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Ideas

Ideas is CBC Radio's program of contemporary thought.

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Viral video of emaciated polar bear may not be what it seems

'I wasn't totally surprised. These things happen,' the Nunavut polar bear monitor Leo Ikakhik told As It Happens host Carol Off.

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3 concussions later

After her concussions Miranda would fight for the next six years to get her life back.

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Alabama newspapers vs. Roy Moore

Alabama's biggest newspapers say Roy Moore is unfit for office.

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Going on your own terms

Will Pegg's knows he doesn't want to die from metastatic bone cancer. So he's chosen to go on his own terms, with a medically assisted death.

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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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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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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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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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The hidden power of food: Finding value in what we eat

In Canada we waste about a third of the food we produce. Yet four million Canadians experience food insecurity. In partnership with the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph, a look at the food systems and sustainability.

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Roaming imagination: What the stories we tell about bears say about us

Bears hold a powerful place in the human psyche. At the heart of our obsession are contradictions: a magnetism that draws us in and fear that pushes us away. Molly Segal explores the stories we share about bears, what they say about us and our future.

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Making the Team with 2017 Friesen Prize winner Dr. Alan Bernstein

2017 Friesen Prize winner Dr. Alan Bernstein talks with Paul Kennedy about his contributions to Canadian Medicine and advanced research. He continues to encourage and develop the spirit of teamwork that has characterized his entire career.

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Confronting the 'perfect storm': How to feed the future

We're facing what could be a devastating crisis—how to feed ourselves without destroying the ecosystems we depend on. In partnership with the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph we seek out creative solutions to a looming disaster.

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Naked in the Mirror: Stephen Greenblatt on our obsession with Adam & Eve

Paul Kennedy discovers why the story of Adam and Eve has resonated with religious and secular minds alike, as he speaks to Stephen Greenblatt, author of “The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve.”

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The 2016 U.S. ELECTION: We had no idea it would be like this

When Hillary Clinton announced that she would run for President, everyone knew the 2016 United States election could be a historic one. We had no idea how historic or unprecedented this election would become.

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Lecture 5: "In Search of a Better World" by Payam Akhavan (The 2017 CBC Massey Lectures)

A call to action for our times, Payam Akhavan's 2017 CBC Massey Lectures is a powerful survey of some of the major human rights struggles of our times. Lecture 5, "The Spirit of Human Rights", was recorded in front of an audience in Toronto.

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Lecture 4: "In Search of a Better World" (The 2017 CBC Massey Lectures)

A call to action for our times, Payam Akhavan's 2017 CBC Massey Lectures is a powerful survey of some of the major human rights struggles of our times. Lecture 4, "The Oneness of Humankind", was recorded in front of an audience in St. John's, Nfld.

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Lecture 3: "In Search of a Better World" by Payam Akhavan (2017 CBC Massey Lectures)

A call to action for our times, Payam Akhavan's 2017 CBC Massey Lectures is a powerful survey of some of the major human rights struggles of our times. Lecture 3, "The Will to Intervene", was recorded in front of an audience in Montreal, Quebec.

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Lecture 2: "In Search of a Better World" by Payam Akhavan (2017 CBC Massey Lectures)

A call to action for our times, Payam Akhavan's 2017 CBC Massey Lectures is a powerful survey of some of the major human rights struggles of our times. Lecture 2, "In Pursuit of Global Justice", was recorded in front of an audience in Vancouver, British

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Lecture 1: "In Search of a Better World" by Payam Akhavan (2017 CBC Massey Lectures)

A call to action for our times, Payam Akhavan's 2017 CBC Massey Lectures is a powerful survey of some of the major human rights struggles of our times. Lecture 1, "The Knowledge of Suffering", was recorded in front of an audience in Whitehorse, Yukon.

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Democracy Undermined? Debating the impact of Donald Trump's presidency on democracy

The Munk Debates put it starkly: Be It Resolved, American democracy is in its worst crisis in a generation, and Donald J. Trump is to blame. Andrew Sullivan and E. J. Dionne argue in favour of the resolution, Kimberley Strassel and Newt Gingrich against.

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Sex, Truth and Audio Tape, Part 2: What does consent really mean?

The Harvey Weinstein story has unleashed a veritable tsunami of sexual assault and harassment claims. And there's a huge gender gap at work: overwhelmingly, men are the accused perpetrators; women, the victims. Part 2 of a 2-part series.

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Creating a city for all: The future of cities in the 21st century

Cities still drive social progress, but many factors are changing our modern world, and cities are again being forced to retool and rethink how they work. A discussion from the Stratford Festival.

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Meat on the table: Can we justify consuming animals?

Gary Francione a staunch opponent of meat production and consumption debates cattle rancher and vegetarian Nicolette Hahn Niman on the ethics of consuming animals.

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Sex, Truth and Audio Tape: Shifting identities on a changing sexual landscape

What are we to make of today's sexual landscape, where we see the most diverse range of orientations and expressions of sexuality in history? Part 1 of a 2-part series.

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Master of his own design: Frank Gehry, rebel architect (Part 1)

Canadian-born Frank Gehry has been called the greatest architect of our time. And yet he's still a rebel in his field. IDEAS producer Mary Lynk a rare chance to talk with him in California. Part 1 of a 2-part series.

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El Sistema: How the power of music helped change Venezuelan lives

"Playing for Their Lives" - a documentary by Philip Coulter about El Sistema: a radical music education programme in Venezuela designed to get young people off the streets founded by Juan Antonio Abru.

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Dark tower of dreams: Inside the Walled City of Kowloon

The infamous "Walled City of Kowloon" was once the most populous spot on the planet. With 1.2 million people per square kilometre, it was a gigantic squatter's village. Paul Kennedy speaks with photographer Greg Girard, and urban designer Suenn Ho.

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The Enright Files on Vladimir Putin's Russia

In 1917, Russia's tsarist dynasty was overthrown and a Communist government took power. A century later, Russia is very much the state of Vladimir Putin, who rules as a strange hybrid of tsarism, Stalinism and post-Cold War turbocharged capitalism.

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The edge of musical thinking: Capturing the spirit of tango and vibrato

There's a purity to music. It takes us into its own world, far removed from frustrations and challenges of daily life. But hidden within those innocent-sounding musical flourishes, there often lies a history of passionate disagreement.

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Master of his own design: Becoming Frank Gehry (Part 2)

Canadian-born Frank Gehry has been called the greatest architect of our time. And yet he's still a rebel in his field. IDEAS producer Mary Lynk a rare chance to talk with him in California. Part 2 of a 2-part series.

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Bread: Salvation or Damnation? (Encore April 14, 2017)

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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Choose Life: The Lost Massey Lecture by George Wald

In 1970, outspoken Harvard biologist George Wald became the first natural scientist to give the CBC Massey Lectures. Lewis Auerbach produced the 1970 Wald lectures. He tells the remarkable backstory of Wald and his Massey talks.

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Gun Crazy: How fetishizing guns shuts down debate about them (Encore January 7, 2016)

Columbine. Sandy Hook. Orlando. Now Las Vegas: the biggest mass shooting in the history of the United States. The stories seem to follow a pattern: shock, outrage, calls for gun control and rehearsed defences of the status quo, with very little changing.

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Undoing Forever: The implications of de-extinction (Encore June 19, 2014)

In labs around the world, scientists -- using the latest biotechnology -- are trying to bring extinct animals back to life. Britt Wray delves into the science, the ethics, and the implications of de-extinction for all animals, including us humans.

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Less work and more leisure: Utopian visions and the future of work

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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Savign Syria: Keeping war-torn culture alive (Encore March 24, 2017)

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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Expletive Repeated: Why swearing matters (Encore March 16, 2017)

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 Self-Taught Philosopher (Encore May 16, 2017)

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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The Future of Work, Part 2: The highs and lows of digital platforms

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.

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Decolonization: The Next 150 on Indigenous Lands

Three Indigenous PhD students (Réal Carrière , Keri Cheechoo and Cherry Smiley) share their insights at a public forum hosted at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The theme: “The Next 150, on Indigenous Lands.”

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