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  • Thursday October 06, 2016

    Ideas from the Trenches -  Chimp Parenting

    Ideas from the Trenches - The Post-Modern Chimpanzee's Guide to Parenting

    Evolutionary anthropologist and University of Toronto PhD student Iulia Badescu spent a year camped out in a Ugandan jungle to observe chimp parenting. She noticed behaviours that didn't quite fit the way chimp parenting has traditionally been documented. And that observation shifted her gaze towards scientists themselves, and how they tend to filter what they see based on their own cultural assumptions. She turns to philosophers Nietzsche and Derrida who encourage her to examine the strengths and limitations of anthropology, including her own research.

    Posted: Oct 06, 2016 12:29 PM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 06, 2016 3:22 PM ET
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  • Wednesday November 23, 2016

    The Matter of Meat

    The Matter of Meat: A history of pros and cons

    Eating meat: some say we've evolved to do it. It's in our DNA. It's how we got our big brains. Yet others, including Pythagoras in the 6th century BC, and even Dr. Frankenstein's "monster", have argued that eating meat is bad for our bodies, cruel to animals, and toxic to the planet. Now -- perhaps more than ever -- clear-cut answers can be hard to come by when it comes to the matter of meat. Kevin Ball serves up the arguments.

    Posted: Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 25, 2016 4:17 PM ET
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  • Friday December 30, 2016

    Fat and Sugar, Part 2

    Fat and Sugar, Part 2

    First, fat was the dietary bad guy. We were warned back in the 1980s to cut back on eggs, meat and full-fat dairy to avoid heart disease. So we started eating more bread, rice and pasta and fat-free snacks. But we got sicker and fatter. Now sugar is the bad guy. Contributor Jill Eisen explores the complex, and sometimes contradictory, science of nutrition -- and tries to find clarity amidst the thicket of studies and ambiguous research.

    Posted: Dec 30, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 30, 2016 9:23 AM ET
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  • Friday January 13, 2017

    Alexis de Tocqueville

    Tocqueville's America Revisited, Part 1

    To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Paul Kennedy prepared a series that was first broadcast back in 1986. At the time, Ronald Reagan was President of the United States. We revisit that series, which features new interviews and insights, to consider the ongoing relevance of Tocqueville's classic.

    Posted: Jan 13, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 14, 2016 2:36 PM ET
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  • Thursday January 12, 2017

    Mistaken Identities - "Culture" BBC Reith Lectures

    Mistaken Identities: Culture - Anthony Appiah believes the idea of "Western" civilization is far too limiting

    In the 2016 BBC Reith Lectures, philosopher and cultural theorist Kwame Anthony Appiah considers Creed, Country, Colour, and Culture. He argues that we over-emphasize scripture in our view of faith; that our concept of nationhood is usually mythical and romantic; that race is 'something we make, not something that makes us"; and that the idea of "Western" civilization is far too limiting. But, he suggests, a broader perspective on all of these offers genuine hope for the world. Recorded in London, Glasgow, Accra in his native Ghana, and New York.

    Posted: Jan 12, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 12, 2017 11:51 AM ET
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  • Wednesday January 11, 2017

    Mistaken Identities- "Colour" BBC Reith Lectures

    Mistaken Identities: Colour - Kwame Anthony Appiah argues for a world free of racial fixations

    In the 2016 BBC Reith Lectures, philosopher and cultural theorist Kwame Anthony Appiah considers Creed, Country, Colour, and Culture. He argues that we over-emphasize scripture in our view of faith; that our concept of nationhood is usually mythical and romantic; that race is 'something we make, not something that makes us"; and that the idea of "Western" civilization is far too limiting. But, he suggests, a broader perspective on all of these offers genuine hope for the world. Recorded in London, Glasgow, Accra in his native Ghana, and New York.

    Posted: Jan 11, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 11, 2017 12:13 PM ET
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  • Tuesday January 10, 2017

    Designing Life

    Designing Life: The Brave New World of Gene Editing

    CRISPR is a revolutionary new development in gene editing. It has the potential to eliminate genetically transmitted diseases. But it could also be used to wage biological warfare or for eugenics. McGill University hosted a discussion about this new technology that has the potential to change the very makeup of human beings.

    Posted: Jan 10, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 27, 2016 10:38 AM ET
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  • Monday January 09, 2017

    Commute from Hell - Toronto subway delay

    Commute from Hell

    Work can’t help but be affected when people spend almost as much time commuting as they spend on the job. How can a stressful commute impact a person's professional performance? What does it ultimately do to family life, or social engagements? Another in IDEAS' ongoing annual consideration of work-related mobility issues looks at the terrible experience of Toronto commuters.

    Posted: Jan 09, 2017 11:42 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 09, 2017 3:53 PM ET
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  • Friday January 06, 2017

    God Wants You To Be Rich - Prosperity Gospel - Collection Basket

    God Wants You To Be Rich

    Why do millions of Christians in the United States believe that their faith, financial status and health are all intertwined? That's the question that Paul Kennedy explores with Kate Bowler, author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel. They turn to the early 20th century beginnings of this uniquely made-in-America brand of theology, where it was first preached in pentecostal tent revivals. Now it's being preached from mega-churches across the country. For many, it is a key to a richer and fuller life. For its critics, it's hucksterism at its worst.

    Posted: Jan 06, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 07, 2016 12:07 PM ET
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