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A Labour Day Levee

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At the beginning of a brand new broadcasting season -- which also happens to be IDEAS' 50th anniversary! -- host Paul Kennedy convenes a now almost-traditional Labour Day Levee, with producers and freelancers who are preparing shows for the next few weeks and months....

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Fragile Freedoms - Germaine Greer

Fragile Freedoms - Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer is perhaps the most provocative feminist thinker in the world. In the final lecture from the series,  Fragile Freedoms: the Global Struggle for Human Rights, Germaine Greer explores women and human rights.

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Escaping the Holocaust

Escaping the Holocaust

Millions of Jews died in the Holocaust, but very few from Denmark. Why? Historian and journalist Bo Lidegaard investigates how Danish people - and certain Nazis - helped Denmark's Jews flee to safety.

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Curiouser and Curiouser, Part 2

Curiouser and Curiouser, Part 2

The Alice books were published almost 150 years ago and are now classics, loved by millions around the world. But mystery still shrouds their author, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll. Speculation still swirls around his relationship with the real Alice, his child muse, Alice Liddell. Cindy Bisaillon takes us into Charles Dodgson's life and the upside-down world he created, riddled with the anxieties of the Victorian age: advancing technology, the speeding up of time, the survival of the fittest, and the loss of old values.

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Curiouser and Curiouser, Part 1

Curiouser and Curiouser, Part 1

The Alice books were published almost 150 years ago and are now classics, loved by millions around the world. But mystery still shrouds their author, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll. Speculation still swirls around his relationship with the real Alice, his child muse, Alice Liddell. Cindy Bisaillon takes us into Charles Dodgson's life and the upside-down world he created, riddled with the anxieties of the Victorian age: advancing technology, the speeding up of time, the survival of the fittest, and the loss of old values. Part 2 airs Wednesday, August 27.

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Conflicted Cities

Conflicted Cities

It used to be that countries waged war against each other on a battlefield. But now cities are the new conflict zone. From London to Madrid, Baghdad to Nairobi, and Beirut to Mogadishu, civilians on their way to work or just having lunch are caught in the cross-fire. And it's not just terrorism threatening daily life in the city. Climate change, drug cartels and political revolutions all feed a ballooning security industry that promises us safety. IDEAS Contributor Hassan Ghedi Santur explores what happens when our neighbourhoods become high value targets.

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Fragile Freedoms - Steven Pinker

Fragile Freedoms - Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker is a global thought leader on the subject of the human mind, human nature, and human violence. He recently presented this talk: A History of Violence and Humanity, at the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. It's part of the Fragile Freedoms: the Global Struggle for Human Rights lecture series. 

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The Intermittently True Adventures of Moishe"Two-Gun" Cohen

The Intermittently True Adventures of Moishe

Artful dodger. Edmonton real estate tycoon. Chinese revolutionary. Edmonton writer Paula Simons unravels the unlikely tale of a not-so-nice Jewish boy who went from East End London pickpocket to Prairie con-man to Sun Yat-Sen's gun-running general.

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Ideas from the Trenches - The Education Gap

Ideas from the Trenches - The Education Gap

There are about 50,000 PhD candidates in Canada, toiling away for years in relative obscurity. This is the second of an occasional series which attempts to turn their research into an hour of radio. In this episode, producers Tom Howell and Nicola Luksic follow the work of PhD student Kimberley Tavares. Initially driven to understand why a disproportionate number of black male youth disengage from the school system, she turns to the experiences of black women teachers and the lessons they hold for improving educational outcomes for all marginalized youth.

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Walking Matters, Part 2

Walking Matters, Part 2 - "The Steps We Take"

Walking Matters, Part 2

Ever since our ancestors rose to their feet, our species has been defined by walking upright. But the act involves our minds as well as our bodies. We interpret the act of walking, and give it our stamp - from ramblers to Rousseau, from models and tramps to Buddhist monks. In this two-part series, Marilyn Powell explores the world of walking and what it means to us. 

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The Crooked Path - The Art of Jeff Wall, Part 2

Part 1 airs Monday, August 11 & Part 2 airs Monday, August 18

The Crooked Path - The Art of Jeff Wall, Part 2

Jeff Wall's striking large-scale, photographic artworks exude complex, dramatic power. Often presented as transparencies in light-boxes, his works are owned by most significant art institutions and collectors. Vancouver-based Wall has been instrumental in moving the photographic image to a central place in contemporary art practice. His contributions have secured him a place in art history. In The Crooked Path, curator Ann Pollock explores with Wall his remarkable career trajectory.

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