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  • Thursday December 14, 2017

    The Children of Fogo Island

    How filmmakers and fishers saved Fogo Island

    Fifty years ago, while the rest of the country was celebrating Canada's Centennial, the friendly folks on Fogo Island — most of whom were fishers — were ordered to abandon their homes and resettle in larger communities on the larger island of Newfoundland. Memorial University's Extension Department invited the National Film Board of Canada to visit Fogo, and interview people about their future. At the end of what is now called The Fogo Process, they voted to stay put, form a cooperative, and take over the fish plant. It became a model for alternative democracy around the world.

    Posted: Dec 14, 2017 5:19 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 14, 2017 2:26 PM ET
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  • Wednesday December 13, 2017

    Jorge Luis Borges

    Borges' Buenos Aires: The Imaginary City, Part 2

    The Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges was profoundly shaped by the city he grew up in — Buenos Aires, and the city plays a major role in many of his stories. Philip Coulter goes on a walking tour of Borges' Buenos Aires in the company of the celebrated writer Alberto Manguel. Part 2 of a 2-part series.

    Posted: Dec 13, 2017 4:10 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 13, 2017 2:35 PM ET
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  • Tuesday December 12, 2017

    Proper Role of Science

    Sir Peter Gluckman on the proper role of science

    The Harper government muzzled scientists. Donald Trump's administration is now doing the same. But a better relationship between science and government is possible. Sir Peter Gluckman is the Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand. This episode draws on a conversation he had with host Paul Kennedy and a talk he gave organized by Canadian Science Policy Centre, and hosted by the Institute for Science Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa. His point: science's proper role is to help decision-makers make informed decisions.

    Posted: Dec 12, 2017 12:02 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 12, 2017 12:01 PM ET
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  • Monday December 11, 2017

    Conservative with age: Voting booth

    Conservative with age: Why your political stripes change over time

    "If you're not a socialist at twenty, you have no heart; and if you're not a conservative at forty, you have no brain." The saying has been around since at least the late 19th century, and it's not entirely clear who coined it. But the fact that it's still in circulation today says something about the way many of us do become more conservative as the years pass. Producer Peter Mitton explores why this tendency exists, and what it says about the way we acquire our political beliefs.

    Posted: Dec 11, 2017 12:00 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 11, 2017 2:14 PM ET
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  • Friday December 08, 2017

    Albert Camus

    The enduring power of Albert Camus' L'Étranger

    It's been 75 years since Albert Camus published L’Étranger. It continues to be the most translated book from French into English -- an amazing feat for someone who came from an illiterate family in Algeria. Given how intense questions about "the other" are across the globe — who really belongs where and who doesn't — Camus' book is even more relevant than ever.

    Posted: Dec 08, 2017 12:12 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 08, 2017 1:45 PM ET
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  • Thursday December 07, 2017


    Award-winning authors on balancing chaos and control

    A parent's fear. A child coping. The final stops of life. These are the ways that some top Canadian writers — all winners of 2017 Governor General's Literary Awards — addressed our challenge to create an original piece of writing on the theme of “chaos and control”.

    Posted: Dec 07, 2017 1:45 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 07, 2017 1:02 PM ET
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