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  • Wednesday May 13, 2015

    Norman McLaren

    McLaren in 4D - Artist, Activist, Dreamer and Friend

    At the close of filmmaker Norman McLaren's centenary, Crystal Chan tells us the story of the movie magician about whose films Picasso once said: 'At last! Something new in the world of drawing!' Winner of hundreds of awards, including an Oscar, McLaren founded the National Film Board's animation studio. At the time, his inventions seemed quirky. Now, they seem prescient. McLaren's short films are little riddles for the eye: political, personal, and above all else – playful.

    Posted: May 13, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: May 13, 2015 12:34 PM
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  • Friday May 01, 2015

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    The Sharing Economy and The Public Good, Part 1

    Who wins, who loses and what's destined to change if a sharing economy is sustainable: business, society or the state? This is a special 2-part event produced by IDEAS in partnership with The Munk School of Global Affairs. Featuring economic and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and...

    Posted: May 01, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: Dec 11, 2014 12:00 AM
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  • Tuesday May 12, 2015

    Complementary Currencies - Jaime Lerner

    Why Money Isn't Everything

    The world over, alternative currencies are helping societies solve key issues. In Japan, volunteers earn redeemable friendship tokens when they care for the elderly. In Brazil, one city's garbage crisis disappeared when it gave people bus tokens for their trash. We're also hearing about Toronto's tool library and workshop space. Sheetal Lodhia explores how healthy communities can be built without money.

    Posted: May 12, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: May 12, 2015 11:47 AM
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  • Thursday May 28, 2015

    Fire and Blood: The Paris Commune of 1871

    After years of political turmoil, the citizens of Paris rose up against the government and declared independence. The Paris Commune of 1871 was a model for the revolutions of the 20th century- freedom, liberty, equality, were the cries. But the violence it unleashed, the use of propaganda, the demonizing of the "other", all foreshadow the abuses of state power to come -- in the 20th century until today.

    Posted: May 28, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: May 28, 2015 1:49 PM
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Past Episodes

  • Wednesday May 27, 2015

    Lascaux Cave

    Vestigial Tale, Part 2

    Analysing stories is usually territory claimed by writers, critics, and university scholars. But recently, evolutionary psychologists have begun to look at the human propensity for storytelling from a scientific perspective. Why are we humans such suckers for a good story? Literary critics find the answer in story structure, characters, and plotlines. The literary Darwinists find the answer in evolution.

    Posted: May 27, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: May 27, 2015 11:56 AM
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  • Tuesday May 26, 2015

    Lascaux Cave painting

    Vestigial Tale, Part 1

    Analysing stories is usually territory claimed by writers, critics, and university scholars. But recently, evolutionary psychologists have begun to look at the human propensity for storytelling from a scientific perspective. Why are we humans such suckers for a good story? Literary critics find the answer in story structure, characters, and plotlines. The literary Darwinists find the answer in evolution.

    Posted: May 26, 2015 12:00 AM
    Last Updated: May 26, 2015 11:43 AM
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  • Monday May 25, 2015

    Shame

    Shame on You(Tube)

    We are watched. Caught on ubiquitous cell phone cameras. Tweeted in real time. Judged by a capricious social media jury. Andy Warhol predicted that everyone would have 15 minutes of fame. Kelley Jo Burke ponders how we live in a world where everyone might have 15 minutes of shame.

    Posted: May 25, 2015 12:04 PM
    Last Updated: May 25, 2015 12:43 PM
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  • Friday May 22, 2015

    Dante Alighieri

    Dante: Poet of the Impossible, Part 3

    Dante Alighieri was a poet and civic leader in Florence. His enemies had him exiled, hoping he'd disappear from history. But instead he wrote a masterpiece, The Divine Comedy. In an unprecedented move, he made himself the hero of his own epic poem and attained literary immortality. On the 750th anniversary of his birth, we feature this encore presentation of our three-part series.

    Posted: May 22, 2015 9:48 AM
    Last Updated: May 22, 2015 9:51 AM
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  • Thursday May 21, 2015

    Dante's cenotaph

    Dante: Poet of the Impossible, Part 2

    Dante Alighieri was a poet and civic leader in Florence. His enemies had him exiled, hoping he'd disappear from history. But instead he wrote a masterpiece, The Divine Comedy. In an unprecedented move, he made himself the hero of his own epic poem and attained literary immortality. On the 750th anniversary of his birth, we feature this encore presentation of our three-part series.

    Posted: May 21, 2015 12:13 PM
    Last Updated: May 21, 2015 1:22 PM
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  • Wednesday May 20, 2015

    Dante Alighieri

    Dante: Poet of the Impossible, Part 1

    Dante Alighieri was a poet and civic leader in Florence. His enemies had him exiled, hoping he'd disappear from history. But instead he wrote a masterpiece, The Divine Comedy. In an unprecedented move, he made himself the hero of his own epic poem and attained literary immortality. On the 750th anniversary of his birth, we feature this encore presentation of our three-part series.

    Posted: May 20, 2015 3:54 PM
    Last Updated: May 20, 2015 3:02 PM
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