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  • Wednesday November 23, 2016

    The Matter of Meat

    The Matter of Meat: A history of pros and cons

    Eating meat: some say we've evolved to do it. It's in our DNA. It's how we got our big brains. Yet others, including Pythagoras in the 6th century BC, and even Dr. Frankenstein's "monster", have argued that eating meat is bad for our bodies, cruel to animals, and toxic to the planet. Now -- perhaps more than ever -- clear-cut answers can be hard to come by when it comes to the matter of meat. Kevin Ball serves up the arguments.

    Posted: Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 25, 2016 4:17 PM ET
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  • Tuesday November 22, 2016

    Tedium is the Message

    The Tedium is the Message

    It's never been easier to banish the feeling of boredom -- at least for a moment. But some fear our weapons of mass distraction could lead to an epidemic of ennui and ADD. Contributor Peter Mitton examines boredom and discovers a little-understood universal state of mind. From its obvious downsides and unexpected upsides, to its evolutionary origins and the way it's shaping our future -- boredom is anything but dull.

    Posted: Nov 22, 2016 12:36 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 22, 2016 12:51 PM ET
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  • Friday October 28, 2016

    American Fascism

    American Fascism: It Can't Happen Here?

    Donald Trump has been called a buffoon, an entertainer, a circus clown. He's also been called a fascist. But he's aiming to called Mr. President. What does the Trump campaign, and the voters it's mobilized, have in common with Fascism, not only in Europe but in America's own dark past?

    Posted: Oct 28, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Oct 28, 2016 1:53 PM ET
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  • Tuesday December 06, 2016

    Marina Nemat

    Hope Within Horror: Marina Nemat

    When Marina Nemat was 16 and living in Tehran, she was arrested at gunpoint and sentenced to life in Iran's most notorious prison, where she was repeatedly tortured and assaulted. She now lives just north of Toronto, and argues that the best way to combat evil in the world is through small acts of kindness. She delivered the 2016 International Issues Discussion series lecture at Ryerson University in Toronto.

    Posted: Dec 06, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Mar 01, 2016 1:08 PM ET
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  • Monday December 05, 2016

    The Enright Files on William Shakespeare & James Joyce

    The Enright Files on William Shakespeare & James Joyce

    There were two momentous anniversaries in 2016 involving giants of English-language literature -- authors whose work influenced not just the literature that followed in their wake, but the language itself. On this edition of The Enright Files, we mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and the 100th anniversary of James Joyce's great novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

    Posted: Dec 05, 2016 11:27 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 05, 2016 1:16 PM ET
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  • Friday December 02, 2016

    Rear View Mirror:  Has the future ever looked like the past?

    Rear View Mirror: Has the future ever looked like the past?

    It's tempting to think that in order to comprehend the future, we need to know the past, that there are always lessons in history. But is that true anymore? And has the future ever looked like the past? Sailing in the 21st century, perhaps we are in uncharted waters.

    Posted: Dec 02, 2016 10:57 AM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 02, 2016 11:14 AM ET
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  • Thursday December 01, 2016

    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: Dec 01, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 04, 2016 11:35 AM ET
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  • Wednesday November 30, 2016

    Ideas from the Trenches-The Dangerous Game

    The Dangerous Game: Gamergate and the "alt-right"

    Emma Vossen’s love of gaming started when she was a kid growing up in small-town Ontario. Now as a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo Games Institute, she looks to gamer culture as a microcosm of how sexism is seeded and replicated within broader society, and she draws connections between gamer culture and the rise of the political extreme right.

    Posted: Nov 30, 2016 10:08 AM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 30, 2016 3:32 PM ET
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  • Tuesday November 29, 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: Nov 29, 2016 12:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: May 20, 2016 2:48 PM ET
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