Jun 13, 2014 | 54:00Ideas Scrutinizing Roger Scruton Audio
Ideas Scrutinizing Roger Scruton Jun 13, 2014 | 54:00Philosopher Roger Scruton is widely considered one of Britain's leading conservative thinkers. From a conference held in his honour at McGill University he argues that we need a sense of the transcendent to make sense of our lives.
Jun 12, 2014 | 53:58Ideas Behind the Throne Audio
Ideas Behind the Throne Jun 12, 2014 | 53:58Biographers Jung Chang and Kristie Miller talk about the machinations of women who work 'behind the throne': the Empress Dowager Cixi, who was in effect the ruler of China for decades; and Edith Wilson, wife of U.S President Woodrow Wilson.
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.
Jun 10, 2014 | 53:58Ideas Unspeakable Acts Audio
Ideas Unspeakable Acts Jun 10, 2014 | 53:58We've known for a long time that torture doesn't work as a way to extract hidden information, but we still do it. A documentary by Philip Coulter based on an interview with Harvard professor Elaine Scarry.
Jun 9, 2014 | 53:59Ideas The Other "God Particle" Audio
Ideas The Other "God Particle" Jun 9, 2014 | 53:59Millions of them course through our bodies every minute. Understanding them may help us discover the origins of the universe. They're called neutrinos. Scientist Ray Jayawardhana explains why he has a lifelong passion for this often overlooked particle.
Jun 6, 2014 | 53:58Ideas The Struggle Over Mein Kampf Audio
Ideas The Struggle Over Mein Kampf Jun 6, 2014 | 53:58What should be done with Hitler's autobiography "Mein Kampf"? Scholars in Munich are racing to produce a new, heavily annotated version of the book before the copyright expires in 2015.
Jun 5, 2014 | 53:59Ideas Ideas from the Trenches: The Theatre of News Audio
Ideas Ideas from the Trenches: The Theatre of News Jun 5, 2014 | 53:59Producers Tom Howell and Nicola Luksic follow the work of McGill University graduate student Stephen Wittek. He studies how theatrical plays in Elizabethan England fed the growth of modern news culture and the existence of an ongoing public conversation.
Jun 3, 2014 | 53:59Ideas Champagne! Audio
Ideas Champagne! Jun 3, 2014 | 53:59IDEAS acknowledges Paul Kennedy's fifteenth season as host with a toast to the fabulous fluid that is universally synonymous with celebration -- Champagne! Paul asks: how do they get the bubbles in? And why do people giggle when the bubbles come out?
Jun 2, 2014 | 54:00Ideas The Enright Files - World War One Audio
Ideas The Enright Files - World War One Jun 2, 2014 | 54:00One hundred years ago this month, Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo, lighting the fuse that detonated the First World War. Michael Enright talks with Historian Margaret MacMillan, Canadian actor RH Thomson and British
May 30, 2014 | 53:59Ideas Presenting the Killam Winners Audio
Ideas Presenting the Killam Winners May 30, 2014 | 53:59Every year the Governor General hosts a gala to celebrate the recipients of the Canada Council Killam Prize. Five prizes for five individuals who have contributed significantly to their field of study. Each individual receives $100,000. Paul Kennedy inter
May 29, 2014 | 53:58Ideas In Rehearsal: Becoming Lear Audio
Ideas In Rehearsal: Becoming Lear May 29, 2014 | 53:58Philip Coulter goes behind the scenes at the Stratford Festival to watch director Antoni Cimolino work with Colm Feore and the other cast members of King Lear, and to ask some questions: How do you put a character together; how do you become Lear?
May 28, 2014 | 53:58Ideas Fragile Freedoms - Germaine Greer Audio
Ideas Fragile Freedoms - Germaine Greer May 28, 2014 | 53:58Germaine Greer is perhaps the most provocative feminist thinker in the world. In the final lecture from the series, Fragile Freedoms: the Global Struggle for Human Rights, Germaine Greer explores women and human rights.
May 27, 2014 | 53:59Ideas Historic Montreal in Fact and Fiction Audio
Ideas Historic Montreal in Fact and Fiction May 27, 2014 | 53:59In a public forum at Montreal's Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, Paul Kennedy speaks with -- Elaine Kalman Naves, Mark Lavorato and Susan Doherty Hannaford -- who have recently written about the storied past of the city in which they live.