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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
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  • Ideas at 50

    Celebrating 50 years!

    Ideas 50th anniversary page

    Posted: Jun 16, 2015 3:54 PM
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  • Monday July 27, 2015

    Wildfire-La Ronge, Sask, July 5, 2015

    Visions of Fire, Part 1

    Ideas about fire, domesticated and wild, past and present, bringer of life and death and life again. Exceedingly rare in some places and times, fire appears in the mind as a deity: the blazing Shiva, the glowing Vesta, the burning bush. Every living creature depends on fire. And though fire spread civilization through the world, combustion now seems to signal... ruin.

    Posted: Jul 27, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Wednesday September 02, 2015

    Munk - Much Ado About Magna Carta -1

    Much Ado About Magna Carta, Part 1

    It's been hailed as the cornerstone of our justice system. From property rights to women's rights, the rule of law, equality before the law and defined roles for judges: all roads, it seems, lead us back to Magna Carta Libertatum. But is this entirely true?

    Posted: Sep 02, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Tuesday September 01, 2015


    Walking Matters, Part 2

    Ever since our ancestors rose to their feet, our species has been defined by walking upright. But the act involves our minds as well as our bodies. We interpret the act of walking, and give it our stamp - from ramblers to Rousseau, from models and tramps to Buddhist monks. In this two-part series, Marilyn Powell explores the world...

    Posted: Sep 01, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Monday August 31, 2015


    Lecture 5 - "Gross National Happiness"

    The Bhutanese have a principle of "Gross National Happiness" that places serious value on the harmonious well-being of people: it's a social good that's maybe even more important than economic growth. Three principles -- generosity, ethical behaviour, and tolerance -- drive the idea, which drives their concept of the good society.

    Posted: Aug 31, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Friday August 28, 2015

    Ideas from the Trenches - Why We Obey

    Ideas from the Trenches - Why We Obey

    As part of our continuing series turning a young scholar's work into radio, Tom Howell and Nicola Luksic profile Serbulent Turan, an emerging political scientist at the University of British Columbia. He is asking why people willingly put up with oppression and -- on the flip side -- what's needed to spark a revolution.

    Posted: Aug 28, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Thursday August 27, 2015

    Disposable Youth

    Disposable Youth

    Youth in America are no longer seen as a social investment but a liability. A soft war ensures they are carpet-bombed with consumer culture. A hard war of zero tolerance in schools creates "punishment creep" in the courts. Drawing on his book, Disposable Youth, scholar Henry Giroux speaks at the Spur lecture in Toronto about how America is abandoning its youth.

    Posted: Aug 27, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Wednesday August 26, 2015

    Planet Sunset (Ideas - Climate Hope)

    Climate Hope

    News about climate change is almost always alarming, depressing, or both. But Tim Flannery believes there is qualified hope that things may get better. Mammalogist, paleontologist and novelist, he's also a world authority on climate: he led Australia's first federal commission on climate change (since disbanded), and now leads an independent climate council. Tim Flannery was in Toronto as part of a wider Spur speaking series, and later joined host Paul Kennedy in conversation.

    Posted: Aug 26, 2015 12:00 AM
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