Week of Dec 24

Monday, December 24 & Tuesday, December 25
Happy Holidays! Ideas is pre-empted by CBC Network Holiday Programming

Wednesday, December 26
How a deformed, child-murdering, wife-beating, psychopathic hand puppet became a cultural icon, a famous satirical magazine, and a four-century-old folkplay cherished by small children for enacting horrendous acts of violence. A documentary by Chris Brookes.

Thursday, December 27
That is how the poet Sylvia Plath referred to the mirror, an important artifact in science and art, literature and philosophy, magic and folklore. Karen Virag explores the history and cultural significance of the mirror, and rediscovers the wonder inherent in reflection.

Friday, December 28
The War of 1812 wasn't the only important event that year in nascent Canada. That fall, the Earl of Selkirk established a small colony in what would become southern Manitoba. IDEAS host Paul Kennedy tells the story of how that tiny settlement changed Canada, introducing new ideas of what the west could be, including an early version of a multicultural Canada.

Ideas In The Afternoon - December 24
Why would thirteen guys all sit on the same side of a long table? IDEAS host Paul Kennedy tells the fascinating story behind the world's most famous painting and explores the fertile imagination of one of the greatest geniuses who ever lived.

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