Monday, September 6AND THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS...
The late British philosopher Bertrand Russell
observed, "Most of the greatest evil that man has inflicted upon man comes through people feeling quite certain about something which, in fact, was false." Producer Frank Faulk
explores the dangers of moral certainty.
Tuesday, Septmber 7SCULPTING SOUNDMarshall McLuhan
called acoustic space a "sphere whose centre is everywhere and margins nowhere." Acoustic artists Janet Cardiff
and George Bures Miller
use sound to drag us across the margins of reality.
Wednesday, September 8 - Thursday, September 9 SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER
In the weeks before the G8 Summit in Muskoka, leading environmentalists and concerned citizensgather nearby to prepare a public statement about the crucial importance of fresh water to the future of our planet. IDEAS host Paul Kennedy
moderates the proceedings.
Friday, September 10THE ORIGINS OF THE MODERN PUBLIC
, Part 1
Publicity was once the exclusive property of men of rank. They alone, by virtue of their stations, could make things public. During the 18th century it became meaningful to talk about "public opinion" as something formed outside the state. Today anyone with a Twitter account can make a public. In this series IDEAS producer David Cayley
examines how publics were formed in Europe, between 1500 and 1700, and how these early publics grew into the concept of "the public" that we hold today.