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Ideas

Ideas is CBC Radio's program of contemporary thought.

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Dam betrays Trudeau's pledge to First Nations, say critics

Despite a promise to forge a new relationship with Indigenous peoples, the Trudeau government's support of the Site C dam is facing criticism. The dam is opposed by First Nation leaders, the Royal Society of Canada and Amnesty International.

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'Some relief': Taran Killam's SNL ax

Well-liked and versatile actor Taran Killam reflects on life after his six season run with Saturday Night Live.

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Toll of assisted deaths on doctors

What impact do assisted deaths take on the doctors involved? Dr. Jeff Blackmer says some doctors will struggle, and Canada needs a framework to support them.

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Conservation officer kills 9 bears in 'most difficult week'

A B.C. conservation officer says Revelstoke residents' carelessness with their food and trash led to the euthanization of nine bears there last week. Guest host Laura Lynch interviews Dan Bartol.

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Line Drawing (Encore December 9, 2015)

Political cartoonists at Moses Znaimer's ideacity Conference ponder the role and limits of satirical cartooning. Where do they, and society, draw the line?

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Reimagining Ecology

Three experts in urban and environmental conservation discuss an ecological approach to the restoration and preservation of both wilderness and cityscapes.

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Similes and Science Part 1 (Encore September 10, 2015)

Central to the quest of understanding the universe is the creation of images through simile and metaphor. Four prominent physicists join host Paul Kennedy in conversation about the vitality and centrality of the scientific imagination.

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Going Forward (Encore November 13, 2015)

We like to believe we're moving steadily forward, progressing as a species, thanks to technology and human ingenuity. But at Moses Znaimer's ideacity Conference, digital utopians and skeptics debate the benefits of our wired world.

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Vestigial Tale, Part 2 (Encore May 27, 2015)

Analysing stories is usually territory claimed by writers, critics, and university scholars. But recently, evolutionary psychologists have begun to look at the human propensity for storytelling from a scientific perspective.

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All in the Family, Part 3 (Encore April 21, 2016)

Trauma is not a story about the past - it lives in the present. Left untreated, it has no expiration date, whether it's trauma arising from childhood abuse or PTSD suffered as an adult. Mary O'Connell the causes and consequences of trauma.

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The Ultimate Simplicity of Everything (Encore Mar 14, 2016)

Neil Turok, Director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics believes that the universe "invites" us to figure it out, by giving us clues about its composition. And when we follow its clues, we discover that it's ultimately quite simple.

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Citizen Mel, Part 2 (Encore June 23, 2011)

For almost fifty years, Mel Hurtig was a prominent voice in any discussion about the country that he loved. Kathleen Flaherty traced Mel Hurtig's lifelong quest to shape a Canada that he passionately believed in.

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Vestigial Tale, Part 1 (Encore May 26, 2015)

Analysing stories is usually territory claimed by writers, critics, and university scholars. But recently, evolutionary psychologists have begun to look at the human propensity for storytelling from a scientific perspective.

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All in the Family, Part 2 (Encore April 14, 2016)

Truancy. Drug use. Failing grades. Academic failure has often been explained as a function of poverty, class, even poor nutrition. But now, childhood trauma is increasingly being seen as a major factor in academic under-achievement.

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Citizen Mel, Part 1 (Encore June 22, 2011)

For almost fifty years, Mel Hurtig was a prominent voice in any discussion about the country that he loved. Kathleen Flaherty traced Mel Hurtig's lifelong quest to shape a Canada that he passionately believed in.

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All in the Family, Part 1 (Encore April 7, 2016)

Cardio-vascular disease. Obesity. Alcoholism. Diabetes. These conditions may have one surprising factor in common: childhood trauma -- according to a massive study called "Adverse Childhood Experiences", or ACE. Mary O'Connell investigates.

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Tinctor's Foul Manual (Encore May 13, 2013)

Our ideas about witches and witch hunts may come from a manuscript found in the University of Alberta Library. It's one of only four known copies. Written in the 1400s and now being re-translated from medieval French.

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Undoing Forever (Encore June 19, 2014)

From passenger pigeons to woolly mammoths, Britt Wray delves into the science, the ethics, and the implications of de-extinction for all animals, including us humans.

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The Shape of Things to Come (Encore May 19, 2015)

T.E. Lawrence -- Lawrence of Arabia -- was one of the most brilliant and enigmatic figures of the 20th Century. A groundbreaking archaeologist and cartographer, to say nothing of his legendary skills as a military tactician and leader in the First World W

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Peace and Justice - A Celebration of Ursula Franklin

To commemorate the recent death, and to celebrate the remarkable life of Ursula Franklin, we turn to the IDEAS archives, and sample over forty years of appearances by the public intellectual who delivered the 1989 CBC Massey Lectures -- "The Real World of

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The Eminent Dr. Nurse (Encore Feb 17, 2016)

British geneticist Sir Paul Maxime Nurse recently discovered some fascinating secrets about his own hereditary background, long after he made the discoveries that won him a Nobel Prize in 2001. On the occasion of being honoured with the 2015 Henry Frie

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Rewilding (Encore Nov 24, 2014)

After centuries of negative human impact on our landscapes, some people are calling for rewilding: allowing landscapes to revert back to a natural state. Anik See takes a look at rewilding efforts in Canada and in the Netherlands.

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Ideas from the Trenches - Undoing Linguicide

Lorena Fontaine is completing her PhD at the University of Manitoba and is battling to revive aboriginal languages. She argues that Canadian indigenous communities have a legal right to the survival of language.

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Reconciliation in South Africa: Has it Succeeded?

It's been twenty-one years since the end of Apartheid. Goldstone reviews the successes and the failures of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission in his lecture.

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The Discovery of Human Rights (Encore Dec 10, 2015)

The modern concept of human rights has profoundly changed our world: genocide, slavery, famine and the oppression of women are no longer acceptable. But what exactly have we achieved, and how do we move forward?

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Coyotl's Song (Encore Dec 26, 2001)

One of nature's success stories, coyotes have expanded from the Great Plains to most of North America, even living happily in urban parks. IDEAS producer Dave Redel reflects on the science and mythology of the wily coyote.

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Ideas from the Trenches - Crazy In Love (Encore Jan 28, 2016)

Falling in love. Over the moon. Love-struck. These tropes are embedded in both high and popular culture. PhD student Elissa Gurman finds that the crazy-woman-in-love narrative captured in 19th century novels ended in two ways: thankless marriage or death.

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The Ballad of Tin Ears (Encore May 6, 2014)

Many of us love to sing, but we're not all good at it. Some of us can't even carry a tune and are told not to sing. Tim Falconer dives into neuroscience, psychology -- and music itself -- to find out why he's a bad singer.

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The Dream of Brother XII (Encore March 22, 2016)

The story about Edward Wilson, better known as the infamous religious cult leader Brother XII, a wayward 1920s Theosophist at the centre of one of the most bizarre interludes in Canadian history.

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The Discovery of Other Worlds (Encore Dec 1, 2015)

How does the inner science of ourselves intersect with the outer science of the universe? A Stratford Festival Forum on the theme of discovery with Janice Gross Stein, Dr. Joe MacInnis, and Jay Ingram.

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Wise Guys (Encore March 22, 2010)

Crows can reason, solve problems, and have long memories. They know more about us, and our habits, than we know about them. IDEAS producer Yvonne Gall explores the world of the urban crow and reveals how crows are a lot like us.

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Ideas from the Trenches - Just Trying to Help (Encore Sept 15, 2015)

Tom Howell and Nicola Luksic meet Western University PhD graduate Marylynn Steckley. She spent six years in Haiti, learning about the effects of slavery, colonialism and racism, and finding inspiration in an emerging peasant movement.

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The Lady and the Unicorn (Encore Jan 11, 2016)

In the Musée de Cluny hang six stunning and enigmatic medieval tapestries. Known collectively as "The Lady and the Unicorn", the tapestries feature a lion, a unicorn, and a beautiful young woman. Philip Coulter investigates a 600-year-old mystery.

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Big Data, Part 2

IDEAS, CBC RADIO ONE in partnership with the MUNK School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto weighs the opportunities, the risks -- and the trade-offs -- as the world of Big Data relentlessly changes our lives.

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MacBrexit

Artists, says James Shapiro, tell us more about the meaning of the news than CNN. Shakespeare's Macbeth is a moral tale for every one of us, and also for great nations. In conversation with Stratford Festival artistic director Antoni Cimolino, Shakespeare

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The Human Factor - Hannah Arendt (Encore April 23, 2014)

Fifty years ago, the political philosopher Hannah Arendt published a famous book that created an instant uproar that has never ended. Roger Berkowitz, Adam Gopnik, Rivka Galchen and Adam Kirsch debate the reality behind Hannah Arendt and her ideas.

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Wit's End, Part 2

What's it like to go mad and be crazy, living at wit's end? First comes diagnosis, followed by treatment. Then there's stigma and stereotyping. Marilyn Powell talks to those dealing with mental illness with their own truth to tell.

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Big Data, Part 1

IDEAS, CBC RADIO ONE in partnership with the MUNK School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto weighs the opportunities, the risks -- and the trade-offs -- as the world of Big Data relentlessly changes our lives.

Download Big Data, Part 1
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Fat and Sugar, Part 2

Jill Eisen explores the complex, and sometimes contradictory, science of nutrition - and tries to find clarity amidst the thicket of studies and ambiguous research.

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Wachtel On The Arts - Jacques Herzog

From his home base in Basel, internationally renowned architect Jacques Herzog talks to Eleanor Wachtel about how architecture reflects a city -- and also changes it.

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Wit's End, Part 1

What's it like to go mad and be crazy, living at wit's end? First comes diagnosis, followed by treatment. Then there's stigma and stereotyping. Marilyn Powell talks to those dealing with mental illness with their own truth to tell.

Download Wit's End, Part 1
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Fat and Sugar, Part 1

Jill Eisen explores the complex, and sometimes contradictory, science of nutrition -- and tries to find clarity amidst the thicket of studies and ambiguous research.

Download Fat and Sugar, Part 1
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Public Poet - Richard Blanco

Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco talks with Paul Kennedy at the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival in Montreal.

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Counting in Colour with Daniel Tammet

Daniel Tammet is a synesthetic savant. He possesses uncanny mathematical abilities, because he understands numbers as both colours and shapes. He’s also an internationally best-selling author of an autobiography called "Born on A Blue Day".

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No Man's Land, Part 2

Philip Coulter visits a refugee camp on the outskirts of Calais -- city of dreams and lost hopes to ask the question: what do we owe our neighbour?

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The Degrowth Paradigm (Encore Dec 10, 2013)

Degrowthers believe we need a more modest and sane alternative to the constant pressures of expansion that are destroying the ecological basis of our existence. Richard Swift explores the degrowth alternative, in theory and in practice.

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The Enright Files - The Donald Trump Phenomenon

Conversations about the Donald Trump phenomenon and what it says about the GOP and the American polity.

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Education for Transformation

From the Stratford Festival, writer Marina Nemat, actor Maev Beaty, historian Natalie Zemon-Davis and social activist Samantha Nutt talk about the possibilities for global change when we level out the playing field of gender.

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