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World War One and the Birth of Public Relations

Detail from a 1918 poster promoting the sale of war bonds.  Credit: The Toronto Public Library Archives.

Detail from a 1918 poster promoting the sale of war bonds. Credit: The Toronto Public Library Archives.

By 1917, the Canadian government was encountering increased public resistance to the war. South of the border, the US was just entering it, and enlisting methods now common in mass communications. Ira Basen explores how the first global war gave rise to what we'd now call public relations....

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Letters from the Front

Letters from the Front

Soldiers from Perth County in Southern Ontario went to the First World War and sent letters home to their loved ones, writing about their daily experiences: what they were seeing and doing, as well as their fears of dying. Honest, articulate and touching, their letters are read by actors Shawn Wright, Steve Ross and Monique Lund from the Stratford Festival.

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Rewilding

Rewilding

After centuries of negative human impact on our landscapes, some people are calling for rewilding: allowing landscapes to revert back to a natural state. Anik See takes a look at rewilding efforts in Canada, seen as one of the wildest places on the planet, and in the Netherlands, where similar efforts have reached a critical point.

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The Munk Debates: A More Dangerous Place?

The Munk Debates: A More Dangerous Place?

Is American foreign policy making the world a more dangerous place? That's the question participants in this autumn's Munk Debates argue over. On the "yes" side: Bret Stephens of The Wall Street Journal, and Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution's Center on the United States and Europe. On the "no" side: Fareed Zakaria host of CNN's global affairs program. And Anne-Marie Slaughter, former policy director for the U.S. State Department.

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Wind of Another Planet: Music and the Great War

Wind of Another Planet: Music and the Great War

It's often been said that World War One created who we are today: geopolitically and culturally. Contributor Robert Harris explains how music -- classical and popular -- both prefigured and reflected the war in the years leading up to the unprecedented destruction and after.

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Margaret MacMillan and World War One

Margaret MacMillan and World War One

Margaret MacMillan is one of the world's leading scholars on World War One. Her books Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World and The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 are award-winning bestsellers. She talks with host Paul Kennedy about the origins of the war and what we've learned -- and failed to learn -- from it.

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Wachtel On The Arts - Rem Koolhaas

Wachtel On The Arts - Rem Koolhaas

Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas is admired as much for his radical ideas about buildings and cities as for his daring designs. Koolhaas believes in working for the collective good, while participating in the transformation of cities. As director of the 2014 International Architecture Biennale in Venice, he examined architecture's "human element." Koolhaas talks to Eleanor Wachtel about the interests and experiences that have informed his work in all its various dimensions.

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Belonging - Canada Writes

Belonging - Canada Writes

Where do I belong? How do I belong? Some of us strive to belong -- to feel like we're part of something bigger than ourselves, part of something secure and comfortable. Others recoil at the idea -- to belong is to lose our sense of identity, our sense of self.  Award-winning writers Rawi Hage, Teresa Toten, Susin Nielsen, and Priscila Uppal share personal stories that reveal the complexity of belonging.

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Lost Innocence, Part 5 - Scars of the Second Generation

Lost Innocence, Part 5 - Scars of the Second Generation

The story of six extraordinary people -- the youngest, born in 1950; the oldest only six months before hostilities began in 1939. Three are the children of Jewish Holocaust survivors; three, the children of German Nazis. We hear about their struggle with the legacy of their parents' wartime experience.

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Coming Home

Coming Home

"I want to tell you about something I'm very glad I did: becoming a Canadian Citizen." Changing countries is no small step. In this IDEAS classic from 1995, Seth Feldman, an American by birth and a long-time contributor to IDEAS, tells the story of his initiation and integration into the Canadian way of life: the culture, the climate, the rituals and the politics.

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Being Canadian, Part 2

Being Canadian, Part 2

Ideas, stories, and reflections on being Canadian: who we are, what we are, and what it means to be a citizen of Canada. In this IDEAS classic from 2010, public intellectuals and private citizens from east to west (both new and old Canadians), tell filmmaker Sun-Kyung (Sunny) Yi about the concerns, the questions, and the challenges of living together in a multicultural and diverse society.

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