur is a talk series held across Canada organized by the Literary Review of Canada. It features speakers who try to envision what the world will look like in seven years. One of the speakers at this year's festival was Diane Francis, journalist, author and editor-at-large at the National Post. She spoke in Calgary about the shifting sands of geopolitical realities. Later, she joined host Paul Kennedy in studio where they teased out the implications of her predictions.

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Wachtel On The Arts - Julie Taymor

Wachtel On The Arts - Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor, the first woman to win a Tony Award for Best Musical (with her smash-hit The Lion King) talks to Eleanor about her newest movie, a film version of her stage play, A Midsummer Night's Dream.  It's Taymor's third Shakespeare film. Julie Taymor is a daring and brilliant interpreter of Shakespeare's work. In her conversation with Eleanor, she talks about why she keeps returning to him, and about her own artistic journey from the avant-garde to the heights of commercial success.

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O Say, Can You See?

O Say, Can You See?

In the fourth part of IDEAS' ongoing commemoration of the War of 1812, host Paul Kennedy visits the battlefields at Washington (where the White House was famously torched) and Baltimore (which ultimately inspired the American national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner).

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Moses Znaimer's ideacity Conference - Extending Ourselves

Moses Znaimer's ideacity Conference - Extending Ourselves

ideacity is a three-day gathering of minds held each June in Toronto, produced and presented by Moses Znaimer. IDEAS features highlights from the conference. In this episode: Higher, faster, stronger, and more daring. Speakers wonder just what are our physical limits. For more information about ideacity and future conferences, visit the ideacity website.

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The Sorrows of Empire

The Sorrows of Empire

The American Empire has been called everything from "a colossus with attention deficit disorder" to a "reluctant empire". On the anniversary of 9-11, IDEAS revisits an interview with academic Chalmers Johnson who suggested that failure in Iraq might mark the beginning of the end of the American Empire.  Producer Mary O'Connell explores the discussion further with historian Alfred McCoy.

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In Case of Fire in a Foreign Land

In Case of Fire in a Foreign Land

What does it mean when society collapses, when all you know and believe in is thrown into disorder? Who are you then? And where might you go to find yourself? On September 11, 1973, Chile was shattered by a military coup. On the eve of the anniversary, noted author Ariel Dorfman reflects on our "common humanity" in conversation with Philip Coulter.

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How To Do Ordinary Things, Part 2

How To Do Ordinary Things, Part 2

"Love doesn't mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness." In 1964, Jean Vanier bought a little house in northern France and invited two mentally disabled men to come and live with him. It was a radical approach to thinking about people on the fringe of society -- to live with them, and most importantly, learn from them, to look for their gifts. On the 50th anniversary of L'Arche, the now-international organization Jean Vanier started, a celebration of a Canadian humanitarian and visionary.

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The Enright Files - A Tribute to Seamus Heaney

The Enright Files - A Tribute to Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney was the most famous, and many would say the best poet in the world. He was a towering international cultural presence whose poetry illuminated the details of quotidian life and labours. In the year since his death last August, the world is still taking measure of Seamus Heaney, and this month on The Enright Files, we pay tribute to the man and his poetry.

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Moses Znaimer's ideacity Conference - Inside Ourselves

Moses Znaimer's ideacity Conference - Inside Ourselves

ideacity is a three-day gathering of minds held each June in Toronto, produced and presented by Moses Znaimer. IDEAS features highlights from the conference. In this episode: speakers peer deep inside us, examining DNA and organ-banking, and where biology goes. For more information about ideacity and future conferences, visit the ideacity website.

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