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  • Thursday August 17, 2017

    The Wire, Part 7 - The wheels of steel

    The Wire: How the turntable created new ways of thinking about music

    A century of tinkering with speeds, mechanisms and materials changed the gramophone incrementally into the turntable. But over the last 50 years - from the early experiments of composer John Cage to the scratching innovations of today's superstar DJs - the turntable has become the nexus for whole new ways of thinking about music. The turntable is explained by the turntablists: musicians who play a turntable like a pianist plays a piano.

    Posted: Aug 17, 2017 12:23 PM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 17, 2017 8:07 AM ET
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  • Wednesday August 16, 2017

    Books-NSA Surveillance

    The Orwell Tapes, Part 1

    He was a brilliant, eccentric, complicated man; a colonial policeman, a critic and journalist, a dishwasher, a fighter in the Spanish civil war, a teacher and a shopkeeper - and one of the most influential writers of our time. His name was Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell. Who was the man who gave us 'big brother', 'thoughtcrime', 'doublethink', whose name looms so large in this era of mass surveillance?

    Posted: Aug 16, 2017 12:00 AM ET
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  • Tuesday August 15, 2017

    2016 CBC Massey Lectures: Return of the Cold War - Lecture 4

    Lecture 4: The Return of the Cold War

    Fukuyama's essay was inspired by the apparent collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980's. But the Soviet Union -- or the idea of it, the muscle behind it -- is back. The Cold War, a kind of standoff between two superpowers, is not unique in human history, but today's version of the Cold War is triggering a domino effect -- instability in Ukraine and the Middle East, the return of a threat to liberal democracy.

    Posted: Aug 15, 2017 8:30 AM ET
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  • Monday August 14, 2017

    Challenge of Peace

    The Challenge of Peace

    We have the best communications in history, except for the kind that matters -- nations and states understanding each other. What values might we agree on? What ideas about society do we have in common? Has there been progress of any sort? Jennifer Welsh, Paul Heinbecker, Peter Boehm, Arne Kislenko and Daniel Eayrs in conversation from the Stratford Festival.

    Posted: Aug 14, 2017 8:30 AM ET
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  • Friday August 11, 2017

    The Marriage of True Minds #1 - Venus and Adonis

    The Marriage of True Minds, Part 1

    More than thirty years ago, Paul Kennedy prepared a series that celebrated famous intellectual marriages. These relationships were consummated at various times, from the early Middle Ages to the late-twentieth century. We revisit that classic series from a more contemporary perspective, and wonder what might be learned, and what could be lost from looking for lessons from relationships in the past.

    Posted: Aug 11, 2017 8:25 AM ET
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  • Thursday August 10, 2017

    The Wire - Part 6 - Remixing

    The Wire: Remixing, sequencing and the drum machine

    We depend on machines that use electricity - from our cars to our cellphones to our computers to the overhead light. It's no surprise that more machines are making our music. Music that's made entirely of machines can be intimidating because of the dizzying array of sub-categories. But among these is the paradoxically human-machine, techno-organic, cool-sexy, booty-shaking beat-world of electronic dance music.

    Posted: Aug 10, 2017 2:56 PM ET
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