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Ideas is a program about contemporary thought. It explores social issues, culture and the arts, geopolitics, history, biography, science and technology, and the humanities.

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This Week

Monday, November 16
FACING THE FUTURE
"How we have landed ourselves and the rest of the world in the mess that it now struggles to overcome?" HRH The Prince of Wales addresses this question in a special broadcast of the 2009 Richard Dimbleby Lecture, courtesy of the BBC.

Tuesday, November 17
WACHTEL ON THE ARTS CD
William Kentridge is South Africa’s most renowned living artist, famous for his charcoal drawings and animated films that address the social and political realities of South Africa, both during and after apartheid. Eleanor Wachtel, arts journalist and host of Writers & Company, talks to William Kentridge about growing up as the child of anti-apartheid lawyers, his struggle to find his way as an artist, and how South Africa has changed since the end of apartheid.

Wednesday, November 18
THE EVOLUTION OF CHARLES DARWIN, Part 2 CD
IDEAS celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s transformational and contentious book, On the Origin of Species. Darwin’s theory of evolution through Natural Selection forever changed how we think about the living world. In this 4-part series, Seth Feldman guides us through the life and ideas of Charles Darwin, a creative genius. Part 2, From The Beagle to the Book: Darwin thinks his way to On The Origin of Species. Part 3 will be broadcast on Wednesday, November 25.

Thursday, November 19
THE FUTURE OF LIBERALISM CD
As a political philosophy, liberalism has been on the defensive for a long time, especially in the United States. Now it is in the ascendance. Political scientist Alan Wolfe explains what is at the heart of this tolerant and open-minded vision.

Friday, November 20
THE BRAINS OF BABES
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Part 2 CD
The centuries-old Jesuit saying, “give me a child until he’s 7 and I will show you the man”, may be true in more ways than the Jesuits could have imagined. New research into brain development, human biology and behaviour is showing how early experience can affect our health and well-being for the rest of our lives. As Jill Eisen reports, even so-called “life-style” illnesses, like heart disease and diabetes, may have their roots in early childhood. Part 3 airs Friday, November 27.

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