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.
Dec 12, 2013 | 53:59Ideas The Fool's Dilemma Audio
Ideas The Fool's Dilemma Dec 12, 2013 | 53:59Recent research in psychology suggests that our confidence often exceeds our competence. Our brains take shortcuts and jump to conclusions that flatter us. Can we accurately assess what we know, or are we all subject to the fool's dilemma?
Oct 1, 2013 | 54:00Ideas How We Kill In War Audio
Ideas How We Kill In War Oct 1, 2013 | 54:00What is permissible and what is ethical behaviour in war? The American military's use of drones brings with it uncomfortable moral questions. Journalist Naheed Mustafa visits Pakistan and explores the dilemmas posed by drone warfare.
Jan 9, 2013 | 53:59Ideas Genius Born of Anguish - Part 1 Audio
Ideas Genius Born of Anguish - Part 1 Jan 9, 2013 | 53:59"The greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity or power, but self-rejection," said Henri Nouwen, Catholic priest, teacher and gay celibate. He has been called a psychologist of the soul. A profile by Michael Higgins based on Nouwen's writings, interviews with those who knew him, and archival recordings of Nouwen himself.
Oct 21, 2013 | 53:59Ideas Generation Porn Audio
Ideas Generation Porn Oct 21, 2013 | 53:59Thirty years ago, a peek at a Playboy centrefold was a rite of passage for teenage boys. Today kids as young as ten can view pornography on smart phones. Hassan Ghedi Santur explores the long-term consequences of this burgeoning exposure to pornography.
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.
May 27, 2013 | 54:00Ideas The Faces of Eve (Encore Feb 28, 2013) Audio
Ideas The Faces of Eve (Encore Feb 28, 2013) May 27, 2013 | 54:00She represents the first woman on earth in Christian and Judaic traditions. In Islam she's known as Hawwa. To many, she's the thoughtless vixen who tempted man away from God. But a closer look shows a daring champion of human ingenuity and equality. Nicola Luksic explores the mystique of the woman so many claim to understand.
Apr 30, 2013 | 54:00Ideas A Word to the Wise - Part 2 (Encore March 6, 2013) Audio
Ideas A Word to the Wise - Part 2 (Encore March 6, 2013) Apr 30, 2013 | 54:00Times have changed. So has the study of wisdom. Philosophers, make room for the scientists! In this two-part series, Marilyn Powell talks to psychologists, sociologists, neuroscientists - and the wise that dwell among us - about a very old topic. What they have discovered about the nature of wisdom and being wise will enlighten and surprise you.