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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 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 Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos - Part 1Mar 21, 2012 | 4:14Ideas The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos - Part 1 Audio
    Ideas The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos - Part 1 Mar 21, 2012 | 4:14Excerpt: Human Problems
    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 - Payback Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth - Part 1Nov 12, 2008 | 53:59Ideas Payback Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth - Part 1 Audio
    Ideas Payback Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth - Part 1 Nov 12, 2008 | 53:59Ancient Balances Debt and indebtedness mark our lives, but principles of fairness and reciprocity, Margaret Atwood suggests, are at the bedrock of all our transactions.
    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 - 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 Politics of Family - Part 1Jul 7, 1968 | 31:01Ideas The Politics of Family - Part 1 Audio
    Ideas The Politics of Family - Part 1 Jul 7, 1968 | 31:01Using concepts of schizophrenia, R.D. Laing demonstrates that we tend to invalidate the subjective and experiential and accept the proper societal view of what should occur within the family.
    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 - Designing Freedom - Part 1Jul 11, 1973 | 29:33Ideas Designing Freedom - Part 1 Audio
    Ideas Designing Freedom - Part 1 Jul 11, 1973 | 29:33Distinguished cyberneticist Stafford Beer states the case for a new science of systems theory and cybernetics. His essays examine such issues as "The Real Threat to All We Hold Most Dear," "The Discarded Tools of Modern Man," "A Liberty Machine in Prototype," "Science in the Service of Man," "The Future That Can Be Demanded Now," "The Free Man in a Cybernetic World." Designing Freedom ponders the possibilities of liberty in a cybernetic world
    Ideas - The Ethical Imagination - Part 1Oct 12, 2006 | 54:23Ideas The Ethical Imagination - Part 1 Audio
    Ideas The Ethical Imagination - Part 1 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Beyond Fate - Part 2Oct 11, 2002 | 54:23Ideas Beyond Fate - Part 2 Audio
    Ideas Beyond Fate - Part 2 Oct 11, 2002 | 54:23People today are often afflicted with a sense that they cannot change things for the better. They feel helpless, constrained, caught - in a word, fatalistic. Beyond Fate, Margaret Visser's 2002 CBC Massey Lectures, examines why. In her characteristic lively and highly engaging prose, Visser investigates what fate means to us, and where the propensity to believe in it and accept it comes from.

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