Ideas in the Afternoon - Schedule

Ideas in the Afternoon airs Fridays at 1:00 pm on CBC Radio One.


January


Friday, January 2
SHACKLETON'S GRAVE

Underwater explorer Dr. Joe MacInnis makes a pilgrimage to the grave of Sir Ernest Shackleton, on remote South Georgia Island, in the extreme South Atlantic Ocean. In so doing, the first person to dive under the North Pole, pays homage to the man who completely dominated South Pole exploration.


Friday, January 9
IDEAS FROM THE TRENCHES - TOO DUMB FOR DEMOCRACY
There are 50,000 PhD candidates in Canada, toiling away in relative obscurity on things their friends and families often don't understand. This is the fourth episode in our series attempting to turn a young scholar's PhD work into an hour of radio. Producers Tom Howell and Nicola Luksic meet University of British Columbia student David Moscrop. He argues that modern democracy just isn't built right for our brains... and so it dooms us into dumb thinking. He's got an idea for fixing that.


Friday, January 16
SAPIENS
'There were humans long before there was history," writes Yuval Noah Harari. Still just in his thirties, Professor Harari's book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is an international best-seller. IDEAS host Paul Kennedy in conversation with the winner of the Polansky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines.


Friday, January 23
CONSENT TO HARM, Part 1
When it comes to risk of bodily harm, what we are allowed to consent to is fraught territory. The general rule of thumb is that it's okay if a person exposes themselves to risk for a greater social good.  But where does a society draw the line? IDEAS producer Nicola Luksic visits a boxing club and a body modification artist to ask how much agency we truly have over our own bodies


Friday, January 30
THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS
The concluding episode of IDEAS' observation of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 takes us 'down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico', for the Battle of New Orleans. IDEAS host Paul Kennedy learns how the final battle of that war actually took place several weeks after the war was officially over. 


February


Friday, February 6
THE LIMITLESS VISION OF ROBERT LEPAGE
The idea of belonging has been a lifelong obsession for Robert Lepage. The world-renowned stage director and actor grew up in a family that was half-French, half-English. He was taunted as a child for the way he looked. And in his plays, he reflects and refracts his own biography through his characters. In the 2014 Lafontaine-Baldwin Symposium lecture and in conversation with IDEAS host Paul Kennedy, Robert Lepage explores the pathways, and roadblocks, to belonging.


Friday, February 13
OYSTERS
In anticipation of St. Valentine's Day, Paul Kennedy dusts off an old chestnut of a documentary, and contemplates the most "sympathetically unselfish" of all the bivalves, and the single aphrodisiac that is generally believed to work -- the humble oyster.


Friday, February 20
YOU ARE HERE
...but how do you know exactly where you are?  And then how do you know how to get from there...to somewhere else?  Dave Redel explores new ideas about why some people are wizards at navigation, while others get completely lost.


Friday, February 27
THE WONDER OF THE WORLD: Frederick II, Part 1
He was a monarch like no other: he was a poet, a lover of science, and in his court multicultural collaboration and innovation were a matter of policy. Muslim, Jewish and Christians courtiers formed what some historians have claimed was the first modern bureaucracy -- some have even called him the first European leader. Damiano Pietropaolo situates the life of Frederick II in his own day and highlights his achievements against the backdrop of an increasingly fragile and fractious Europe in our own day.










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