Nov 25, 2014 | 53:58Ideas Letters from the Front Audio
Ideas Letters from the Front Nov 25, 2014 | 53:58Soldiers from Perth County in Southern Ontario went to the First World War and sent letters home to their loved ones, writing about their daily experiences: what they were seeing and doing, as well as their fears of dying.
Nov 21, 2014 | 53:59Ideas The Munk Debates: A More Dangerous Place? Audio
Ideas The Munk Debates: A More Dangerous Place? Nov 21, 2014 | 53:59Is American foreign policy making the world a more dangerous place? That's the question participants discuss in the most recent Munk Debates. On the "yes" side: Bret Stephens and Robert Kagan. On the "no" side: Fareed Zakaria and Anne-Marie Slaughter.
Nov 24, 2014 | 54:00Ideas Rewilding Audio
Ideas Rewilding Nov 24, 2014 | 54:00After centuries of negative human impact on our landscapes, some people are calling for rewilding: allowing landscapes to revert back to a natural state. Anik See takes a look at rewilding efforts in Canada and in the Netherlands.
Nov 11, 2003 | 54:22Ideas The Truth About Stories - Part 1 Audio
Ideas The Truth About Stories - Part 1 Nov 11, 2003 | 54:22Beginning with Native oral stories, -winning author and scholar Thomas King weaves his way through literature and history, religion and politics, popular culture and social protest, in an effort to make sense of North America's relationship with its Aboriginal peoples.
Jun 25, 2014 | 54:00Ideas Wind of Another Planet: Music and the Great War Audio
Ideas Wind of Another Planet: Music and the Great War Jun 25, 2014 | 54:00It'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.
Nov 10, 2003 | 54:22Ideas The Truth About Stories - Part 2 Audio
Ideas The Truth About Stories - Part 2 Nov 10, 2003 | 54:22Beginning with Native oral stories, -winning author and scholar Thomas King weaves his way through literature and history, religion and politics, popular culture and social protest, in an effort to make sense of North America's relationship with its Aboriginal peoples.
May 15, 2013 | 54:00Ideas Rethinking Depression - Part 1 (Mar. 7, 2013 Encore) Audio
Ideas Rethinking Depression - Part 1 (Mar. 7, 2013 Encore) May 15, 2013 | 54:00Depression. It has been called the mean reds. The blue devils. The black dog. And through history, treatments for depression have varied wildly. In the Middle Ages, depressives were caged in asylums. In Victorian England, wealthier patients were sent to seaside resorts for a change of air. In the 1930’s, procedures like lobotomies and electroconvulsive therapy were used. Psychiatry’s tools were crude and limited. No wonder then, when the Age of the Antidepressant arrived, it was considered psychiatry’s triumph. Prozac came onto the market in 1988, followed quickly by many similar drugs. But, since then, the number of people afflicted with depression has soared. Mary O'Connell explores the short and troubling history of the antidepressant.
Sep 16, 2013 | 53:59Ideas Friedrich Nietzsche Audio
Ideas Friedrich Nietzsche Sep 16, 2013 | 53:59"God is dead. And we have killed him." These notorious words were written by the 19th century German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche. Through his brilliant and explosive writings, he became known as a severe critic of religion and conventional morality.
Dec 10, 2013 | 54:00Ideas The Degrowth Paradigm Audio
Ideas The Degrowth Paradigm Dec 10, 2013 | 54:00Degrowthers believe we need a more modest and sane alternative to the constant pressures of expansion that are destroying the ecological basis of our existence. Richard Swift explores the degrowth alternative, in theory and in practice.
Nov 11, 2004 | 54:22Ideas A Short History of Progress - Part 1 Audio
Ideas A Short History of Progress - Part 1 Nov 11, 2004 | 54:22In A Short History of Progress Ronald Wright argues that our modern predicament is as old as civilization, a 10,000-year experiment we have participated in but seldom controlled. Only by understanding the patterns of triumph and disaster that humanity has repeated around the world since the Stone Age, can we recognize the experiment's inherent dangers, and, with luck and wisdom, shape its outcome.
Jan 1, 1962 | 29:24Ideas The Educated Imagination - Part 6 Audio
Ideas The Educated Imagination - Part 6 Jan 1, 1962 | 29:24In the 1962 Massey Lectures, Northrop Frye writes: "What good is the study of literature? Does it help us to think more clearly or feel more sensitively or live a better life than we would without it? What is the function of the teacher and scholar or the person who calls himself, as I do, a literary critic? What difference does the study of literature make in our social or political or religious attitude? In my early days, I thought very little about such questions, not because I had any of the answers but because I assumed that anybody who asked them was naive. I think now that the simplest questions are not only the hardest to answer but the most important to ask..."
May 13, 2014 | 53:58Ideas The Godforsaken Sea Audio
Ideas The Godforsaken Sea May 13, 2014 | 53:58The Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica is the most dangerous and least understood of our great oceans. A few solo sailors and an historian join Philip Coulter on a radio expedition to find out about those giant waves and fearsome storms.