This Week On Ideas


Monday, May 16
THE BONES OF THE EARTH
Plate tectonics was a revolutionary scientific theory that shook our understanding of the planet. Chris Brookes and Paolo Pietropaolo take us to Newfoundland's Gros Morne National Park, the site of one of the world's best illustrations of plate tectonics in action.

Tuesday, May 17
WACHTEL ON THE ARTS
Eleanor Wachtel, host of Writers & Company, talks to  the American architect Peter Eisenman.  From houses that are - maybe - hard to live in, to a Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, to a massive City of Culture in Spain, his buildings surprise, provoke, and question what architecture is. 

Wednesday, May 18
UNTANGLING COMPLEXITY
The world feels like a kind of Rube Goldberg device - an intricate and complicated system delivering very modest results. People despair of social systems ever working properly, but maybe complexity is a good thing. A Calgary Institute for the Humanities Community Forum loosens a few knots.

Thursday, May 19
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
message-bottle.jpgMegan Williams tells us about composers Victor Ullmann and Gideon Klein who died in the Holocaust; of their struggle to create under the most horrific conditions; and of a group of modern-day scholars and musicians dedicated to reviving their long-silenced music.

Friday, May 20
HOMO(SAPIENS) NEANDERTHALENSIS, Part 1
More than 150 years after the first Neanderthal was discovered, we still can't agree on whether they were a separate species. Scientists excavate caves, chip flint to make stone tools, and use the very latest DNA sequencing techniques to try to understand them. IDEAS producer Dave Redel digs into the mysteries of the Neanderthals and discovers that knowing them is really about knowing ourselves. Part 2 airs Friday, May 27.

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