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The 2012 Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism

Nahlah Ayed, correspondent for CBC's The National, delivers the 2012 Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. She's the author...

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Left Behind

Over the past 30 years, the benefits of economic growth in Canada, the US and much of the rest of the world, have gone increasingly...

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George MacMartin's Big Canoe Trip

In 1905, George MacMartin, Treaty Commissioner for Ontario, accompanied by federal commissioners and native guides, journeyed through rapids and hiked through the wilds to meet...

The Power of Colour

Red is passion and lust, courage and sacrifice. Blue is happy, or sad, or - in German - drunk. In India, yellow is said to...

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Homo (Sapiens) Neanderthalensis, Part 1 & 2

Neanderthal remains have been found from France and Spain in the west, to Israel and Uzbekistan in the east, and from Germany in the north...

The Bones of the Earth

Plate tectonics was a revolutionary scientific theory that shook our understanding of the planet. Chris Brookes and Paolo Pietropaolo take us to Newfoundland's Gros Morne...

Chinese Laundry Kids

Chinese hand laundries used to be a fixture in every town and city. They were so common place that the occupation of "laundryman" became synonymous...

The Malaise of Modernity, Part 1 - 5

Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor is Canada's best known and most widely read contemporary thinker. In books like Sources of the Self and A Secular Age,...

Speaking Flowers

The gisaeng of Korea were female entertainers. Accomplished in fine arts, poetry and prose, they laid the foundation for Korean female literature and medicine, even...

Legends of The Ahtahkakoop

These evocative stories from the Ahtahkakoop, a Plains Cree nation in central Saskatchewan, create a world where the buffalo once reigned supreme, animals protected each...

The Idea of Genius, Part 1 & 2

We live in awe of genius, of those few individuals capable of producing Hamlet, the Fifth Symphony, or the Theory of Relativity. Genius is more...

It's A Girl's World

What does the social world of girls look like? At first glance, it's about sharing secrets, giggling over boys and carefree fun. But lurking underneath...

A Bucket With Your Name On It

On the day following his death in 2008, there were found in writer David Cole's closet, memoirs of the dark comedy of his youth. David...

Dogs Themselves, Part 1 - 3

New evidence reveals what dogs understand, about their world and about people, what they say and how they say it - to each other and...

Original Strange Spare

Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins embraced the ecstatic in nature. Conflicted by a repressed homosexuality, he entered the priesthood and adopted the rigours of Jesuit...

Shanghai Ladies

Painted posters of beautiful women were used to sell all manner of goods in 1920s China. Broadcaster Christina Wong asks if these are images of...

Being Canadian, Part 1 & 2

Ideas, stories, and reflections on being Canadian: who we are, what we are, and what it means to be a citizen of Canada today. From...

Inventing Dinosaurs, Part 1 & 2 (Listen)

Dragons? Sea serpents? Giants? What manner of antediluvian beast left its bones in the cliffs and quarries of Victorian England? The answer came from a...

To Be Or Not To Be, Part 1 & 2

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated one million people kill themselves every year. In Canada alone, 3,000 people die by their own...

Ten Thousand Spirits (Listen)

A religion going back to the Stone Age is enjoying a newfound popularity in modern-day Korea. Once reviled and driven underground, shamanism today is thriving...

Pasta: The Long and Short of It

Pasta, a simple amalgam of wheat flour and water, is one of the world's most popular staples. It's Italy's gift to humanity. With its hundreds...

Seeing Red, Part 1 & 2 (Listen)

They are misfits. Witches. Children. Just a few of the labels used to portray menstruating women over time. The Bible has described the bleeding woman...

Ocean Mind, Part 1 & 2 (Listen)

Life on earth began in the ocean and then moved onto the land. But one precocious line of mammals returned to the sea. How has...

Have Your Meat and Eat It Too! Part 1 - 3

Meat eating has gotten a bad rap in recent years. It's blamed for everything from animal cruelty to global warming to swine flu and cancer....

The Origins of the Modern Public, Parts 1-14 (Listen)

Publicity was once the exclusive property of men of rank. They alone, by virtue of their stations, could make things public. During the 18th century...

The Great Hunger, Part 1 & 2

True famine is rarer than you might think. Most people in famine-prone lands have learned to adapt to nature's fickle ways. Food shortages and starvation...

It's A Teen's World: Wired for Sex, Lies and Power Trips, Part 1-3

Kids today are active players in a sexually charged popular culture, fuelled by media and personal technology. But at what cost? Whether it's posting sexy...

Moral Clarity (Listen)

How do we responsibly talk about good and evil? What does realism really mean? How are morality and religion connected? Philosopher Susan Neiman wants to...

Wise Guys

Crows can reason, solve problems, and have long memories. They know more about us, and our habits, than we know about them. IDEAS producer Yvonne...

Looking Up, Part 1 & 2 (Listen)

Four hundred years ago, a novel optical device from Holland made its way to Italy and into the hands of a free-thinking mathematician named Galileo...

The Trail of Tears, Part 1 & 2 (Listen)

In 1838, the Cherokee of the American southeast, one of the Five Civilized Tribes, were forced out of their farms and towns and relocated eight...

Message In A Bottle

Megan Williams tells us about composers Victor Ullmann and Gideon Klein who died in the Holocaust; of their struggle to create under the most horrific...

The Tale of Genji (Listen)

It is considered the world's first novel, written in the 11th century by a 30 year-old Japanese woman. The Tale of Genji has been interpreted...

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Pleasures of the Flesh, Part 1 & 2 (Listen)

The French have an old and rich tradition of eroticism, celebrating the dark as well as the luminous side of sexuality. Gilbert Reid explores French...

Living On Oxford Time (Listen)

The guidebooks say that "time stands still" among the dreaming spires of Oxford - and modern physics seems to agree. Journalist Dan Falk meets with...

You Are "Pre-Diseased", Part 1 & 2 (Listen)

Why wait until you are diagnosed with cancer, if you can hunt it down before it could kill you? Why not get a simple high...

In Praise of Ice, Parts 1 & 2 (Listen)

For more than 4 billion years, ever since comets first crashed into the Earth, ice has been inextricably linked to life on this planet. From...

Visions of Fire, Part 1 & 2

Ideas about fire, domesticated and wild, past and present, bringer of life and death and life again. Exceedingly rare in some places and times, fire...

Shadows on Sparks Street (Listen)

On April 7, 1868, one of the Fathers of Confederation was gunned down just steps away from Parliament Hill.  The murder of Thomas D'Arcy McGee...

Stories of the Southesk Collection

In 1859 an eccentric Scottish nobleman toured Rupert's Land. Edmonton writer Paula Simons explores how the souvenirs he collected provide fresh understanding of the complex...

The Hurried Infant, Part 1 & 2 (Listen)

In 1981 a new book called The Hurried Child warned us that children were being pushed too far, too fast. Dr. David Elkind's book became...

The Brains of Babes, Part 1 - 3 (Listen)

The centuries-old Jesuit saying, "give me a child until he's 7 and I will show you the man", may be true in more ways than...

The Evolution of Charles Darwin, Part 1 - 4 (Listen)

IDEAS celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin's transformational and contentious book, On the Origin of Species. Darwin's theory of evolution through...

Lands of Crystal

Montreal writer George Tombs boards the Canadian research ship Amundsen for a scientific odyssey in the Arctic Archipelago. Top researchers from 10 countries are trying...

Climate Wars, Part 1 - 3 (Listen)

Global warming is moving much more quickly than scientists thought it would. Even if the biggest current and prospective emitters - the United States, China...

Gilbert Reid's France, Parts 1 - 5 (Listen)

France is capricious and contradictory; she's traditional and revolutionary; she's archaic and ultra-modern. She exalts in joie-de-vivre and pops anti-depressants. She disdains the vulgar marketplace,...

How To Think About Science, Part 1 - 24 (Listen)

If science is neither cookery, nor angelic virtuosity, then what is it?Modern societies have tended to take science for granted as a way of knowing,...
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