THE HEART OF THE BEAT
What is it about rhythm, pattern, and synchronization that fascinate us?
How do pacemaker cells in a heart synchronize? How can thousands of
people unconsciously walk in step? There so many recurring patterns in
nature like ripples in sand and the stripes of a zebra. In speaking with
musicians, mathematicians, and psychologists, filmmaker Tess Girard
explores the idea of rhythm and what it means to us.
Tuesday, April 23
MADELEINE BLAIR: NOBODY'S VICTIM
A rare and detailed account
of a prostitute and brothel owner in the Canadian west during the late
1800s reveals the integral role prostitutes played in shaping the
Canadian frontier. It was a period of huge transition where prostitution
and so-called 'vice' became the focus of social uplift campaigns which
gave birth to laws that are still in place today - laws currently
dangling before the Supreme Court.
Wednesday, April 24
PAYING FOR PARKING
We engineer our roads to accommodate traffic, but cars and other
vehicles spend almost all their time parked. All those parking spaces -
and finding them - cause huge economic, environmental, and even social
problems. Dave Redel
searches for a good spot to survey the situation.
Thursday, April 25
THE IMAGINARY ALBINO
From the 19th century freak show to the East African black market in
body parts to the modern cinema, the image of the albino has seized the
popular imagination. Garth Mullins
is a person with albinism and
at six feet, four inches tall, he stands out in a crowd. But recently
Garth didn't stand out...instead, he blended in at an Albinism
conference with a pale majority who looked a lot like him.
YORK IN FLAMES
Two hundred years ago, the muddy little town of York -- which is now
Toronto -- was burned to the ground by an invading American army. Paul Kennedy
revisits the battleground, as part of IDEAS continuing coverage of the War of 1812 bicentennial.
Ideas In The Afternoon - Monday, April 22MUR ECRAN, THE WINDSCREEN
Fermont, Quebec, was designed as the mining community of the future. Its
1.3 kilometre -long windscreen complex was built to shield residents
from the bitter sub-arctic climate. Forty years later, contributor Simon Nakonechny
heads north to find out what has become of this visionary town.