Ideas Schedule

  • Payam Akhavan - 2017 CBC Massey Lectures

    IDEAS for November 2017

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    Highlights this month include: "In Search of a Better World" -- The 2017 CBC Massey Lectures by Payam Akahvan are powerful survey of some of the major human rights struggles of our times — and what each of us can do to make our world a little better. The lectures air Monday, November 6 through Friday, November 10.

    Posted: Oct 31, 2017 3:31 PM ET read comments
  • FRANCE-ART/VUITTON

    IDEAS for October 2017

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    Highlights this month include: "Master of His Own Design" (Oct 6, 13) -- a look at the art and adversity that created Frank Gehry; The BBC Reith Lectures with Dame Hilary Mantel (Oct 5, 12, 19, & 26); and "Neoliberalism: Is it ruining the world?" (October 30) -- Bruce Livesey explores the rise and rule of neoliberal thought, and what it may mean for societies around the world.

    Posted: Sep 28, 2017 3:40 PM ET read comments
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    IDEAS for September 2017

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    Highlights this month include: "Are We F--ked?: Decoding the resistance to climate change" (Sept 7 & 14) -- conversations with Clive Hamilton and Naomi Oreskes about climate change denial; and "Autonomy" (Sept 12) -- contributor Sean Prypck explores the unexpected implications of self-driving vehicles.

    Posted: Aug 28, 2017 8:57 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 30, 2017 10:03 AM ET
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  • George Orwell - BBC

    Ideas for August 2017

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    Highlights this month include: an encore presentation of "The Return of History", the 2016 CBC Massey Lectures by Jennifer Welsh (August 1, 8, 15 & 22); and "The Orwell Tapes" (Aug 16, 23, 30) -- Steve Wadhams delves into recordings he made with the people who knew George Orwell from his earliest days to his final moments.

    Posted: Jul 31, 2017 10:41 AM ET
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  • Shadow of Charm City - Baltimore mural

    Ideas for July 2017

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    Highlights this month include: "The Wire: The Impact of Electricity on Music" (July 6, 13, 20, 27 and continues in August) -- an award-winning series that tells the story of how electricity changed music in the 20th century; and encore presentations of many of our other award-winning programs: "The Shadow of Charm City" (July 7); "American Fascism: It can't happen here? (July 14); "All in the Family: Understanding the causes & consequences of trauma (July 21) & "No Man's Land" (July 28).

    Posted: Jun 30, 2017 4:51 PM ET read comments
  • Us And Them: Diversity, Division and a World of Difference

    Ideas for June 2017

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    Highlights include: "Policing" (June 15 & 22) -- Do the police serve the public by doing what communities say they want and need? Or, do cops think they know what’s best for public safety and must protect us? A debate the dynamics of policing, trust and public consent in partnership with the Munk School of Global Affairs. And "US and THEM" (June 26, 27, 28, 29, 30) -- a 5-part series featuring talks presented in South Africa, Israel, India, Germany, and Canada -- all countries dealing with the reality of a diverse population. The series is produced by CBC IDEAS in partnership with The Laurier Institution.

    Posted: May 31, 2017 4:00 PM ET read comments
  • Marine Le Pen Rally

    Ideas for May 2017

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    Highlights this month include: The Rise of the Extreme Right in France" (May 2 & 5) -- Philip Coulter reports on the French presidential election; and "Bringing Up Fur Baby" (May 30) -- Kelley Jo Burke explores our relationship with animals.

    Posted: Apr 28, 2017 2:25 PM ET read comments
  • Bread

    Ideas for April 2017

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    Highlights this month include: "Bread: the rise and fall" (April 14) -Veronica Simmonds talks with bakers, religious leaders, historians and bread aficionados and asks whether bread has led us to salvation or damnation; and "Children of the Fatherland" (April 21) - Part 1 of Philip Coulter's series on the rise of the extreme right in France.

    Posted: Mar 31, 2017 2:14 PM ET read comments
  • Nobel Alice Munro

    Ideas for March 2017

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    Highlights include: "The Lives of Women, Readers and Alice Munro" (March 8) - on a cold autumn evening in St. John's, five women gather for their regular book club and discuss Alice Munro's work; "Expletive Repeated: Why swearing matters" (March 16), a look at profanity with cognitive scientist, linguist, and author Benjamin K. Bergen; and a look at the rise of the extreme right in the Netherlands by Philip Coulter (March 9 & 14).

    Posted: Feb 28, 2017 11:30 AM ET read comments
  • Hildegard Westerkamp

    Ideas for February 2017

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    Highlights this month include: "The Ecology of Sound" (Feb 2) -- sound composter Hildegard Westerkamp on how opening our ears to our surroundings can open our minds; and "Downloading Decision" (Feb 23) -- Scott Lilwall explores how we might program robots to make ethical choices.

    Posted: Jan 31, 2017 3:39 PM ET read comments
  • Darkwave - Beluga Whale

    Ideas for January 2017

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    Highlights this month include: "Commute From Hell" (Jan 9) - Paul Kennedy looks at the terrible experience of Toronto commuters; "The Truth About 'Post-Truth'" (Jan 19) - examining the origins of the idea that the truth no longer exists; and "Darkwave" (Jan 24) - contributor Carrie Haber explores underwater languages at the brink of extinction.

    Posted: Dec 23, 2016 3:47 PM ET read comments
  • Seed Banks

    Ideas for December 2016

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    Highlights this month include: "Decoding Death: The Science and Significance of Near Death Experiences" (Dec 7) -- Can consciousness continue to exist even after the heart and brain have stopped working; and "Seed Banks" (Dec 16) -- Maria Zytaruk explores how preserving seeds reflects the deepest of human fears and hopes.

    Posted: Nov 29, 2016 12:54 PM ET read comments
  • Jennifer Welsh

    Ideas for November 2016

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    Highlights this month include: "The Return of History: The 2016 CBC Massey Lectures" by Jennifer Welsh (Oct 31 - Nov 4); "Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World" -- David Gutnick goes on a tour of Guglielmo Marconi's influences in Montreal (Nov 10); and "The Matter Of Meat" (Nov 23) -- Kevin Ball looks at the arguments on the pros and cons of eating meat.

    Posted: Oct 28, 2016 4:31 PM ET read comments
  • Ideas from the Trenches - Chimp parenting

    Ideas for October 2016

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    Highlights this month include: "The Post-Modern Chimpanzee Guide to Parenting" (Oct 6) -- the newest edition from our ongoing series "Ideas from the Trenches" with evolutionary anthropologist and University of Toronto PhD student Iulia Badescu. And, "Generation Mars" (Oct 20 & 27) -- Stephen Humphrey and a stellar crew of authors, astronauts and Mars scholars confront the hazards, risks and challenges of getting humans to Mars, and then of surviving - and living - on the Red Planet.

    Posted: Sep 30, 2016 4:00 PM ET read comments
  • Jean Vanier

    Ideas for September 2016

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    Highlights this month include: "Homework Ban" (Sept 7) -- Nicola Luksic marks the history of homework and what it would mean if it was banned all together; and "The Rabbit & the Giraffe" (Sept 12 & 19) -- Philip Coulter in conversation with Jean Vanier"

    Posted: Aug 25, 2016 10:30 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 01, 2016 10:11 AM ET
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