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After Atheism: New Perspectives on God and Religion, Part 5

Public discussion of religion tends to polarize between two extremes. But much of what people actually believe falls somewhere in between. David Cayley speaks to five thinkers whose books have charted new paths for religion. Part 5: Roger Lundin.

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After Atheism: New Perspectives on God and Religion, Part 4 (Encore May 3, 2012)

Public discussion of religion tends to polarize between two extremes. But much of what people actually believe falls somewhere in between. David Cayley speaks to five thinkers whose books have charted new paths for religion. Part 4: James Carse.

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After Atheism: New Perspectives on God and Religion, Part 3 (Encore May 2, 2012)

Public discussion of religion tends to polarize between two extremes. But much of what people actually believe falls somewhere in between. David Cayley speaks to five thinkers whose books have charted new paths for religion. Part 3: William Cavanaugh.

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After Atheism: New Perspectives on God and Religion, Part 2 (Encore May 1, 2012)

Public discussion of religion tends to polarize between two extremes. But much of what people actually believe falls somewhere in between. David Cayley speaks to five thinkers whose books have charted new paths for religion. Part 2: John Caputo

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After Atheism: New Perspectives on God and Religion, Part 1 (Encore, Apr 30, 2012)

Public discussion of religion tends to polarize between two extremes. But much of what people actually believe falls somewhere in between. David Cayley speaks to five thinkers whose recent books have charted new paths for religion. Part 1: Richard Kearney

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Just War Theory: So What?

Frank Faulk asks whether Just War Theory has become little more than an intellectual, moral and theological fraud, or whether it's actually provided constraints on an intrinsically violent phenomenon.

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Madness and the Prolonged War

From the Stratford Festival, General John de Chastelain and historian Nick Terpstra discuss the social consequences of war: when there is no longer a centre to hold, what happens to both communities and individuals?

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Wind of Another Planet: Music and the Great War

It's often been said that WW1 created who we are today: geopolitically and culturally. Robert Harris explains how music -- classical and popular -- both prefigured and reflected the war in the years leading up to the unprecedented destruction and after.

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World War One and The Birth of Public Relations

Ira Basen explores how the first global war gave rise to what we'd now call public relations.

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Margaret MacMillan and World War One

Margaret MacMillan is one of the world's leading scholars on World War One. She talks with Paul Kennedy about the origins of the war and what we've learned -- and failed to learn -- from it.

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The Global Eco-Crisis: Diversity, Resilience and Adaptability

Scientist, broadcaster and author David Suzuki looks at the role humans have played in shaping the planet. We must look to biology to find a strategy for survival, according to Suzuki in the 2014 Milton K. Wong Lecture.

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Undoing Forever

In labs around the world, scientists -- using the latest biotechnology -- are trying to bring extinct animals back to life. Britt Wray delves into the science, the ethics, and the implications of de-extinction for all animals, including us humans.

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Inhotim: Visions In Paradise

Inhotim, Brazil, started as the vast estate and art collection of mining magnate Bernardo Paz. But what began as an oasis of beauty has become a laboratory for Paz's vision of a better society. Can one man's dream can become a region's salvation?

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Wachtel On The Arts - Isaac Julien

Eleanor Wachtel talks to British filmmaker and video artist, Isaac Julien. His new documentary film Derek is about Derek Jarman, who is often described as the trailblazer of the New Queer Cinema movement that started in Britain in the 1980s.

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Neuron Therapy

What I.Q. was to the 20th century, self-regulation will be to the 21st. That's the prediction of psychologist and philosopher, Dr. Stuart Shanker. For decades he's been teaching kids how to self-regulate, so tantrums, meltdowns and lack of focus diminish.

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Scrutinizing Roger Scruton

Philosopher Roger Scruton is widely considered one of Britain's leading conservative thinkers. From a conference held in his honour at McGill University he argues that we need a sense of the transcendent to make sense of our lives.

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Behind the Throne

Biographers Jung Chang and Kristie Miller talk about the machinations of women who work 'behind the throne': the Empress Dowager Cixi, who was in effect the ruler of China for decades; and Edith Wilson, wife of U.S President Woodrow Wilson.

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Auroville: The Road to Utopia

People have been dreaming about finding, or creating, Utopia for ages. Ashley Walters travels to India, to the community of Auroville, to see how its utopian ideals have been realized, and sometimes compromised, in this age-old quest.

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Unspeakable Acts

We've known for a long time that torture doesn't work as a way to extract hidden information, but we still do it. A documentary by Philip Coulter based on an interview with Harvard professor Elaine Scarry.

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The Other "God Particle"

Millions of them course through our bodies every minute. Understanding them may help us discover the origins of the universe. They're called neutrinos. Scientist Ray Jayawardhana explains why he has a lifelong passion for this often overlooked particle.

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The Struggle Over Mein Kampf

What should be done with Hitler's autobiography "Mein Kampf"? Scholars in Munich are racing to produce a new, heavily annotated version of the book before the copyright expires in 2015.

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Ideas from the Trenches: The Theatre of News

Producers Tom Howell and Nicola Luksic follow the work of McGill University graduate student Stephen Wittek. He studies how theatrical plays in Elizabethan England fed the growth of modern news culture and the existence of an ongoing public conversation.

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Environment or Economy: At the Muskoka Summit

From the Muskoka Summit: some of the world's most respected ecologists debate one of the crucial questions of our time -- is it possible for economists to understand and appreciate the 'real' value of the environment?

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The Enright Files - World War One

One hundred years ago this month, Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo, lighting the fuse that detonated the First World War. Michael Enright talks with Historian Margaret MacMillan, Canadian actor RH Thomson and British

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Presenting the Killam Winners

Every year the Governor General hosts a gala to celebrate the recipients of the Canada Council Killam Prize. Five prizes for five individuals who have contributed significantly to their field of study. Each individual receives $100,000. Paul Kennedy inter

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In Rehearsal: Becoming Lear

Philip Coulter goes behind the scenes at the Stratford Festival to watch director Antoni Cimolino work with Colm Feore and the other cast members of King Lear, and to ask some questions: How do you put a character together; how do you become Lear?

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Fragile Freedoms - Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer is perhaps the most provocative feminist thinker in the world. In the final lecture from the series, Fragile Freedoms: the Global Struggle for Human Rights, Germaine Greer explores women and human rights.

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Green Growth: Can Profits Help the Planet?

It's widely acknowledged that unfettered economic growth is impossible. Yet our reliance on fossil fuels and a growth-based economy seem intractable. Is the notion of "green growth" the answer?

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Historic Montreal in Fact and Fiction

In a public forum at Montreal's Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, Paul Kennedy speaks with -- Elaine Kalman Naves, Mark Lavorato and Susan Doherty Hannaford -- who have recently written about the storied past of the city in which they live.

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