Nov 11, 2003 | 54:22Ideas The Truth About Stories - Part 1 Audio
Ideas The Truth About Stories - Part 1 Nov 11, 2003 | 54:22Beginning with Native oral stories, -winning author and scholar Thomas King weaves his way through literature and history, religion and politics, popular culture and social protest, in an effort to make sense of North America's relationship with its Aboriginal peoples.
Nov 21, 2014 | 53:59Ideas The Munk Debates: A More Dangerous Place? Audio
Ideas The Munk Debates: A More Dangerous Place? Nov 21, 2014 | 53:59Is American foreign policy making the world a more dangerous place? That's the question participants discuss in the most recent Munk Debates. On the "yes" side: Bret Stephens and Robert Kagan. On the "no" side: Fareed Zakaria and Anne-Marie Slaughter.
Nov 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.
Jan 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..."
Sep 30, 2014 | 53:59Ideas Machiavelli: The Prince of Paradox Audio
Ideas Machiavelli: The Prince of Paradox Sep 30, 2014 | 53:59Niccolo Machiavelli's name is synonymous with treachery. His book, The Prince, has inspired political leaders around the world. Yet some scholars believe that it's a brilliant satire. Nicola Luksic explores the case for both sides.
Oct 6, 1995 | 56:25Ideas The Unconscious Civilization - Part 4 Audio
Ideas The Unconscious Civilization - Part 4 Oct 6, 1995 | 56:25Knowledge, the Enlightenment believed, could protect us from the follies of ideology. But John Ralston Saul maintains that "knowing" has not made us "conscious." Instead we have become increasingly passive, our society increasingly conformist. There are no easy solutions to this problem, Saul says, but change is still possible.
May 1, 2014 | 53:59Ideas Born That Way? Audio
Ideas Born That Way? May 1, 2014 | 53:59Pedophilia conjures up the most unspeakable crimes. Is it a psychiatric disorder that can be treated, or is it innate and unchangeable? We speak with ex-offenders and doctors on both sides of the debate.
Jun 11, 2014 | 54:00Ideas Auroville: The Road to Utopia Audio
Ideas Auroville: The Road to Utopia Jun 11, 2014 | 54:00People have been dreaming about finding, or creating, Utopia for ages. Ashley Walters travels to India, to the community of Auroville, to see how its utopian ideals have been realized, and sometimes compromised, in this age-old quest.
Sep 17, 2014 | 53:59Ideas Dissolving Borders Audio
Ideas Dissolving Borders Sep 17, 2014 | 53:59What will the world look like in seven years? Journalist and author Diane Francis speaks about the shifting sands of geopolitical realities. From a recent talk presented at the Spur Festival in Calgary.