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    Purchase Tickets: The 2015 CBC Massey Lectures

    Purchase tickets to the 2015 CBC Massey Lectures

    Posted: Aug 04, 2015 12:05 PM
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  • Ideas at 50

    Celebrating 50 years!

    Ideas 50th anniversary page

    Posted: Jun 16, 2015 3:54 PM
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  • Monday July 27, 2015

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    Visions of Fire, Part 1

    Ideas about fire, domesticated and wild, past and present, bringer of life and death and life again. Exceedingly rare in some places and times, fire appears in the mind as a deity: the blazing Shiva, the glowing Vesta, the burning bush. Every living creature depends on fire. And though fire spread civilization through the world, combustion now seems to signal... ruin.

    Posted: Jul 27, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Thursday August 27, 2015

    Disposable Youth

    Youth in America are no longer seen as a social investment but a liability. A soft war ensures they are carpet-bombed with consumer culture. A hard war of zero tolerance in schools creates "punishment creep" in the courts. Drawing on his book, Disposable Youth, scholar Henry Giroux speaks at the Spur lecture in Toronto about how America is abandoning its youth.

    Posted: Aug 27, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Wednesday August 26, 2015

    Planet Sunset (Ideas - Climate Hope)

    Climate Hope

    News about climate change is almost always alarming, depressing, or both. But Tim Flannery believes there is qualified hope that things may get better. Mammalogist, paleontologist and novelist, he's also a world authority on climate: he led Australia's first federal commission on climate change (since disbanded), and now leads an independent climate council. Tim Flannery was in Toronto as part of a wider Spur speaking series, and later joined host Paul Kennedy in conversation.

    Posted: Aug 26, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Tuesday August 25, 2015

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    Walking Matters, Part 1

    Ever since our ancestors rose to their feet, our species has been defined by walking upright. But the act involves our minds as well as our bodies. We interpret the act of walking, and give it our stamp - from ramblers to Rousseau, from models and tramps to Buddhist monks. In this two-part series, Marilyn Powell explores the world...

    Posted: Aug 25, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Monday August 24, 2015

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    Lecture 4 - Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship

    From South Africa, a concept of reciprocity: that living in society demands that we take care of each other - that as it goes for one, so it goes for all of us. Ubuntu, reciprocity, is a statement of family cohesion and coherence that accommodates all living things.

    Posted: Aug 24, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Friday August 21, 2015

    Ideas from the Trenches - Out of Habit

    Ideas from the Trenches - Force of Habit

    There are 50,000 PhD candidates in Canada, toiling away on things their friends and families often don't understand. Part of our continuing series turning a young scholar's work into radio, Tom Howell and Nicola Luksic meet Kristin Rodier -- a newly minted philosophy PhD at the University of Alberta. She studies how we think about habit. Habits are normally understood as either virtue or vice, but as a philosopher she looks at what happens when those habits are disrupted with an eye to social change.

    Posted: Aug 21, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Thursday August 20, 2015

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    You Are Here

    ... but how do you know exactly where you are? And then how do you know how to get from there ... to somewhere else? IDEAS producer Dave Redel explores new ideas about why some people are wizards at navigation, while others get completely lost.

    Posted: Aug 20, 2015 12:00 AM
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  • Wednesday August 19, 2015

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    Islam and the Environment

    When Islam is featured in popular media, it's often in the context of conflict: extremism, radicalism, fundamentalism. But Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University, has a surprising perspective on his own faith: that it's deeply predisposed towards environmental stewardship. In a public lecture and later interview with IDEAS host Paul Kennedy, Dr. Nasr explains...

    Posted: Aug 19, 2015 12:00 AM
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