Week of Oct 21

Monday, October 21
GENERATION PORN
Thirty years ago a peek at the Playboy and Hustler centrefold seemed to be a rite of passage for teenage boys. Today, far from parental supervision, children as young as ten are viewing hardcore pornography on smart phones. The ramifications for young men and women are complex and disturbing. Hassan Ghedi Santur explores the long-term consequences of this burgeoning exposure to pornography.


Tuesday, October 22
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, October 23
STEALING HOME
To acknowledge the start of the 2013 World Series, while celebrating Paul Kennedy's 15 seasons as host of IDEAS, we rebroadcast his classic 1997 show about how Jackie Robinson broke the infamous colour barrier in Major League Baseball, and challenged the character of American society. Jackie Robinson's rookie season still stands as one of the most politically profound events in the history of organized sport.


Thursday, October 24
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.


Friday, October 25
BUGS R US - DR. BRETT FINLAY
We seem to be constantly at war with microbes - SARS, MERS, E.coli, C.difficle - filthy little organisms that threaten our health and safety. These pathogens can be deadly, but have we gone too far? Is eliminating our exposure to microbes actually detrimental to our well-being? That is one of the messages microbiologist Dr. Brett Finlay wants us to consider. He makes the case that we are entering a golden era in our understanding of microbes, and that new technologies give us unprecedented insights into health and disease.


Ideas in the Afternoon - Monday, October 21
DANCING IN THE DARK: THE INTELLIGENCE OF BEES
Bees are remarkable among insects. They can count, remember human faces, create mental maps and communicate through dance routines performed entirely in the dark. But are they intelligent? Even creative? Bee aficionado Stephen Humphrey, along with a hive of leading bee researchers and scientists, investigates the mental lives of bees.


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