- June 2011
Wednesday, June 1
ON BEING A MUSLIM IN THE WEST, Part 2
Amid continuing tension between Muslim and non-Muslim populations in many western countries, the question keeps coming back: Is Islam compatible with western values? Hassan Ghedi Santur asks if someone can embrace the secular, pluralist democratic values of the West and still be a “good” Muslim?
Thursday, June 2
IDEAS host Paul Kennedy presents highlights from a day-long symposium of elite athletes and high-powered academics convened to consider the importance of “Sport” in “Society”.
Friday, June 3
OF MICE & MEN
A leading researcher in molecular biology, Shirley Tilghman, was awarded the 2010 Henry G. Friesen Prize in Health Research. She has been president of Princeton University since 2001, a first for a Canadian and a woman. She talks with IDEAS host Paul Kennedy about women in science.
Monday, June 6
THE ENRIGHT FILES
Our monthly Monday night feature with Michael Enright, host of The Sunday Edition, in conversation with some of the most original and influential thinkers of our time.
Tuesday, June 7
THUCYDIDES: THE FIRST JOURNALIST
About 2,500 years ago, Thucydides travelled ancient Greece, gathering stories about a brutal war that plunged the ancient world into chaos. He set high standards for accuracy, objectivity and thoroughness in his reporting. IDEAS producer Nicola Luksic explains why his account of the Peloponnesian War is relevant today.
Wednesday, June 8
Friday, June 10
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 Gall explores the world of the urban crow and reveals how crows are a lot like us.
Thursday, June 9
THE IDEA OF GENIUS, Part 1
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 than talent, but what exactly is it? A gift? The result of extreme perseverance? Can anyone become a genius just by putting in enough hours? And why does genius so often border on madness? In this two-part series, science journalist Dan Falk explores our obsession with those who achieve greatness. Part 2 airs Thursday, June 16.
THE BIOLOGY OF MIND
According to molecular biologist and Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel, mental functions are the result of different brain processes. The task of neuroscience is to discover "which particular processes combine to provide the richness of human mental experience." Eric Kandel talks to
Marilyn Powell about what he calls the "biology of mind".
Monday, June 13
LEADING UNDER FIRE
What do leaders do? That's the question Dr. Joe MacInnis asked people at all levels of the Canadian forces in Afghanistan. He considers how changing concepts of leadership affect the daily lives of soldiers who are under constant fire.|
Tuesday, June 14
CULTURE WITHOUT A COUNTRY
Once the cradle of civilization, Iraq today is a broken society. It teems with poverty, blood-shed and economic instability. These factors make it unlikely that Iraq will follow in the steps of other Arab countries whose citizens have been pressing for freedom. It wasn’t always this way. IDEAS producer Mary O’Connell presents the lives of intellectuals and activists who’ve spent years trying to fight authoritarianism.
Wednesday, June 15
York University philosopher Stuart Shanker is one of the world's leading thinkers on "kids with disorders." The author of twenty books on philosophy and human development, he incorporates the latest knowledge we have about the brain to improve the lives of struggling children. He talks with IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell.
Thursday, June 16
THE IDEA OF GENIUS, Part 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 than talent, but what exactly is it? A gift? The result of extreme perseverance? Can anyone become a genius just by putting in enough hours? And why does genius so often border on madness? In this two-part series, science journalist Dan Falk explores our obsession with those who achieve greatness
Friday, June 17
What's in a memory? An original in the field of memory research, Endel Tulving shares his insights. Mental time-travel through what he terms "episodic memory" may have been one of "the drivers of the evolution of culture". A free-wheeling conversation with Marilyn Powell about memory
and the mind.
Monday, June 20
SAY NO TO HAPPINESS
Life is about being happy, right? Just ask the Dalai Lama…or any of the best-selling authors on the subject…or the scientists who study the benefits of being happy. But are we losing something else along the way: the need for meaning in our lives? IDEAS producer Frank Faulk examines the tension between our desire for happiness and our need for meaning.
Tuesday, June 21
WACHTEL ON THE ARTS
A monthly IDEAS feature with CBC Radio’s celebrated arts journalist Eleanor Wachtel. Each month, she takes an in-depth look at what’s new, exciting and important in film, opera, the visual arts, theatre, dance and architecture.
Wednesday, June 22 - Thursday, June 23
His name is synonymous with the words “Canadian nationalist”. Mel Hurtig’s voice has been prominent in discussions about the country for almost fifty years. He is a bookseller, a publisher and a catalyst for debate on subjects ranging from child poverty to nuclear arms. IDEAS producer Kathleen Flaherty traces Mel Hurtig’s lifelong quest to shape a Canada he passionately believes in.
Friday, June 24
BURQAS AND BANS: FREEDOM OR OPPRESSION?
The outspoken and controversial women's rights activist Farzana Hassan explores whether the niqab, the face-covering veil traditionally worn by Islamic women, is a symbol of religious expression or a tool of oppression. IDEAS recorded her delivering the 2011 UBC/Laurier Institution Multiculturalism Lecture in Vancouver.
Monday, June 27
THE MUNK DEBATES
IDEAS semi-annual broadcast of the Munk Debates, an initiative of the Aurea Foundation, a charitable organization founded in 2006 by Peter and Melanie Munk to “improve the quality and vitality of public debate in Canada.
Wednesday, June 29
HUMAN RIGHTS AND MULTICULTURALISM: AN EVENING WITH IRSHAD MANJI
IDEAS host Paul Kennedy moderates a discussion with Irshad Manji, the critically acclaimed author of The Trouble With Islam, on the impact of individual rights on social integration and Canadian society. How do responsibilities play into the process of integration within a diverse society? How should we address rights that are in conflict?