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 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 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 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 8, 2013 | 53:59Ideas My Brother's - And My Sister's - Keeper, Part 2 Audio
Ideas My Brother's - And My Sister's - Keeper, Part 2 May 8, 2013 | 53:59Anything 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.
May 7, 2013 | 53:59Ideas Stretching The Canvas (Encore September 24, 2012) Audio
Ideas Stretching The Canvas (Encore September 24, 2012) May 7, 2013 | 53:59Calgary artist John Will's greatest work of art may be John Will himself. He is a trouble-maker, scamp, and rapscallion. Jim Brown takes us on a guided tour of Will's latest: the first-ever visual art show created for radio.... through the life of a bohemian extraordinaire.
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
May 3, 2013 | 53:58Ideas Vasari's Most Eminent Lives (Encore Jan 21, 2013) Audio
Ideas Vasari's Most Eminent Lives (Encore Jan 21, 2013) May 3, 2013 | 53:58In the mid-1500s, Giorgio Vasari's short biographies created art history, the artist as genius and even the "Renaissance". Although rife with inaccuracies and outright lies, his book is still the source on Leonardo, Michelangelo, and many others. Tony Luppino leafs through Vasari's Lives to see how it still shapes our ideas of art.
May 2, 2013 | 54:00Ideas Revising History, Part 2 Audio
Ideas Revising History, Part 2 May 2, 2013 | 54:00What happens when historians go searching for new evidence about the nation's past? Historian Robert Johnson speaks to some American historians who are asking us to reconsider America's role in the Vietnam War.
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 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.