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  • Thursday April 21, 2016

    Ideas - All In The Family

    All In The Family, Part 3

    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: Apr 21, 2016 2:55 PM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 21, 2016 11:47 AM ET
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  • Tuesday May 10, 2016

    Naomi Klein

    Taking the Leap - Naomi Klein

    From the Paris Summit to Parliament Hill, climate change is creating a seismic shift in how Canadians think we should deal with the global crisis. In a lecture recorded in Winnipeg and a conversation with Paul Kennedy, author and activist Naomi Klein talks about her award-winning book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate, and warns this is no time for small steps.

    Posted: May 10, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 10, 2016 12:36 PM ET
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  • Monday May 09, 2016

    Wade Davis

    Catalogues of Culture

    ​Every culture tries to answer a fundamental question: What does it mean to be human and alive? In the Milton K. Wong Lecture, anthropologist Wade Davis explores some of the diversity of human culture, and considers what knowledge and expertise we lose by obliterating, or at best ignoring, traditional cultures.

    Posted: May 09, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 23, 2015 11:32 AM ET
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  • Tuesday May 24, 2016


    In the Footsteps of Evangeline

    Acclaimed journalist Lyse Doucet was once told by the head of UNHCR that she saw Acadians as the modern world's first refugees. That statement stuck with Ms. Doucet. Not only is she the BBC's chief international correspondent, but she is also of Acadian descent. In the 2015 Dalton Camp Lecture, Lyse Doucet explores the parallel between Longfellow's poem Evangeline and today's refugee crisis, about how human stories give voice and meaning to complex issues.

    Posted: May 24, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 04, 2016 11:57 AM ET
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  • Monday May 23, 2016


    On Joking, Tickling and Cracking Up: Humour in Ancient Rome

    Mary Beard is a world-renowned classicist who teaches at Cambridge University, the writer of the eclectic blog A Don's Life and the author of Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling and Cracking Up. She is also a prominent feminist who does not back away from public battles.

    Posted: May 23, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 23, 2016 7:54 AM ET
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  • Friday May 20, 2016

    Killam Prize 2016

    The 2016 Killam Prize

    They are considered academic Titans. Their research challenges conventions and creates new ways of thinking. Once a year, the Governor General of Canada awards five scholars with the Canada Council Killam prize, recognizing their outstanding contributions to their fields. Host Paul Kennedy learns about their work.

    Posted: May 20, 2016 12:30 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 20, 2016 2:48 PM ET
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  • Thursday May 19, 2016

    Ideas - High Culture

    High Culture, Part 2

    LSD. MDMA. Magic Mushrooms. The demonized drugs of the 1960’s, some of them banned over four decades ago, are back. But now they’re on the front-lines of medicine, as scientists around the world explore their healing properties. LSD for alcoholism. Psilocybin (magic mushrooms) for anxiety. MDMA (Ecstasy) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. IDEAS producer Mary O’Connell takes a trippy path into the world of hallucinogens. Turn on, tune in, and heal thyself!

    Posted: May 19, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 29, 2015 1:38 PM ET
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  • Wednesday May 18, 2016


    Voyage of the "Undesirables": Remembering the Komagata Maru

    They were Canada's first boat people: 100 years ago, the freighter Komagata Maru, carrying 376 Punjabi immigrants from British India, was prevented from landing in Vancouver. Producer Yvonne Gall tells the story of this shameful chapter in our history, and how it still resonates today.

    Posted: May 18, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 29, 2014 12:00 AM ET
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  • Tuesday May 17, 2016

    Wachtel On The Arts - Katie Mitchell

    Wachtel On The Arts - Katie Mitchell

    Eleanor Wachtel speaks with Katie Mitchell, an innovative theatre director committed to feminism, surrealism, and following stage directions that were meant to be impossible. The actor Benedict Cumberbatch calls her “a real European master craftswoman," a nod to Mitchell's 'auteur' approach to directing, and a style that seems rooted in the theatre of Germany and Eastern Europe, rather than her native England.

    Posted: May 17, 2016 3:43 PM ET
    Last Updated: May 17, 2016 11:38 AM ET
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