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  • Friday November 18, 2016

    André  Alexis

    Wager of the Gods - André Alexis

    The novel Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis won the 2015 Giller Prize. The premise is a bet between Apollo and Hermes: if dogs were given language, would they be any happier than humans? What follows is a whimsical, dark and penetrating tour of ideas -- about consciousness, time, belonging, mortality, art and love. André Alexis talks to host Paul Kennedy about the philosophical underpinnings of his prize-winning book -- featuring readings by the author himself.

    Posted: Nov 18, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 29, 2016 2:01 PM ET
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  • Thursday July 27, 2017

    The Wire - Part 4 - Synthesizer

    The Wire: The birth of the synthesizer and new ways of thinking about sound

    Scientists like Helmholtz and Hertz explored the electrical essence of sound waves. Inventors like Canadian physicist Hugh LeCaine and Russian spy Leon Theremin extended that exploration to a new breed of electronic instruments. But it wasn't until Bob Moog came along and invented the synthesizer that the sound of electricity started to become a household sound in the music of rock bands. Featuring one of the final interviews conducted with Bob Moog before he died in 2005.

    Posted: Jul 27, 2017 11:38 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 27, 2017 10:40 AM ET
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  • Wednesday July 26, 2017


    World on fire: What wildfires teach us about living in the forest and a challenging climate

    They're bigger, faster and hotter than before, torching more of our world: Wildfires, like those now ravaging the interior of British Columbia, the one that ripped through Fort McMurray last year, or through Slave Lake in 2011, levelling a third of that community. What's fuelling this increase in fire power? Adrienne Lamb explores the factors altering how we have to live with wildfire. New technology and new ways to think about fire and its behaviour could save lives.

    Posted: Jul 26, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 26, 2017 11:20 AM ET
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