Week of March 4

Monday, March 4
THE ENRIGHT FILES
As the cardinals gather in Rome to pick a new Pope, Michael Enright speaks with Garry Wills, who explains why his rejection of the Vatican hasn't shaken his Catholicism, and with legendary New York newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin, about his break from the Church over its moral failures in his 2004 book, The Church That Forgot Christ.

Tuesday, March 5
THINGS WE LOST IN THE WAR, Part 2
The East African nation of Somalia is the definition of a failed state. It has been without a central government since 1991, when the country's dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown. What followed were two decades of civil war, anarchy, failed Western intervention, Islamic fundamentalism and famine. Somali-born IDEAS contributor Hassan Ghedi Santur returns to his home-land to explore, "Things We Lost in the War."

Wednesday, March 6
A WORD TO THE WISE, Part 2
Times have changed. So has the study of wisdom. Philosophers, make room for the scientists! In this two-part series, Marilyn Powell talks to psychologists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists - and the wise that dwell among us - about a very old topic. What they have discovered about the nature of wisdom and being wise will enlighten and surprise you.

Thursday, March 7
RETHINKING DEPRESSION, Part 1
Depression. It has been called the mean reds. The blue devils. The black dog. And through history, treatments for depression have varied wildly. In the Middle Ages, depressives were caged in asylums. In Victorian England, wealthier patients were sent to seaside resorts for a change of air. In 1938, electroshock therapy was used. No wonder then, when the Age of the Antidepressant arrived, it was considered a triumph for psychiatry. Prozac came onto the market in 1987, followed quickly by many similar drugs. And since then, the number of people afflicted with depression has soared. However, in recent years, the antidepressant has come under siege. It is ineffective, even dangerous, some psychiatrists and patients now say, claiming it is not the panacea we thought it would be. In this 3 part program, Rethinking Depression, IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell explores the short and troubling history of the antidepressant. Part 2 airs Thursday, March 14; Part 2 airs March 21.

Friday, March 8
CANADA GOES DEEP
In the spring of 2012, Canadian film-maker James Cameron made headlines with a solo submarine dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench - the deepest place in the world's oceans. Also on the expedition were a core group of Canadians, including Dr. Joe MacInnis, who prepared the official National Geographic Society blog.


Ideas in the Afternoon - Monday, March 4
A WORD TO THE WISE, Part 1
Times have changed. So has the study of wisdom. Philosophers, make room for the scientists! In this two-part series, Marilyn Powell talks to psychologists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists - and the wise that dwell among us - about a very old topic. What they have discovered about the nature of wisdom and being wise will enlighten and surprise you.


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