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  • Friday April 21, 2017

    Marine Le Pen Rally

    Children of the Fatherland: The Rise of the Extreme Right in France, Part 1

    The French go to the polls on April 23 to begin the selection of their next president. In the volatile world of French politics, the stakes seem higher than ever, as Marine Le Pen is poised to make history. After decades in the political wilderness, her party, the extreme right-wing Front National, just might pull off an upset.

    Posted: Apr 21, 2017 10:43 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 21, 2017 3:21 PM ET
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  • Thursday April 20, 2017

    The rise of the anti-establishment - Jobs or Income now

    The Rise of the Anti-Establishment: Where do we go from here?

    "It is a deep tragedy, bordering on calamity, that we have come to this point," says Robert Reich of the Trump presidency. In a lecture at the University of British Columbia, followed by an interview with Paul Kennedy, the former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Professor of Public Policy at University of California at Berkeley details how understanding the circumstances that led to the election of Donald Trump can help shape a new democratic political sensibility.

    Posted: Apr 20, 2017 10:20 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 20, 2017 2:41 PM ET
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  • Wednesday April 19, 2017

    Drone warfare

    Drone Warfare: Is Killing Terrorists Legal?

    On 30 September 2011, American military drone operators at an Air Force base in Nevada spotted Anwar al-Awlaki in northern Yemen. The radical Muslim cleric -- and American citizen -- was in a desert more than 13,000 kilometres away, sitting near an SUV. Awlaki spotted the drones and ran to the vehicle. Back in Nevada, an operator clicked a button. And within seconds, two Hellfire missiles blew the SUV to smithereens.

    Posted: Apr 19, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 11, 2016 1:51 PM ET
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  • Tuesday April 18, 2017

    Age of Anger - Pankaj Mishra

    Globalized Anger: The Enlightenment's Unwanted Child

    Trumpism. Hindu nationalism. ISIS. Chinese expansionism. People everywhere seem fed up with the status quo, and their anger and intolerance are finding political expression. But why? Pankaj Mishra believes that the current unrest isn't about any so-called "clash of civilizations" between the enlightened and unenlightened. He thinks the globalized anger is the legitimate offspring of the Enlightenment itself.

    Posted: Apr 18, 2017 11:32 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 18, 2017 2:55 PM ET
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  • Monday April 17, 2017

    Fake news

    The Truth about "Post-Truth"

    The election of Donald Trump has ignited talk that we're now living in a "post-truth" era. But are we? Where does the idea that the truth no longer exists come from? Or the notion that the truth doesn't matter anymore? Host Paul Kennedy talks to thinkers who argue that the story began years earlier, with a kind of collective identity crisis: authoritarianism can become attractive when you no longer remember who you are.

    Posted: Apr 17, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 19, 2017 3:37 PM ET
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  • Friday April 14, 2017

    Bread - French Baguettes

    Bread: salvation or damnation?

    Bread is a simple food and a staple item across the world. Bread is life. But for some, it represents a wrong turn in our species' evolution. Through conversation with bakers, religious leaders, historians and bread aficionados, producer Veronica Simmonds asks whether bread has led us to salvation or damnation.

    Posted: Apr 14, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 14, 2017 8:15 AM ET
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