Week of October 7

Monday, October 7
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, The Enright Files explores our increasingly complicated and self-conscious relationship with food: from the proliferation of movements like locavorism to anxieties about what's in our food, how it's produced and what it's doing to our bodies. Michael Enright speaks with two maverick thinkers on food: Thomas Pawlick, the author of The End of Food, and Gary Taubes, the author of Why We Get Fat.

Tuesday, October 8

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, October 9
Science fiction writers have been dreaming up planets - and aliens -for years. But recently, astronomers have discovered hundreds of planets far beyond our solar system. Is there life on those planets, too? In fact and in fiction, Stephen Humphrey explores our need to know that we're not alone in the cosmos.

Thursday, October 10
C.S. Lewis, novelist, poet, literary critic, is considered by many as one of the great Christian thinkers and writers of the 20th century. His books on Christian faith have inspired millions, and his series The Chronicles of Narnia have won him a legion of fans among young readers. But Lewis is also known for being part of the legendary literary group, The Inklings, at Oxford University. Included in this circle of poets and novelists were J.R.R. Tolkien; Owen Barfield, philosopher and author of the ground-breaking book on the meaning of poetry, Poetic Diction; and Charles Williams, famed for his writing of "spiritual thrillers". In this two-part series IDEAS producer Frank Faulk looks at the vision forged by C.S. Lewis and The Inklings on what it means to be fully human. Part 2 airs Thursday, October 17.

Friday, October 11
How can health care professionals anticipate epidemics that seem to emerge from nowhere? How can they minimize the damage when they don't? 2013 Friesen Prize winner Dr. Harvey Fineberg has devoted his life to finding ways to deal with the unforeseeable future of medicine. IDEAS host Paul Kennedy in conversation with Dr. Harvey Fineberg.

Ideas in the Afternoon - Monday, October 7

Scent has been used for millennia to enhance sexual attraction and mask body odour. The manufacture of scent is a billion dollar industry in today's deodorized world. Cindy Bisaillon examines the psychology and neurology of smell and the fine line between scented sophistication and our own primal animal musk.

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