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Ideas

Ideas is CBC Radio's program of contemporary thought.

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Why don't you high five yourself?

Brent is a punk musician, radio announcer and an all-around fun guy who is completely unable to celebrate himself.

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Jon Montgomery

The skeleton racer talks to host Kelly VanderBeek about capturing perfect moments and the finer points of his sport.

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The secret to happiness?

Ask Yale professor Laurie Santos and the 1,200 students taking her class.

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Cannabis: from prohibition to legalization

Hear how cannabis went from unknown, illegal and vilified to the present day, where it's the foundation of a multi-billion dollar industry.

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A book lover, his library and the Scottish Enlightenment

An Edinburgh bibliophile takes Paul Kennedy through his library of amazing books that were published in Scotland in the late 18th century, during the heyday of the Scottish Enlightenment. At the time, Adam Smith, David Hume, James Boswell and The Encyclopaedia Britannica were runaway bestsellers.

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The Illusion of Money, Part 2 (Encore February 25, 2016)

We think we know what money is. We use it every day and our lives are unimaginable without it. But look more closely and you find that coins and dollar bills aren't "real". They're promises, symbols, ideas. And exactly what money is has evolved enormously over the ages. IDEAS contributor Anik See explores how we're rethinking one of the most basic features of human society.

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The Illusion of Money, Part 1 (Encore February 24, 2016)

We think we know what money is. We use it every day and our lives are unimaginable without it. But look more closely and you find that coins and dollar bills aren't "real". They're promises, symbols, ideas. And exactly what money is has evolved enormously over the ages. IDEAS contributor Anik See explores how we're rethinking one of the most basic features of human society.

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Less work and more leisure: Utopian visions and the future of work (Encore Sept 27, 2017)

Technology was once believed to be our deliverance. We'd be working shorter hours, and about the only stress we'd have would be to figure out what to do with all our leisure time. But technology hasn't quite delivered on that promise. We're working longer hours, there are fewer jobs and and a lot less job security. In Part 3 of her series on the future of work, Jill Eisen looks at the promise of technology — and how it can lead to a better world.

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Gabrielle Scrimshaw on liberating the past and embracing the future

Gabrielle Scrimshaw delivers the third annual Vancouver Island University Indigenous Lecture on the challenges Indigenous youth face, what reconciliation looks like, and how people can engage on that journey.

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Whose Lives Matter?

Why does the colour of someone's skin seems to trigger prejudice? Why do black people get carded by the police more often than white? Why does Black history seem marginalized in the story of our country? The Black Lives Matter movement demands serious answers from our society to all of these questions about race, culture and prejudice.This episode features Janaya Khan, d'bi Young and Sandra Hudson in a panel discussion from the Stratford Festival Forum.

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Decoding the resistance to climate change: Are we doomed? (Encore September 14, 2017)

Global warming is "fake news", or a "Chinese hoax". So says a richly funded conservative movement that's become a world-wide campaign. In her book, "The Merchants of Doubt", Harvard historian of science Naomi Oreskes traces how this propaganda war started and how to fight it. Part 2 of a series on the resistance to climate change science.

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Imagining the singularity: What happens when computers transcend us?

As computers and Artificial Intelligence grow in power and capability, it seems ever more likely that we're approaching "the Singularity": the point where machine intelligence exceeds human intelligence. Could this be the dawn of a technological paradise? Or it could trigger humanity's doom? What kind of an intelligence will this be — benign or terrifying — a guru, a god or a monster? And is the idea of uploading the human mind the promise of immortality or just another dream of religious transcendence?

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Why is there so much poverty in a rich country like Canada?

With so much wealth in the world, why is there so much poverty? In the end, we're all better off when everyone has a chicken in the pot. Poverty slows the development of all societies, and it seems obvious that we should try to eradicate it, but it seems like an intractable problem. How can we put poverty behind us, and what does our attitude towards poverty and social mobility tell us about who we are? A discussion from the Stratford Festival.

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Platform capitalism, digital technology and the future of work (Part 2, Encore Sept 20, 2018)

Digital platforms have been well received by customers, but for workers, they often have a dark side. And they present a major challenge for governments who are grappling with how to regulate them. Part 2 of a 3-part series.

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Are We F--ked? Decoding the resistance to climate change (Encore September 7, 2017)

The evidence is everywhere: forests retreating, glaciers melting, sea levels rising. Droughts, floods, wildfires and storms have increased five-fold over the past 50 years. And we’re only just beginning to feel the strain of climate change. It's estimated that rising sea levels will threaten 30 million people in Bangladesh alone. Miami could disappear within a generation. Despite all of these dire events and projections, the attacks continue — on climate scientists. Part 1 of a 2-part series. This episode features Clive Hamilton.

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Physicist Neil Turok explains the ultimate simplicity of everything

Some physicists now claim that we may have reached the end of what physics can discover about the origins and structure of the universe. Neil Turok is definitely not one of them. The 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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Writer Heather O'Neill finds wisdom in her father's eccentric life advice

Acclaimed writer Heather O'Neill's father was a janitor, but listed his occupation as professor of philosophy, and he offered a series of unusual rules for life as she grew up in Montreal. In her Henry Kreisel Lecture at the Canadian Literature Centre in Edmonton, and in conversation, she talks about unexpected muses and mentors, being a 'problem' reader, and how some idiosyncratic lessons prepared her to cross the class divide.

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Artificial intelligence, robots and the future of work (Encore September 13, 2017)

AI and robots seem to be everywhere, handling more and more work, freeing humans up -- to do what? Contributor Jill Eisen takes a wide-angle lens to the digital revolution happening in our working lives. What will happen when robots and algorithms surpass what our brains can do? Part 1 of a 3-part series.

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Andrew Feinstein exposes "the shadow world" of global arms

In a UBC Wall Exchange talk from Vancouver, former South African politician and current U.K. corruption researcher Andrew Feinstein argues that the arms trade does not make us more secure. In fact, he contends that it fuels conflict, undermines economic progress and democracy, and — with its unintended consequences — endangers citizens everywhere.

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When Scotland saved the world

Approximately 250 years ago, the windswept and unwelcoming capital of a Edinburgh became a beacon of intelligence for the entire world. Paul Kennedy walks up and down 'The Royal Mile', and through the planned streets and elegant squares of Edinburgh's 'New Town', in search of places once occupied or visited by the likes of Adam Smith, David Hume, James Boswell and Robert Burns.

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Ursula Johnson: A new rock star in the art world

There's a lot of buzz around the 2017 Sobey Art Award winner Ursula Johnson — a brilliant, dynamic, articulate and delightful Mi'kmaq artist from Eskasoni First Nation, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Her art is stunning and thought-provoking. She is a multidisciplinary artist. Her work includes sculpture, printmaking, performance and non-traditional basket weaving.

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Wade Davis: Light at the edge of the world

Wade Davis thinks we need to pay more attention to the values, the voices, and the concerns of Indigenous peoples. We have a lot to learn by listening more carefully. Wade Davis in a discussion with Paul Kennedy, with excerpts from a lecture at the Ontario Heritage Trust.

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Travels through Trump's America one year later

It’s been one year since Donald Trump’s inauguration. His official swearing-in compelled many Americans reflect on what America actually is now, politically, socially and culturally. Contributor David Zane Mairowitz is originally from America, and has been living in Europe for over fifty years. He returned to the U.S. in the spring of 2017 to travel through six southern states, where he recorded his encounters with everyday people at restaurants, churches -- and gun shows. His aim: to gain insight into an America he’s now struggling to comprehend.

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Making art that matters: The 2017 Sobey Art Awards

Artists are, in many ways, our cultural seers. At the core of great art is the grappling with profound issues and ideas facing society. Paul Kennedy talks to the the finalists of the prestigious 2017 Sobey Art Award — this country’s preeminent contemporary art award, which is judged by Canadian and international curators.

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First Nation, Second Nation: A discussion about the state of Indigenous people in Canada today

Canadians like to pretend that Indigenous peoples have some special place, that they shape our society in some significant way, but history -- as well as contemporary actions and attitudes -- might suggest otherwise. In a country where just about all of us are immigrants, Indigenous people are creating new structures and rediscovering old values. A discussion from the Stratford Festival featuring Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Jarrett Martineau and Alexandria Wilson.

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Decoding pre-historic art with Jean Clottes

Neil Sandell introduces us to the French archaeologist Jean Clottes, a man who's devoted his lifetime trying to decipher the rich, enigmatic world of cave art.

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Canada's original promise: Still waiting to be realized (Encore June 30, 2017)

Indigenous education advocate Roberta Jamieson believes Canada is at a make-or-break moment where it has a chance to recast its historically troubled relationship with First Nations for the next 150 years.

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What happens when we stop asking questions: Why India must be secular (Encore June 28, 2017)

Political scientist Neera Chandhoke makes a heartfelt argument for a secular India. Against the growing tide of Hindu nationalism and India's history of inter-religious strife, she draws on Western and Indian thinkers to make the case for diversity.

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Fighting at the table: Conflict as successful integration (Encore June 29, 2017)

Sociologist Aladin El-Mafalaani sees anti-immigrant cries to build walls, and hate-fuelled politics counter-intuitively: a sign that integration is working. Conflict, he argues, is the necessary consequence of new arrivals at a metaphoric dinner table.

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Canada's original promise: Still waiting to be realize (Encore June 30, 2017)

Mohawk education advocate Roberta Jamieson believes Canada is at a make-or-break historical moment where it has a chance to recast its historically toxic relationship with First Nations for the next 150 years.

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Eyes on the back of our head: Recovering a multicultural South Africa (Encore June 26, 2017)

Msimang Sisonke pulls down the old binarism of black vs white to make way for a truly multicultural South Africa, one that welcomes other African migrants as it embraces its own racially diverse past.

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The New Tribe of Israel: The immigrant underclass (Encore June 27, 2017)

Anthrolopogist Galia Sabar has devoted her professional life to what she calls the new tribe of Israel: Jewish-African and non-Jewish labour migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees.

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Changing the Idea of Hockey

Game Change, the book written by NHL legend, Ken Dryden, is on one level about the increasing number of concussions hockey players have. But it's also about changing the way decision-makers make decisions.

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First Nations in the first person: Telling stories & changing lives

Three Indigenous people, Sandra Henry, Theodore Fontaine, and Brielle Beardy Linklater tell their personal stories about struggle and resilience.

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The Enright Files on suffering, sorrow and the search for meaning

This month's edition of The Enright Files explores how the works of Viktor Frankl, Anton Chekhov and Joan Didion wrestle meaning and solace from tragedy, horror and suffering.

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Words About War

BBC foreign correspondent Lyse Doucet presents a lecture about war journalism, and responds to questions from Paul Kennedy, in front of a live audience at the National War Museum in Ottawa.

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Sailing Alone Around the World (Encore April 8, 2013)

Fewer than 200 people have sailed alone around the world and two of them are also Canadian. Philip Coulter explores this greatest challenge sailors set for themselves — possibly the greatest of all human challenges.

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The Idea of Insomnia

PhD student Katie Hunt ties together lines of Romantic era poetry with scientific research on sleep... to reveal how our concept of insomnia evolved, and how the poems still have power to open our minds.

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Return to North: The Soundscapes of Glenn Gould

Glenn Gould's landmark documentary, The Idea of North, first aired on IDEAS fifty years ago. Mark Laurie adopts Gould's contrapuntal technique to explore the landscape of Gould's life — and his ideas about music and radio.

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Shakespeare in the funny papers

What if Shakespeare's characters escaped from the play that they're in and went off on a grand adventure of their own, freed from the chains of their creators imagination? A Stratford Festival panel discussion with Mya Gosling and Conor McCreery.

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Playdoh's Republic: Children as natural philosophers

Why were we born? Is life just a dream? What makes something wrong or right? Children really want to know why the world is the way it is. They're open, curious and inquisitive — they're natural philosophers.

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Journalism in the age of fake news

In panel discussions at the Banff Centre, part of The Democracy Project, journalists ponder reporting in an age where political leaders attack them to discredit their work.

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Dr. Taylor Owen on how internet monopolies threaten democracy (The 2017 Dalton Camp Lecture)

Dr. Taylor Owen delivers the 2017 Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism. He argues the reality of the internet is now largely one of control, by four platform companies -- Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple and their impact on democracy is deeply troubling.

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How to Save an Island: Film-makers and fishers in Fogo

Fifty years ago the residents of Fogo Island were ordered to abandon their homes and resettle elsewhere in Newfoundland. At the end of what is now called The Fogo Process, they voted to stay put, form a cooperative, and take over the fish plant.

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Borges' Buenos Aires: The Imaginary City, Part 2

The Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges was profoundly shaped by the city he grew up in — Buenos Aires. Philip Coulter goes on a walking tour of Borges' Buenos Aires in the company of the celebrated writer Alberto Manguel.

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Conservative with age: Why your political stripes change over time

Many of us become more conservative as the years pass. Producer Peter Mitton explores why this tendency exists, and what it says about the way we acquire our political beliefs.

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The enduring power of Albert Camus' L'Étranger

It's been 75 years since Albert Camus published L'Étranger and it continues to be the most translated book from French into English. Danny Braun explores the enduring appeal of L'Étranger — both to the intellect and to the heart.

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Award-winning authors on balancing chaos and control

A parent's fear. A child coping. The final stops of life. Winners of the 2017 Governor General's Literary Awards write on the theme of "chaos and control", and talk about where their imaginations travelled in the process.

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Precarious Work: David Weil on the disappearing company job

For most of the 20th century, everyone, from the janitor on up to the CEO, was employed by the company. But now large corporations are outsourcing work to small companies. A lecture and interview with scholar and former Obama appointee David Weil.

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Borges' Buenos Aires: The Imaginary City, Part 1

The Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges was profoundly shaped by the city he grew up in — Buenos Aires. Philip Coulter goes on a walking tour of Borges' Buenos Aires in the company of the celebrated writer Alberto Manguel.

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The Enright Files on changing the way we think about the natural world

Michael Enright speaks to three people who are changing the way we think about our relationship with the natural world, from one-on-one relationships with animals to the massive, unwieldy issue of our impact on a geological scale.

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Making a better world with a culture of 'citizen eaters'

Michael S. Carolan author of No One Eats Alone: Food as a Social Enterprise in conversation with Paul Kennedy about how we can use the power of food to build a healthier food system and a healthier society.

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How Martin Luther invented the modern world

It has been 500 years since Martin Luther supposedly nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. A look at Martin Luther's legacy, and why he still evokes impassioned debate today.

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Why democracy depends on how we talk to each other: Michael Sandel

Does Democracy Have a Future? Moral and Political Argument in the Age of Trump. Harvard University political philosopher Michael Sandel delivers the 2017 LaFontaine-Baldwin lecture.

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