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Ideas - The Scapegoat - Part 1Mar 1, 2011 | 53:59Ideas The Scapegoat - Part 1 Audio
Ideas The Scapegoat - Part 1 Mar 1, 2011 | 53:59Human beings, according to French thinker René Girard, are fundamentally imitative creatures. We copy each other's desires and are in perpetual conflict with one another over the objects of our desire. In early human communities, this conflict created a permanent threat of violence and forced our ancestors to find a way to unify themselves. They chose a victim, a scapegoat, an evil one against whom the community could unite. Biblical religion, according to Girard, has attempted to overcome this historic plight. Girard's ideas have influenced social scientists over his long career as a writer and teacher. IDEAS producer David Cayley introduces this seminal thinker to a wider audience.
Ideas - Homo (Sapiens) Neanderthalensis - Part 1May 20, 2011 | 53:58Ideas Homo (Sapiens) Neanderthalensis - Part 1 Audio
Ideas Homo (Sapiens) Neanderthalensis - Part 1 May 20, 2011 | 53:58More than 150 years after the first Neanderthal was discovered, we still can't agree on whether they were a separate species. Scientists excavate caves, chip flint to make stone tools, and use the very latest DNA sequencing techniques to try to understand them. IDEAS producer Dave Redel digs into the mysteries of the Neanderthals and discovers that knowing them is really about knowing ourselves.
Ideas - Game, Set, and Match (Sept. 2010 Encore)Sep 27, 2010 | 53:57Ideas Game, Set, and Match (Sept. 2010 Encore) Audio
Ideas Game, Set, and Match (Sept. 2010 Encore) Sep 27, 2010 | 53:57Human loves and fears, and office politics too, are what drive the world of espionage in Len Deighton's great novels. A profile by Philip Coulter of one of the masters of the modern spy thriller.
Ideas - Amor vs Roma - Part 1May 4, 2011 | 53:58Ideas Amor vs Roma - Part 1 Audio
Ideas Amor vs Roma - Part 1 May 4, 2011 | 53:58The rise and fall of the Cathars, medieval Christians who were pacifist, ecstatic, feminist, and contrary to the Catholic Church of thirteenth century "France." They were exterminated in a classic crusade and Inquisition, invented to root out the heretics. Bob Chelmick uncovers the Cathars and the events that altered the political and spiritual boundaries of the West.
Ideas - Empire of Illusion (Nov. 2011 Encore)Nov 30, 2011 | 53:57Ideas Empire of Illusion (Nov. 2011 Encore) Audio
Ideas Empire of Illusion (Nov. 2011 Encore) Nov 30, 2011 | 53:57Writer Chris Hedges argues that North American culture is dying because it has become transfixed by illusions about literacy, love, wisdom, happiness and democracy. Jim Brown explores Hedges' ideas about the mechanisms that keep us diverted from confronting the collapse around us.
Ideas - It's A Girl's World - Part 1Jan 6, 2011 | 54:00Ideas It's A Girl's World - Part 1 Audio
Ideas It's A Girl's World - Part 1 Jan 6, 2011 | 54:00What 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 this facade of niceness is a hidden culture of nastiness that pits one friend against another. Lynn Glazier examines the tumultuous nature of female relationships from girlhood to adulthood; from the playground to the office.
Ideas - The Scapegoat - Part 2Mar 2, 2011 | 53:58Ideas The Scapegoat - Part 2 Audio
Ideas The Scapegoat - Part 2 Mar 2, 2011 | 53:58Human beings, according to French thinker René Girard, are fundamentally imitative creatures. We copy each other's desires and are in perpetual conflict with one another over the objects of our desire. In early human communities, this conflict created a permanent threat of violence and forced our ancestors to find a way to unify themselves. They chose a victim, a scapegoat, an evil one against whom the community could unite. Biblical religion, according to Girard, has attempted to overcome this historic plight. Girard's ideas have influenced social scientists over his long career as a writer and teacher. IDEAS producer David Cayley introduces this seminal thinker to a wider audience.
Ideas - The Ghosts of Cannae (Mar. 2011 Encore)Feb 11, 2011 | 53:59Ideas The Ghosts of Cannae (Mar. 2011 Encore) Audio
Ideas The Ghosts of Cannae (Mar. 2011 Encore) Feb 11, 2011 | 53:59In 216 BCE, forty-eight thousand men were killed a massive knife fight between the Romans and Carthaginians in a single day. Military historian Robert O'Connell tells us about that gruesome day, and how armies fought then and now.
Ideas - Amor vs Roma - Part 2May 5, 2011 | 53:59Ideas Amor vs Roma - Part 2 Audio
Ideas Amor vs Roma - Part 2 May 5, 2011 | 53:59The rise and fall of the Cathars, medieval Christians who were pacifist, ecstatic, feminist, and contrary to the Catholic Church of thirteenth century "France." They were exterminated in a classic crusade and Inquisition, invented to root out the heretics. Bob Chelmick uncovers the Cathars and the events that altered the political and spiritual boundaries of the West.
Ideas - Footprints (Jun. 2010 Encore)Jun 1, 2010 | 54:00Ideas Footprints (Jun. 2010 Encore) Audio
Ideas Footprints (Jun. 2010 Encore) Jun 1, 2010 | 54:00IDEAS host Paul Kennedy presents highlights from a day-long symposium about "Sport" in "Society" at Waterloo University. A distinguished psychologist, an emerging artist, a prominent writer, and one of Canada's best marathon runners reflect the eclectic mix of academics and athletes in attendance.
Ideas - Why the Mona Lisa? (Oct. 2010 Encore)Oct 18, 2010 | 54:00Ideas Why the Mona Lisa? (Oct. 2010 Encore) Audio
Ideas Why the Mona Lisa? (Oct. 2010 Encore) Oct 18, 2010 | 54:00The question is a simple: How did Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa become the most famous artwork in the world. How did this small Renaissance artwork become the one painting that even Homer Simpson would have heard of? The answer, however, is not simple at all. Painted in 1503, it's a 400 year old tale full of missing pieces, contradictions, competing theories, tall tales, coincidences and puzzles. Barbara Nichol traces its path to a unique global celebrity.
Ideas - Bloodlands (Feb. 2011 Encore)Feb 1, 2011 | 53:59Ideas Bloodlands (Feb. 2011 Encore) Audio
Ideas Bloodlands (Feb. 2011 Encore) Feb 1, 2011 | 53:59In twelve years, in a zone between Berlin and Moscow, the Nazi and Soviet regimes deliberately killed 14 million people. Historian Timothy Snyder reflects on this central tragedy of modern history, as he surveys the motives and methods of Hitler and Stalin.
Ideas - The Idea of Genius - Part 1 (Feb. 2011 Encore)Feb 14, 2011 | 54:00Ideas The Idea of Genius - Part 1 (Feb. 2011 Encore) Audio
Ideas The Idea of Genius - Part 1 (Feb. 2011 Encore) Feb 14, 2011 | 54:00We 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? Science journalist Dan Falk explores our obsession with those who achieve greatness
Ideas - Say No To Happiness (Jun. 2011 Encore)Jun 20, 2011 | 54:00Ideas Say No To Happiness (Jun. 2011 Encore) Audio
Ideas Say No To Happiness (Jun. 2011 Encore) Jun 20, 2011 | 54:00Life 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.
Ideas - Burqas and Bans: Freedom or OppressionJun 24, 2011 | 54:00Ideas Burqas and Bans: Freedom or Oppression Audio
Ideas Burqas and Bans: Freedom or Oppression Jun 24, 2011 | 54:00The 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.

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