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Ideas - The Truth About Stories - Part 1Nov 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.
Ideas - The Truth About Stories - Part 2Nov 10, 2003 | 54:22Ideas The Truth About Stories - Part 2 Audio
Ideas The Truth About Stories - Part 2 Nov 10, 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.
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 - The Truth About Stories - Part 4Nov 8, 2003 | 54:22Ideas The Truth About Stories - Part 4 Audio
Ideas The Truth About Stories - Part 4 Nov 8, 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.
Ideas - A Short History of Progress - Part 2Nov 10, 2004 | 54:22Ideas A Short History of Progress - Part 2 Audio
Ideas A Short History of Progress - Part 2 Nov 10, 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 - The Real World of Technology - Part 1Sep 29, 1989 | 55:46Ideas The Real World of Technology - Part 1 Audio
Ideas The Real World of Technology - Part 1 Sep 29, 1989 | 55:46Technology has always been a part of human existence. Today though, says the experimental physicist, Ursula M. Franklin, technology has large-scale effects on culture itself.
Ideas - The Truth About Stories - Part 3Nov 9, 2003 | 54:22Ideas The Truth About Stories - Part 3 Audio
Ideas The Truth About Stories - Part 3 Nov 9, 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.
Ideas - A Short History of Progress - Part 3Nov 9, 2004 | 54:22Ideas A Short History of Progress - Part 3 Audio
Ideas A Short History of Progress - Part 3 Nov 9, 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 - Prisons We Choose to Live Inside - Part 2Nov 10, 1985 | 26:35Ideas Prisons We Choose to Live Inside - Part 2 Audio
Ideas Prisons We Choose to Live Inside - Part 2 Nov 10, 1985 | 26:35Doris Lessing, one of the century's greatest writers, addresses the question of personal freedom and individual responsibility in a world increasingly prone to political rhetoric, mass emotions and inherited structures of unquestionable belief.
Ideas - A Short History of Progress - Part 4Nov 8, 2004 | 54:22Ideas A Short History of Progress - Part 4 Audio
Ideas A Short History of Progress - Part 4 Nov 8, 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 - Myth and Meaning - Part 1Jul 14, 1977 | 23:54Ideas Myth and Meaning - Part 1 Audio
Ideas Myth and Meaning - Part 1 Jul 14, 1977 | 23:54Ever since the rise of science and the science and the scientific method in the 17th century, we have rejected mythology as the product of superstitious and primitive minds. Only now are we coming to a fuller appreciation of the nature and role of myth in human history. In these five lectures Claude Lévi Strauss, one of the world's greatest living thinkers, offers the insights of a lifetime spent interpreting myths and trying to discover their significance for human understanding.
Ideas - Becoming Human - Part 1Nov 13, 1998 | 54:41Ideas Becoming Human - Part 1 Audio
Ideas Becoming Human - Part 1 Nov 13, 1998 | 54:41Jean Vanier is the founder of L'Arche, the international organization famed for its innovative methods of working with handicapped people. In this year's Massey Lectures, he discusses the necessity of conceiving a new vision of humankind: a society in which the gifts of all, particularly those of the weak and the powerless, are an equal, common heritage.
Ideas - The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World - Part 1Nov 7, 2009 | 53:59Ideas The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World - Part 1 Audio
Ideas The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World - Part 1 Nov 7, 2009 | 53:59Anthropologist Wade Davis argues that the myriad of cultures that make up our world are “humanity’s greatest legacy…the product of our dreams, the embodiment of our hopes, the symbol of all we are and all that we have created as a wildly inquisitive and astonishingly adaptive species.” In the 2009 Massey Lectures, Wade Davis takes us on an astonishing journey through some of the great cultures and civilizations on earth, fragile and endangered, yet essential to our survival as a species.
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..."
Ideas - Player One - Part 1Oct 13, 2010 | 53:58Ideas Player One - Part 1 Audio
Ideas Player One - Part 1 Oct 13, 2010 | 53:58Player One: What is To Become of Us? by Douglas Coupland. For the first time in their history, the CBC Massey Lectures is a work of fiction. In an airport lounge in the very near future, four people are marooned when a kind of apocalypse strikes. Sealed in, the four can only talk to each other, examining their lives and the meaning of love. Thick ash falls from the sky. Cell phones don't work. What is to become of us? In the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and J.G. Ballard, Douglas Coupland locates his story and characters in an extreme situation and then pushes the implications as far as possible.

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