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  • Tuesday August 15, 2017

    2016 CBC Massey Lectures: Return of the Cold War - Lecture 4

    Lecture 4: The Return of the Cold War

    Fukuyama's essay was inspired by the apparent collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980's. But the Soviet Union -- or the idea of it, the muscle behind it -- is back. The Cold War, a kind of standoff between two superpowers, is not unique in human history, but today's version of the Cold War is triggering a domino effect -- instability in Ukraine and the Middle East, the return of a threat to liberal democracy.

    Posted: Aug 15, 2017 8:30 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 15, 2017 11:56 AM ET
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  • Monday August 14, 2017

    Challenge of Peace

    The Challenge of Peace

    We have the best communications in history, except for the kind that matters -- nations and states understanding each other. What values might we agree on? What ideas about society do we have in common? Has there been progress of any sort? Jennifer Welsh, Paul Heinbecker, Peter Boehm, Arne Kislenko and Daniel Eayrs in conversation from the Stratford Festival.

    Posted: Aug 14, 2017 8:30 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 14, 2017 8:31 AM ET
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  • Friday August 11, 2017

    The Marriage of True Minds #1 - Venus and Adonis

    The Marriage of True Minds, Part 1

    More than thirty years ago, Paul Kennedy prepared a series that celebrated famous intellectual marriages. These relationships were consummated at various times, from the early Middle Ages to the late-twentieth century. We revisit that classic series from a more contemporary perspective, and wonder what might be learned, and what could be lost from looking for lessons from relationships in the past.

    Posted: Aug 11, 2017 8:25 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 11, 2017 8:30 AM ET
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  • Thursday August 10, 2017

    The Wire - Part 6 - Remixing

    The Wire: Remixing, sequencing and the drum machine

    We depend on machines that use electricity - from our cars to our cellphones to our computers to the overhead light. It's no surprise that more machines are making our music. Music that's made entirely of machines can be intimidating because of the dizzying array of sub-categories. But among these is the paradoxically human-machine, techno-organic, cool-sexy, booty-shaking beat-world of electronic dance music.

    Posted: Aug 10, 2017 2:56 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 10, 2017 8:29 AM ET
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  • Wednesday August 09, 2017

    Wit's End, Part 2

    Wit's End: understanding mental illness, Part 2

    What's it like to go mad and be crazy, living at wit's end? First comes diagnosis, followed by treatment. Then there's stigma and stereotyping. This two-part series looks at mental illness, past and present, theory and practice, from asylums to labs in neuroscience. Marilyn Powell talks to those dealing with mental illness with their own truth to tell.

    Posted: Aug 09, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 09, 2017 8:30 AM ET
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  • Tuesday August 08, 2017

    2016 CBC Massey Lectures: The Return of Flight - Lecture 3

    Lecture 3: The Return of Mass Flight

    Millions are on the move. Entire populations are leaving their home countries to find a better life elsewhere, creating two problems: what are we to do about the failed states left in the wake of this mass migration, and, what are the more stable Western nations supposed to do with this great mass of refugees and economic migrants at and within the borders? Both closing the borders and opening the borders raises questions about human rights, and the nature of the modern state.

    Posted: Aug 08, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 09, 2017 9:27 AM ET
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