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  • Friday July 17, 2015

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    Shakespeare's Web

    "Theatre gives you the chance to stop the flow of time", says noted director Peter Sellars, talking at the Stratford Festival, about the world according to Shakespeare. It's a giant web of the imagination, woven together for us. ...

    Posted: Jul 17, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: Jul 17, 2015 8:03 AM
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  • Ideas at 50

    Celebrating 50 years!

    Ideas 50th anniversary page

    Posted: Jun 16, 2015 3:54 PM
    Last Updated: Jun 16, 2015 3:51 PM
  • 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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  • Thursday July 30, 2015

    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
    Last Updated: Jul 29, 2015 11:41 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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  • 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
    Last Updated: Jul 27, 2015 12:11 PM
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  • Friday July 24, 2015

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    Bottom's Dream

    "The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen..." Director Peter Sellars turned A Midsummer Night's Dream on its head at the Stratford Festival. For him, the play is not so much a comedy, as a vision that speaks to the depths of human experience: how we love, what we need, and how we come...

    Posted: Jul 24, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: Jul 24, 2015 8:13 AM
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  • Thursday July 23, 2015

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    The Myth of the Secular, Part 4

    The Fundamentals was a series of books, published by the Bible Institute of Los Angeles between 1910 and 1915, which tried to set the basics of Christianity in stone. Fundamentalism now refers to any back-to-basics movement. Malise Ruthven's Fundamentalism asks what all these movements have in common, in this feature interview with David Cayley....

    Posted: Jul 23, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: Jul 23, 2015 11:06 AM
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  • Wednesday July 22, 2015

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    York In Flames

    Two hundred years ago, on April 27th, 1813, an invading American army attacked the muddy little town of York - which is now Toronto - and burned down both the Governor's mansion, and the first Parliament Buildings of Upper Canada. Casualties were heavy on both sides, but it was obvious from the beginning that the British were outnumbered, and the...

    Posted: Jul 22, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: Jul 22, 2015 8:27 AM
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