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  • Thursday May 25, 2017

    Writing in Worried Times

    Writing in worried times: GG Award winners share their anxieties

    They may be successful writers, but that doesn't mean the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award winners are immune from worry about the world around us. Five authors share some brand new work on that theme, and explain how they grapple with the cultural issues that make them most anxious. Presented by IDEAS and CBC Books, with the Canada Council for the Arts.

    Posted: May 25, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 13, 2016 12:45 PM ET
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  • Wednesday May 24, 2017

    Guantanamo Bay Camp Delta

    After Guantanamo: Dennis Edney on defending Omar Khadr

    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: May 24, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017 11:46 AM ET
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  • Tuesday May 23, 2017

    Commute from Hell - Toronto subway delay

    Commute from Hell

    Work can’t help but be affected when people spend almost as much time commuting as they spend on the job. How can a stressful commute impact a person's professional performance? What does it ultimately do to family life, or social engagements? Another in IDEAS' ongoing annual consideration of work-related mobility issues looks at the terrible experience of Toronto commuters.

    Posted: May 23, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 09, 2017 3:53 PM ET
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  • Monday May 22, 2017

    Ideas from the trenches - referendums

    Yes and No: The problem of bad referendums

    From Brexit to Turkey, the use of referendums is on the rise around the world. They're seen as a way of getting politicians and experts out of the way to let 'the people' decide on major policy decisions, and making democracy work more directly. Leah Trueblood is a PhD student at Oxford University. She warns that ill-conceived referendums are actually dangerous for democracies.

    Posted: May 22, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 22, 2017 8:25 AM ET
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  • Friday May 19, 2017

    Myth of Victory - Fall of Bagdad

    The Myth of Victory: How do we know when we've won?

    Some people argue that World War One was just the opening act for the Second World War, and perhaps World War Three is just around the corner. And what about wars of ideology? The Soviet Union doesn't seem to be dead yet, and nor is Communism. Even if we defeat ISIS, does that mean the idea of an Islamic state is finished? Stephen Toope, Janice Stein and Hugh Segal in conversation from the Stratford Festival.

    Posted: May 19, 2017 11:53 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 19, 2017 12:23 PM ET
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  • Thursday May 18, 2017

    Creative Minds

    How art shapes history

    Toronto CBC radio host Matt Galloway talks with architect Sir David Adjaye, visual artist Christi Belcourt, author Junot Díaz and filmmaker Paul Gross. The group met onstage at Toronto's Massey Hall as part of the Creative Minds series, produced in partnership with CBC, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Banff Centre and Massey Hall. Their focus: current global politics and how art shapes our understanding of place, history and progress.

    Posted: May 18, 2017 4:29 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 18, 2017 3:42 PM ET
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