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Ideas

Ideas is CBC Radio's program of contemporary thought.

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How a little dog named Gobi changed an ultramarathoner's life

Dion Leonard was racing across the Chinese and Mongolian desert when a scruffy dog started running alongside him.

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The Ear Hustle

Hear the podcast creators talk about life inside San Quentin State Prison.

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The origin of Betty Boop

Mark Fleischer, CEO of Fleischer Studios, talks about the history of the Betty Boop character.

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Whipped cream canister kills Instagram star

Rebecca Burger died after a whipped cream canister struck her in the heart — and a French consumer watchdog group says they've warning about this product for years.

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Policing: Old cops, new expectations

Counter-terrorism, fighting cybercrime, policing highly diverse societies: Can the police do it all? Should the police do it all? Do the police want to do it all? A panel discussion about what it means to police and be policed today.

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Cree academic and novelist Tracey Lindberg on reconciliation before reconciliation (Encore Jan 28, 2017)

Dr. Tracey Lindberg explores the importance of reconciliation with self, with community, and with Indigenous peoples in advance of reconciliation with Canada.

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Go with the flow: Using nature to help fight climate change

Our climate is changing and because of it, our oceans and rivers are rising. In the past, we used large, manmade infrastructure to keep the water at bay. But maybe instead of trying to fight off nature, we should start working with it instead.

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Building Tension: Preserving the past and constructing the future

Across Canada, our city cores are becoming indistinguishable jumbles of tall glass buildings - new and shiny always seems to beat heritage or repurposing. Four prominent architects discuss ways to tear down the edifices of modern planning and design.

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Policing, Part 1: To serve or protect?

Relations between the public and the police are strained today: from charges of police violence, abuse and racial bias to calls for transparency and greater police accountability. A panel discussion about what it means to police and be policed today.

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Distant Future Warnings

Radioactive waste and toxic mining byproducts will remain deadly for thousands of years – maybe forever. Deep in the arsenic-contaminated underground at Giant Mine near Yellowknife, contributor Garth Mullins wonders how we can warn the distant future.

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Newfoundland Jam: Shakespeare's "As You Like It" on the 'Rock'

What happens when you set Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” in Newfoundland -- as they did at the Stratford Festival last year -- with the appropriate accents and a kitchen party?

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Lady and Lord Macbeth on trial: guilty or bewitched?

Shakespeare's play tells us all about how Lord and Lady Macbeth plotted the killing of their king, Duncan. They killed him, that's for sure, but was it murder? You and I might say, guilty but a lawyer might say — not so fast: they were bewitched!

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Orchids: A Love Story

Suggestive, romantic, sexy orchids! It turns out they're even sexier in their own world. Wily, deceptive, manipulating: get ready to travel between history and science, how we humans think about orchids and who they really are in nature among themselves.

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Pushing the Frontiers of Knowledge: The 2017 Killam Prize

Once a year, the Canada Council Killam Prize is bestowed on five of Canada's top academics in five different fields. Paul Kennedy interviews this year's winners and finds out what inspires them to break new ground.

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Fail Better: What baseball can teach us about failure and community

Writers seem to be more attracted to baseball than to any other sport, but philosopher Mark Kingwell recently published the first book-length philosophical consideration of what has long been called America's national pastime.

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The Challenge of Words: What's to become of serious writing in the digital age?

The novel -- an art form that's centuries old -- still has the capacity to hold our attention from subway commute to library chair. But we tell ourselves we're in a different era now. What's to become of serious writing in our hyperfast, overcaffeinated,

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Subversive thoughts for an infantile age: Susan Neiman (Encore Oct 28, 2015)

In her book Why Grow Up? Subversive Thoughts for an Infantile Age, Paul Kennedy talks with philosopher Susan Neiman, who believes that "Having created societies that our young want to grow up into, we idealize the stages of youth."

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Nine Minutes That Changed The World

In 1876, the poet Stephane Mallarme published a poem entitled The Afternoon of a Faun. He doubted anyone could set it to music successfully. But composer Claude Debussy did exactly that. A look at the magic of Debussy's imagining.

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Bringing up furbaby: The evolution from family pet to pet family

There are now more pets than children in North American homes, and lavish dog beds and catnip mice are taking the place of bassinets and rattles. Kelley Jo Burke explores what we're really saying about who we are when we start bringing up 'furbabies

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History Derailed: Understanding the Messy Middle East

American journalist Robert F. Worth joins Paul Kennedy in conversation about his book, A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS. Worth is this year's winner of the Lionel Gelber Prize.

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Does public broadcasting have a future?

A panel discussion on the challenges faced by public broadcaster with James Harding from the BBC; Jennifer McGuire from the CBC and Michael Oreskes from NPR. Simon Houpt moderates the conversation.

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Writing in Worried Times: GG Award winners share their anxieties (Encore Dec 13, 2016)

They may be successful writers, but that doesn't mean the 2016 Governor General's Literary Award winners are immune from worry about the world around us. Authors share some brand new work on that theme.

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After Guantanamo: Dennis Edney on defending Omar Khadr

From the Stratford Festival, Dennis Edney, Omar Khadr’s lawyer, talks with Paul Kennedy about a life-changing experience that contains a challenge for us all.

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Yes and No: The problem of bad referendums

Leah Trueblood is a PhD student at Oxford University. She warns that ill-conceived referendums are actually dangerous for democracies. The latest episode in our series Ideas from the Trenches

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The Myth of Victory

How do we know when we've won? Some people argue that World War I was just the opening act for the World War II, and perhaps World War III is just around the corner. Stephen Toope, Janice Stein and Hugh Segal in conversation.

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How Art Shapes History

A panel discussion with architect Sir David Adjaye, visual artist Christi Belcourt, author Junot Díaz and filmmaker Paul Gross. Their focus: current global politics and how art shapes our understanding of place, history and progress.

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Why Buffyworld still matters

It's been 20 years since a midriff-baring California cheerleader leapt onto our television screens and became a riveting woman warrior. Buffy the Vampire Slayer remains the most-studied show in television history. A look at the legacy of "Buffyworld".

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The Self-Taught Philosopher: How a 900-year-old Arabic Tale Inspired the Enlightenment

Naheed Mustafa tells the story of philosopher-physician Ibn Tufayl who wrote the first Arabic novel "Hayy ibn Yaqzan". It may be the most important story you've never heard.

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Decoding Death: The science and significance of near death experiences

The nature of "near death experiences", or NDE's has historically been the territory of religion and philosophy. But now science has staked its claim in the discussion. Ashley Walters explores the science and the meaning of near death experiences.

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The Munk Debates on the decline and fall of the liberal international order

Is this the beginning of the end of the liberal international order? In a head-to-head Munk Debate, historian Niall Ferguson says Yes, the old order is collapsing, while commentator Fareed Zakaria argues No, there's life yet in liberal ideals.

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Yesterday and Tomorrow: the rise of the extreme right in France, Part 3

The loudest people supporting Marine Le Pen are the young. Unemployed and disaffected, they're rejecting the elites that have failed them. What that means, and what it will mean to be French in the future, is what this election is about.

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Liberty Leading the People: the rise of the extreme right in France, Part 2

As the French pick a new president, it's the extreme right and the Front National with their candidate Marine Le Pen, which might well lead the French out of Europe and shut the door to immigrants. Philip Coulter reports.

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The Enright Files: Fifty years after the Six-Day War

As the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War approaches, The Enright Falls revisits interviews about that war and the way it and the fallout from Israel’s other conflicts still weigh on the state of Israel today.

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Don't Shoot the Messenger: the value of whistleblowing

Recorded at Ryerson University's Centre for Free Expression, Paul Kennedy hosts a panel on why whistleblowers are vital to the public interest...and how their exposure of wrongdoing can ultimately be helpful, even to their workplace.

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Chernobyl Remembered, Part 2

An encore presentation of Philip Coulter’s 2007 documentary, “The Zone of Absolute Exclusion” about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that occurred on April 26, 1986. Thirty-one years later, it remains the worst nuclear accident in history.

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Chernobyl Remembered, Part 1

An encore presentation of Philip Coulter’s 2007 documentary, “The Zone of Absolute Exclusion” about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that occurred on April 26, 1986. Thirty-one years later, it remains the worst nuclear accident in history.

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The Motorcycle is Yourself: revisiting 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance'

Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance has been called the most widely read book of philosophy ever written. Forty years after its publication, Tim Wilson revisits an extraordinary interview he did with its author.

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Children of the Fatherland: The Rise of the Extreme Right in France, Part 1

Philip Coulter explores the rise of the right-wing Front National party as France gets ready to elect their next president.

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The Rise of the Anti-Establishment: Where do we go from here?

Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Professor of Public Policy at University of California at Berkeley, details how understanding the circumstances that led to the election of Donald Trump can help shape a new democratic political sensibility

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Globalized Anger: The Enlightenment's Unwanted Child

Trumpism. Hindu nationalism. ISIS. People everywhere seem fed up with the status quo, and their anger and intolerance are finding political expression. Pankaj Mishra thinks the globalized anger is the legitimate offspring of the Enlightenment itself.

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Bread: salvation or damnation?

Bread is life. But for some, it represents a wrong turn in our species' evolution. Through conversation with bakers, religious leaders, historians and bread aficionados, producer Veronica Simmonds asks whether bread has led us to salvation or damnation.

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Islamist Persistence: The Rise and Reality of Political Islam, Part 2

Was Islam founded on political principles? Is the rise of Islamism, after the Arab Spring, a natural evolution in Muslim-dominated countries? Author Shadi Hamid, an American Muslim and self-described liberal, says the rise of Islamist parties is inevitabl

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Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death (Encore Oct 4, 2016)

Dr. Robert Lanza provides a compelling argument for consciousness as the basis for the universe, rather than consciousness simply being its by-product.

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Vimy at 100: Myth vs. Reality

It's been a century since Canada's bloody victory at Vimy Ridge during World War One. Historian Tim Cook, author of Vimy: The Battle and the Legend, peels back the layers of myth-making around Vimy to reveal its complex, at times contradictory, history.

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Islamist Persistence: The Rise and Reality of Political Islam, Part 1

Was Islam founded on political principles? Is the rise of Islamism, after the Arab Spring, a natural evolution in Muslim-dominated countries? Author Shadi Hamid, a self-described liberal American-Muslim, says the rise of Islamist parties is inevitable.

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Ireland 1916: how 800 years of British rule led to violent rebellion

On Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, the streets of Dublin were transformed into a war zone. This edition of The Enright Files revisits highlights of a two-hour special commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

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The Return of History: Your Questions

The CBC Massey Lectures inspire a lot of provocative questions. In this episode, the best of audience and listener questions put to Jennifer Welsh about her 2016 CBC Massey Lectures: The Return of History.

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