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  • Tuesday February 07, 2017

    The Philosopher's Walk - Jean Talon Market

    The Philosopher's Walk with Frédéric Bouchard

    Frédéric Bouchard is philosopher of science and biology at the University of Montreal, and the perfect companion for a walk through the Jean Talon Market. The result is a fascinating discussion about mushrooms, unpasteurized goat cheese and honey bees, and how they can make you think about humankind's place in the universe in a whole different way.

    Posted: Feb 07, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 23, 2016 1:33 PM ET
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  • Thursday February 09, 2017

    Capitalism's End Times - Poverty

    Surviving Post-Capitalism: Coping, hoping, doping & shopping

    The signs are troubling: the ever-widening chasm between the ultra-rich and everyone else. Mass protests. Political upheaval and social division. It looks as though the rocky marriage between capitalism and democracy is doomed, at least according to Wolfgang Streeck. In conversation with Paul Kennedy about his book How Will Capitalism End?, he makes the unnerving case that capitalism is now at a point where it cannot survive itself.

    Posted: Feb 09, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 10, 2017 3:35 PM ET
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  • Wednesday February 01, 2017

    Guantanamo Bay Camp Delta

    After Guantanamo

    In 2002, a 15-year-old boy was caught by American forces in Afghanistan after a firefight, and imprisoned in Guantanamo for the next 13 years. The boy was Omar Khadr, and his then little-known lawyer was Dennis Edney from Edmonton. From the Stratford Festival, Dennis Edney talks with Paul Kennedy about a life-changing experience that contains a challenge for us all.

    Posted: Feb 01, 2017 11:01 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017 11:46 AM ET
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  • Thursday February 23, 2017

    Downloading Decision

    Downloading Decision: Could machines make better decisions for us?

    Humans like to let others make decisions for them. But what happens when those decisions are made by machines or artificial intelligence? Can we trust them to make the right choices? Contributor Scott Lilwall explores how we might program robots to make ethical choices. Assuming, of course, we can ever figure out just how humans make those same choices.

    Posted: Feb 23, 2017 10:48 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 23, 2017 1:26 PM ET
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  • Wednesday February 22, 2017

    Proper Role of Science

    The Proper Role of Science: Sir Peter Gluckman

    The Harper government muzzled scientists. Donald Trump's administration is now doing the same. But a better relationship between science and government is possible. Sir Peter Gluckman is the Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand. This episode draws on a conversation he had with host Paul Kennedy and a talk he gave organized by Canadian Science Policy Centre, and hosted by the Institute for Science Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa. His point: science's proper role is to help decision-makers make informed decisions.

    Posted: Feb 22, 2017 12:02 PM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 22, 2017 4:47 PM ET
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  • Tuesday February 21, 2017

    Phyllis Lambert

    Wachtel On The Arts - Phyllis Lambert

    Eleanor Wachtel speaks to Canadian architectural activist, Phyllis Lambert, in celebration of her exceptional career on her 90th birthday. In the 1950s, she became highly involved in the construction of the landmark Seagram Building designed by Mies van der Rohe. Lambert later founded the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the world's leading museum dedicated to understanding architecture as an art form.

    Posted: Feb 21, 2017 12:08 PM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 21, 2017 12:40 PM ET
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  • Monday February 20, 2017

    From Tolerance to Tyranny

    From Tolerance to Tyranny

    Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together in relative harmony in medieval Spain. Then the Spanish Inquisition came along with its use of terror and racism, turning a pluralistic society into a police state. Writer Erna Paris first explored this history for IDEAS in 1995. In a new take, she calls what happened in Spain "a cautionary tale for today."

    Posted: Feb 20, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 20, 2017 8:41 AM ET
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  • Friday February 17, 2017

    Jean Vanier

    The Rabbit and the Giraffe: Jean Vanier, Part 1

    "Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world." Jean Vanier, who founded the l'Arche movement in 1963 for people with profound disabilities, quickly learned that "normal" people have much to learn about being human by watching those we perceive as weak. Now in his 80's, Vanier has spent a lifetime watching and learning and writing. Jean Vanier in conversation with Philip Coulter. Part 2 airs Friday, February 24.

    Posted: Feb 17, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 21, 2017 4:29 PM ET
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  • Thursday February 16, 2017

    Analog Resistance - Magnitizdat Group

    Analog Resistance

    In the Soviet Union during the 1960s, young iconoclasts waged a musical battle against the banality of state-sanctioned culture. Subversive poet/musicians known as "Bards" were recorded at secret house concerts, and reel-to-reel audio tapes shared through a clandestine network. Simon Nakonechny unspools the little-known phenomenon of Magnitizdat, and ponders its parallels to forms of cultural dissidence in Russia today.

    Posted: Feb 16, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 17, 2017 8:05 AM ET
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