Monday, July 29
GENIUS BORN OF ANGUISH
, Part 3
"The greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity or power, but self-rejection," said Henri Nouwen
Catholic priest, teacher and closeted gay celibate. He has been called a
psychologist of the soul. Born in Holland in 1932, Nouwen wrote
thirty-nine books about spirituality. He taught at Yale, Harvard and the
Menninger Clinic, one world's leading psychiatric hospitals. Concerned
about people whom society had rejected, Nouwen spent the last ten years
of his life working with mentally challenged people 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.
Tuesday, July 30
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.
Wednesday, July 31
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, August 1
RETURN TO TRIPOLI
Libyan novelist Hisham Matar
was still a boy when his family fled
to Cairo in order to escape the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi. In a
public interview at Montreal's Blue Metropolis Literary Festival
, he tells IDEAS host Paul Kennedy
about his recent return to a country that his imagination never left.
Friday, August 2
was a 17th century lens grinder known for his
precision optical work. But it was his philosophy that made this
Dutch-Jewish thinker famous, then and now. IDEAS host Paul Kennedy
explores how Spinoza's thoughts on God, the universe, ethics and
politics helped ignite the flame that became the Enlightenment.
Ideas in the Afternoon - Monday, July 29RETHINKING DEPRESSION
, Part 2
Over the years, the descriptions have varied: "melancholia", "the Black Dog", "down in the dumps".
The term most used today is "depression". The World Health Organization
says depression is set to become second only to heart disease as the
world's leading disability by the year 2020. An alarming conclusion when
you consider the history. One hundred years ago depression was thought
to be extremely rare, with 1% of the population suffering. Today it's
often called the common cold of mental illness. But just how effective
are antidepressants in treating depression?