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Behind the Throne

The Empress Dowager Cixi and Edith Wilson.

The Empress Dowager Cixi and Edith Wilson.

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The Empress Dowager Cixi was in effect the ruler of China for decades during the late-19th and early-20th centuries, pitting enemy against enemy from her position close to the throne. Edith Wilson, wife of Woodrow Wilson, was "accused" of being the first female President of the USA. Biographers Jung Chang and Kristie Miller talk about the machinations of women who work 'behind the throne'....

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Wachtel On The Arts - Isabel Coixet

Wachtel On The Arts - Isabel Coixet

Isabel Coixet is one of the most adventurous and imaginative filmmakers at work today. Although Spanish -- or, rather, Catalan -- by birth, based in Barcelona, she has set and shot features in Tokyo, New York, the North Sea, and even the Arctic. Crossing borders and languages, her films are psychologically complex and often melancholic, dashed with humour. Since her breakthrough film My Life Without Me, Coixet has won wide recognition for her intimate storytelling and distinctive technique. Her latest movie, Learning to Drive, takes her in a new, lighter direction. Coixet talks to Eleanor about the ideas, experiences and lifelong passion for film that inspire her work.

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Inhotim: Visions In Paradise

Inhotim: Visions In Paradise

Inhotim, Brazil, started as the vast estate and art collection of mining magnate Bernardo Paz. But what began as an oasis of beauty has become a laboratory for Paz's vision of a better society. Simon Nakonechny heads south to find out if one man's dream can become a region's salvation.

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Lost Innocence, Part 2 - War At A Distance

Lost Innocence, Part 2 - War At A Distance
Almost everyone who was a child during World War II has an indelible memory of where they were and what they were doing when war broke out.  Those who were children on the Canadian homefront tell of their fears and excitement. When fathers went away, mothers took charge, and kids threw their hearts into the war effort.

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Scrutinizing Roger Scruton

Scrutinizing Roger Scruton

Philosopher Roger Scruton is widely considered one of Britain's leading conservative thinkers. In April 2014, a conference was held in his honour at McGill University, called Thinking the Sacred with Roger Scruton. There and elsewhere, he argues that we need a sense of the transcendent to make sense of our lives.

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The Vixen and the Virgin - Women, Espionage and Propaganda in WW1

The Vixen and the Virgin - Women, Espionage and Propaganda in WW1

Two independent women find themselves in front of firing squads during the First World War. Nurse Edith Cavell is heralded as a heroine and a saint. Exotic dancer and courtesan Mata Hari becomes a symbol of evil and the enemy within. The propaganda that followed their executions delineated clear rules of what patriotic women should and should not be. Producer Nicola Luksic learns these women have more in common than meets the eye.

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Ode to the Organ

Ode to the Organ

It's the world's largest, most complex - and powerful - musical instrument. The pipe organ lifts us out-of-the-ordinary and fills us with awe. From cathedrals to arenas, Eitan Cornfield pulls out all the stops to explain why organs still matter in our increasingly secular world.

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Auroville: The Road to Utopia

Auroville: The Road to Utopia

People have been dreaming about finding, or creating, Utopia for ages. Ashley Walters travels to India, to the community of Auroville, to see how its utopian ideals have been realized, and sometimes compromised, in this age-old quest.

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Lost Innocence, Part 1 - Little Fighters: Children in the Resistance

Lost Innocence, Part 1 - Little Fighters: Children in the Resistance

A rebroadcast of the highly-acclaimed award-winning CBC Radio series commemorating the outbreak of World War II.  In this hour we hear the remarkable testimony of courageous children who fought against the Nazis in occupied Europe.

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On The Move with Truckers

On The Move with Truckers

By definition, travel is part of every trucker's job description. They foreshadow a world where jobs are far from stable, and workers are increasingly expected to be mobile, as part of their employment. IDEAS host Paul Kennedy continues to report on a coast-to-coast study about how travelling affects almost everything else in our lives, with a look at the lives of several truckers from Prince Edward Island.

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Green Growth: Can Profits Help the Planet?

Green Growth: Can Profits Help the Planet?

It's widely acknowledged that unfettered economic growth is impossible. Yet our reliance on fossil fuels and a growth-based economy seem intractable. So is the notion of "green growth" the answer? Is there a way to capitalize on capitalist motives and practices and live sustainably? IDEAS host Paul Kennedy hosts a panel at the University of Ottawa which wrestles with these very questions.

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