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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 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 - 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 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 Malaise of Modernity - Part 3Nov 13, 1991 | 48:22Ideas The Malaise of Modernity - Part 3 Audio
Ideas The Malaise of Modernity - Part 3 Nov 13, 1991 | 48:22Charles Taylor focuses on the key modern concept of self-fulfillment, often attacked as the central support of what Christopher Lasch has called "the culture of narcissism." To Taylor, self-fulfillment, although often expressed in self-centered ways, isn't necessarily a rejection of traditional values and social commitment; it also reflects something authentic and valuable in modern culture. Only by distinguishing what is good in this modern striving from what is socially and politically dangerous, Taylor says, can our age be made to deliver its promise.
Ideas - The Malaise of Modernity - Part 2Nov 14, 1991 | 48:50Ideas The Malaise of Modernity - Part 2 Audio
Ideas The Malaise of Modernity - Part 2 Nov 14, 1991 | 48:50Charles Taylor focuses on the key modern concept of self-fulfillment, often attacked as the central support of what Christopher Lasch has called "the culture of narcissism." To Taylor, self-fulfillment, although often expressed in self-centered ways, isn't necessarily a rejection of traditional values and social commitment; it also reflects something authentic and valuable in modern culture. Only by distinguishing what is good in this modern striving from what is socially and politically dangerous, Taylor says, can our age be made to deliver its promise.
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 - The Unconscious Civilization - Part 1Oct 6, 1995 | 56:54Ideas The Unconscious Civilization - Part 1 Audio
Ideas The Unconscious Civilization - Part 1 Oct 6, 1995 | 56:54Knowledge, 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.
Ideas - A Short History of Progress - Part 5Nov 7, 2004 | 54:22Ideas A Short History of Progress - Part 5 Audio
Ideas A Short History of Progress - Part 5 Nov 7, 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 - Necessary Illusions - Part 1Sep 29, 1988 | 56:08Ideas Necessary Illusions - Part 1 Audio
Ideas Necessary Illusions - Part 1 Sep 29, 1988 | 56:08Noam Chomsky inquires into the nature of the media in a political system where the population cannot be disciplined by force and thus must be subjected to more subtle forms of ideological control.
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 - 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 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 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 Underdeveloped Country - Part 1Jul 6, 1965 | 29:36Ideas The Underdeveloped Country - Part 1 Audio
Ideas The Underdeveloped Country - Part 1 Jul 6, 1965 | 29:36John Kenneth Galbraith focuses on the economics and politics of the developing countries.

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