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  • Jennifer Welsh

    IDEAS Jennifer Welsh delivers the 2016 CBC Massey Lectures, "The Return of History"

    In his 1989 essay The End of History? American thinker Francis Fukuyama suggested that Western liberal democracy was the endpoint of our political evolution, the best and final system to emerge after thousands of years of trial and error. Fukuyama seems to have been wrong: our recent history -- filled with terrorism and war, rising inequity and the mass flight of populations -- suggests that we've failed to create any sort of global formula for lasting peace and social equity.

    Posted: Aug 01, 2016 10:23 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 01, 2016 10:23 AM ET
  • Peace & Justice - Ursula Franklin

    IDEAS Peace and Justice - A Celebration of Ursula Franklin

    To commemorate the recent death, and to celebrate the remarkable life of Ursula Franklin, we turn to the IDEAS archives, and sample over forty years of appearances by the public intellectual who delivered the 1989 CBC Massey Lectures -- "The Real World of Technology". Highlights include her profound (and still remarkably relevant) response to the events of September 11, 2001.

    Posted: Jul 25, 2016 6:13 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 25, 2016 6:12 PM ET
  • Tuesday July 26, 2016

    T.E. Lawrence

    The Shape of Things to Come

    T.E. Lawrence -- Lawrence of Arabia -- was one of the most brilliant and enigmatic figures of the 20th Century. A groundbreaking archaeologist and cartographer, to say nothing of his legendary skills as a military tactician and leader in the First World War, he was also uncannily prescient about the shape of the world to come. As the great powers carved up the world, he foresaw the geopolitical fault lines that plague us still.

    Posted: Jul 26, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 19, 2015 2:24 PM ET
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Past Episodes

  • Wednesday August 24, 2016

    Calais No Man's Land - Map

    No Man's Land, Part 1

    On the outskirts of Calais there's a ramshackle city of tents and plywood huts, home for thousands of refugees and migrants - Lebanese, Syrian, Afghan, Pakistani - from all over, the world. Just across the beach is the English Channel, and they all wait to cross it, to get to Britain and start a new life. They don't want to be in France, and the French for the most part don't want them. So they're stuck: they can't go forward, and they can't go back. Philip Coulter visits a city of dreams and lost hopes to ask the question: what do we owe our neighbour?

    Posted: Aug 24, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 24, 2016 8:15 AM ET
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  • Tuesday August 23, 2016

    Galaxy-Space, Similes and Science

    Similes and Science, Part 1

    The Big Bang, string theory, black holes. Theoretical physics may conjure up complicated equations filling up several blackboards. But central to the quest of understanding the universe is the role that the imagination plays. And that means the creation of images through simile and metaphor -- usually the purview of novelists and poets. Four prominent physicists join host Paul Kennedy in conversation about the vitality and centrality of the scientific imagination.

    Posted: Aug 23, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 23, 2016 8:04 AM ET
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  • Monday August 22, 2016

    Massey 2015 - History's People - Lecture 4

    History's People: Personalities & The Past, Lecture 4

    In the 2015 CBC Massey Lectures, the great Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan explores some of the people - good and bad, dreamers, explorers and adventurers - who have shaped their times and ours. One historian's view of the people of the past who have intrigued, horrified or engaged her.

    Posted: Aug 22, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 22, 2016 11:37 AM ET
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  • Friday August 19, 2016

    ideacity - Going Forward - early days of computers

    Going Forward - Moses Znaimer's ideacity Conference

    We like to believe we're moving steadily forward, progressing as a species, thanks to technology and human ingenuity. But at Moses Znaimer's ideacity Conference, held in June in Toronto, digital utopians and skeptics tried to figure out whether our wired world is best thing that's happened since the invention of sliced bread....or the absolute worst.

    Posted: Aug 19, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 19, 2016 8:30 AM ET
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  • Thursday August 18, 2016

    Lascaux Cave

    Vestigial Tale, Part 2

    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: Aug 18, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 18, 2016 8:56 AM ET
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  • Wednesday August 17, 2016

    Ideas - All In The Family

    All In The Family, Part 3

    Trauma is not a story about the past - it lives in the present: in both the mind and body. Left untreated, it has no expiration date, whether it's trauma arising from childhood abuse or PTSD suffered as an adult. In recent years we've heard a lot about how resilience and character can mitigate the effects of trauma.

    Posted: Aug 17, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 17, 2016 8:14 AM ET
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