Week of April 7

Monday, April 7
We live in a culture that's awash in drink - enjoying, romanticizing and marketing the pleasures of alcohol. But countless millions of people have lost their families, their health and their dignity to alcohol. Michael Enright talks to two authors who have written about the bottle and the damage done: Ann Dowsett Johnston, author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, and Olivia Laing, author of The Trip to Echo Spring: Why Writers Drink.

Tuesday, April 8
Thanks to Herman Melville's Moby Dick, many thought that the only good whale was a dead whale. But in 1964, the curator of the Vancouver Aquarium decided to kill a whale and study it to learn more about this supposedly monstrous creature. A whale was harpooned off Saturna Island on British Columbia's west coast. But it didn't die. That's how the tale of Moby Doll began, the whale that changed the world, according to IDEAS contributor Mark Leiren-Young.

Wednesday, April 9
The Rwandan genocide occurred 20 years ago this month. The consequences of the brutality and bloodshed are still alive today. Musician Jean-Paul Samputu tells his story of heartbreaking loss and breathtaking reconciliation with the man who killed his family. And experts try to answer what we've learned since: can we prevent genocide before it happens?

Thursday, April 10
On the tenth anniversary of the first free elections in South Africa in 2004, IDEAS broadcast a documentary series about the toll its dreadful past has had on the national psyche. Part of that toll is the legacy of oppression, and the reconciliation necessary from so much violence and evil. As a companion piece to our program about reconciliation in Rwanda, we're rebroadcasting an episode from Philip Coulter's series The Long Walk to Freedom.  It's the story of a massacre, and one woman's act of grace.

Friday, April 11
For years, people proclaimed that the Internet was going to completely transform media. In 2013, it actually happened. New York Times media columnist David Carr delivers the 2013 Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. He argues that the campfires built by traditional media companies are dying and new methods of content creation and distribution are taking hold.

Ideas in the Afternoon - Monday, April 7
By 1967, Martin Luther King saw his dream becoming "a nightmare". Criticised by black militants, rejected by white allies, and threatened with death as violence tore America apart, he delivered the Massey Lectures, produced by Janet Somerville. Now -- for the first time -- she reveals the behind-the-scenes story leading to King's message of hope.

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