Week of May 6

Monday, May 6
THE ENRIGHT FILES
Two of this year's most momentous musical anniversaries are about spring. This month marks the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, and 70 years ago Aaron Copland wrote his masterwork, Appalachian Spring. Michael Enright talks to Robert Harris about how The Rite of Spring changed the world, and to Eric Friesen about how Appalachian Spring became a quintessential American classic.

Tuesday, May 7
STRETCHING THE CANVAS
Calgary artist John Will's greatest work of art may be John Will himself. He is a trouble-maker, scamp, and rapscallion. Jim Brown takes us on a guided tour of Will's latest: the first-ever visual art show created for radio.... through the life of a bohemian extraordinaire.

Wednesday, May 8
MY BROTHER'S - AND MY SISTER'S - KEEPER, Part 2
Anything you can do to make someone's life better, you must do. Right? But how much do you owe to other people, and who should you help: your family, your neighbours, strangers in far-away-countries? In this two-part series, philosophers Michael Blake, Simone Chambers and Arthur Ripstein, along with IDEAS producer Sara Wolch, consider the limits and the extent of our obligations to others, as individuals and as a society.

Thursday, May 9
IDOLATRY FOR BEGINNERS
At a time of widespread obsession with everything from money to celebrity to the latest in techno gadgetry, does the idea of idolatry have more than religious significance? IDEAS producer Frank Faulk explores the meaning of idolatry in a secular age.

Friday, May 10
LEGENDS OF THE ILNU OF MASHTEUIATSH
Take a journey back in time when humans and animals spoke the same language, when humans survived because of lessons learned from the animals. From the shores of Lac St. Jean in Northern Quebec come these ancient stories of the Mashteuiatsh Ilnu. These dramatized versions cross the boundaries of time and are as powerful now as they were ten thousand years ago. CBC Radio's Legends Project compiles traditional oral stories, legends and histories of Canada's Inuit and First Nations, gathered in communities across the country. To find out more, go to the Legends Project website.


Ideas In The Afternoon - Monday, May 6
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.


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