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Winter: Five Windows on the Season - Part 2

The CBC Massey Lectures celebrates fifty years with bestselling author and famed New Yorker contributor Adam Gopnik. Winter: Five Windows on the Season, is a wide-ranging yet intimate tour of the season that shows how science, economics, psychology and religion made for a new and modern idea of winter.

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Ideas - The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos - Part 5Nov 16, 2012 | 53:59Ideas The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos - Part 5 Audio
Ideas The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos - Part 5 Nov 16, 2012 | 53:59All the technologies we use and depend on are the products of the amazing human mind. Our curiosity drives us to seek out the underlying laws of the universe, and the more we learn the better our lives become. But we're arriving at an impasse, says physicist Neil Turok: the more we learn, the more contradictory the laws seem to be. We need new ideas and new ways of thinking to go beyond the horizon.
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.
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 - 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 City of Words - Part 1Oct 13, 2007 | 54:00Ideas The City of Words - Part 1 Audio
Ideas The City of Words - Part 1 Oct 13, 2007 | 54:00The end of ethnic nationalism, building societies around sets of common values, seems like a good idea. But something is going wrong. In the 2007 Massey Lectures, writer Alberto Manguel takes a fresh look at some of the problems we face, and suggests we should look at what stories have to teach us about society.
Ideas - The City of Words - Part 2Oct 13, 2007 | 53:59Ideas The City of Words - Part 2 Audio
Ideas The City of Words - Part 2 Oct 13, 2007 | 53:59The end of ethnic nationalism, building societies around sets of common values, seems like a good idea. But something is going wrong. In the 2007 Massey Lectures, writer Alberto Manguel takes a fresh look at some of the problems we face, and suggests we should look at what stories have to teach us about society.
Ideas - The City of Words - Part 3Oct 13, 2007 | 53:59Ideas The City of Words - Part 3 Audio
Ideas The City of Words - Part 3 Oct 13, 2007 | 53:59The end of ethnic nationalism, building societies around sets of common values, seems like a good idea. But something is going wrong. In the 2007 Massey Lectures, writer Alberto Manguel takes a fresh look at some of the problems we face, and suggests we should look at what stories have to teach us about society.
Ideas - The City of Words - Part 4Oct 13, 2007 | 54:00Ideas The City of Words - Part 4 Audio
Ideas The City of Words - Part 4 Oct 13, 2007 | 54:00The end of ethnic nationalism, building societies around sets of common values, seems like a good idea. But something is going wrong. In the 2007 Massey Lectures, writer Alberto Manguel takes a fresh look at some of the problems we face, and suggests we should look at what stories have to teach us about society.
Ideas - The City of Words - Part 5Oct 13, 2007 | 53:59Ideas The City of Words - Part 5 Audio
Ideas The City of Words - Part 5 Oct 13, 2007 | 53:59The end of ethnic nationalism, building societies around sets of common values, seems like a good idea. But something is going wrong. In the 2007 Massey Lectures, writer Alberto Manguel takes a fresh look at some of the problems we face, and suggests we should look at what stories have to teach us about society.
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 Ethical Imagination - Part 2Oct 12, 2006 | 54:22Ideas The Ethical Imagination - Part 2 Audio
Ideas The Ethical Imagination - Part 2 Oct 12, 2006 | 54:22In the 2006 Massey Lectures, The Ethical Imagination, Margaret Somerville discusses how we can find a shared ethics for an interdependent world.
Ideas - The Ethical Imagination - Part 3Oct 12, 2006 | 54:23Ideas The Ethical Imagination - Part 3 Audio
Ideas The Ethical Imagination - Part 3 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 Ethical Imagination - Part 4Oct 12, 2006 | 54:22Ideas The Ethical Imagination - Part 4 Audio
Ideas The Ethical Imagination - Part 4 Oct 12, 2006 | 54:22In the 2006 Massey Lectures, The Ethical Imagination, Margaret Somerville discusses how we can find a shared ethics for an interdependent world.
Ideas - The Ethical Imagination - Part 5Oct 12, 2006 | 54:23Ideas The Ethical Imagination - Part 5 Audio
Ideas The Ethical Imagination - Part 5 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 - Race Against Time - Part 1Oct 12, 2005 | 54:22Ideas Race Against Time - Part 1 Audio
Ideas Race Against Time - Part 1 Oct 12, 2005 | 54:22"I have spent the last four years watching people die." With these wrenching words, diplomat and humanitarian Stephen Lewis opens his 2005 Massey Lectures. Lewis's determination to bear witness to the desperate plight of so many in Africa and elsewhere is balanced by his unique, personal, and often searing insider's perspective on our ongoing failure to help.

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