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  • Tuesday November 24, 2015

    Ideas - High Culture

    High Culture, Part 3

    LSD. MDMA. Magic Mushrooms. The demonized drugs of the 1960’s, some of them banned over four decades ago, are back. But now they’re on the front-lines of medicine, as scientists around the world explore their healing properties. LSD for alcoholism. Psilocybin (magic mushrooms) for anxiety. MDMA (Ecstasy) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. IDEAS producer Mary O’Connell takes a trippy path into the world of hallucinogens. Turn on, tune in, and heal thyself!

    Posted: Nov 24, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: Nov 24, 2015 11:30 AM
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  • Monday November 23, 2015

    The 2015 Munk Debate on Progress

    The Best Is Yet To Come?

    History suggests that humanity has achieved great things in medicine, democracy, and human rights. We live longer, eat better and have a more equitable world than at any other time. But what about the future? Do terrorism, weapons and the environment, for example, present more profound challenges? In this Munk Debate, Steven Pinker and Matt Ridley square off against Malcolm Gladwell and Alain de Botton.

    Posted: Nov 23, 2015 11:55 AM
    Last Updated: Nov 23, 2015 12:23 PM
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  • Friday November 20, 2015

    Bamiyan Buddha - Who Owns Ancient Art?

    Who Owns Ancient Art? Part 1

    When the Taliban and ISIS destroy ancient artifacts, the world responds with outrage. But where should that outrage lead: taking ancient art out of the country of origin? Or would that amount to what some have called neo-colonialism and cultural genocide? Just who owns ancient art?

    Posted: Nov 20, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: Nov 19, 2015 8:00 AM
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  • Thursday November 19, 2015

    Talking Philosophy: War and Peace, Part 2 - Peace

    Talking Philosophy: War and Peace, Part 2

    We all know that 'war is hell' but does this mean that peace -- at any price -- will do? Philosophers Michael Blake, Simone Chambers, Arthur Ripstein and IDEAS Executive Producer Greg Kelly grapple with the nature, the rules, and the challenges of war and peace, yesterday and today

    Posted: Nov 19, 2015 1:58 PM
    Last Updated: Nov 19, 2015 11:40 AM
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  • Wednesday November 18, 2015

    Women and peacemaking

    Women and Peacemaking

    Women are peaceful. On this basis, women have worked for peace as mothers and moral guides to the world. But this stereotype limits women - and their peacemaking - as much as it empowers them. In 1986, psychologist Adrienne Harris first brought this to light for IDEAS. In conversation with producer Sara Wolch, she now sees what's held up, what hasn't and how feminists and peace activists view their roles today.

    Posted: Nov 18, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: Apr 29, 2015 12:00 PM
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  • Tuesday November 17, 2015

    Corneliu Porumboiu

    Wachtel On The Arts - Corneliu Porumboiu

    Corneliu Porumboiu is one of the youngest and most recognized names in what’s been dubbed the “Romanian new wave.” Since his debut film in 2006 -- 12:08 East of Bucharest --all of his work has won major awards. His latest film, The Treasure, is no exception: unusually uplifting, it’s been described as a “delightful fusion of contemporary fairy tale and political parable.”

    Posted: Nov 17, 2015 3:06 PM
    Last Updated: Nov 17, 2015 8:04 AM
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