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Voyage of the "Undesirables": Remembering the Komagata Maru

Passengers aboard the Komagata Maru when it arrived in Vancouver harbour on May 23, 1914. Passengers were dressed to go ashore. They were never allowed to leave the ship.

Passengers aboard the Komagata Maru when it arrived in Vancouver harbour on May 23, 1914. Passengers were dressed to go ashore. They were never allowed to leave the ship.

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They were Canada's first boat people: 100 years ago, the freighter Komagata Maru, carrying 376 Punjabi immigrants from British India, was prevented from landing in Vancouver. Producer Yvonne Gall tells the story of this shameful chapter in our history, and how it still resonates today....

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Moses Znaimer's ideacity Conference - Remaking Ourselves

Moses Znaimer's ideacity Conference - Remaking Ourselves

ideacity is a three-day gathering of minds held each June in Toronto, produced and presented by Moses Znaimer. IDEAS features highlights from the conference. In this episode: speakers ponder how we can start to really understand other people, other cultures and ways of thought. For more information about ideacity and future conferences, visit the ideacity website.

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Genetic Genius

Genetic Genius
Dr. Lap-Chee Tsui is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research. After his public lecture at the University of Ottawa, he talks with IDEAS host Paul Kennedy about how a boy who remembers raising tadpoles in Hong Kong became the scientist who ultimately isolated and identified the gene that causes cystic fibrosis. Working in a lab at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Dr. Tsui determined that the disease results from a deficiency in the seventh human chromosome. The discovery was made more than a quarter century ago, prior to the widespread use of computer sequencing, and before the inauguration of the Human Genome Project.

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Hit Delete

Hit Delete

Some neuroscientists believe they are on the verge of being able to delete memories. It could mean a cure for people who suffer from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). But at what cost to the individual and at what cost to society? Dick Miller delves into the science and the ethics of memory deletion.

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Undoing Forever

Undoing Forever

Extinction is supposed to be forever. But in labs around the world, scientists -- using the latest biotechnology -- are trying to bring extinct animals back to life. From passenger pigeons to woolly mammoths, Britt Wray delves into the science, the ethics, and the implications of de-extinction for all animals, including us humans.

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Bioinvasion: Attack of the Alien Species!

Bioinvasion: Attack of the Alien Species!

Millions of YouTube viewers have seen the jumping silver carp. It can weigh up to 100 lbs, leap 10 feet in the air and hit you square in the face as you paddle your canoe. It's just the newest in a long line of "celebrity alien invaders". Barbara Nichol examines the phenomenon of invasive species: a story as much about human nature as about nature.

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Moses Znaimer's ideacity Conference - Augmenting Ourselves

Moses Znaimer's ideacity Conference - Augmenting Ourselves

ideacity is a three-day gathering of minds held each June in Toronto, produced and presented by Moses Znaimer. IDEAS features highlights from the conference. In this episode: Humans love tools, and speakers explore new devices for doing things -- maybe even leaving the earth. For more information about ideacity and future conferences, visit the ideacity website.

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Beyond Human Rights

Beyond Human Rights
Payam Akhavan teaches international law at McGill University and has worked in and appeared at international courts in The Hague. In the 2014 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture, Payam Akhavan argues that our world needs more than laws and legal niceties: it has to be built on empathy. The Vancouver Human Rights Lecture is presented by The Laurier Institution and UBC Continuing Studies, in partnership with alumni UBC.

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Dissolving Borders

What will the world look like in seven years?

Dissolving Borders

Spur is a talk series held across Canada organized by the Literary Review of Canada. It features speakers who try to envision what the world will look like in seven years. One of the speakers at this year's festival was Diane Francis, journalist, author and editor-at-large at the National Post. She spoke in Calgary about the shifting sands of geopolitical realities. Later, she joined host Paul Kennedy in studio where they teased out the implications of her predictions.

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Wachtel On The Arts - Julie Taymor

Wachtel On The Arts - Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor, the first woman to win a Tony Award for Best Musical (with her smash-hit The Lion King) talks to Eleanor about her newest movie, a film version of her stage play, A Midsummer Night's Dream.  It's Taymor's third Shakespeare film. Julie Taymor is a daring and brilliant interpreter of Shakespeare's work. In her conversation with Eleanor, she talks about why she keeps returning to him, and about her own artistic journey from the avant-garde to the heights of commercial success.

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O Say, Can You See?

O Say, Can You See?

In the fourth part of IDEAS' ongoing commemoration of the War of 1812, host Paul Kennedy visits the battlefields at Washington (where the White House was famously torched) and Baltimore (which ultimately inspired the American national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner).

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