This Week On Ideas

Monday, January 2
bones-earth.jpgTHE BONES OF THE EARTH
Plate tectonics was a revolutionary scientific theory that shook our understanding of the planet. Chris Brookes takes us to Newfoundland's Gros Morne National Park, the site of one of the world's best illustrations of plate tectonics in action.

Tuesday, January 3
THE IDEA OF GENIUS, Part 1
We 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. Part 2 airs Tuesday, January 10.

Wednesday, January 4
SYNTHETIC LIFE
Craig Venter was the first person to have his genome sequenced. Recently he and his colleagues at the J. Craig Venter Institute created a synthetic organism that could be a key to the foods and fuels of the future.  Dr. Venter speaks about synthetic life and about a project to map the diversity of the microbial world. His lecture was the inaugural Wall Exchange, a new public lecture series in Vancouver presented by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies in the University of British Columbia.

Thursday, January 5 - Friday, January 6
THE NEW REVOLUTIONARIES
Women have been identified by economists, social scientists, politicians and pundits as key to moving forward on issues like poverty, violence and conflict. Sally Armstrong takes us around the globe, where localized acts of female emancipation are literally improving the prospects for humankind at large.


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