Week of Jan 20

Monday, January 20
The experiences of new immigrants are often shaped by the personalities of the cities in which they choose to settle. In a recent lecture for the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, British author and playwright Caryl Phillips explores the cultural legacies of colonialism, with a particular focus on the historical and cultural connections between Europe, Africa and the Americas. He examines the immigrant experience of identity, place and belonging, interweaving threads from many of his novels that hinge on cultural and social dislocation associated with the migratory experience, slavery, racism, and stereotyping. Caryl Philips lecture is titled: Cities by the Water: Postcolonial History and Participation by Newcomers.

Tuesday, January 21
WACHTEL ON THE ARTS - Richard Rogers
Eleanor Wachtel talks to internationally renowned British architect Richard Rogers, co-creator of the Pompidou Centre in Paris.  At 80-years-old, Richard Rogers remains engaged in major building projects in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. Currently he's involved in designing one of the new towers at the site of New York's World Trade Center.

Wednesday, January 22
We used to need libraries to make the sum of human knowledge available to all. Today we have Wikipedia, where the sum of human knowledge can be shaped by all of us. But can we trust it? Philip Coulter suggests that the collective mind is perhaps the best mind we have.

Thursday, January 23
With every evolution in military technology comes a shift in military tactics. And each shift in tactics pushes our understanding of what is permissible and what is ethical behaviour in war. The American military's use of drones brings with it uncomfortable moral questions. Journalist Naheed Mustafa visits Pakistan and explores the dilemmas posed by drone warfare.

Friday, January 24
Computers can defeat grandmasters at chess and trump the best trivia-hounds at Jeopardy!. Today they can help us navigate the drive home; soon they'll be doing the driving for us. Sixty years ago, Artificial Intelligence - "AI" - was in its infancy. Now it promises to transform our world beyond recognition. In this two part series, science journalist Dan Falk explores the new promise and peril of intelligent machines. Part 2 airs Friday, January 31.

Ideas in the Afternoon - Monday, January 20
Niccolo Machiavelli's name is synonymous with treachery and cunning. His most famous book, The Prince, was written exactly 500 years ago, and since then it's inspired political leaders around the world. It's been called a handbook for gangsters. Yet some scholars believe that it's a brilliant satire. IDEAS producer Nicola Luksic explores the case for both sides.


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