Week of March 17

Monday, March 17
THE GREAT HUNGER, Part 2
Hunger and starvation are more often the result of human action rather than nature's caprice. And who lives and who dies are determined by a brutal calculus of power. Philip Coulter visits Ireland and Ukraine to tell the story of two "famines" that continue to shape these nations today. Part 2 takes a look at the Irish potato famine of the 1840's.


Tuesday, March 18
WACHTEL ON THE ARTS - Peter Sellars
Eleanor Wachtel talks to American theatre director Peter Sellars.  He's been described as a "visionary" and is well-known for his unique treatment of classical and contemporary operas and plays. Sellars is a social progressive, an internationalist, and something of a radical. When he puts opera on the stage, he never sticks to a traditional or literal treatment of the story.  His production of Handel's Hercules will open in Toronto next month.  Hercules, in Peter Sellars' vision, is no divine half-god from ancient myth. He's a modern American soldier, returning from war in Iraq or Afghanistan. He carries the deep psychological scars of that experience, suffering from what we now call post-traumatic stress disorder.

Wednesday, March 19
WALKING MATTERS, Part 2
Ever since our ancestors rose to their feet, our species has been defined by walking upright. But the act involves our minds as well as our bodies. We interpret the act of walking, and give it our stamp - from ramblers to Rousseau, from models and tramps to Buddhist monks. In this two-part series, Marilyn Powell explores the world of walking and what it means to us.


Thursday, March 20
CONFLICTED CITIES
It used to be that countries waged war against each other on a battlefield. But now cities are the new conflict zone. From London to Madrid, Baghdad to Nairobi, and Beirut to Mogadishu, civilians on their way to work or just having lunch are caught in the cross-fire. And it's not just terrorism threatening daily life in the city. Climate change, drug cartels and political revolutions all feed a ballooning security industry that promises us safety. IDEAS Contributor Hassan Ghedi Santur explores what happens when our neighbourhoods become high value targets.


Friday, March 21
IDEAS FROM THE TRENCHES - The Education Gap
There are about 50,000 PhD candidates in Canada, toiling away for years in relative obscurity. This is the second of an occasional series which attempts to turn their research into an hour of radio. In this episode, producers Tom Howell and Nicola Luksic follow the work of PhD student Kimberley Tavares. Initially driven to understand why a disproportionate number of black male youth disengage from the school system, she turns to the experiences of black women teachers and the lessons they hold for improving educational outcomes for all marginalized youth.


Ideas in the Afternoon - Monday, March 17
THE CROOKED PATH - THE ART OF JEFF WALL, Part 2
Jeff Wall's art exudes dramatic power. His large-scale photographic tableaux are in many of the world's most important art collections. And what the Vancouver-based artist has done with the photographic medium has secured him a place in art history. Curator Ann Pollock explores with Jeff Wall the trajectory of his remarkable career.




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