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  • Tuesday July 07, 2015

    Sapiens

    "There were humans long before there was history," writes Yuval Noah Harari. Still just in his thirties, Professor Harari's book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is an international best-seller. IDEAS host Paul Kennedy in conversation with Yuval Noah Harari, winner of the Polansky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines....

    Posted: Jul 07, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: Jul 07, 2015 8:17 AM
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  • Monday July 06, 2015

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    Recognizing Grey

    Director, author, actress and journalist Nelofer Pazira grew up in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan, fled first to Pakistan, and eventually to New Brunswick. She peels back the layers of the Western media's simplified black-and-white coverage of the Middle East in the 2014 Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism....

    Posted: Jul 06, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: Jul 06, 2015 9:15 AM
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  • Friday July 03, 2015

    Who Wrote Shakepeare's Plays

    Who Wrote Shakespeare's Plays?

    Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, conducts the trial of the century. An all-star cast of lawyers (and a few actors) examine the evidence about the Man from Stratford. It’s an age-old question: did Shakespeare write the plays he’s credited for? And if not him -- then who?

    Posted: Jul 03, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: Jul 03, 2015 9:13 AM
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  • Thursday July 02, 2015

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    The Myth of the Secular, Part 1

    Western social theory once insisted that modernization meant secularization and secularization meant the withering away of religion. But religion hasn't withered away, and this has forced a rethinking of the whole idea of the secular. David Cayley talks to Craig Calhoun, Director of the London School of Economics, and Rajeev Barghava of India's Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

    Posted: Jul 02, 2015 11:03 AM
    Last Updated: Jul 02, 2015 11:29 AM
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  • Wednesday July 01, 2015

    War of 1812 - The Death of Brock at Queenston Heights

    Who Started the War of 1812?

    It was a war that nobody really wanted, although both sides ultimately claimed to win. IDEAS host Paul Kennedy considers the causes and the consequences of the War of 1812-14, from both sides, and includes an "Indian" perspective that is all too frequently ignored.

    Posted: Jul 01, 2015 11:14 AM
    Last Updated: Jul 01, 2015 9:38 AM
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  • Tuesday June 30, 2015

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    The Comeback

    In the wake of the Idle No More protest movement, John Ralston Saul decided to write a book about Canada's difficult relationship with the First Nations. In it, he argues that they are now poised to reclaim a central place in Canadian affairs. Paul Kennedy explores the thesis with Saul and Hayden King of Ryerson University.

    Posted: Jun 30, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: Jun 30, 2015 9:26 AM
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  • Monday June 29, 2015

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    On Joking, Tickling and Cracking Up: Humour in Ancient Rome

    Mary Beard is a world-renowned classicist who teaches at Cambridge University, the writer of the eclectic blog A Don's Life and most recently the author of Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling and Cracking Up. She is also a prominent feminist who does not back away from public battles.

    Posted: Jun 29, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: Jun 29, 2015 10:54 AM
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