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  • Wednesday November 30, 2016

    Ideas from the Trenches-The Dangerous Game

    The Dangerous Game: Gamergate and the "alt-right"

    Emma Vossen’s love of gaming started when she was a kid growing up in small-town Ontario. Now as a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo Games Institute, she looks to gamer culture as a microcosm of how sexism is seeded and replicated within broader society, and she draws connections between gamer culture and the rise of the political extreme right.

    Posted: Nov 30, 2016 10:08 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 30, 2016 3:32 PM ET
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  • Thursday February 09, 2017

    Capitalism's End Times - Poverty

    Surviving Post-Capitalism: Coping, hoping, doping & shopping

    The signs are troubling: the ever-widening chasm between the ultra-rich and everyone else. Mass protests. Political upheaval and social division. It looks as though the rocky marriage between capitalism and democracy is doomed, at least according to Wolfgang Streeck. In conversation with Paul Kennedy about his book How Will Capitalism End?, he makes the unnerving case that capitalism is now at a point where it cannot survive itself.

    Posted: Feb 09, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 10, 2017 3:35 PM ET
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  • Wednesday February 01, 2017

    Guantanamo Bay Camp Delta

    After Guantanamo

    In 2002, a 15-year-old boy was caught by American forces in Afghanistan after a firefight, and imprisoned in Guantanamo for the next 13 years. The boy was Omar Khadr, and his then little-known lawyer was Dennis Edney from Edmonton. From the Stratford Festival, Dennis Edney talks with Paul Kennedy about a life-changing experience that contains a challenge for us all.

    Posted: Feb 01, 2017 11:01 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017 11:46 AM ET
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  • Tuesday February 28, 2017

    First Signs - Hand Print

    First Signs: Unlocking the Mysteries of the World's Oldest Symbols

    Paul Kennedy takes a trip back in time to the Ice Age with renowned Canadian archaeologist Genevieve von Petzinger. That's where they discuss the possible meaning behind the strange geometric shapes that appear along with cave art from the Paleolithic Period, and her struggle to crack the code on the first form of graphic communication.

    Posted: Feb 28, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 28, 2017 5:07 PM ET
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  • Monday February 27, 2017

    Ideas from the Trenches - Refuge - Child Refugee

    Ideas from the Trenches - Refuge

    The sense of a moral duty to give refuge to a stranger in need resonates across human cultures and deep into our history. However, as PhD students Kiran Banerjee and Craig Damian Smith argue, the values of the nation state can clash with our profound moral beliefs, creating big problems when we try to apply and honour international human rights. To get beyond this clash, they propose a radical re-thinking of the institutions that shape how nations respond to the voices of refugees.

    Posted: Feb 27, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 26, 2015 4:27 PM ET
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  • Friday February 24, 2017

    Jean Vanier

    The Rabbit and the Giraffe: Jean Vanier, Part 2

    "Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world." Jean Vanier, who founded the L'Arche movement in 1963 for people with profound disabilities, quickly learned that "normal" people have much to learn about being human by watching those we perceive as weak. Now in his 80's, Vanier has spent a lifetime watching and learning and writing.

    Posted: Feb 24, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 19, 2016 3:55 PM ET
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  • Thursday February 23, 2017

    Downloading Decision

    Downloading Decision: Could machines make better decisions for us?

    Humans like to let others make decisions for them. But what happens when those decisions are made by machines or artificial intelligence? Can we trust them to make the right choices? Contributor Scott Lilwall explores how we might program robots to make ethical choices. Assuming, of course, we can ever figure out just how humans make those same choices.

    Posted: Feb 23, 2017 10:48 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 23, 2017 1:26 PM ET
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  • Wednesday February 22, 2017

    Proper Role of Science

    The Proper Role of Science: Sir Peter Gluckman

    The Harper government muzzled scientists. Donald Trump's administration is now doing the same. But a better relationship between science and government is possible. Sir Peter Gluckman is the Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand. This episode draws on a conversation he had with host Paul Kennedy and a talk he gave organized by Canadian Science Policy Centre, and hosted by the Institute for Science Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa. His point: science's proper role is to help decision-makers make informed decisions.

    Posted: Feb 22, 2017 12:02 PM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 22, 2017 4:47 PM ET
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  • Tuesday February 21, 2017

    Phyllis Lambert

    Wachtel On The Arts - Phyllis Lambert

    Eleanor Wachtel speaks to Canadian architectural activist, Phyllis Lambert, in celebration of her exceptional career on her 90th birthday. In the 1950s, she became highly involved in the construction of the landmark Seagram Building designed by Mies van der Rohe. Lambert later founded the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the world's leading museum dedicated to understanding architecture as an art form.

    Posted: Feb 21, 2017 12:08 PM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 21, 2017 12:40 PM ET
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