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  • Tuesday July 25, 2017

    2016 Massey Lectures - The Return to History - Lecture 1

    Lecture 1: The Return of History

    We see human rights in danger all over the world, little progress in social mobility, the rise of right-wing and centralist governments and the mass fleeing of peoples towards western countries. If there is no end point of political development, and the world is unpredictable, then where do we look for the shape of the future? In the 2016 CBC Massey Lectures, Jennifer Welsh explores how pronouncements about the "end of history" may have been premature.

    Posted: Jul 25, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 27, 2017 10:07 AM ET
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  • Monday July 24, 2017

    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: Jul 24, 2017 10:08 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 24, 2017 1:26 PM ET
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  • Friday July 21, 2017

    Ideas - All In The Family

    All in the family: Understanding and healing childhood trauma

    Trauma is not a story about the past - it lives in the present: in both the mind and body. Left untreated, it has no expiration date, whether it's trauma arising from childhood abuse or PTSD suffered as an adult. In recent years we've heard a lot about how resilience and character can mitigate the effects of trauma.

    Posted: Jul 21, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 17, 2016 8:14 AM ET
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  • Thursday July 20, 2017

    The Wire, Part 3 - Electric Guitar

    The Wire: The story of the electric guitar

    Using resonators, horn attachments, new strings and new materials, people had always been trying to make the quiet and humble guitar louder. Electricity finally did the trick. From early jazz to the age of the rockstar, each new innovation expanded the electric guitar's world of sound and cemented its status as one of the iconic symbols of the 20th century. Featuring the voice of Les Paul.

    Posted: Jul 20, 2017 2:46 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 20, 2017 2:13 PM ET
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  • Wednesday July 19, 2017

    Yuval Harari

    How humankind is on the verge of transforming itself: Yuval Harari

    In his new book "Homo Deus", Yuval Harari argues that humankind is on the verge of transforming itself: advances creating networked intelligences will surpass our own in speed, capability and impact. But where will this leave us? Will we be enslaved by algorithms we can scarcely understand? Or will we incorporate these advances and become like gods? He joins host Paul Kennedy in conversation.

    Posted: Jul 19, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 11, 2016 3:28 PM ET
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  • Tuesday July 18, 2017

    Fake news

    The truth about "post-truth"

    The election of Donald Trump has ignited talk that we're now living in a "post-truth" era. But are we? Where does the idea that the truth no longer exists come from? Or the notion that the truth doesn't matter anymore? Host Paul Kennedy talks to thinkers who argue that the story began years earlier, with a kind of collective identity crisis: authoritarianism can become attractive when you no longer remember who you are.

    Posted: Jul 18, 2017 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 19, 2017 3:37 PM ET
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