Jun 11, 2013 | 53:59Ideas Iron Curtain (Encore February 1, 2013) Audio
Ideas Iron Curtain (Encore February 1, 2013) Jun 11, 2013 | 53:59In 1945, at the end of World War II, an Iron Curtain rolled over Eastern Europe. Stalin, his allies and the secret police set out to seize control over a dozen countries and turn them into communist states. IDEAS host Paul Kennedy speaks with journalist and author Anne Applebaum about the harrowing story of how millions became imprisoned and how their daily lives were brutally crushed.
Jun 12, 2013 | 53:59Ideas The Chosen, Part 1 Audio
Ideas The Chosen, Part 1 Jun 12, 2013 | 53:59The idea of the chosen has its roots in ancient Judaism, but it is a belief that continues to shape us today, consciously or unconsciously. Frank Faulk examines how this Biblical concept is central to Western thought and culture.
Apr 10, 2013 | 53:59Ideas Genius Born of Anguish, Part 1 (Encore Jan 9, 2013) Audio
Ideas Genius Born of Anguish, Part 1 (Encore Jan 9, 2013) Apr 10, 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.
May 30, 2013 | 54:00Ideas Risk, Part 1 (Encore September 10, 2012) Audio
Ideas Risk, Part 1 (Encore September 10, 2012) May 30, 2013 | 54:00On the simplest level, we take risks to derive benefits. If the benefit outweighs the risk, we've made a good decision. But decisions are subject to bias, even those of experts. How do we live with uncertainty and make good decisions? Vancouver broadcaster Kathleen Flaherty talks with risk takers, risk managers and risk assessors to find out.
Mar 18, 2013 | 53:59Ideas Spinoza (Encore Nov 21, 2012) Audio
Ideas Spinoza (Encore Nov 21, 2012) Mar 18, 2013 | 53:59Baruch Spinoza was a 17th century lens grinder known for his precision optical work. But it was his philosophy that made this Dutch-Jewish thinker famous, then and now. IDEAS host Paul Kennedy explores how Spinoza's thoughts on God, the universe, ethics and politics helped ignite the flame that became the Enlightenment.
Jun 10, 2013 | 53:59Ideas In Their Shoes II Audio
Ideas In Their Shoes II Jun 10, 2013 | 53:59Every pair of shoes tells the story of a life. Canadian novelist Katherine Govier helps immigrant women tell their stories by having them write about the shoes they were wearing when they arrived in Canada.
May 28, 2013 | 53:59Ideas The Mandela Tapes Audio
Ideas The Mandela Tapes May 28, 2013 | 53:59In this special edition, you'll hear the voice of Nelson Mandela as you've never heard him before. The program draws on 50 hours of recorded conversations with Nelson Mandela.
Jun 7, 2013 | 54:00Ideas The Mortal Sea Audio
Ideas The Mortal Sea Jun 7, 2013 | 54:00We are all well aware by now of how the seas have become fished out. But reports of overfishing go back to the Middle Ages. Historian and mariner W. Jeffrey Bolster takes us on a centuries old tour of a very modern problem.
Jun 17, 2013 | 53:57Ideas The Makar and the Laureates Audio
Ideas The Makar and the Laureates Jun 17, 2013 | 53:57What happens when a "sonnet" of Canadian Poets Laureate meets the Makar of Scotland, the Laureate of that land, in a Laureate Symposium? We eavesdrop as the poets ponder the role of poetry in a world of twitter.
Jun 14, 2013 | 53:59Ideas Spinoza (Encore November 21, 2012) Audio
Ideas Spinoza (Encore November 21, 2012) Jun 14, 2013 | 53:59Baruch Spinoza was a 17th century lens grinder known for his precision optical work. But it was his philosophy that made this Dutch-Jewish thinker famous. Spinoza's thoughts on God and the universe helped ignite the flame that became the Enlightenment.
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.