January 2013

The Science of Morality, Part 1 & 2

How do we know right from wrong? For centuries, religion and philosophy tried to provide answers. Now psychology, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology are weighing...

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Back To The Future in Fogo

As a young woman, Zita Cobb left her birthplace - the relatively remote island of Fogo, off the east coast of Newfoundland - to get...

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Week of Jan 28

Monday, January 28 PAYING FOR PARKING We engineer our roads to accommodate traffic, but cars and other vehicles spend almost all their time parked....

Paying for Parking

We engineer our roads to accommodate traffic, but cars and other vehicles spend almost all their time parked. All those parking spaces - and finding...

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Valley of the Deer

Canadian video artist Jillian McDonald spent much of the past year as 'artist in residence' at Glenfiddich Distillery, in the highlands of Scotland. As a...

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A Serpent's Tale

World religions and ancient mythology are replete with snake imagery and folklore. Whether we fear them, love them, pray to them, keep them as...

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Genius Born of Anguish, Part 3

"The greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity or power, but self-rejection," said Henri Nouwen, Catholic priest, teacher and gay celibate. He...

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Iceberg Ship Habbakuk

1942: Hitler's U-Boats are ravaging merchant ships that Britain depends on for its survival. Enter a plan, for a gigantic warship, to help the...

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Week of Jan 21

Monday, January 21 VASARI'S MOST EMINENT LIVES In the mid-1500s, Giorgio Vasari's short biographies created art history, the artist as genius and even the "Renaissance"....

Vasari's Most Eminent Lives

In the mid-1500s, Giorgio Vasari's short biographies created art history, the artist as genius and even the "Renaissance". Although rife with inaccuracies and outright lies,...

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The Nation of Hockey, Part 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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Stretching the Canvas

Calgary artist John Will's greatest work of art may be John Will himself. He is a trouble-maker, scamp, and rapscallion. Jim Brown takes us...

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Genius Born of Anguish, Part 2

"The greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity or power, but self-rejection," said Henri Nouwen, Catholic priest, teacher and gay celibate. He...

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Wachtel On The Arts - Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Eleanor Wachtel speaks with 37-year-old Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the most successful conductor in Canadian history, who has just been made a Companion of the Order of...

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Building Brains

Recent recipient of the Friesen Prize in Health Science Research, Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne identified important mechanisms for the formation of the normal human brain, which...

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Week of Jan 14

Monday, January 14 BUILDING BRAINS Recent recipient of the Friesen Prize in Health Science Research, Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne identified important mechanisms for the formation of...

The Nation of Hockey, Part 1

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

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George MacMartin's Big Canoe Trip

In 1905, George MacMartin, Treaty Commissioner for Ontario, accompanied by federal commissioners and native guides, journeyed through rapids and hiked through the wilds to...

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Genius Born of Anguish, Part 1

"The greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity or power, but self-rejection," said Henri Nouwen, Catholic priest, teacher and gay celibate. He has...

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Worthy Parasites: A Villain's Silver Lining

People hate parasites. They're slimy and repulsive - worms emerging from blisters on the body, mites breeding in skin folds. They hold wild parties...

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The Enright Files - Andrew Solomon

Michael Enright speaks with celebrated writer Andrew Solomon about his latest book, Far From the Tree. In his book, Solomon examines the extreme form of...

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Week of Jan 7

Monday, January 7 THE ENRIGHT FILES Michael Enright speaks with celebrated writer Andrew Solomon about his latest book, Far From the Tree. In his book,...

Risk, Part 1 & 2

On the simplest level, we take risks to derive benefits. If the benefit outweighs the risk, we've made a good decision. But decisions are...

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The Longevity Puzzle

In a cluster of quiet mountain villages in Sardinia, Italy, something unusual is happening. A remarkable number of people are living into their hundreds. And...

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Almost Annual Ideas Levee

Whenever January 1 falls on a weekday, IDEAS host Paul Kennedy convenes a New Year's Levee for producers and freelancers. They provide our listeners a...

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