This Week on Ideas

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.jpgMavis Gallant has 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.


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