Week of August 6

Monday, August 6
THE ART OF REASONING
A bronze bust of Pierre Bédard was recently unveiled in the Quebec National Assembly. Bédard was a journalist, politician, judge and nationalist leader of Lower Canada, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He was an early advocate of responsible government. Bédard was also a philosopher who engaged in imaginary dialogues with Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot and Montesquieu. IDEAS host Paul Kennedy explores his significance for Quebec today.

Tuesday, August 7
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Alcoholism. Respiratory disease. Cancer. Obesity.  We're told that these can be the results of genetics, stress and poor nutrition. But in recent years, an extraordinary, retrospective study reveals that childhood abuse may lie at the core of some diseases that show up in middle-aged adults. IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell talks to Dr. Vincent Felitti about the physiological results of psychological trauma.

Wednesday, August 8
IN THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW
Harvard professor James Kugel is one of the world's leading biblical scholars. Ten years ago he was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. His illness forced him to further reflect on themes he's been studying for decades - the nature of human spirituality and our changing conception of God.

Thursday, August 9
FOOTPRINTS KENYA
An ongoing annual series about the connection between Sport and Society, "Footprints 2012" takes IDEAS host Paul Kennedy to the Great Rift Valley, in Kenya. He spends time in the training camp for distance runners that may produce pots of gold at this summer's London Olympics.

Friday, August 10
RECIVILIZATION, Part 5: Rebooting the Public Square
In the finale episode, Don Tapscott takes us into the public square to look at how governments must re-engage with citizens. This means leaving behind the traditional model of command and control and into moving into an era of openness and transparency. Citizens need accessible data so they can participate fully in designing effective policy and public services. It also means protecting the web as a public space.

Ideas in the Afternoon - Monday, August 6
FOOTPRINTS KENYA
An ongoing annual series about the connection between Sport and Society, "Footprints 2012" takes IDEAS host Paul Kennedy to the Great Rift Valley, in Kenya. He spends time in the training camp for distance runners that may produce pots of gold at this summer's London Olympics.

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