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    Purchase Tickets: The 2015 CBC Massey Lectures

    Purchase tickets to the 2015 CBC Massey Lectures

    Posted: Aug 04, 2015 12:05 PM
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  • Ideas at 50

    Celebrating 50 years!

    Ideas 50th anniversary page

    Posted: Jun 16, 2015 3:54 PM
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  • Monday July 27, 2015

    Wildfire-La Ronge, Sask, July 5, 2015

    Visions of Fire, Part 1

    Ideas about fire, domesticated and wild, past and present, bringer of life and death and life again. Exceedingly rare in some places and times, fire appears in the mind as a deity: the blazing Shiva, the glowing Vesta, the burning bush. Every living creature depends on fire. And though fire spread civilization through the world, combustion now seems to signal... ruin.

    Posted: Jul 27, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Tuesday August 04, 2015

    Mark Leiren-Young

    Crossing the Line - Mark Leiren-Young

    When does a joke go too far and actually cross 'the line'? And what defines the line: individual taste, or social convention? Writer and performer Mark Leiren-Young knows something about drawing, and stepping over, the line. He won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour in 2009, and delivered the 2014 Southam Lecture at the University of Victoria on this very subject.

    Posted: Aug 04, 2015 4:02 PM
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  • Monday August 03, 2015

    Massey Circle widens

    Lecture 1 - "The Circle Widens"

    In Part One of her CBC Massey Lectures, Adrienne Clarkson tells the story of the village of Eygalières in France: how it got its freedom in medieval times, and how this revolutionized society.

    Posted: Aug 03, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Friday July 31, 2015

    Camille Paglia

    Dark Powers: Camille Paglia

    Cultural historian Camille Paglia explores some of Shakespeare's hard-to-like women characters, from King Lear, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra. A grand tour through ideas about art, education and myth -- and how art teaches us how to live.

    Posted: Jul 31, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Thursday July 30, 2015

    The Myth of the Secular, Part 5 - The Lincoln Memorial

    The Myth of the Secular, Part 5

    "All significant concepts of the modern theory of the state are secularized theological concepts." So wrote German legal theorist Carl Schmitt in a book called Political Theology. In his book Political Theology: Four New Chapters, American legal theorist Paul Kahn argues that the foundations of the American state remain theological. He explores this theme with David Cayley.

    Posted: Jul 30, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Wednesday July 29, 2015

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    O Say, Can You See?

    In the fourth part of IDEAS' ongoing commemoration of the War of 1812, host Paul Kennedy visits the battlefields at Washington (where the White House was famously torched) and Baltimore (which ultimately inspired the American national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner)....

    Posted: Jul 29, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Tuesday July 28, 2015

    Fire California, 2013

    Visions of Fire, Part 2

    Ideas about fire, domesticated and wild, past and present, bringer of life and death and life again. Exceedingly rare in some places and times, fire appears in the mind as a deity: the blazing Shiva, the glowing Vesta, the burning bush. Every living creature depends on fire. And though fire spread civilization through the world, combustion now seems to signal... ruin.

    Posted: Jul 28, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: Jul 28, 2015 8:26 AM
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