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  • Thursday December 08, 2016

    The Orwell Tapes, Part 2 - Orwell in Spain

    The Orwell Tapes, Part 2

    He was a brilliant, eccentric, complicated man; a colonial policeman, a critic and journalist, a dishwasher, a fighter in the Spanish civil war, a teacher and a shopkeeper - and one of the most influential writers of our time. His name was Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell. Who was the man who gave us 'big brother', 'thoughtcrime', 'doublethink', whose name looms so large in this era of mass surveillance?

    Posted: Dec 08, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 11, 2016 1:33 PM ET
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  • Wednesday December 07, 2016

    Near Death Experiences

    Decoding Death: The Science and Significance of Near Death Experiences

    People have reported "near death experiences", or NDE's, over centuries and across cultures. The nature of them has historically been the territory of religion and philosophy. But now science has staked its claim in the discussion. And the questions the research asks are profound: where is consciousness produced, in the brain, or somewhere else? Can consciousness continue to exist even after the heart and brain have stopped working?

    Posted: Dec 07, 2016 3:47 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 07, 2016 4:31 PM ET
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  • Tuesday December 06, 2016

    Marina Nemat

    Hope Within Horror: Marina Nemat

    When Marina Nemat was 16 and living in Tehran, she was arrested at gunpoint and sentenced to life in Iran's most notorious prison, where she was repeatedly tortured and assaulted. She now lives just north of Toronto, and argues that the best way to combat evil in the world is through small acts of kindness. She delivered the 2016 International Issues Discussion series lecture at Ryerson University in Toronto.

    Posted: Dec 06, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 01, 2016 1:08 PM ET
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  • Monday December 05, 2016

    The Enright Files on William Shakespeare & James Joyce

    The Enright Files on William Shakespeare & James Joyce

    There were two momentous anniversaries in 2016 involving giants of English-language literature -- authors whose work influenced not just the literature that followed in their wake, but the language itself. On this edition of The Enright Files, we mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and the 100th anniversary of James Joyce's great novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

    Posted: Dec 05, 2016 11:27 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 05, 2016 1:16 PM ET
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  • Friday December 02, 2016

    Rear View Mirror:  Has the future ever looked like the past?

    Rear View Mirror: Has the future ever looked like the past?

    It's tempting to think that in order to comprehend the future, we need to know the past, that there are always lessons in history. But is that true anymore? And has the future ever looked like the past? Sailing in the 21st century, perhaps we are in uncharted waters.

    Posted: Dec 02, 2016 10:57 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 02, 2016 11:14 AM ET
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  • Thursday December 01, 2016

    Books-NSA Surveillance

    The Orwell Tapes, Part 1

    He was a brilliant, eccentric, complicated man; a colonial policeman, a critic and journalist, a dishwasher, a fighter in the Spanish civil war, a teacher and a shopkeeper - and one of the most influential writers of our time. His name was Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell. Who was the man who gave us 'big brother', 'thoughtcrime', 'doublethink', whose name looms so large in this era of mass surveillance?

    Posted: Dec 01, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 04, 2016 11:35 AM ET
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