Show Highlights

  • Wednesday July 06, 2016

    Wise Guys - Crows

    Wise Guys

    Crows can reason, solve problems, and have long memories. They know more about us, and our habits, than we know about them. IDEAS producer Yvonne Gall explores the world of the urban crow and reveals how crows are a lot like us.

    Posted: Jul 06, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 06, 2016 1:19 PM ET
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  • Monday July 04, 2016

    The lady & the unicorn - Mon Seul Desir

    The Lady and the Unicorn

    In the Musée de Cluny in Paris hang six stunning and enigmatic medieval tapestries. Known collectively as The Lady and the Unicorn, the tapestries feature a lion, a unicorn, and a beautiful young woman. Five of the tapestries seem to tell a story of the five senses: Touch, Taste, Smell, Hearing and Sight. But what is the story? And the sixth tapestry, Mon Seul Désir, My One Desire, with the young woman, a tent, and a box of jewels: what to make of that? Philip Coulter investigates a 600-year-old mystery.

    Posted: Jul 04, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 04, 2016 11:17 AM ET
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  • Tuesday June 28, 2016


    The Human Factor - Hannah Arendt

    Was Adolph Eichmann not ultimately responsible for the destruction of six million Jews? Or were Jews themselves partially to blame for their own fate? Fifty years ago, the political philosopher Hannah Arendt published a famous book that seemed to imply these things, and created an instant uproar that has never ended. Roger Berkowitz, Adam Gopnik, Rivka Galchen and Adam Kirsch...

    Posted: Jun 28, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 23, 2014 12:00 AM ET
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  • Friday July 22, 2016

    Sir Paul Maxim Nurse

    The Eminent Dr. Nurse

    British geneticist Sir Paul Maxime Nurse discovered some fascinating secrets about his own hereditary background long after he made the discoveries that won him a Nobel Prize. On the occasion of being honoured with the 2015 Henry Friesen Prize, he speaks with IDEAS host Paul Kennedy.

    Posted: Jul 22, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 17, 2016 12:08 PM ET
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  • Thursday July 21, 2016

    The Discovery of Democracy

    The Discovery of Democracy

    Democracy seems to be in peril. There are challenges to the idea of what a society should be, and who has the right to govern, as well as serious questions about the idea of shared values. A Stratford Festival Forum with John Ralston Saul, Doug Saunders, and Angela Sterritt.

    Posted: Jul 21, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 08, 2016 11:44 AM ET
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  • Wednesday July 20, 2016



    After centuries of negative human impact on our landscapes, some people are calling for rewilding: allowing landscapes to return to a natural state. Anik See takes a look at rewilding efforts in Canada, seen as one of the wildest places on the planet, and in the Netherlands, where similar efforts have reached a critical point....

    Posted: Jul 20, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 20, 2016 10:33 AM ET
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  • Tuesday July 19, 2016

    Trenches - Linguicide #1

    Ideas from the Trenches - Undoing Linguicide

    Lorena Fontaine is battling to revive aboriginal languages -- languages that have been quashed and brought to the brink of extinction by Canada's residential school system. She is completing her PhD at the University of Manitoba, and argues that Canadian indigenous communities have a legal right to the survival of language. For her, it's a race against time that must not be lost.

    Posted: Jul 19, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 11, 2016 12:12 PM ET
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  • Monday July 18, 2016

    Shawn Atleo

    Rumbling and Reckoning

    Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo delivers the inaugural Indigenous Speakers Series lecture at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. Atleo is a Hereditary Chief of the Ahousaht First Nation in British Columbia and a past Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. The lecture series was announced in June 2015 to mark the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

    Posted: Jul 18, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 19, 2015 12:13 PM ET
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  • Friday July 15, 2016


    Reconciliation in South Africa: Has it succeeded?

    Judge Richard Goldstone presents the 2015 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture at the University of British Columbia. It's been twenty-one years since the end of Apartheid. Goldstone reviews the successes and the failures of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission in his lecture. And he discusses his work as a judge in South Africa pre-and post-reconciliation in an interview with IDEAS host Paul Kennedy.

    Posted: Jul 15, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jan 25, 2016 11:16 AM ET
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