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  • Tuesday May 12, 2015

    Complementary Currencies - Jaime Lerner

    Why Money Isn't Everything

    The world over, alternative currencies are helping societies solve key issues. In Japan, volunteers earn redeemable friendship tokens when they care for the elderly. In Brazil, one city's garbage crisis disappeared when it gave people bus tokens for their trash. We're also hearing about Toronto's tool library and workshop space. Sheetal Lodhia explores how healthy communities can be built without money.

    Posted: May 12, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Monday May 11, 2015

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    Claiming Space

    Public spaces, from parks to sidewalks to transit, have a huge impact on millions of women around the world. They can help make life enjoyable and safe, or dangerous -- sometimes even lethal. Contributor Megan Williams travels from India to Vienna to talk to sociologists, city planners, and cultural historians. She reveals how the conception and design of public space...

    Posted: May 11, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: May 11, 2015 10:39 AM
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  • Thursday May 07, 2015

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    Literary Amphibium - Nancy Huston

    Winner of the 2015 Blue Metropolis Grand Literary Prize Nancy Huston is interviewed before an audience in Montreal by Paul Kennedy. They discuss the reasons why she writes fiction in French (and then translates it -- herself -- into English). And why she writes non-fiction in English (and translates it into French).

    Posted: May 07, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Thursday May 21, 2015

    Dante: Poet of the Impossible, Part 2

    Dante Alighieri was a poet and civic leader in Florence. His enemies had him exiled, hoping he'd disappear from history. But instead he wrote a masterpiece, The Divine Comedy. In an unprecedented move, he made himself the hero of his own epic poem and attained literary immortality. On the 750th anniversary of his birth, we feature this encore presentation of our three-part series.

    Posted: May 21, 2015 12:13 PM
    Last Updated: May 21, 2015 1:22 PM
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Past Episodes

  • Wednesday May 20, 2015

    Dante Alighieri

    Dante: Poet of the Impossible, Part 1

    Dante Alighieri was a poet and civic leader in Florence. His enemies had him exiled, hoping he'd disappear from history. But instead he wrote a masterpiece, The Divine Comedy. In an unprecedented move, he made himself the hero of his own epic poem and attained literary immortality. On the 750th anniversary of his birth, we feature this encore presentation of our three-part series.

    Posted: May 20, 2015 3:54 PM
    Last Updated: May 20, 2015 3:02 PM
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  • Tuesday May 19, 2015

    T.E. Lawrence

    The Shape of Things to Come

    T.E. Lawrence -- Lawrence of Arabia -- was one of the most brilliant and enigmatic figures of the 20th Century. A groundbreaking archaeologist and cartographer, to say nothing of his legendary skills as a military tactician and leader in the First World War, he was also uncannily prescient about the shape of the world to come. As the great powers carved up the world, he foresaw the geopolitical fault lines that plague us still.

    Posted: May 19, 2015 1:20 PM
    Last Updated: May 19, 2015 2:24 PM
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  • Monday May 18, 2015

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    Wachtel On The Arts - Crystal Pite

    Eleanor Wachtel talks to Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite. She's been called a “dance genius” for her risky, imaginative, and emotionally compelling work. She's among the most in-demand dance creators in the world, and produces work for the most prestigious dance companies.

    Posted: May 18, 2015 9:21 AM
    Last Updated: May 18, 2015 9:36 AM
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  • Friday May 15, 2015

    2015 Killam Prize winners

    The 2015 Killam Prize

    Every year Governor General David Johnston presents the Canada Council Killam Prize to top academics in recognition of the tremendous contribution these scholars have made in their respective fields. Paul Kennedy meets the 2015 winners to learn more about the inspiration that drives their passion.

    Posted: May 15, 2015 7:53 AM
    Last Updated: May 15, 2015 10:31 AM
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  • Thursday May 14, 2015

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    Ideas from the Trenches - Too Dumb for Democracy

    There are 50,000 PhD candidates in Canada, toiling away in relative obscurity on things their friends and families often don't understand. This is the fourth episode in our series attempting to turn a young scholar's PhD work into an hour of radio. Producers Tom Howell and Nicola Luksic meet University of British Columbia student David Moscrop. He argues that modern...

    Posted: May 14, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Wednesday May 13, 2015

    Norman McLaren

    McLaren in 4D - Artist, Activist, Dreamer and Friend

    At the close of filmmaker Norman McLaren's centenary, Crystal Chan tells us the story of the movie magician about whose films Picasso once said: 'At last! Something new in the world of drawing!' Winner of hundreds of awards, including an Oscar, McLaren founded the National Film Board's animation studio. At the time, his inventions seemed quirky. Now, they seem prescient. McLaren's short films are little riddles for the eye: political, personal, and above all else – playful.

    Posted: May 13, 2015 12:00 AM
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