May 2012

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The Legends Project

Ernie Swanson and his Haida chums, in artist Christian White's longhouse.The Legends Project is a compilation of traditional oral stories, legends and histories of Canada's...
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The Munk Debates

The Munk Debates convenes four influential Europeans to tackle the resolution: Be it resolved the European experiment has failed. Arguing for the resolution are: Niall...

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The Sword Brothers, Part 2

Christians against Muslims, the Crusades that began in the 11th century were wars for control of the Holy Land. The Crusaders themselves were a hybrid...

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Talking Philosophy: Freedom of Expression, Part 1 & 2

Freedom of expression is the cornerstone of a democratic society. Our liberty depends on free and open debate. How then are we to think about...

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William Notman of Montreal, Part 1 & 2

He arrived in Montreal in 1856 as a fugitive from the law. He became Canada's most successful photographer. A rare combination of canny businessman and...

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The Sword Brothers, Part 1

Christians against Muslims, the Crusades that began in the 11th century were wars for control of the Holy Land. The Crusaders themselves were a hybrid...

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Our Fractured Story

Digital culture has transformed the way society understands itself. Information comes to us unfiltered, without mediation. Digital memory is forever. All versions of a story...

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Eleven Thousand Metres Under the Sea

In an IDEAS exclusive, James Cameron talks about his recent expedition to Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench - the deepest place in the world's...

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The Nation of Hockey, Part 1 & 2

The back of our five dollar bill shows kids playing shinny on a timeless pond somewhere in Canada. But Calgary writer Bruce Dowbiggin argues that...

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A Question of Optimism

Research seems to indicate that we're genetically inclined to optimism. But what if we're too optimistic to deal with social problems? A Calgary forum mulls...

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Wachtel On The Arts - Philip Glass

Eleanor Wachtel, host of Writer's and Company,  speaks with the American composer Philip Glass. Perhaps the most prominent composer of his generation, his works helped...

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Footprints Kenya

An ongoing annual series about the connection between Sport and Society, "Footprints 2012" takes IDEAS host Paul Kennedy to the Great Rift Valley, in Kenya....

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Searching For Atlantis

From 1985, a witty and illuminating examination of the fabled "lost continent", from its beginnings in the works of Plato through the twists and turns...

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Wired for Culture

Human beings have a unique evolutionary history. We are at the mercy of neither biology nor luck. We survive by learning from each other.  Evolutionary...

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Mr. Punch

How a deformed, child-murdering, wife-beating, psychopathic hand puppet became a cultural icon, a famous satirical magazine, and a four-century-old folkplay cherished by small children for...

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Cairo: Her City, Our Revolution

Best-selling Egyptian author Ahdaf Soueif (who wrote The Map of Love, which was nominated for the 1999 Booker Prize) talks with IDEAS host Paul Kennedy...

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The Enright Files - The King of Swing

Michael Enright, host of The Sunday Edition, and noted jazz critic Gary Giddins celebrate the 100th anniversary of the King of Swing, Benny Goodman. Through...

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After Atheism: New Perspectives on God and Religion, Part 5

Public discussion of religion tends to polarize between two extremes: religious fundamentalism, and the aggressive atheism of such writers as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens....

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After Atheism: New Perspectives on God and Religion, Part 4

Public discussion of religion tends to polarize between two extremes: religious fundamentalism, and the aggressive atheism of such writers as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens....

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After Atheism: New Perspectives on God and Religion, Part 3

Public discussion of religion tends to polarize between two extremes: religious fundamentalism, and the aggressive atheism of such writers as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens....
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After Atheism: New Perspectives on God and Religion, Part 2

Public discussion of religion tends to polarize between two extremes: religious fundamentalism, and the aggressive atheism of such writers as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens....
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