Monday, January 21
VASARI'S MOST EMINENT LIVES
In the mid-1500s, Giorgio Vasari's
short biographies created
art history, the artist as genius and even the "Renaissance". Although
rife with inaccuracies and outright lies, his book is still the source
on Leonardo, Michelangelo, and many others. Tony Luppino
leafs through Vasari's Lives to see how it still shapes our ideas of art.
Tuesday, January 22
ICEBERG SHIP HABBAKUK
1942: Hitler's U-Boats are ravaging merchant ships that Britain depends
on for its survival. Enter a plan, for a gigantic warship, to help the
Allies win the Battle of the Atlantic. It will be built in Canada and
made from ... ice! Richard Longley
tells the story of iceberg ship Habbakuk, in all its icy eccentricity.
Wednesday, January 23
GENIUS BORN OF ANGUISH,
greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity or power, but
self-rejection," said Henri Nouwen, Catholic priest, teacher and
gay celibate. He has been called a psychologist of the soul. Born
in Holland in 1932, Nouwen wrote thirty-nine books about spirituality. He was
interested in the relationship between religion and psychology and studied at
the Menninger Clinic, one of the world's leading
psychiatric hospitals. He taught at Notre Dame, Yale and Harvard. Concerned
about people whom society had rejected, Nouwen spent the last ten years of his
life working with people with intellectual disabilities at the Daybreak L'Arche
community north of Toronto. A profile by Michael
Higgins based on Nouwen's writings, interviews with those who knew him, and
archival recordings of Nouwen himself.
Thursday, January 24
A SERPENT'S TALE
World religions and ancient mythology are replete with snake imagery and
folklore. Whether we fear them, love them, pray to them, keep them as
pets or eat them to increase virility, snakes have fascinated humans for
millennia. IDEAS contributor Hassan Ghedi Santur discusses the
mysterious evolutionary history of snakes and their fearsome reputation.
Along the way, he confronts his own case of ophidiophobia--you guessed
it: the "abnormal fear of snakes."
Friday, January 25
VALLEY OF THE DEER
Canadian video artist Jillian McDonald spent much of the past
year as 'artist in residence' at Glenfiddich Distillery, in the
highlands of Scotland. As a Burns' Night tribute to both Art and Whisky,
IDEAS host Paul Kennedy visits her in Dufftown, and watches while she makes single-malted art.
Ideas In The Afternoon - Monday, January 21
THE LONGEVITY PUZZLE
In a cluster of quiet mountain villages in Sardinia, Italy, something
unusual is happening. A remarkable number of people are living into
their hundreds. And in this global hotspot for longevity, there are
nearly as many male as female centenarians. Susan Pinker takes us to the Blue Zone of Sardinia as she searches for the answers to - Why?