May 15, 2013 | 54:00Ideas Rethinking Depression, Part 1 (Encore March 7, 2013) Audio
Ideas Rethinking Depression, Part 1 (Encore March 7, 2013) 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.
May 13, 2013 | 53:58Ideas Tinctor's Foul Manual Audio
Ideas Tinctor's Foul Manual May 13, 2013 | 53:58Our ideas about witches may come from an extraordinary manuscript found in the University of Alberta Library. It's one of only 4 known copies. Written in the 1400s and now being re-translated from medieval French, it created the framework for witch hunts.
May 14, 2013 | 54:00Ideas Return to Tripoli Audio
Ideas Return to Tripoli May 14, 2013 | 54:00Libyan novelist Hisham Matar was still a boy when his family fled to Cairo in order to escape the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi. He talks to IDEAS host Paul Kennedy about his recent return to a country that his imagination never left.
May 9, 2013 | 54:00Ideas Idolatry For Beginners (Encore June 20, 2012) Audio
Ideas Idolatry For Beginners (Encore June 20, 2012) May 9, 2013 | 54:00At a time of widespread obsession with everything from money to celebrity to the latest in techno gadgetry, does the idea of idolatry have more than religious significance? IDEAS producer Frank Faulk explores the meaning of idolatry in a secular age.
May 1, 2013 | 54:00Ideas My Brother's - And My Sister's - Keeper, Part 1 Audio
Ideas My Brother's - And My Sister's - Keeper, Part 1 May 1, 2013 | 54:00Anything you can do to make someone's life better, you must do. Right? But how much do you owe to other people, and who should you help? In this series, we consider the limits and the extent of our obligations to others, as individuals and as a society.
Apr 29, 2013 | 54:00Ideas A Word to the Wise, Part 1 (Encore Feb 27, 2013) Audio
Ideas A Word to the Wise, Part 1 (Encore Feb 27, 2013) Apr 29, 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, psychiatrists, 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.
Mar 4, 2009 | 54:00Ideas The Brains Of Babes, Part 1 Audio
Ideas The Brains Of Babes, Part 1 Mar 4, 2009 | 54:00New research into brain development, human biology and behaviour is showing how early experience can affect our health and well-being for the rest of our lives. As Jill Eisen reports, even so-called “life-style” illnesses, like heart disease and diabetes, may have their roots in early childhood.
May 6, 2013 | 53:59Ideas The Enright Files Audio
Ideas The Enright Files May 6, 2013 | 53:59This month marks the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, and 70 years ago Aaron Copland wrote his masterwork, Appalachian Spring. Michael Enright talks to Robert Harris and to Eric Friesen about these momentous musical anniversaries
Apr 22, 2013 | 54:00Ideas The Heart of the Beat Audio
Ideas The Heart of the Beat Apr 22, 2013 | 54:00What is it about rhythm, pattern, and synchronization that fascinate us? How do pacemaker cells in a heart synchronize? How can thousands of people unconsciously walk in step? Filmmaker Tess Girard explores the idea of rhythm and what it means to us.
Jun 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.
Feb 28, 2013 | 54:00Ideas The Faces of Eve Audio
Ideas The Faces of Eve Feb 28, 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.