This Week On Ideas

Monday, June 6
THE ENRIGHT FILES
Michael Enright, host of The Sunday Edition, in conversation with historians, observers and activists about the meaning of the Federal General Election in May of 2011. Michael talks with Tom Flanagan, Antonia Maioni, Lisa Samson, Stephen Clarkson, Ron Graham and Neil Reynolds as well as a quartet of very surprised university students who have found themselves elected to the House of Commons.

Tuesday, June 7
THUCYDIDES: THE FIRST JOURNALIST
About 2,500 years ago, Thucydides travelled ancient Greece, gathering stories about a brutal war that plunged the ancient world into chaos. He set high standards for accuracy, objectivity and thoroughness in his reporting. IDEAS producer Nicola Luksic explains why his account of the Peloponnesian War is relevant today.

Wednesday, June 8
WISEGUYS
Crows can reason, solve problems, and have long memories. They know more about us, and our habits, than we know about them. IDEAS producer Yvonne Gall explores the world of the urban crow and reveals how crows are a lot like us.

Thursday, June 9
THE IDEA OF GENIUS, Part 1
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? In this two-part series, science journalist Dan Falk explores our obsession with those who achieve greatness. Part 2 airs Thursday, June 16.

Friday, June 10
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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