This Week On Ideas

Monday, August 23
THE EVOLUTION OF CHARLES DARWIN, Part 4 darwin-thumb.jpg

IDEAS celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin's transformational and contentious book, On the Origin of Species. Darwin's theory of evolution through Natural Selection forever changed how we think about the living world. In this 4-part series, Seth Feldman guides us through the life and ideas of Charles Darwin, a creative genius Part 4, Darwin's Enduring Legacy: Why science and society today are still wrestling with Darwin's big idea.


Tuesday, August 24
THE MORBID AGE
In Britain, the time between World Wars 1 and 2 was filled with anxiety and fear. Many thinkers thought civilization was facing a terminal crisis. Historian Richard Overy chronicles those anxious years.

Wednesday, August 25
HAVE YOUR MEAT AND EAT IT TOO! Part 2
Meat eating has gotten a bad rap in recent years. It's blamed for everything from animal cruelty to global warming to swine flu and cancer. But Jill Eisen argues it's not meat that's the problem - it's the way we raise it. Most of our meat comes from mega-farms housing thousands of animals. Happily, there are alternatives that are humane, healthy and kind to the environment. Part 3 airs Wednesday, September 3.

Thursday, August 26
LEGENDS OF THE KWAK'WALA
Off the northern tip of Vancouver Island, a small group of people has survived since time began. Their stories capture the essence of their relationship with the sea and its creatures, and the rites, rituals and traditions that have survived despite their immersion in an ever-changing world.

Friday, August 27
THE BIOLOGY OF MIND
According to molecular biologist and Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel, mental functions are the result of different brain processes. The task of neuroscience is to discover "which particular processes combine to provide the richness of human mental experience." Eric Kandel talks to Marilyn Powell about what he calls the "biology of mind".

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