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Ideas

Ideas is CBC Radio's program of contemporary thought.

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'A Better Man'

Attiya Khan tries to create a dialogue between herself and her abuser in the documentary 'A Better Man"

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The motorcycle is yourself

Tim Wilson revisits 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance'

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San Francisco's piano van busker

Six years ago Brandy was about to launch his passion project, but an unexpected loss sent him on a downward spiral.

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A man raises $11.7K for Michelle Obama mural he copied

A Chicago man is defending his Michelle Obama mural as found art, but this Ethiopian art student says it originated on her Instagram page.

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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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Saving Syria: keeping war-torn culture alive

Destruction and displacement -- that's the story of Syria today. Paul Kennedy talks with three Syrians who believe in other Syrias, with stories about love, and laughter, and smell of jasmine and tarragon.

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Return of the Michif Boy: Confronting Métis trauma

By reconnecting with his birth mother PhD student Jesse Thistle came to understand the effects of intergenerational trauma. His award-winning research shines a light on the struggles and the resilience of Métis communities in northern Saskatchewan.

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A Peasant vs The Inquisition: Cheese, Worms and the Birth of Micro-history

Celebrated historian Carlo Ginzburg uncovers the past by telling the stories of the marginalized, the forgotten, and the suppressed.

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Expletive Repeated: Why Swearing Matters

Profanity was once considered rude and crude -- a linguistic last resort. Not so these days. Younger generations use swearing as everyday slang, and academics study it as an ever-evolving form of creative and cultural expression.

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The Immigrants: The rise of the extreme right in the Netherlands, Part 2

An immigrant story with a happy ending, but it's not a track most new immigrants might be able to follow -- the Dutch are struggling with a rise of right-wing, anti-immigrant sentiment on the eve of national elections.

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The Night Watch: The Rise of the Extreme Right in The Netherlands, Part 1

Approaching this year's national elections, the Netherlands -- like many countries -- is experiencing an explosion of right-wing populism, fuelled by the anti-immigrant rhetoric of Geert Wilders. And the nation is torn.

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The Lives of Women, Readers and Alice Munro

On a cold, autumn night a group of women gather for their regular book club. Over snacks, wine and tea, they discuss Alice Munro's work, and how her stories illuminate some of the deepest issues in their own lives.

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How Existentialist and Conservative Philosophers Think About Freedom

On this month's edition of The Enright Files, conversations about, and with, existentialist and conservative philosophers.

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Beyond the Huddled Masses

Where we come from, and how we got here from there, shapes who we are. From the 2016 Stratford Festival, three fighters for human rights share their experiences.

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Ideas from the Trenches - Refuge

PhD students Kiran Banerjee and Craig Damian Smith propose a radical re-thinking of the institutions that shape how nations respond to the voices of refugees.

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Downloading Decision: Could machines make better decisions for us?

Humans like to let others make decisions for them. But what happens when those decisions are made by machines or artificial intelligence? Can we trust them to make the right choices?

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The Proper Role of Science: Peter Gluckman

The Harper government muzzled scientists. Donald Trump's administration is now doing the same. But a better relationship between science and government is possible. Highlights from a talk by Sir Peter Gluckman.

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From Tolerance to Tyranny

Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together in relative harmony in medieval Spain. Then the Spanish Inquisition came along with its use of terror and racism, turning a pluralistic society into a police state

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Wachtel On The Arts - Phyllis Lambert

Eleanor Wachtel speaks to Canadian architectural activist, Phyllis Lambert, in celebration of her exceptional career on her 90th birthday.

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The Rabbit and the Giraffe, Part 1 (Encore September 12, 2016)

Jean Vanier, who founded the L'Arche movement in 1963 for people with profound disabilities, quickly learned that "normal" people have much to learn about being human by watching those we perceive as weak. Jean Vanier in conversation with Philip Coulter.

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The Marriage of True Minds, Part 2

Can marriage be a source of inspiration, creativity, mutual influence, and intellectual support? A look at the relationships of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir; and Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz.

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The Marriage of True Minds, Part 1

Can marriage be a source of inspiration, creativity, mutual influence, and intellectual support? A look at the relationships of Abelard and Heloise; Percy Bysse Shelley and Mary Wollestonecraft Shelley; and Georges Sand and Frederic Chopin.

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Surviving Post-Capitalism: Coping, hoping, doping & shopping

In conversation with Paul Kennedy about his book How Will Capitalism End?, Wolfgang Streeck makes the unnerving case that capitalism is now at a point where it cannot survive itself.

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The Challenge of Peace

We have the best communications in history, except for the kind that matters -- nations and states understanding each other. Jennifer Welsh, Paul Heinbecker, Peter Boehm and Arne Kislenko in conversation from the Stratford Festival.

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The Enright Files on humanizing Canada's penal system

a hard look at Canada's penal system, exploring ideas about how prisons can keep society safe in the long run. Michael Enright speaks with some remarkable people who serve prisoners, and society, in special ways.

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Ecology of Sound: Hildegard Westerkamp

Paul Kennedy joins sound ecologist Hildegard Westerkamp on a sound-walk through Vancouver's downtown eastside, and explores how opening our ears to our surroundings can open our minds.

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After Guantanamo

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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Media in the Age of Terrorism: Mohamed Fahmy

For 438 days, journalist Mohamed Fahmy was locked away in an Egyptian jail, including solitary confinement in the brutal Scorpion wing of Cairo's Tora Prison. He reflects on the experience in the 2016 Dalton Camp Lecture.

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The importance of being ethical with Dr. Janet Rossant

Winner of the 2016 Friesen International Prize for Health Science Research, Dr. Janet Rossant argues that recent revolutions in genetic medicine demand comparable advances in our understanding of the underlying morality and ethics.

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