This Week On Ideas

Monday, February 21
THE IDEA OF GENIUS, Part 2
genius-einstein-200.jpgWe live in awe of genius, of those few individuals capable of producing Hamlet, the Fifth Symphony, or the Theory of Relativity. Genius is more than talent, but what exactly is it? A gift? The result of extreme perseverance? Can anyone become a genius just by putting in enough hours? And why does genius so often border on madness? Science journalist Dan Falk explores our obsession with those who achieve greatness.

Tuesday, February 22
ON BEING A MUSLIM IN THE WEST
Amid continuing tension between Muslim and non-Muslim populations in many western countries, the question keeps coming back: Is Islam compatible with western values? Hassan Ghedi Santur asks if someone can embrace the secular, pluralist democratic values of the West and still be a "good" Muslim?

Wednesday, February 23
SHAMPER'S BLUFF
Photographer Freeman Patterson says, "the camera looks both ways." He welcomes IDEAS host Paul Kennedy to his idyllic home on the banks of New Brunswick's St. John River, where they talk about art, and nature.

Thursday, February 24
HAVE YOUR MEAT AND EAT IT TOO, Part 3
We North Americans love our meat. It's cheap, it's plentiful and it's oh so satisfying. Who, except vegetarians can resist the smell of steak, chicken or ribs sizzling on the barbeque? What was once reserved for special occasions has become our everyday fare, sometimes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every year, the average North American chomps through 30 whole chickens, a third of a pig and a tenth of a cow - that's about a half a pound of meat a day. And it's not just North America. Worldwide, the per capita consumption of meat has doubled in the past half century. In this 3-part series Jill Eisen asks the question: What do we really know about the meat we buy?

Friday, February 25
THE 2010 DALTON CAMP LECTURE
She has worked in the world's most dangerous places - Afghanistan, Iraq, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo - to report on the ravages of war and disease. Currently South Asia correspondent for the Globe and Mail, award-winning journalist Stephanie Nolen delivers the 2010 Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism.

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