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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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  • Tuesday November 22, 2016

    Tedium is the Message

    The Tedium is the Message

    It's never been easier to banish the feeling of boredom -- at least for a moment. But some fear our weapons of mass distraction could lead to an epidemic of ennui and ADD. Contributor Peter Mitton examines boredom and discovers a little-understood universal state of mind. From its obvious downsides and unexpected upsides, to its evolutionary origins and the way it's shaping our future -- boredom is anything but dull.

    Posted: Nov 22, 2016 12:36 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 22, 2016 12:51 PM ET
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  • Friday October 28, 2016

    American Fascism

    American Fascism: It Can't Happen Here?

    Donald Trump has been called a buffoon, an entertainer, a circus clown. He's also been called a fascist. But he's aiming to called Mr. President. What does the Trump campaign, and the voters it's mobilized, have in common with Fascism, not only in Europe but in America's own dark past?

    Posted: Oct 28, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 28, 2016 1:53 PM ET
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  • Thursday December 01, 2016

    Books-NSA Surveillance

    The Orwell Tapes, Part 1

    He was a brilliant, eccentric, complicated man; a colonial policeman, a critic and journalist, a dishwasher, a fighter in the Spanish civil war, a teacher and a shopkeeper - and one of the most influential writers of our time. His name was Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell. Who was the man who gave us 'big brother', 'thoughtcrime', 'doublethink', whose name looms so large in this era of mass surveillance?

    Posted: Dec 01, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 04, 2016 11:35 AM ET
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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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  • Tuesday November 29, 2016

    Killam Prize 2016

    The 2016 Killam Prize

    They are considered academic Titans. Their research challenges conventions and creates new ways of thinking. Once a year, the Governor General of Canada awards five scholars with the Canada Council Killam prize, recognizing their outstanding contributions to their fields. Host Paul Kennedy learns about their work.

    Posted: Nov 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 20, 2016 2:48 PM ET
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  • Monday November 28, 2016

    Economists, Businessmen standing

    It's The Economists, Stupid

    Interest rates. Unemployment. GDP. Markets. Austerity measures. Economists tell us what we, as societies, can and can't afford. But how do they decide? What values are at play? IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell speaks with two economists about how modern mantras on the economy limit our choices and shut down civic debate.

    Posted: Nov 28, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 09, 2015 11:16 AM ET
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  • Friday November 25, 2016

    The Challenge of Science - Galaxy, Space

    Is That All There Is? Exploring the meaning & future of science

    Science helps us understand ourselves and our own place in the cosmos. But how far does the math take us? And what do science and the humanities tell us when we look at the same questions from different points of view? From the Stratford Festival, a discussion between physicist Neil Turok, science writer Margaret Wertheim and philosopher Mark Kingwell. (And don't worry: they all agree - the world really does exist and so do you.)

    Posted: Nov 25, 2016 10:18 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 25, 2016 11:09 AM ET
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  • Thursday November 24, 2016

    Genetics and Poetics

    Genetics and Poetics: how a microbe "writes" a poem

    Words on a page -- that's usually how we conceive of poetry. But Christian Bök at the University of Calgary has done something no other writer has ever done: as part of his recent project, The Xenotext, he's enciphered a poem into a micro-organism, which then "rewrote" that poem as part of its biological response. His eventual hope is to encode a poem inside a near-indestructible bacterium (deinococcus radiodurans) which may actually outlast human civilization. Poetics meets genetics in his conversation with host Paul Kennedy.

    Posted: Nov 24, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 24, 2016 3:11 PM ET
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