The 2011 CBC Massey Lectures - Winter: Five Windows on the Season

Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik

All this week, an encore presentation of the 2011 CBC Massey Lectures by Adam Gopnik.

In 2011, the CBC Massey Lectures celebrated 50 years with bestselling author, essayist, cultural observer, and famed New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik.

Winter: Five Windows on the Season, is a wide-ranging yet intimate tour of the season that shows how science, economics, psychology and religion made for a new and modern idea of winter. Throughout, Gopnik emphasizes a recurring theme: our love for the winter world outdoors can't be separated from the struggle to understand our own interior world.

Please note: Only Part 1 of Winter: Five Windows on the Season is available for listening on demand.  To listen to Part 1, and for details on how to download the 5-part series from iTunes, visit the 2011 CBC Massey Lectures web page.

massey-lectures-vertical-lo.jpgTo celebrate the Massey Lectures 50th anniversary we have made as much audio as possible available online.

The CBC has commissioned the annual Massey Lectures since 1961. They were unveiled in late February by the vice-president and general manager of English networks, H.G. Walker. "Each year," he said in the press release announcing the series, "the CBC will invite a noted scholar to undertake study or original research in his field and present the results in a series of half-hour radio broadcasts." He continued, saying that he hoped the lectures would "make significant contributions to public awareness and understanding and... further development of the art of broadcasting."

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