Monday, February 13
104 PALL MALL
Ever since it was founded in 1836, London's exclusive Reform Club has
been a place where progressive people meet to discuss radical politics.
There's also a considerable Canadian connection. IDEAS host Paul Kennedy
takes a guided tour.
Tuesday, February 14
SAY NO TO HAPPINESS
Life is about being happy, right? Just ask the Dalai Lama, or any of the
best-selling authors on the subject, or the scientists who study the
benefits of being happy. But are we losing something else along the way:
the need for meaning in our lives? IDEAS producer Frank Faulk
examines the tension between our desire for happiness and our need for meaning.
Wednesday, February 15
THE FOUR SEASONS OF MAVIS GALLANT Mavis Gallant
written dozens of dazzling, sardonic, heart-breaking short stories. She
is acknowledged as a master of the short-story and has been showered
with honours. Yet she is not well known in her home country - Canada.
Now in her 90th year, she still lives in the same small Parisian
apartment she moved into almost 50 years ago. Rome-based writer and
journalist Megan Williams
spent almost a week with Gallant in
Paris, recording material for her documentary portrait: "The Four
Seasons of Mavis Gallant."
Thursday, February 16
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.
Friday, February 17
THE LAST COMMANDMENT: THOU SHALL NOT BEGUILE
The print newspaper is down, but not out. It remains a close friend to
hundreds of millions of people around the world - every day. Yet it is
threatened on two fronts: its ability to adapt profitably to 21st
century technology, and its declining trust-worthiness: Only 30 percent
of Canadians trust journalists - and it's not clear whether they are the
readers who have quit or the readers who remain. In the 2011 Dalton
Camp Lecture, veteran journalist Neil Reynolds says that to increase trust, there must be an end to anonymous sources.