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  • Ideas@50 Live Event

    Ideas@50 Event - The Next 50 Years

    IDEAS marks its 50th anniversary with a thought-provoking event that will be held in CBC Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio. Three thought leaders look toward the next 50 years and beyond to argue - cautiously - how humanity may not only survive, but actually thrive.

    Posted: Sep 30, 2015 12:38 PM
    Last Updated: Sep 30, 2015 12:35 PM
  • Ideas at 50

    Celebrating 50 years!

    Ideas 50th anniversary page

    Posted: Jun 16, 2015 3:54 PM
    Last Updated: Jun 16, 2015 3:51 PM
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    Purchase Tickets: The 2015 CBC Massey Lectures

    Purchase tickets to the 2015 CBC Massey Lectures

    Posted: Aug 04, 2015 12:05 PM
    Last Updated: Aug 04, 2015 12:05 PM
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Past Episodes

  • Tuesday October 06, 2015

    Lascaux Cave painting

    Vestigial Tale, Part 1

    Analysing stories is usually territory claimed by writers, critics, and university scholars. But recently, evolutionary psychologists have begun to look at the human propensity for storytelling from a scientific perspective. Why are we humans such suckers for a good story? Literary critics find the answer in story structure, characters, and plotlines. The literary Darwinists find the answer in evolution.

    Posted: Oct 06, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: May 26, 2015 11:43 AM
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  • Friday October 02, 2015

    Science Under Siege, Part 3

    Science Under Siege, Part 3

    Are we living through an Anti-Scientific Revolution? Scientists around the world are increasingly restricted in what they can research, publish and say -- constrained by belief and ideology from all sides. Historically, science has always had a thorny relationship with institutions of power. But what happens to societies which turn their backs on curiosity-driven research? And how can science lift the siege? CBC Radio producer Mary Lynk looks for some answers in this three-part series.

    Posted: Oct 02, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: Oct 02, 2015 7:38 AM
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  • Thursday October 01, 2015

    The Bovines - Miss Understanding & Miss Behaviour

    Miss Understanding and Miss Behaviour

    Is drag a mockery of femininity, an earnest tribute, or something else entirely? Willow Yamauchi, a drag queen's daughter, unpacks her father's gowns, secrets, and illusions, and works through his little black book to find his answers - and her own.

    Posted: Oct 01, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: Oct 01, 2015 11:34 AM
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  • Wednesday September 30, 2015

    Pico Iyer

    Global Migration and Finding Home

    In a time of accelerated global migration and communication, lifelong traveller and writer Pico Iyer finds pathways to adventure and connection by making time to sit still. This episode of IDEAS is based on his inaugural Global Diversity Exchange Lecture at Ryerson University, as well as his latest book The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere.

    Posted: Sep 30, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: Sep 30, 2015 11:54 AM
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  • Tuesday September 29, 2015

    Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi

    Doing the Right Thing

    This was the refrain shooting through the talk that Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi gave at the 2015 Lafontaine-Baldwin Symposium in Stratford, Ontario. In that talk, and in a follow-up conversation with host Paul Kennedy, Mayor Nenshi explains why his vision of Canada necessitates confronting ugly realities, as well as celebrating its highest ideals

    Posted: Sep 29, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: Sep 29, 2015 1:48 PM
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  • Monday September 28, 2015

    Eureka! light bulb

    Eureka! Mapping the Creative Mind

    Revolutionary ideas don't come out of nowhere. Or do they? Starting with Archimedes' original "eureka" moment, producer John Chipman dissects "aha" moments both big and small, and draws a road map to understanding Big Ideas. He looks at how our brains come up with them, and whether we can train ourselves to be better at making them happen.

    Posted: Sep 28, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: Sep 28, 2015 8:04 AM
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