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The Imaginary Albino (Encore February 18, 2013)

From the 19th century freak show to the East African black market in body parts to the modern cinema, the image of the albino has seized the popular imagination. Garth Mullins is a person with albinism and at six feet, four inches tall, he stands out in a crowd. But recently Garth didn't stand out...instead, he blended in at an Albinism conference with a pale majority who looked a lot like him.

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Ideas Shakespeare's Web Dec 10, 2014 | 53:58In a talk presented at the Stratford Festival, Peter Sellars speaks about Shakespeare, theatre, and the importance of art in our lives.
Ideas - The Ethical Imagination - Part 5Oct 12, 2006 | 54:23Ideas The Ethical Imagination - Part 5 Audio
Ideas The Ethical Imagination - Part 5 Oct 12, 2006 | 54:23In the 2006 Massey Lectures, The Ethical Imagination, Margaret Somerville discusses how we can find a shared ethics for an interdependent world.
Ideas - A Short History of Progress - Part 1Nov 11, 2004 | 54:22Ideas A Short History of Progress - Part 1 Audio
Ideas A Short History of Progress - Part 1 Nov 11, 2004 | 54:22In A Short History of Progress Ronald Wright argues that our modern predicament is as old as civilization, a 10,000-year experiment we have participated in but seldom controlled. Only by understanding the patterns of triumph and disaster that humanity has repeated around the world since the Stone Age, can we recognize the experiment's inherent dangers, and, with luck and wisdom, shape its outcome.
Ideas - Margaret MacMillan and World War OneJun 23, 2014 | 53:59Ideas Margaret MacMillan and World War One Audio
Ideas Margaret MacMillan and World War One Jun 23, 2014 | 53:59Margaret MacMillan is one of the world's leading scholars on World War One. She talks with Paul Kennedy about the origins of the war and what we've learned -- and failed to learn -- from it.
Ideas - How To Think About Science - Part 7Jan 13, 2010 | 54:02Ideas How To Think About Science - Part 7 Audio
Ideas How To Think About Science - Part 7 Jan 13, 2010 | 54:02In this episode, physicist Arthur Zajonc talks to David Cayley about Goethe’s way of knowing, about the philosophical challenge of contemporary physics, and about the role of contemplation in science.
Ideas - The Educated Imagination - Part 1Jan 6, 1962 | 29:41Ideas The Educated Imagination - Part 1 Audio
Ideas The Educated Imagination - Part 1 Jan 6, 1962 | 29:41In the 1962 Massey Lectures, Northrop Frye writes: "What good is the study of literature? Does it help us to think more clearly or feel more sensitively or live a better life than we would without it? What is the function of the teacher and scholar or the person who calls himself, as I do, a literary critic? What difference does the study of literature make in our social or political or religious attitude? In my early days, I thought very little about such questions, not because I had any of the answers but because I assumed that anybody who asked them was naive. I think now that the simplest questions are not only the hardest to answer but the most important to ask..."
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