IDEAS about World War One

Monday, June 23
MARGARET MACMILLAN AND WORLD WAR ONE
Margaret MacMillan is one of the world's leading scholars on World War One. Her books Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World and The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 are award-winning bestsellers. She talks with host Paul Kennedy about the origins of the war and what we've learned -- and failed to learn -- from it.



Tuesday, June 24
WORLD WAR ONE AND THE BIRTH OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
By 1917, the Canadian government was encountering increased public resistance to the war. South of the border, the US was just entering it, and enlisting methods now common in mass communications. Ira Basen explores how the first global war gave rise to what we'd now call public relations.


Wednesday, June 25
WIND OF ANOTHER PLANET: MUSIC AND THE GREAT WAR
It's often been said that World War One created who we are today: geopolitically and culturally. Contributor Robert Harris explains how music -- classical and popular -- both prefigured and reflected the war in the years leading up to the unprecedented destruction and after.

Thursday, June 26
MADNESS AND THE PROLONGED WAR
From the Stratford Festival, General John de Chastelain and historian Nick Terpstra discuss the social consequences of war -- when all you know and love and understand is destroyed, when there is no longer a centre to hold, what happens to both communities and individuals?

Friday, June 27
JUST WAR THEORY: SO WHAT?
Over the centuries theologians, philosophers, and political scientists have looked to Just War Theory to help them determine when and how war should be waged. First developed by St. Augustine, Just War Theory continues to dominate discussions on making war today. Producer Frank Faulk asks whether Just War Theory has become little more than an intellectual, moral and theological fraud, or whether it's actually provided constraints on an intrinsically violent phenomenon.


Ideas in the Afternoon - Monday, June 23
AUROVILLE: THE ROAD TO UTOPIA
People have been dreaming about finding, or creating, Utopia for ages. Ashley Walters travels to India, to the community of Auroville, to see how its utopian ideals have been realized, and sometimes compromised, in this age-old quest.


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